Lotus has celebrated the last of the Elise, Exige and Evora models.

The cars are pictured on site with some of the Lotus team, and will be discontinued, to allow production of the all new Emira.

26 years of productions saw a 51,738 combined, and is almost half of all Lotus cars made since beginning production 73 years ago. Another 9,715 cars were built for Lotus’ third-party clients, including GM and Tesla.

1996 to 2000 saw the first-generation Elise and Exige built at the Hethel workshop, alongside the Lotus Esprit. Assembly lines installed in 2000 will now be replaced replaced with all-new state-of-the-art facilities in support of the all-new Emira factory. Full Emira production begins in the spring, after the prototype and test phases currently underway are completed, taking Lotus sports car production into an exciting, high-tech and semi-automated era, and increasing capacity up to 5,000 units per year on a single shift pattern.

Matt Windle, Managing Director, Lotus Cars, said: “First of all, I would like to thank the Lotus team who have worked on the Elise, Exige and Evora over the years and who are now transferring to Emira and Evija manufacturing. I would also like to convey enormous gratitude to all the customers of the Elise, Exige and Evora over the last 26 years for their passion, enthusiasm and support. These customers have given our ‘three Es’ true cult status – usually reserved for long-out-of-production classics. As we say farewell to the last few cars, we look forward to the Emira and Evija in the all-new factories at Hethel and sub-assembly facilities in Norwich, which introduce greater efficiencies and