Lotus 2000-2009: Type 111 to 122

The first year of the new millennium saw Lotus building more cars than ever before in its 53 year history. As Proton acquired the remaining shares in Lotus and became 100 percent owners of Lotus Group International Ltd., the company was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, recognising their contribution to International Trade. Late 2003 saw the last Lotus Esprit roll off the assembly line, marking the end of over 27 years of production, and the following year, prior to the announcement of a new Federalised Elise/Exige model, the 20,000th Elise emerged from the Hethel works. At the end of the decade, the Evora was unveiled – the first all-new car to be launched by Lotus since the revolutionary Elise had made its debut in 1995.

Images © Lotus Cars Plc., William Taylor

Type 111 Elise 340R

Type 111 Elise 340R

Roadcar - 2000 - 340 built

Type 111 Elise Sport 160

Type 111 Elise Sport 160

Roadcar - 2000 - 319 built

Type 111 Sport Elise

Type 111 Sport Elise

Racecar - 2000 - 1+65 built

Type 111 Exige

Type 111 Exige

Roadcar - 2000 - 604 built

Type 111 Elise S2

Type 111 Elise S2

Roadcar - 2000 - approx. 4500 built

Type 119 Downhill Racer

Type 119 Downhill Racer

Soapbox Racer - 2002 - 1 built

Type 111 Elise 111S

Type 111 Elise 111S

Roadcar - 2002 - approx. 2000 built

Type 82 Esprit Final Edition

Type 82 Esprit Final Edition

Roadcar - 2002 - 82 built

Type 111 Sport Elise 135R

Type 111 Sport Elise 135R

Roadcar - 2002 - 123 built

Type 119B Downhill Racer

Type 119B Downhill Racer

Soapbox Racer - 2003 - 1 built

Type 111 Elise 111R & Federal

Type 111 Elise 111R & Federal

Roadcar - 2004 - approx. 8000 built

Type 119C Downhill Racer

Type 119C Downhill Racer

Soapbox Racer - 2004 - 1 built

Type 111 Exige S2

Type 111 Exige S2

Roadcar - 2004 - approx. 2900 built

Type 111 Sport Exige 240R

Type 111 Sport Exige 240R

Roadcar - 2005 - 50 built

Type 111 Sport Exige 400

Type 111 Sport Exige 400

Racecar - 2005 - 1 built

Type 111 Exige Cup 240

Type 111 Exige Cup 240

Roadcar - 2006 - ?? built

Type 111 Sport Exige GT3

Type 111 Sport Exige GT3

Racecar - 2006 - 5 built

Type 111 Elise S

Type 111 Elise S

Roadcar - 2006 - 1815 built

Type 111 Exige S

Type 111 Exige S

Roadcar - 2006 - 3306 built

Type 111 Exige S Club Racer

Type 111 Exige S Club Racer

Roadcar - 2006 - ?? built

Type 111 Exige GT3

Type 111 Exige GT3

Racecar - 2007 - approx. 48 built

Type 123 2-Eleven

Type 123 2-Eleven

Roadcar - 2007 - 358 built

Type 121 Europa S

Type 121 Europa S

Roadcar - 2007 - 409 built

Type 111 Exige Sprint

Type 111 Exige Sprint

Roadcar - 2007 - 40 built

Type 111 Exige S 240

Type 111 Exige S 240

Roadcar - 2007 - ?? built

Type 123 2-Eleven GT4

Type 123 2-Eleven GT4

Trackcar - 2008 - 14 built

Type 121 Europa SE

Type 121 Europa SE

Roadcar - 2008 - 47 built

Type 111 Elise SC

Type 111 Elise SC

Roadcar - 2008 - 1402 built

Type 111 Exige Cup 260

Type 111 Exige Cup 260

Roadcar - 2008 - 300 built

Type 122 Evora

Type 122 Evora

Roadcar - 2008 - approx. 3000 built

Type 111 ECO Elise

Type 111 ECO Elise

Roadcar - 2008 - 1 built

Type 111 Exige 265E

Type 111 Exige 265E

Roadcar - 2008 - 1 built

Type 111 Exige 270E

Type 111 Exige 270E

Roadcar - 2008 - 1 built

Type 111 Exige Cup 260

Type 111 Exige Cup 260

Roadcar - 2009 - 129 built

Type 111 Elise Club Racer

Type 111 Elise Club Racer

Roadcar - 2009 - ?? built

Type 111 Exige S

Type 111 Exige S

Roadcar - 2009 - ?? built