- Aug 10, 2021
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- Surrey, UK
I've been Hethel Yellow since very early in the process - as soon as they announced the 6 FE colours and Lotus confirmed I had no chance of getting a bespoke colour or more choices (even the +7 ones) for an FE.Right from the announcement of the colours, I had Hethel yellow as my first choice along with the Black packs, & Black gloss alloys and this stayed the same until some of the press car pictures came out around about April time. One of the photos below photos rocked my thoughts on the yellow and I was planning on changing to my 2nd choice of Blue which is lovely and at least I have seen it in real life at the shows. I hadn't changed my order at this time because I have ordered the I4, so I'm awaiting to se a yellow car in the flesh hopefully before I decide, but I had given up on the Yellow.
That was until I watched the Carfection video last night and fell back in love with hethel Yellow.
It's so difficult to judge without seeing it in the flesh due to the light changes etc.
Anybody else had similar thoughts?
This is not a Lotus defined issue, I have had the same issue choosing my daily from the website colours.
When I visited the dealers to see the various colours on the cars, I chose a completely different colour to what I had intended from the online configurator.
Colours are so hard to choose from website configurators and to be fair, Lotus has tried their best and are leagues above others. View attachment 7728
Colour choice is such a personal thing. I've had multiple Lotus cars and always wanted a "traditional" Lotus yellow for one of them, but have always bought ex-demo, nearly new or used and never found a yellow one that met my spec and condition requirements. Now that I'm buying my first brand new one, yellow is the one.
I've seen all the colours in person (including some of the Base Edition and non-production colours) at the factory in January and Goodwood in June. All the colours look great in their own way but have different characters - there are a couple of threads attempting to explain them in descriptive terms and as personalities.
I like that Hethel Yellow has a mustard tone to it. That's like previous Lotus yellows and has a Norfolk (Colman's Mustard) connection. That also makes it warmer, friendlier and less bright than a citrus yellow. Ask current owners of mustard yellow Lotus cars and they'll tell you it gets a lot of attention and almost all positive, because of the "friendly" tone. Initially I was disappointed it's a solid colour not a metallic, but seeing it multiple times in real life (and comparing to previous Lotus metallic yellows) I'm very happy with HY.
Seneca Blue is also a great colour. I worry that it'll be the most common Emira colour, as it was on the show car used for the launch and many dealer tours, so a lot of people have chosen it having seen it in real life. The metallic in it is quite fine-grained and only visible from 6-10 feet away. In some lighting and from a distance it can appear almost like a solid colour.