The Exige Type 49 and 79 Celebration cars have been hand crafted in a salute to Lotus’ 70th birthday, and the victory anniversaries of two historic racing cars that helped define the brand as one of the all-time great automotive marques. The Exige Type 49 marks the 50 years since Graham Hill clinched both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championship in the Lotus Type 49. The Exige Type 79 salutes the 40 years since Mario Andretti won his World Championship, and Lotus the Constructors’ Championship, in the Lotus Type 79.
The Type 49 and 79 are just two of the cars that helped forge Lotus’ reputation in competition. In Formula 1 alone it has more than 475 Grand Prix starts, complete with 79 victories and 7 World Championships. As well as the laurels gained in Grand prix racing, Lotus has successfully competed in Rally, Le Mans, Indy and saloon car classes around the world.