Lotus Elan

New Elan imminent?

PostPost by: elanfan1 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:04 pm

Lotus rumoured to announce plans for a revised Elan. Strongly based on the old Elan using new moulds with a front engine possibly 2 litre Ford mated to a 6 speed box. Aimed at taking on the MX5
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:36 pm

What is today's date?
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Fri Apr 01, 2016 2:33 pm

Lotus has a concept with "Elan" plates going round most of the Motors shows.

Wouldn't surprise me to much if Lotus jumped on the Retro car thing jag and a few other manufactures are doing at the moment, that said i'd doubt a 70's Elan in its standard shape and size would mean modern regulations (but with Injection molded GRP they might finally fix the door fit)
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Also i don't know if your aware but there is a rumor Lotus are teaming up to build an affordable Electric car (i believe it's with Tesla)
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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:30 pm

elanfan1 wrote:Lotus rumoured to announce plans for a revised Elan. Strongly based on the old Elan using new moulds with a front engine possibly 2 litre Ford mated to a 6 speed box. Aimed at taking on the MX5


Nice one... please cal the London Zoo & speak with Mr C. Lion :lol:
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PostPost by: The Veg » Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:52 pm

The one in the pics is the Bahar-era concept...aren't all those new-model concepts from his era dead now?
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Fri Apr 01, 2016 5:54 pm

The Veg wrote:The one in the pics is the Bahar-era concept...aren't all those new-model concepts from his era dead now?

More than likely.... Those pics where from 2013, it's probably just a slightly better looking Evora.

The one i find amusing is that the new Electric Lotus may well be called the Lotus Elon :lol: (No joking)
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PostPost by: dgym » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:15 pm

such a shame this is a joke, I often wondered why Lotus weren't selling the cars mazda are selling now.
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PostPost by: 661 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:29 pm

The original Tesla was a Lotus, essentially. Built at Hethel on an Elise chassis.
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PostPost by: pereirac » Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:06 pm

I thought that was the Evante? :D
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PostPost by: The Veg » Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:02 am

661 wrote:The original Tesla was a Lotus, essentially. Built at Hethel on an Elise chassis.


Not always. US-market cars used the Hethel-built chassis which was then sent to Menlo Park California for final assembly; for all other markets final assembly was at Wymondham.
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PostPost by: 661 » Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:17 pm

The Veg wrote:
661 wrote:The original Tesla was a Lotus, essentially. Built at Hethel on an Elise chassis.


Not always. US-market cars used the Hethel-built chassis which was then sent to Menlo Park California for final assembly; for all other markets final assembly was at Wymondham.

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I'm sure you're right. When I was on a Hethel factory tour a few years back the finished cars I saw were being packed up for export to the States. Complete minus battery packs which were fitted Stateside.
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