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  • 2013 Lotus Praga T128 Le Mans prototype (LMP2)

    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 session, the team’s two 2013 T128 LMP2 prototypes managed to qualify in the 23rd and 24th positions. In a statement, team officials said they had filed a criminal complaint against Stéphane Chosse and the firms Adess and SCE Solutions. They claim that Stéphane Chosse is the one that...

  • 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...

  • Lotus Exige S Roadster
    Lotus Exige S Roadster Coming This Summer: Video

    After a highly public meltdown by ex-CEO Dany Bahar, followed by an equally public ousting, Lotus and parent company DRB-Hicom made many reassurances the company was still on track, despite having stopped work on future models. Now, Lotus has released a video (apparently made entirely in iMovie)...

  • 2013 Detroit Electric SP:01
    Detroit Electric reveals Lotus-based SP:01 electric roadster

    If you’re longing for a Tesla Roadster but aren’t prepared to drop your hard-earned on a used example, another electric startup, whose name dates back more than a century, has just unveiled its own Lotus-based electric roadster. That startup is Detroit Electric, which, as promised a...

  • Lotus' Kimi Räikkönen after winning the 2013 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

    Lotus’ Kimi Räikkönen put in a sublime performance at the 2013 Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne yesterday, cruising his way to victory despite having started at seventh on the grid. When the lights turned green, it was expected that pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing, with his team-mate Mark Webber also at the front of the grid, would continue his dominance of the past three years. But it was not to be. Despite an early lead, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso got the jump on the world champion, skipping ahead in the second pit stop as he pitted a lap...

  • 2009 Lotus Exige S
    Lotus Recalls Elise And Exige Sports Cars

    Lotus has issued a recall for its Elise and Exige due to a similar leaking oil problem that led to a recall in 2011 for versions of the sports cars from the 2005 and 2006 model years. This time around it is Elise and Exige models from the 2007 and 2008 model years. Specifically, it is those Elise...

  • Lotus F1 reveals the E21 chassis for the 2013 F1 season - image: Lotus F1
    Lotus E21 2013 Formula One Car Revealed: Video

    In the highly competitive world of Formula 1 Racing, Lotus has already won the very first race of the year. With today’s unveiling of the Lotus E21 chassis, the team becomes the very first Formula 1 constructor to show its wares for the upcoming season. Those expecting to see a big change...

  • 2013 Lotus Exige V6 Cup R
    Lotus To Present Exige Cup Track Specials At 2013 Autosport International

    You may not be able to buy a new Lotus Exige to drive on your favorite roads, but if you enjoy the odd track day or are a serious motorsport competitor then the latest Exige is certainly worth a look. Yes, it is possible to own the latest version of the Exige, the Exige S, in the U.S., but only in...

  • Lotus Evora Sports Racer
    Lotus Adds Sports Racer Package To Evora

    Lotus is launching a new option for its Evora sports car in Europe, which it hopes will bring the excitement of the semi-successful Evora race car to the road. Labeled the ‘Sports Racer’ package, the new option is available on both the naturally-aspirated Evora and the supercharged...

  • Romain Grosjean
    Romain Grosjean Sticks With Lotus In 2013, Sauber With All-New Drivers

    Romain Grosjean has another reason to smile, with the Lotus F1 Team announcing the Frenchman will stay on in the team’s driver lineup for the 2013 Formula One season. The news comes just days after Grosjean was crowned champion at the 2012 Race Of Champions in Bangkok, Thailand. There was...

  • Dany Bahar

    In June of this year, Malaysia’s DRB-Hicom, the owner of Lotus’ parent company Proton, and subsequently the owner of Lotus, fired the British sports car manufacturer’s CEO Dany Bahar. It was announced that the decision to fire Bahar and several other executives was based on the results of an investigation that looked into possible misconduct, though no official reason was ever given for their ousting. Less than two months later Bahar retaliated with a $10 million wrongful dismissal suit that claimed the executives, including himself, were fired in order to avoid contractual...

  • Coca-Cola’s Burn energy drink logo will feature on Lotus’ F1 car in 2013
    Coca-Cola Returns To Formula One As Sponsor Of Lotus F1 Team

    Next year’s Formula One season will see a new energy drink take on the dominant Red Bull brand, with news coming out today that Coca-Cola will sponsor the Lotus F1 Team as a means to promote its new ‘Burn’ energy drink. A logo for the energy drink, a red flame, will feature on...

  • 2013 Lotus Esprit Concept
    New Lotus Esprit Supercar Close To Completion: Report

    Since taking over Lotus’ parent company Proton last January, and in effect taking control of the British sports car manufacturer, Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom has set about ousting Dany Bahar and the former CEO's overly ambitious plan for a six-model lineup, injecting some funds and...

  • A Top Gear-built Lotus Excel submarine
    Hammond, Richard Hammond Pilots A Lotus Submarine: Video

    The James Bond franchise is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and it seems like everyone wants in on the action. To help mark the occasion, even Top Gear, everyone’s favorite motoring show, has produced a special episode with a Bond theme. It’s a safe bet that classic Bond...

  • 2013 Lotus Esprit Concept
    Lotus Owner Provides Details Of Future Plans

    The last we heard, Lotus’ new owner DRB-Hicom had fired CEO Dany Bahar and thrown out his overly ambitious plan to launch up to six brand new models within a five-year period. DRB-Hicom also revealed that it would announce a revised plan for Lotus before mid-2013 and that development of at...

  • 2011 Lotus Evora S
    2011 Lotus Evora S Models Recalled For Oil Line Problem

    Lotus has announced the recall of 80 model year 2011 Evora S models built between February 2011 and September 2011 to correct a potential defect with an oil line that supplies the cylinder head. Oil supply lines that use a three-piece, flexible tubing design can rupture, spraying oil on the engine...

  • 2013 Lincoln MKZ

    Dany Bahar, the former CEO of Lotus, is now suing the company for wrongful termination--despite the investigation that found he was misusing company funds. He wants $10 million. Ford's Lincoln brand today announced it is moving into the Chinese market. The Chinese will have to wait until late 2014 to actually buy Lincoln cars, but the ball is now rolling. Jay Leno spent some time with Lamborghini's Urus and Sesto Elemento concepts during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Check out the video for Jay's thoughts, and Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann's explanations. You'll find all of this...

  • Dany Bahar
    Dany Bahar Files $10 Million Wrongful Dismissal Claim Against Lotus

    In June of this year Dany Bahar was fired from his role as CEO of Lotus following the results of an investigation made by the board of Lotus’ parent company, DRB-Hicom. Now Bahar has hit back by filing a claim against DRB-Hicom for wrongful dismissal in a Malaysian court. As part of the...

  • Dany Bahar's former Lotus Esprit - image courtesy of Lotus Enthusiast
    Dany Bahar's Former Lotus Esprit For Sale

    If you’re big on Lotus collector cars, here’s one you won’t want to pass up: a 2002 Lotus Esprit V8, rebuilt at the factory in 2010 for then-CEO Dany Bahar. And by rebuilt, we mean completely rebuilt. According to Lotus Forums (via Evo), the car’s engine and transmission...

  • 2012 Lotus Exige V6 Cup track day car
    Lotus Confirms Exige V6 Cup Track Car For U.S.

    The Lotus Exige S is a stunning piece of machinery and would make a worthy addition to the garage of anyone who is serious about performance, above all else. The car weighs just 2,380 pounds in total, yet it produces a heady 345 horsepower from its supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 and is capable of 0-60...

  • Mark Webber driving the Infiniti Emerg-E at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed
    Could Lotus End Up Building The Infiniti Emerg-E And Renault Alpine?

    It’s no secret that the Infiniti Emerg-E range-extended electric car concept, one of the crowd-pleasers at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, was built on a Lotus Evora platform. Though rivals on paper, Lotus and Infiniti are both working with the UK’s Technology Strategy Board to...

  • Lotus F1 papercraft racecar - courtesy Lotus F1 Team
    Sauber, Lotus Offer F1 Fans Creative Respite During Summer Break

    With Formula One on hiatus until the first weekend of September, there are some good opportunities for a "fix" when anyone needs one. Two teams have already offered a way to keep Formula One first and foremost on the mind and to enhance viewing pleasure. Sauber F1 Team has produced an interactive...

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