1999 Lotus M250




Chassis: Type 118

Class: Proto / Concept

Origin: UK United Kingdom

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UK Tuppence870 photo_librarymode_comment

2013-04-18 12:16
I looked this one up online, and so far nobody else has made the connection to the Evora, as Lotus simply said the project was 'postponed' in 2000. However, in 2006 Lotus decided to expand its model range and the Evora was released in 2009. I'm guessing that Lotus quietly restarted the M250 project and that eventually became the Evora.
TH PikesPeak photo_librarymode_comment

2013-04-17 15:10
IT IS Lotus Evora but it's a concept car
UK routemaster45 photo_librarymode_comment

2013-04-17 14:25
it's too new to say but it looks similar to a lotus evora
US carcrasher88 photo_librarymode_comment

2011-05-25 21:26
@Sandie: Definitely agree, as if that was to happen, that could mean we'd see Nissan/Renault engines in future Lotus models.

I could see them using the Nissan Juke's 1.6L turbocharged engine in an Elise/Elan.
Sandie photo_librarymode_comment

2011-05-25 19:24
If it goes wrong for Lotus I can easily see Tony Fernandes (who owns Caterham and Team Lotus F1) being the one who bails them out.


BR Crown Vic guy br photo_librarymode_comment

2011-05-25 18:46
Antti-san wrote
Couldn't agree more - Lotus should stick to what they do best; lightweight sports cars for enthusiasts. Unfortunately Bahar seems to think it's a good idea to go toe to toe with Ferrari... :/

Caterham still exist, so the Lotus spirit still alive


FI Antti-san photo_librarymode_comment

2011-05-21 05:07
Couldn't agree more - Lotus should stick to what they do best; lightweight sports cars for enthusiasts. Unfortunately Bahar seems to think it's a good idea to go toe to toe with Ferrari... :/


BR Crown Vic guy br photo_librarymode_comment

2011-05-19 23:34
Sandie wrote
The new models will fail. I'm pretty certain of that.

I agee with you, we need more Lotus Seven and less Lotus Eterne
jalopnik.com/5693756/lotus-wants-to-build-fatter-cars
Sandie photo_librarymode_comment

2011-05-19 23:20
The new models will fail. I'm pretty certain of that.

The only question is whether they will actually get the cars launched. They don't have the funding and in this financial climate it will be difficult for them. They have already gone cap in hand to the UK government who have told them to do one.

If you look at it the new cars will be priced in the kind of range where Porsches and Aston Martins are. I love Lotuses but there is no way I'd make the decision to choose one over a Aston at that kind of price. Look at the Evora. It's a lovely car and I would love to have one but sadly the people who can spend 50-60K on a sportscar don't feel that way. The sales figures haven't lived up to expectations as people would rather drive a Cayman or some such. To consider going up a level from that would just not work. If they came to ask me for money I'd look at the business case and tell them, Dragon's Den style 'I'm out'.

That said, it is just my opinion and I could be wrong as I'm the kind of harebrained traditionalist who is unhappy they aren't still building the Seven.
US carcrasher88 photo_librarymode_comment

2011-05-19 22:35
@J-2: Yeah, it really is, when you think about it. I'm definitely going to miss these things when they're gone, but I will willingly welcome the new models with open arms (figuratively, of course).

Some people don't realize that the new Lotus models (Elan, Elise, Elite and Esprit) may be larger, but still have similar power-to-weight ratios to the current models, surely something Colin Chapman would be proud of today, if he was still with us.


ES J-2 photo_librarymode_comment

2011-05-19 22:09
Quite ironic that the Elise now looks just like that.


FI Antti-san photo_librarymode_comment

2011-05-19 22:08
Thanks! :D


FI Antti-san photo_librarymode_comment

2011-05-19 16:25
Chassis code should be Type 118, the class should be Proto/Concept and the year is 1999. www.lotusespritturbo.com/Lotus_Models_Part_2.htm

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2011-05-19 16:27:26

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