It’s been a while Lotus, where have you been since 2008?
Lotus has confirmed that it is set to create, the Type 130, its first all-new production car since 2008. This will also be the world’s first full electric British Hypercar.
CEO Phil Popham said: “Type 130 will be the most dynamically accomplished Lotus in our history. It marks a turning point for our brand and is a showcase of what we are capable of and what is to come from Lotus.”
The car will be revealed in its entirety later this year in London, the birthplace of Lotus. Before then, the first glimpse of the Type 130, will be at the Shanghai International Auto Show.
Carrying on from 71 years of innovation, some of the most notable Type numbers are:
Type 14 – World’s first composite monocoque production road car (Elite, 1957)
Type 25 – World’s first fully-stressed monocoque F1 car, first Lotus to win F1 world championship (1963)
Type 72 – Most successful F1 car of all time and the blueprint for F1 car design for many years (Championship winner in 1970, ‘72 and’ 73)
Type 78 – World’s first ‘ground effects’ F1 car (1977)
Type 88 – World’s first carbon fibre F1 car (1981)
Type 92 – World’s first active suspension F1 car (1983)
Type 111 – World’s first aluminium and bonded extrusion construction production car (Elise, 1995)
Type 130 – World’s first full electric British hypercar (2019)
We hope this marks a new era for Lotus. We really do.
Watch the teaser from Lotus, right here…