Sports car Lotus Emira approached serial production – DRIVE

Team Lotus led by Matt Windl rejoices at the start of production of Emira, hiding the very hero of the occasion. However, there are other reasons for joy. Under the wing Geely staff nearly doubled and Emira created over 200 jobs. Recruitment is in progress.

New model production started in British Hetel Lotus Emira (formerly Type 131), whose premiere is scheduled for July 6th. Although pre-production prototypes have been delivered to the assembly line, this is an “important milestone”. The plant is developing investments in the amount of over 100 million pounds (10.33 billion rubles), rebuilding workshops and updating equipment. As a result, a “completely new production complex” is being born for Emira.

AGV robotic carts, similar to easel podiums, ply the new assembly hall. The new paint shop is still preparing for dry commissioning to test all systems.

The first teaser from the salon of Emira shows the digital tidy, already seen by us on the hypercar Lotus Evija… The “squared” multi-wheel with touch-sensitive buttons is far from the steering wheel of Evaya, but they are brought together by the “12 o’clock” mark. Paddle shifters hint at an automatic transmission.

Emira on the Elemental platform will be the latest model of the brand with internal combustion engines on the way to total electrification… Swan song expected for Toyota engine V6 3.5which is on the coupe Evora produces 416 hp, 420 N • m. Since “amazing performance” is promised, the power must be above 500 hp. Emira sales are likely to start in 2022. Then the battery crossover will see the light. Lambda.


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