Lotus gave a final hurray for its long-standing nameplate, the Elise sports car. The Elise Final Edition model launched in February, alongside the Exige Final Edition – all in the name of change and development within the Geely-owned company.
It should be noted that the Elise and Exige will cease production this year, which will pave the way for the latest gasoline-powered Lotus sports car, the Emira.
But if you think the Elise won’t live another year, you might be wrong. In fact, Lotus is ready to sell the two-seater platform to other companies.
This is according to Lotus CEO Matt Windle and reported by Automotive news Europe.
“If the right project and the right partner have come in I don’t see why. It’s a wonderful car,” said Windle, speaking to Automotive news Europe.
This is not the first time that the British manufacturer has sold the tools for its sports car. In 1973, Lotus sold the platform for its first sports car, the Seven, to Caterham. Caterham still builds said lightweight sports car to this day, but renamed Caterham 7.
At this point, Windle has not disclosed if there is a company interested in tooling Elise. Caterham, now owned by Japanese importer and distributor VT Holdings, may be one, while Radford, which recently announced the arrival of its first Lotus-based sports car, may be another.
Whatever the case may be, we all know that the Elise sports car and all the light fun it represents deserves to move forward when it has been around for 25 years. It’s a wonderful track toy through and through, and we would love to see it given new life even with a different name.