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In December 2010 Group Lotus announced the creation of Lotus Renault GP, the successor to the Renault F1 team. This team contested the 2011 season having purchased a title sponsorship deal with the team, with the option to buy shares in the future. The team’s car for that season, the R31, was badged as a Renault, while Team Lotus’s car, the T128, was badged as a Lotus. In May 2011, the British High Court of Justice ruled that Team Lotus could continue to use the “Team Lotus” name, but Group Lotus had sole right to use the “Lotus” name on its own. As a consequence, for 2012 Lotus Renault GP was rebranded as Lotus F1 Team and its cars were badged as Lotuses, while Team Lotus was renamed Caterham F1 Team (after the sports car manufacturer owned by team principal Tony Fernandes) and its cars were badged as Caterhams.
Lotus Sports Car
View All Lotus Reviews Recent Lotus Reviews 2012 Lotus Evora S GP Edition Review Limited edition Evora S GP Edition adds style, exclusivity and value. read full story 2011 Lotus Evora S Review Its engine might have humble Toyota origins but everything else about the Evora is exotic, from its looks, to its handling. And just so you’ll never confuse it with a Porsche, it’s even got a few quirks. read full story 2010 Lotus Evora: First Drive Larger and more luxurious than the current lineup of Elise and Exige model, Lotus goes mainstream with its new Evora sports car – in the sort of niche-market hard-core way it knows best. read full story 2010 Lotus 2-Eleven Review There’s only one thing wrong with the 2-Eleven; you can’t drive it on the street. read full story 2008 Lotus Elise SC Anyone who’s familiar with Lotus and its founder Colin Chapman will no doubt also recognize its famous “to add speed, add lightness” mantra. And adding lightness is something Lotus has done extremely well with the 2,006 lbs Elise SC, but does adding a supercharger change the driving the experience in a meaningful way? read full story
Lotus Sports Car
The Lotus name returned to Formula One for the 2010 season, when a new Malaysian team called Lotus Racing was awarded an entry. The new team used the Lotus name on licence from Group Lotus, and was unrelated to the original Team Lotus. In September 2010 Group Lotus, with agreement from its parent company Proton, terminated the licence for future seasons as a result of what it called “flagrant and persistent breaches of the licence by the team”. Lotus Racing then announced that it had acquired Team Lotus Ventures Ltd, the company led by David Hunt, and with it full ownership of the rights of the “Team Lotus” brand and heritage. The team confirmed that it would be known as Team Lotus from 2011 onwards.
Lotus Sports Car
List of all Lotus cars & models. This Lotus vehicle model list includes photos of Lotus vehicles along with release dates and body types. Make sure to also check out Maserati cars and Aston Martin vehicles. List features items like Lotus Mark IX, Lotus Esprit and more! This list of car models made by Lotus can be sorted by any column, just like any other Ranker list.Lotus Cars shown below can be hovered over, or you can click on the names of the Lotus Cars brands to get more information on any of them. Lotus types also have car class information available if you click on their names and go to their dedicated page. Use this list to build your own just like it that fits your opinions of where everything should be ranked.
Lotus Sports Car
After the elegant but delicate Lotus Elite of the 1950s, Lotus found critical and sales success in the 1960s with the Lotus Elan two seater, later developed to two plus two form. Lotus was notable for its use of fibreglass bodies, backbone chassis, and twin cam engines, initially supplied by Coventry Climax but later replaced by Lotus-Ford units (Ford block, Lotus head and valve gear). Lotus worked with Ford on the Lotus Cortina, a successful sports saloon.
Lotus Sports Car
In its early days, the company encouraged its customers to race its cars, and it first entered Formula One through its sister company Team Lotus in 1958. A Lotus Formula One car driven by Stirling Moss won the marque’s first Grand Prix in 1960 at Monaco. Moss drove a Lotus 18 entered by privateer Rob Walker. Major success came in 1963 with the Lotus 25, which – with Jim Clark driving – won Team Lotus its first F1 World Constructors Championship. Clark’s untimely death – he crashed a Formula Two Lotus 48 in April 1968 after his rear tyre failed in a turn in Hockenheim – was a severe blow to the team and to Formula One. He was the dominant driver in the dominant car and remains an inseparable part of Lotus’s early years. That year’s championship was won by Clark’s teammate, Graham Hill.
List of all Lotus cars & models. This Lotus vehicle model list includes photos of Lotus vehicles along with release dates and body types. Make sure to also check out Maserati cars and Aston Martin vehicles. List features items like Lotus Mark IX, Lotus Esprit and more! This list of car models made by Lotus can be sorted by any column, just like any other Ranker list.
In its early days Lotus sold cars aimed at privateer racers and trialists. Its early road cars could be bought as kits, in order to save on purchase tax. The kit car era ended in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Lotus Elan Plus Two being the first Lotus road car not to be offered in kit form, and the Lotus Eclat and Lotus Elite of the mid 1970s being offered only in factory built versions.
Tesla Motors, a likely rival for Lotus if its plans go through, has also turned to contractors for parts of the all-electric Roadster. However, Tesla bought the chassis for their 2,500 Roadsters from Lotus because of the heavy weight of the batteries in an EV and Lotus’s widely known low weight and sharp handling characteristics. While only 10% of the parts of the Tesla Roadster were shared with the Lotus Elise, Lotus was responsible for approximately 40% of the overall content of the car.
2017 Lotus Cars Lotus began as a constructor of racing cars, and has a long history of success in Formula 1. Maker of the awesome Esprit and Elise in the past, the Lotus Evora is the only vehicle currently sold in North America. Lotus founder Colin Chapman was a pioneer of using lightweight technology to win races – even at the expense of his drivers’ safety. Chapman and Lotus also invented modern aerodynamics with their Formula 1 cars, but their road cars have often been assembled with equal parts ingenuity and scavenging from other car makers parts bins. Despite this, their products have remained iconic, with the Elan, Europa and Esprit still held in high esteem.
Despite having employed designer Peter Stevens to revamp the range and design two new concept cars, by 1985 the British investors recognised that they lacked the required capital to invest in the required new model development to production, and sought to find a major motor manufacturing buyer. In January 1986, Wickins oversaw the majority sale of the Group Lotus companies and 100% of North American–based LPCI to General Motors, with engineer Bob Eaton a big Lotus car fan. After four months of controlling but co-owning Group Lotus with Toyota, the Japanese company sold out to GM. By October 1986, GM had acquired a 91% stake in Group Lotus for £22.7 million, which allowed them to legally force the company buyout.
Lotus began as a constructor of racing cars, and has a long history of success in Formula 1. Maker of the awesome Esprit and Elise in the past, the Lotus Evora is the only vehicle currently sold in North America. Lotus founder Colin Chapman was a pioneer of using lightweight technology to win races – even at the expense of his drivers’ safety. Chapman and Lotus also invented modern aerodynamics with their Formula 1 cars, but their road cars have often been assembled with equal parts ingenuity and scavenging from other car makers parts bins. Despite this, their products have remained iconic, with the Elan, Europa and Esprit still held in high esteem.
Variants of the 900 series engine were supplied for the Jensen Healey sports car and the Sunbeam Lotus “hot hatchback”. In the 1980s, Lotus collaborated with Vauxhall Motors to produce the Lotus Carlton, the fastest roadgoing Vauxhall car.
By the mid 1970s, Lotus sought to move upmarket with the launch of the Elite and Eclat models, four seaters aimed at prosperous buyers, with features such as optional air conditioning and optional automatic transmissions. The mid engined line continued with the Lotus Esprit, which was to prove one of the company’s longest lived and most iconic models. Lotus developed its own series of four cylinder DOHC engines, the Lotus 900 series, and later a V8, and turbocharged versions of the engines appeared in the Esprit.
At the time of his death, both Chapman and Lotus were linked with the DeLorean Motor Company scandal over the use of UK Government subsidies for the production of the DeLorean DMC-12, for which Lotus had designed the chassis. Chasing large sums of money which had disappeared from the DeLorean company, Lotus was besieged by Inland Revenue inspectors, who imposed an £84 million legal “protective assessment” on the company. Chapman died before the full deceit unravelled but, at the subsequent trial of Fred Bushell, the Lotus accountant, the judge insisted that, had Chapman himself been in the dock, he would have received a sentence “of at least 10 years”.