Lotus to produce Roger Becker special edition Elise and Exige

Lotus to produce Roger Becker special edition Elise and Exige

With the exception of founder Colin Chapman, there is probably no other individual that’s been as influential at Lotus than Roger Becker. Until his retirement earlier this year, Becker spent 44 years at the niche carmaker, including many years pulling the strings as the director of vehicle engineering. Cars like the Elise, Exige and Evora would not have been built the way they were without Becker’s guidance and input.

Coinciding with Becker’s retirement in 2010 is the end of production for the current generation supercharged Elise and Exige for the European market. The premature shut-down of these models is caused by the Toyota four-cylinder engines used no longer meet Euro 5 emissions standards. To celebrate the end of these models, Lotus will close out the run with the Elise SC and Exige S RGB Editions. The Elise gets a 217 horsepower engine while the Exige gets the 257 hp powerplant from the S260.

Both are available in white, yellow, black and grey with black forged alloy wheels. All of the RGB edition cars get Becker’s signature on the B-pillar and a unique numbered plaque.

When asked about the special-edition models Becker responded, “I am honored that Lotus has named these two special editions after me, especially as it allows me to offer the customer my favorite specifications. The past 44 years have been an incredible journey and I’m looking forward to watching Lotus progress in the future, I have no doubt that the company will continue to go from strength to strength.”

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