2000 Lotus M250 full-size concept clay model
During the year 2000 this remarkable first concept clay model was unveiled by Lotus as the basis of a future-model feasibility study, intended to provoke reaction from the potential market place both at home and abroad. The Lotus concept wording (copy on file) that accompanied the 1-to-1 scale model reads in part as follows:
"Concept M250 wouldn't be a proper Lotus unless lightweight was an important part of its genetic make-up; it's an integral part of Lotus Car's whole philosophy. The concept's chassis improves and develops upon the bonded extruded aluminium technology used to such great effect in the Elise.
Powered by a mid-mounted Lotus-tuned 3.0 litre V6 engine that drives the rear wheels through a six-speed gearbox, project M250 slots into the Lotus line-up between the Elise and the Esprit.
A major achievement in the M250's design is that it has excellent aerodynamic properties 'straight out of the