Lotus News

  • 2015 Lotus Elise 20th Anniversary Edition

    It was at the Frankfurt Auto Show back in 1995 that Lotus first introduced a car called the “Elise”, and now, two decades on, the automaker from the British town Hethel is celebrating the milestone with a special edition Elise. The new special edition is called the “Elise 20th Anniversary Edition”, and it’s based on the Elise S, albeit with some weight-saving mods that help shed around 22 pounds from the vehicle’s curb weight, bringing the new total to just 2,015 lbs. ALSO SEE: Vaughn Gittin Jr Goes Ice Drifting In His New Mustang RTR: Video That’s...

  • 2017 Lotus Evora 400, 2015 Geneva Motor Show
    2017 Lotus Evora 400 Is British Brand’s Fastest Road Car: Live Photos From Geneva

    It’s no secret that British sports car brand Lotus has been struggling—heck, it only has one road-going model on sale here—but the company has embarked on a turnaround strategy devised by straight-shooting CEO Jean-Marc Gales and is planning a host of new models, starting with a...

  • 2016 Lotus Evora spy shots. Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien.
    2016 Lotus Evora Spy Shots

    These are the first photos of the updated 2016 Lotus Evora in testing ahead of its unveiling at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Revealing a car that keeps the current Evora’s proportions and major styling cues, the photos also show some of the updates to the look—and hint at more. SEE MORE...

  • Lotus E23 Hybrid 2015 Formula One car
    Lotus F1 Team Switches To Mercedes Power For 2015 Formula One Car

    After a disastrous performance in 2014, finishing eighth, financially-stricken Lotus F1 has revealed the car it hopes will turn around its fortunes in the 2015 Formula One World Championship. The new race car is called the E23 Hybrid, and it’s the team’s first to pack a power unit...

  • Lotus celebrates building its 1,000th Exige S
    Lotus Sees Sales Rise 54 Percent, Promises Exciting Reveal For Geneva Motor Show

    Struggling sports car brand Lotus has announced that its sales performance is finally starting to turn around for the better. Sales over the past nine months came in at 1,565 cars, which is up 54 percent on the same period one year and all the more impressive when you consider that there...

  • 2011 Lotus Evora S
    Lotus Evora Crossover In The Works?

    A substantially-updated Evora is set to debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March, and this time around an open-top version is expected alongside the coupe. But beyond the coupe and new convertible, could we see additional Evora variants, perhaps even a crossover? MUST SEE: 2015 Chevy Corvette...

  • 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish

    Aston Martin has managed to snag a top engineer from the ranks of Lotus. It has been confirmed that Matt Becker, the current head of vehicle testing and development at Lotus, a company he’s worked at for more than two decades, will join the team at Aston Martin next month. Becker will be in charge of vehicle attribute engineering in his new role, which encompasses the areas of vehicle dynamics, refinement, aerodynamics and durability. In particular, the British engineer is expected to sort out the handling capabilities of Aston Martin’s new generation of sports cars, starting with...

  • Ronin RS 211 in Jay Leno's Garage
    Ronin RS 211 Lands In Jay Leno’s Garage: The Ultimate Lotus?

    While this Lotus is barely even a Lotus anymore, it’s quite possibly the most impressive, insane, incredible Lotus ever. It’s called the Ronin RS 211, and it’s the brainchild of Frank Profera. MUST SEE: Car Crashes Into Bedroom Of 71-Year-Old Car Enthusiast: Video Built as a...

  • Truck jumping a Lotus Formula One car
    Watch A Big Rig Jump A Moving Formula One Car: Video

    Like a scene from one of the Fast and the Furious movies, a big rig, with its trailer in tow, has managed to successfully jump a Formula One car, setting a new world record in the process. MUST SEE: Jay Leno Gives Wounded Veteran A 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat: Video The stunt was set up by...

  • 2010 Lotus Evora
    2016 Lotus Evora To Debut At 2015 Geneva Motor Show: Report

    Lotus’ current flagship, the Evora, has been on sale here since the 2010 model year and hasn’t changed much over the years. That won’t be the case for long as a heavily updated model is set to be introduced for the 2016 model year, and we’ll reportedly get our first look at...

  • Lotus celebrates building its 1,000th Exige S
    Lotus Builds Its 1,000th Exige S

    It was at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show that Lotus first unveiled its current Exige S, and now, three years on, the British automaker has announced that it has just built the 1,000th example. It’s a significant milestone for a company that’s been through a lot these past few years...

  • 2013 Lotus Exige S Roadster
    Lotus Exige S Gets Automatic Transmission

    The Exige may not be on sale here anymore but overseas the car continues to be updated, with Lotus announcing that for 2015 the range-topping Exige S variant will be available with a paddle-shifted automatic transmission. This should help the wide-body Exige appeal to a much wider audience, which...

  • Russell Carr

    Lotus has appointed Russell Carr its new head of design, a man who has been with the firm since 1990 and whose most notable design is probably that of the Evora sports car. Carr replaces Donato Coco, a former Ferrari designer that has been running the studio in Hethel since 2009. It’s not clear where Coco is headed but we know his last day with the British sports car brand will be October 31, 2014. “I would like to welcome Russell to the role,” Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales said in a statement. “Russell has a proven track-record of producing distinctive and compelling...

  • Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales presents new Exige S to customer
    Lotus Offers Customers Factory Tour And Track Time

    Lotus has come up with a new way to raise some much needed cash: offering customers an opportunity to visit the factory and even get some track time on the company’s official test track located onsite. The offer is part of a new program called Handmade in Hethel (Hethel being the town where...

  • Jean-Marc Gales
    Lotus CEO Outlines Future Plans, Hints At Parts Sharing With Proton

    New Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has just made the painful decision of eliminating a quarter of the automaker’s global workforce, but he has further tough calls to make including the possibility of parts sharing with parent company Proton. In the near term Lotus will upgrade its existing trio of...

  • 2013 Lotus Esprit Concept
    New Lotus Esprit Is Dead

    Not long ago, critics of Lotus accused the automaker of biting off more than it could chew. After all, the British sports car manufacturer and engineering firm had shown six all-new concepts at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, was on somewhat shaky financial ground, and had only a range of aging track-day...

  • 2011 Lotus Evora S
    Lotus Denies Rumors About Evora Pullout From U.S. Market

    According to reports circling the web this week, the Lotus Evora is on the endangered list. It turns out that rumors of its demise are greatly exaggerated. The company today confirmed that a 2016 model year Evora will be sold in the U.S. DON'T MISS: Jeep Driver Out-Jerks Corvette Driver's Jerk...

  • 2011 Lotus Evora S
    Lotus Evora To Also Be Dropped From U.S. Market?

    Lotus looks set to fade further into obscurity in the U.S. market with news emerging that sales of the Evora 2+2 sports car in local showrooms could soon cease for the same reason Lotus’ Elise and Exige lines are no longer sold here. Like the Elise and Exige, the Evora doesn’t meeting...

  • 2015 Lotus Elise S Cup

    Group Lotus Plc today announced a global restructuring program that could result in the loss of as many as 325 jobs around the world. Group Lotus includes the automotive division, Lotus Cars, as well as the Lotus Engineering and Lotus Motorsport divisions. A total of 1,215 people are employed by Group Lotus, of which 1,032 work in the Norfolk area near the Hethel headquarters. The 325 jobs soon to be lost therefore represent about 27 percent of the company’s global workforce—a significant reduction in force. “We understand the concerns that this proposal will create,”...

  • 2015 Lotus Elise S Cup
    2015 Lotus Elise S Cup: Forbidden Fruit

    Only a couple of weeks ago we spotted a Lotus Elise prototype testing at the Nürburgring, which we reported at the time was for a road-going version of the automaker’s Elise S Cup R race car. Now, Lotus has confirmed the car's launch and released this first photo of it. The new sports...

  • 2014 Lotus E22 Formula One car (Lotus F1 Team Facebook)
    Lotus F1 Team Posts Record $107.9 Million Loss

    Junior Johnson once said that the best way to make a small fortune in motor racing was to start with a big one. While the exact wording might have changed over time, as quotes tend to, the sentiment is alive and well. Particularly at the Lotus F1 team, which started with a fortune and last year...

  • 2015 Lotus Elise S Cup R road car spy shots
    2015 Lotus Elise S Cup R road car spy shots

    Lotus appears to be working on a new version of its Elise sports car, believed to be based on the Elise S Cup R race car that debuted earlier this year and was designed for the Lotus Cup racing series. This prototype, spotted at the Nürburgring, features a body kit almost identical to the one...

  • Lotus APX concept, 2006 Geneva Motor Show
    Report: Lotus CEO hints at new SUV and sedan

    It was at the 2010 Paris Auto Show that previous Lotus CEO Dany Bahar shocked the automotive world by unveiling six separate concept cars and promising to bring all of them to production within five years. What didn’t come as a shock was the plan falling flat on its face and Bahar eventually...

  • 2014 Lotus T129 LMP1
    2014 Lotus LMP1 Unveiled At Le Mans

    German racing team Kodewa, which aimed to enter the 2014 World Endurance Championship under the Lotus LMP name, competing in the LMP1-L category for private teams, was scheduled to make its debut in the third round of the championship: this weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately, the team...

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