Lotus is showing signs of life, with news emerging this week that the British sports car manufacturer is set to hire around 100 new staff, mostly specialist engineers.
Only a week ago, managers from DRB-Hicom, the owner of Lotus’ Malaysian parent Proton, revealed that Lotus’ debts had been cleared and the company now primed to start churning out new sports cars.
Unfortunately, those new sports cars will simply be upgrades of existing models like the Elise, Exige and Evora for the time being, though given Lotus’ recent financial past we’re just happy things are picking up for the men and women at Lotus HQ in Hethel, England.
According to the Eastern Daily Press, Lotus is looking for 45 specialist engineers, 40 manufacturing staff and 18 university leavers for its graduate recruitment program. They will be assisting in the development of new models needed to meet growing demand for Lotus cars as well as the company’s renowned engineering consultancy services.
Using its current trio of sports cars, Lotus will launch new variants with improved technology, improved performance and improved quality. The first of these has already been launched overseas in the form of the 2013 Lotus Elise S Club Racer, a stripped-out version of the Elise designed for the track.
“It’s been a period of substantial change at Lotus and we are now in a strong position to expand our work on future products and to increase production in our manufacturing facilities, Lotus chief operating officer Aslam Farikullah said in a statement. “We want Lotus to be at the forefront of the global automotive industry and for us to remain competitive, we will introduce more exciting products--there has never been a better time to be part of the future of Lotus.”