Former director of engineering Roger Becker, who retired this January, is Lotus's inspiration behind the release of its two new special editions of its Elise and Exige models this September.
Sports and Touring packs are fitted on these two models as standard. Buyers can choose from four available colors: Aspen White, Starlight Black, Solar Yellow & Carbon Grey.
Each vehicle will be recognized by a numbered interior plaque. Roger Becker's signature can be viewed from the side of the vehicles' body and on the Lotus nose badge. The Elise SC RGB is powered by a supercharged 1.8l engine, which delivers 217 hp and enables the car to accelerate from zero to 60mph in 4.3 seconds.
Powering the Exige S RGB is a supercharged/intercooled engine Exige S RGB of the same displacement, producing 257 hp and pushing the vehicle to run from zero to 60 mph in 4 seconds.
With the release of these two models, Lotus will retire the 1.8l engine supplied by Toyota because of emission regulations limits. What this indicates is that the Elise R, Elise SC, Exige S and Exige Cup 260 will no longer be available in Europe.
Roger Becker revealed that he is honoured that two special editions of the Lotus have been named after him. This will give him the opportunity, he added, to give customers his own favorite specifications. It has been a journey of 44 incredible years and he is excited see Lotus move towards the future, Becker continued.
It is clear that the company will move going from strength to strength, he concluded. Lotus Cars Chief Commercial Officer Andreas Prillmann meanwhile shared the he personally thanks Roger for his loyalty to the company and that it is more than fitting that the last 1.8-liter versions of the Elises and Exiges targeted for the Europe market are dedicated to him.
Roger over the years, Prillman continued, had played an important role in the development of a number of Lotus models especially the Evora, the Exige, and the current Elise.
His wide knowledge had been passed to the company’s skilled engineering team and his passion for the brand and its heritage have helped the company grow to the organization that it is presently, Prillman shared.