That means the Hethel assembly line is now once again building some 44 cars a week, which include current models like the Elise, Exige, and Evora
. Work will also continue on the Esprit's all-new V8 engine
and transmission. This decision could mean a few things: 1). DRB-Hicom intends to stick with the plan mostly as is and not sell 2). Sell Lotus, but invest money in it first to make it more attractive to potential buyers, or 3). Something we haven't thought of. Bahar stated that "the last four months have been really tough for us. We were working at a pace nobody had seen at Lotus for many years, so the shutdown...was very hard for us.