Lotus News

  • Pastor Maldonado receives his new Lotus Evora S

    The best weekend of racing this year is just behind us, and while most of us only had hangovers or lots of nacho-cheese-fueled regret to show for it, Lotus F1 driver Pastor Maldonado drove off in a brand-new Evora S. Lucky guy. ALSO SEE: McLaren F1 Flipped During Road Trip With Rowan Atkinson Maldonado is especially lucky to get the new car (a part of his deal as a “brand ambassador” for Lotus) considering the lead sentence in the official announcement: “Despite a disappointing race weekend, Lotus F1 Team driver Pastor Maldonado takes the Lotus prize with a brand new Lotus...

  • Jim Clark's Lotus 49 crashed at Monaco. Photo via Axis of Oversteer @axisofoversteer
    Jim Clark’s Lotus 49 Crashed At Monaco

    Racing used to be a very different sort of sport, even at the highest levels. The pros in Formula 1 didn’t just drive F1 races—they often moonlighted in Formula 2 or other series, both for fun and profit. That’s how Jim Clark, one of the most legendary drivers of all time, met his...

  • Jean-Marc Gales
    Jean-Marc Gales named CEO of Lotus

    Lotus has been without a CEO since the ousting of Dany Bahar in 2012, but now the sports car company’s Malaysian parent, DRB-HICOM, has named a new CEO in the form of Jean-Marc Gales. A former president of French auto giant PSA Peugeot Citroën, Gales will be in charge of Lotus’...

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    This Lotus Climbs Hills Better Than Stallone In Cliffhanger: Video

    Have you ever driven a car and left everything out on the course? I mean really pushed both yourself and your machine to the limit? Even if you say yes, you still haven't gone as wild as some of the hill climb racers on this planet. DON'T MISS: LIT Motors C1: The Car-Like Motorcycle That Can't Fall...

  • 2013 Lotus Exige S Roadster
    Lotus Studies Benefits Of Light, Strong Titanium Parts

    Lotus launched the first-generation Elise back in 1996 in some markets, and at the time its extruded and bonded aluminum chassis was on the cutting edge. It weighed very little, contributing to the car's 1,600-lb curb weight, but proved race-car strong and highly adaptable. Lightweight technology...

  • Lotus C-01 superbike
    Lotus C-01 Superbike Revealed In All Its Carbon Fiber Glory

    Nearly a year ago, Lotus announced the launch of its new motorcycle division, with a teaser image showing the carbon fiber tank of its C-01 superbike. Today, we have the official unveiling of the real thing, and it's stunning. Employing all of Lotus' lessons learned from racing on four wheels, and...

  • 2013 Lotus Praga T128 Le Mans prototype (LMP2)

    The entries for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans are out (PDF here) and one of the big surprises is that a Lotus prototype will be contending the top LMP1 category, albeit the LMP1-L category for independent teams with non-hybrid cars. This is allowed because the Lotus prototype being fielded is from German racing team Kodewa rather than Lotus the automaker, although the two have close links. Kodewa competed in the LMP2 category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the full World Endurance Championship last year using a pair of T128 prototypes racing under the Lotus banner. For its LMP1 entry...

  • Lotus’ E22 2014 Formula One car
    Lotus Reveals Split-Nose E22 2014 F1 Car Hours After Team Principal Quits

    Lotus F1 is the latest team to reveal its new car for the 2014 Formula One World Championship. The car carries the E22 designation and will be driven in the new season by existing Lotus driver Romain Grosjean and newcomer Pastor Maldonado. Sure to prove controversial is the car’s new...

  • 1960 Lotus 20/22 racing simulator (Images: eBay auction)
    1960s-Era Lotus Racing Simulator Goes Up For Sale

    Think racing simulators are a recent invention, conjured up with the advent of photo-realistic video games? Think again. The Lotus 20/22 race simulator recently sold on eBay (via Bring A Trailer) dates back to 1960--pre-dating the sort of simulators we're familiar with by decades. Of course, you've...

  • Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado confirmed for Lotus F1 Team in 2014
    Pastor Maldonado To Race Alongside Romain Grosjean At Lotus F1 In 2014

    Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado has been confirmed as a driver for the Lotus F1 Team. He will be racing alongside current Lotus driver Romain Grosjean in the 2014 Formula One World Championship. Lotus was left with an empty seat when its star driver Kimi Räikkönen ditched the Enstone...

  • British politicians visit Lotus factory in Hethel, England
    Lotus Receives £10 Million From British Government

    Lotus has managed to secure £10.44 million (approximately $16.86 million) in funding from the British government via its Regional Growth Fund program, which is aimed at creating jobs in the U.K. Lotus says the funds will be used for research and development of products, along with staff...

  • 2014 Lotus Elise S Cup R race car
    2014 Lotus Elise S Cup R Race Car Revealed

    The Lotus Elise may no longer be sold in the U.S. but you can still purchase versions of the car designed for track use. One example is the 2014 Lotus Elise S Cup R race car, which is based on the supercharged Elise S and is designed for the Lotus Cup racing series, competitions for which are run...

  • Submersible Lotus Esprit from James Bond flick ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’

    Not long ago, it was revealed that the Lotus Esprit submarine from the 1977 James Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me was sold at auction for close to a million dollars. In case you’re unfamiliar with the movie, the car was converted into a mock submarine that is made to look like it's ‘driving’ underwater. Being a famous movie car already gives the unique Lotus Esprit plenty of street cred, but there’s a lot more to this story. Another interesting facet of the car is how its previous owner came into possession of it. After its filming duties, the car was kept in a storage...

  • Spyker B6 Venator concept car, 2013 Geneva Motor Show
    Spyker To Source B6 Venator’s V-6 Engine From Lotus

    At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show back in March, Spyker revealed a concept version of a new, more accessible sports car the company was planning, the B6 Venator. At the time of its unveiling, Spyker said the B6 Venator was powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivering more than 375 horsepower. Since the...

  • Submersible Lotus Esprit from James Bond flick ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’
    James Bond And Ferris Bueller Have Their Machines Sold Off

    In the world of film, there are a handful of automobiles that have achieved an iconic almost cult-like status. Be it the Ghostbusters Ecto-1, the Audi S8 from Ronin, or even the Jeep from Jurassic Park, movie cars create movie car fans. Two of the most memorable machines from the last few decades...

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    American Firm Bulleta Announces Evora-Based RF22 Sports Car

    Despite a recent string of bad luck for Germany’s niche sports car brands, a few North American startups have announced their intention to launch new sports cars of their own. Recently we looked at Lucra and its new 2.2 project as well as Mexico’s VŪHL, whose 05 track car looks to be...

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    Lotus Hiring Again

    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...

  • 2011 Lotus Evora S
    Lotus' Leaking Oil Problem Strikes Again, This Time Affecting The 2011 Evora

    Lotus has issued a recall on certain versions of its Evora sports car due to a defective oil hose that could rupture, leading to more serious problems. The recall affects supercharged 2011 Evora models that feature a manual transmission and were manufactured from September 2010 through to September...

  • 2013 Lotus Elise S Club Racer

    Lotus has been led by managers at Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom since early 2012 and since then we’ve heard little on the progress of the British sports car manufacturer, whose sole model in the U.S. remains the Evora. DRB-Hicom previously said it was committed to keeping Lotus as well as keeping production of Lotus cars in the U.K., but stopped short of stating whether we’d see any new models in the near future. One hope had been a new Esprit supercar, the only model from the six-car lineup Lotus’ previous CEO Dany Bahar had envisioned. However, getting the Esprit into...

  • Lotus Motorcycles
    Lotus Launches Motorcycle Division And Announces New C-01 Superbike

    Despite its current financial difficulties and lack of announcements concerning the future of its sports car production, Lotus has launched a new motorcycle division and announced plans for a C-01 superbike. The C-01 will be Lotus’ first motorcycle though the company will have a considerable...

  • 2013 Lotus Praga T128 Le Mans prototype (LMP2)
    Lotus Le Mans Team Cleared To Race This Weekend

    After having a number of its race car components seized by a court in Le Mans, France earlier in the week due to an alleged financial dispute, the Lotus Praga team, run by German outfit Kodewa, has been cleared to race in this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. After an interrupted qualifying...

  • 2013 Lotus Praga T128 Le Mans prototype (LMP2)
    Lotus Le Mans Preparation Halted After Court Seizes LMP2 Prototypes

    The Lotus Praga Le Mans campaign has come unstuck just days out from this year’s running of the 24-hour endurance race. A number of components for the two T128 LMP2 prototypes being prepared by German squad Kodewa, which is running the cars under the Lotus Praga banner, have been seized by a...

  • 2013 Lotus F1 car with the Daft Punk logo
    Daft Punk Teams Up With The Lotus F1 Team: Video

    UPDATE: Full teaser video added. Just in time for the partying that took place during the past weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, French electronic music sensation Daft Punk was named as the latest partner of the Lotus F1 Team. Coincidentally, Daft Punk is in the process of promoting its new album...

  • 2013 Lotus Exige V6 Cup R
    Lotus In Line To Receive £10 Million Government Grant: Report

    When you think Lotus you're also supposed to think about adding lightness. It's the philosophy of Lotus founder Colin Chapman, and it was the ethos with which Lotus cars were designed, developed, and produced. One area Lotus doesn't want to be light in, is of course its own wallet. Thanks to a...

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