Lotus News

  • 2014 Lotus T129 LMP1

    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, which is unrelated to Lotus Cars and the Lotus F1 Team, was unable to prepare in time so had to pull out of the race. According to Lotus LMP, an unavoidable change in engine supplier prevented the team from competing this weekend (it’s believed the team was originally going to use an Audi V-8)...

  • 2014 Lotus LMP1 prototype race car
    Lotus LMP1 To Be Unveiled At Le Mans But Won’t Race

    German racing team Kodewa, which aimed to enter the 2014 World Endurance Championship under the Lotus banner, 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. It’s since been...

  • 2014 Lotus Exige LF1
    Lotus Celebrates F1 History With Exige LF1: Forbidden Fruit

    Lotus is celebrating its Formula One provenance with a special edition Exige S called the Exige LF1 (Lotus F1). The car marks the 81 victories in F1 that have been made by Lotus-branded cars, from the very first win at the 1960 Monaco Grand Prix up to the final one at the 2013 Australian Grand...

  • 2001 Lotus Exige with carbon fiber body and turbocharged Audi engine
    Lotus Exige Sporting 550-hp Audi Turbo Five And Carbon Body For Sale

    The saying is oft uttered when discussing anything Lotus, and has become a core mantra for many an automotive enthusiast. "Simplify, then add lightness," were the famous words said by Lotus founder Colin Chapman. It seems one fan of the brand took this ethos to heart... well, part of it anyway...

  • Pastor Maldonado receives his new Lotus Evora S
    Pastor Maldonado Gets New Lotus Evora S, We Wonder How Soon He’ll Crash It

    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...

  • 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

    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’ 3-year strategy to improve the company’s production processes and see it return to profitability. Unlike Bahar, Gales is a known industry player and has a background in both management and mechanical engineering, which should serve him well in his new role. Gales also has experience working with...

  • david baldi lotus hill climb
    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)
    Lotus-Branded LMP1 To Compete In 2014 World Endurance Championship And 24 Hours Of Le Mans

    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...

  • 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)

    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 probably figured out that this Lotus tub wasn't hooked up to any form of video game--Lotus was often at the cutting edge of technology, but not by that much. Instead, the slim Grand Prix car form would have been perched on a stand with a wrap-around projection screen in front of it. Footage of a...

  • 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’
    Elon Musk Is Buyer Of James Bond Lotus Submarine, Plans To Make It Electric

    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...

  • 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’

    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 of filmmaking recently went up for auction, and two very lucky movie fans wound up with pieces of cinematic history: Ferris Bueller's Ferrari replica hit the Mecum auction block in Monterey, and the James Bond Lotus Elise submarine wound up crossing the RM auction stage. The Ferris Bueller Ferrari is...

  • Bulleta RF22
    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...

  • 2011 Lotus Evora S
    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 To Update Existing Range Rather Than Launch New Cars

    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...

  • 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...

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