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Emira colours - seeing cars at Hethel

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We were able to see all the FE colours on complete or nearly complete cars during our visit to Hethel yesterday. These were in two places. Most were in the production hall, a large hangar with high ceilings and well-lit artificial light plus some big windows down one side letting in the bright sunlight on the day of our visit (you may have seen Lotus photos of this hall). The second place was a large storage area for completed cars with artificial light and no windows.

It was confirmed that none of the FE colours are carried over from previous Lotus models or other manufacturers. They are unique to the Emira and to Lotus. All of the cars and panels we saw had an excellent depth and finish. Some were mid production so had not had full QA or final polish.

They all looked great and had more depth and complexity than either the configurator or small samples can convey. The shape of the car means there are a lot of changes of surface angle and the paints really flow and change colour and reflectivity with angle and lighting. This accentuates the curves. The paints also change very noticeably between bright sunlight and shade and artificial lighting/shade. The nose boomerang vents create an interesting effect, as they draw your eye to a rapid change of surface curvature moving to darkness inside the vent, so you get lots of interesting variation. Side-lit at sunset or overhead lit at midday the bonnet and vents will look very different - both equally interesting. Similar effects with the side scoops and between dark and lit areas of the car.

The colour, mix, granularity and density of metallic flake also varies between the colours. The effect is strongest on Magma Red, which really pops and sparkles in strong direct light and you can see the flake and slight colour variations between flake types from even 6-10 feet away.

Seneca Blue is more subtle, with the flake seeming smaller and higher density, so you have to be standing quite close to the car, within touching distance, to see it has a metallic flake. From further away it can appear solid or metallic depending on angle and lighting.

How on earth you will be able to take a decent photo of these cars, I have no idea! In person they look stunning, classy, interesting. I think we could have stood and looked and moved around each car all day, enjoying the effects.

My thoughts on specific colours:

Hethel Yellow: not the same as previous Lotus yellows but does have a characteristic mustard tone to it, which gives it warmth. Bright but not lemon bright. It's not metallic but that really shouldn't be a concern. Do not get this colour unless you are prepared for every journey to need extra time to talk to everyone who stops to talk to you about the colour and the car. It is bold and bright, but not "flashy", which I put down to the mustard warmth. Can't wait to get mine!

Magma Red: as mentioned above the flake is really special on this, a mainly gold flake with larger particles and some variations from dark to light. The red is rich and dark and changes a lot across the surfaces and between sun and shade. Eagle7's recent renders are very close to the colour as seen from a distance, but it's very hard to do justice to the metallic element and variation with surface and lighting. I don't think it'll get many "nice Ferrari mate" comments, as it's nowhere near that red.

Nimbus Grey: this is not as "plain silver" as I was expecting, it is much more complex. Sometimes like a liquid metal effect (if you've ever stirred a pot of metallic silver paint to get it to mix) and it has some undertones of light brown and cream. It behaves a bit like Storm Titanium on the previous Lotus cars, but isn't that colour, in the way it changes colour and tone with angle and lighting. Really classy and not "boring silver" or "resale grey".

Shadow Grey: the silver and blue fleck (yes really) in this give it a lot more flow than is apparent in the pictures of the dynamic prototype. This is another "chameleon" colour, with the colour and shade changing across the surface and switching from darker in shade to brighter in light. Like Seneca, the metallic element is more apparent close up and is less obvious from a distance. If it had a personality you'd maybe describe it as being like someone who is quietly confident and understated but powerful.

Dark Verdant: is not Empire/Imperial Green. It is slightly lighter than that but not by much. We saw a car in part sun part shade and the sunlit part was clearly green and you could see the metallic flake in it from a few feet away. The shaded side was dark, almost but not quite black, and the metallic virtually invisible from a few feet when darker. The interesting thing with the many curves on the car is how the colour flows and changes a lot as the surface changes and as you move around the car. Yes it is dark and in some lighting does look almost black, but it looks classy and in some ways mysterious and enigmatic, if that makes sense.

Lotus have been using up various left over Exige/Elise paints and trying out a few other colours on the pre-prod cars. We saw:
  • solid red - looked great but would fall into the "nice Ferrari" trap
  • Arctic Silver - I had on my Elise and it looked great on the Emira, is very metallic-looking
  • Starlight Black - a gloss black with a fine silver metallic flake, which looked lovely
  • a grey that looked like Nardo Grey but was apparently a Ford colour and looked great
  • a darkish blue, possibly Essex or Nightfall
  • a white one - looks fabulous and I hope they make it available later as I know many people will want it (I'm hoping the car we saw is the one being used for a special early press review, so you may get to see it)
  • lots of cars in "crash test blue" which, like all the other pre-prod cars, are destined to be crushed after testing is complete :(

Here is what @Evotion posted on another forum:

First impression.. It now ALL makes sense. People have often mentioned "why didn't they just release the FE in traditional colours that we all know and like".

It was immediately clear to me that Lotus wanted to show just how damn good the paint is and also to exude prestige and class. Shadow Grey is perhaps the most similar and standard to other makers and the Seneca Blue, somewhat comparable to other cars, has an ability to look both interestingly pastel and metallic. The other colours are full of depth and quite unique.

Hethel Yellow - I would call this a classy yellow. It is yellow with a warmth to it. That English Mustard soft hue perhaps in one layer. Do not worry about this being the only non-metallic colour. it pops out the most of all of the colours, strikingly bold, yet luxuriant.

Magma Red - Wow. Ha. Better than I had even hoped. The colour travel on this is remarkable. The speckle in the metallic on this and the other metallic cars is amazing and really makes them stand out. This red I have not seen before. it is NOT Fire Red. It pops more in light, with a lovely gold fleck and the colour in the shade is rich and exudes quality.

Nimbus Grey - Ha. No grey on this car, except perhaps from space. it is a stunning colour which I would call Super LIght Bronze Silver. It has this bronzey, browny subtle tint which lifts it up from being 'just' a silver car. Again, Lotus have gone for a look or richness and quality. Stunning. If you have ordered this you will be blown away.

Dark Verdant - Yes, the clue is indeed in the name. It is very dark and I thought it was a black car until about 4 yards away from it. We shone light on it and the heavy fleck then really pops and I have a feeling it will feel the most prestige colour of all but it is dark, no getting away from that. Personally, I would not get a black roof with this colour. I think it would look great with silver wheels as complete contrast package to drop jaws.

Other colours - well, we saw a white car which would possibly be THE colour to go for on the next editions such is the powerful play of white on black. We saw a black car, which still suited it, and we saw a Ferrari Red car, again fabulous and likely to make it to the next edition options.

We also saw a car with the black pack roof.

If you came here from my Hethel visit write up then you can get back there through this link:
 
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Amazing Tom think that's about as good as I can hope to picture those colours without actually being there.
Selfishly can I ask what interior you think would compliment the Nimbus the most? (Understand its personal taste, but...)
 
Amazing Tom think that's about as good as I can hope to picture those colours without actually being there.
Selfishly can I ask what interior you think would compliment the Nimbus the most? (Understand its personal taste, but...)
Red leather. 100%. Not even a hint of doubt,
It will also look epic with or without the Black Pack - which is not true, in my opinion, of all the colours.

Nimbus was even better than we had already hoped for. That touch of bronze as an almost sublime level turned it into a jaw dropper.

Confirming Tom's kind inclusion of my comments on another forum, none of us should worry. The car continues to look sensational in any colour really, it just has that presence and curvature. The play of shadows on the front bonnet air-ducts was the highlight for me. Just wow.
 
Red leather. 100%. Not even a hint of doubt,
It will also look epic with or without the Black Pack - which is not true, in my opinion, of all the colours.

Nimbus was even better than we had already hoped for. That touch of bronze as an almost sublime level turned it into a jaw dropper.

Confirming Tom's kind inclusion of my comments on another forum, none of us should worry. The car continues to look sensational in any colour really, it just has that presence and curvature. The play of shadows on the front bonnet air-ducts was the highlight for me. Just wow.
Cheers for that. Makes me feel like I did right thing not speccing black pack so could add later if I wanted.
Now wondering if I have inadvertently changed my red leather to alcantara red stitch based on my 3rd call conversation. Will probably need to call to find out Monday. Cheers 🍻
 
Cheers for that. Makes me feel like I did right thing not speccing black pack so could add later if I wanted.
Now wondering if I have inadvertently changed my red leather to alcantara red stitch based on my 3rd call conversation. Will probably need to call to find out Monday. Cheers 🍻
Ha, I had to check my last config setting and it is different to what I wish for now BUT still happy.

I saw the black pack roof and it confirmed it was not for me - though to see it on a shell was perhaps not its best light.
 
We were able to see all the FE colours on complete or nearly complete cars during our visit to Hethel yesterday. These were in two places. Most were in the production hall, a large hangar with high ceilings and well-lit artificial light plus some big windows down one side letting in the bright sunlight on the day of our visit (you may have seen Lotus photos of this hall). The second place was a large storage area for completed cars with artificial light and no windows.

It was confirmed that none of the FE colours are carried over from previous Lotus models or other manufacturers. They are unique to the Emira and to Lotus. All of the cars and panels we saw had an excellent depth and finish. Some were mid production so had not had full QA or final polish.

They all looked great and had more depth and complexity than either the configurator or small samples can convey. The shape of the car means there are a lot of changes of surface angle and the paints really flow and change colour and reflectivity with angle and lighting. This accentuates the curves. The paints also change very noticeably between bright sunlight and shade and artificial lighting/shade. The nose boomerang vents create an interesting effect, as they draw your eye to a rapid change of surface curvature moving to darkness inside the vent, so you get lots of interesting variation. Side-lit at sunset or overhead lit at midday the bonnet and vents will look very different - both equally interesting. Similar effects with the side scoops and between dark and lit areas of the car.

The colour, mix, granularity and density of metallic flake also varies between the colours. The effect is strongest on Magma Red, which really pops and sparkles in strong direct light and you can see the flake and slight colour variations between flake types from even 6-10 feet away.

Seneca Blue is more subtle, with the flake seeming smaller and higher density, so you have to be standing quite close to the car, within touching distance, to see it has a metallic flake. From further away it can appear solid or metallic depending on angle and lighting.

How on earth you will be able to take a decent photo of these cars, I have no idea! In person they look stunning, classy, interesting. I think we could have stood and looked and moved around each car all day, enjoying the effects.

My thoughts on specific colours:

Hethel Yellow: not the same as previous Lotus yellows but does have a characteristic mustard tone to it, which gives it warmth. Bright but not lemon bright. It's not metallic but that really shouldn't be a concern. Do not get this colour unless you are prepared for every journey to need extra time to talk to everyone who stops to talk to you about the colour and the car. It is bold and bright, but not "flashy", which I put down to the mustard warmth. Can't wait to get mine!

Magma Red: as mentioned above the flake is really special on this, a mainly gold flake with larger particles and some variations from dark to light. The red is rich and dark and changes a lot across the surfaces and between sun and shade. Eagle7's recent renders are very close to the colour as seen from a distance, but it's very hard to do justice to the metallic element and variation with surface and lighting. I don't think it'll get many "nice Ferrari mate" comments, as it's nowhere near that red.

Nimbus Grey: this is not as "plain silver" as I was expecting, it is much more complex. Sometimes like a liquid metal effect (if you've ever stirred a pot of metallic silver paint to get it to mix) and it has some undertones of light brown and cream. It behaves a bit like Storm Titanium on the previous Lotus cars, but isn't that colour, in the way it changes colour and tone with angle and lighting. Really classy and not "boring silver" or "resale grey".

Shadow Grey: the silver and blue fleck (yes really) in this give it a lot more flow than is apparent in the pictures of the dynamic prototype. This is another "chameleon" colour, with the colour and shade changing across the surface and switching from darker in shade to brighter in light. Like Seneca, the metallic element is more apparent close up and is less obvious from a distance. If it had a personality you'd maybe describe it as being like someone who is quietly confident and understated but powerful.

Dark Verdant: is not Empire/Imperial Green. It is slightly lighter than that but not by much. We saw a car in part sun part shade and the sunlit part was clearly green and you could see the metallic flake in it from a few feet away. The shaded side was dark, almost but not quite black, and the metallic virtually invisible from a few feet when darker. The interesting thing with the many curves on the car is how the colour flows and changes a lot as the surface changes and as you move around the car. Yes it is dark and in some lighting does look almost black, but it looks classy and in some ways mysterious and enigmatic, if that makes sense.

Lotus have been using up various left over Exige/Elise paints and trying out a few other colours on the pre-prod cars. We saw:
  • solid red - looked great but would fall into the "nice Ferrari" trap
  • Artic Silver - I had on my Elise and it looked great on the Emira, is very metallic-looking
  • Starlight Black - a gloss black with a fine silver metallic flake, which looked lovely
  • a grey that looked like Nardo Grey but was apparently a Ford colour and looked great
  • a darkish blue, possibly Essex or Nightfall
  • a white one - looks fabulous and I hope they make it available later as I know many people will want it (I'm hoping the car we saw is the one being used for a special early press review, so you may get to see it)
  • lots of cars in "crash test blue" which, like all the other pre-prod cars, are destined to be crushed after testing is complete :(

Here is what @Evotion posted on another forum:

First impression.. It now ALL makes sense. People have often mentioned "why didn't they just release the FE in traditional colours that we all know and like".

It was immediately clear to me that Lotus wanted to show just how damn good the paint is and also to exude prestige and class. Shadow Grey is perhaps the most similar and standard to other makers and the Seneca Blue, somewhat comparable to other cars, has an ability to look both interestingly pastel and metallic. The other colours are full of depth and quite unique.

Hethel Yellow - I would call this a classy yellow. It is yellow with a warmth to it. That English Mustard soft hue perhaps in one layer. Do not worry about this being the only non-metallic colour. it pops out the most of all of the colours, strikingly bold, yet luxuriant.

Magma Red - Wow. Ha. Better than I had even hoped. The colour travel on this is remarkable. The speckle in the metallic on this and the other metallic cars is amazing and really makes them stand out. This red I have not seen before. it is NOT Fire Red. It pops more in light, with a lovely gold fleck and the colour in the shade is rich and exudes quality.

Nimbus Grey - Ha. No grey on this car, except perhaps from space. it is a stunning colour which I would call Super LIght Bronze Silver. It has this bronzey, browny subtle tint which lifts it up from being 'just' a silver car. Again, Lotus have gone for a look or richness and quality. Stunning. If you have ordered this you will be blown away.

Dark Verdant - Yes, the clue is indeed in the name. It is very dark and I thought it was a black car until about 4 yards away from it. We shone light on it and the heavy fleck then really pops and I have a feeling it will feel the most prestige colour of all but it is dark, no getting away from that. Personally, I would not get a black roof with this colour. I think it would look great with silver wheels as complete contrast package to drop jaws.

Other colours - well, we saw a white car which would possibly be THE colour to go for on the next editions such is the powerful play of white on black. We saw a black car, which still suited it, and we saw a Ferrari Red car, again fabulous and likely to make it to the next edition options.

We also saw a car with the black pack roof.

If you came here from my Hethel visit write up then you can get back there through this link:
Nice.... very nice.... you explain the colours so well, and yes you could spend a day taking pictures and still not capture the presence of the car :)
 
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Ha, I had to check my last config setting and it is different to what I wish for now BUT still happy.

I saw the black pack roof and it confirmed it was not for me - though to see it on a shell was perhaps not its best light.
I saw that Harry went without the black pack option on his Nimbus I've gone for it on Nimbus hoping it looks like a jet fighters cannopy kind of look.

So reading yours and TomEs comments white is the colour to go for if it was an FE colour, wonder if that will be the default base model colour too.
 
Ha, I had to check my last config setting and it is different to what I wish for now BUT still happy.

I saw the black pack roof and it confirmed it was not for me - though to see it on a shell was perhaps not its best light.
Do you think the calipers are big enough to take a colour or stick to black or silver? I know it's subjective!
 
I saw that Harry went without the black pack option on his Nimbus I've gone for it on Nimbus hoping it looks like a jet fighters cannopy kind of look.

So reading yours and TomEs comments white is the colour to go for if it was an FE colour, wonder if that will be the default base model colour too.
I've gone with the black pack. I think it makes the car appear lower. I've also gone for a light interior so want maximum contrast
 
I've gone with the black pack. I think it makes the car appear lower. I've also gone for a light interior so want maximum contrast
Same here.
Just went for a spin. it's amazing!
... in summer 2022, hopefully1 😜
 
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I saw that Harry went without the black pack option on his Nimbus I've gone for it on Nimbus hoping it looks like a jet fighters cannopy kind of look.

So reading yours and TomEs comments white is the colour to go for if it was an FE colour, wonder if that will be the default base model colour too.
White will be great and there are S1 Esprit connections for some of us. But I wouldn’t buy a white Emira.

I’m pleased I’ll own my first yellow Lotus, after decades of not quite managing to find the car I want in that colour and not being able to buy new until now.

If I had a totally free choice it would be a massive dilemma between Yellow, Laser Blue (my two current Lotus cars) or Motorsport Green or Lotus Racing Green.

We all choose colours for different reasons, mainly emotional rather than rational :)
 
White will be great and there are S1 Esprit connections for some of us. But I wouldn’t buy a white Emira.

I’m pleased I’ll own my first yellow Lotus, after decades of not quite managing to find the car I want in that colour and not being able to buy new until now.

If I had a totally free choice it would be a massive dilemma between Yellow, Laser Blue (my two current Lotus cars) or Motorsport Green or Lotus Racing Green.

We all choose colours for different reasons, mainly emotional rather than rational :)
Or the wife helps!
 
I agree that the colour choice is always the hardest bit. As I already have Lotuses in yellow, motorsport green and metallic blue, I went for red so there is no clash!
 
White will be great and there are S1 Esprit connections for some of us. But I wouldn’t buy a white Emira.

I’m pleased I’ll own my first yellow Lotus, after decades of not quite managing to find the car I want in that colour and not being able to buy new until now.

If I had a totally free choice it would be a massive dilemma between Yellow, Laser Blue (my two current Lotus cars) or Motorsport Green or Lotus Racing Green.

We all choose colours for different reasons, mainly emotional rather than rational :)
I think we can all agree the Emira will look banging 😁 in a lighter rich metallic/pearl green 🥰
 
Did the yellow have black pack like the china one ? I am likely not going black pack, but interested in what you guys saw...
 
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Did the yellow have black pack like the china one ? I am likely not going black pack, but interested in what you guys saw...
Both the yellows I saw were non Black Pack. Most of the pre-prod cars don’t have it, as it’s an extra process step they don’t need to keep doing once they’ve proven it.

The non-BP cars looked good, but so did the handful of BP cars. I think BP works better on lighter colours and so I wouldn’t choose it on Dark Verdant myself. But it’s a personal choice and will work on all FE colours.
 
@TomE, I’ve had my concerns about Magma Red since I saw the disks just before Christmas. It seemed so dark, and very maroon… not terribly sporty at all. Do you think the car will present as “sporty” in Magma? I’m concerned enough to delay my order for a year or two and get the bright red.
 
Both the yellows I saw were non Black Pack. Most of the pre-prod cars don’t have it, as it’s an extra process step they don’t need to keep doing once they’ve proven it.

The non-BP cars looked good, but so did the handful of BP cars. I think BP works better on lighter colours and so I wouldn’t choose it on Dark Verdant myself. But it’s a personal choice and will work on all FE colours.

I originally thought black pack for everything. Then I started not to like it on all the bright colors. I liked it on Nimbus, Shadow, and Dark Verdant. In PICTURES it seems to break up the flow with the bright cars diminishing the lines. However in person this would not be the case.

Thanks for your opinion on this.
 
I originally thought black pack for everything. Then I started not to like it on all the bright colors. I liked it on Nimbus, Shadow, and Dark Verdant. In PICTURES it seems to break up the flow with the bright cars diminishing the lines. However in person this would not be the case.

Thanks for your opinion on this.
New configurator… knock on wood.
 
Thanks Tom (and others) for sharing your experience! Been lurking around for a few months since placing a deposit at Boardwalk Lotus here in Bay Area. Finally some movement with this adventure.

Curious: would red interior be too much with Hethel yellow and black pack? Flip flopping on red vs brown interiors. Originally wasn’t going with black pack but I am leaning towards it now.

Thanks,
Kenny
 
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