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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

  • 2012 Lotus Exige S live photos
    First Production Lotus Exige S Completed Amidst Company Turmoil

    Lotus is in ten kinds of disarray at the moment, with CEO Dany Bahar recently canned, owners DRB-Hicom revising the upcoming product plan, and even some speculation over a potential buyout by Volkswagen. But despite all of that, business continues, with the first Exige S production car rolling off...

  • 2012 Lotus Evora GX Grand-Am race car

    Lotus has unveiled its new Evora based race car that will compete in the newly established GX experimental class in the Grand-Am Rolex series. Based loosely on the Evora GTC racer that competes in the regular GT class, the new Evora GX gets its own unique touches including an aggressive bodykit, a lack of traction control and a steeper price. Like the GTC, new carbon fiber doors, roof and engine cover have replaced the steel and composite panels of the regular Evora, and Plexiglass is used for the windows in order to get weight down to around 2,535 pounds. This is an impressive 22 pounds...

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    New Owner Committed To Lotus, Drops Ambitious Five-Year Plan

    In a sign that Lotus’ new owner is committed to the British sports car company, DRB-Hicom, the Malaysian investment group that recently bought a controlling stake of Proton and with it the control of Lotus, has reportedly scrapped the overly ambitious five-year turnaround plan first announced...

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    Lotus Pulls Out Of 2012 Paris Auto Show

    It was close to two years ago that Lotus, led by recently-ousted CEO Dany Bahar, announced its overly ambitious turnaround plan at the 2010 Paris Auto Show by presenting a total of six concepts--all of which looked kind of the same yet were all confirmed for production. This was during a time when...

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    Lotus Exos Type 125 Is The F1 Car For Mere Mortals: Video

    Track days are growing in popularity worldwide, and there’s no shortage of track-only cars to choose from. If your budget is modest, a used-but-serviceable SCCA racer may suit your needs. If you’ve got more money to spend, cars like the Caterham 7, Ariel Atom or KTM X-Bow will provide...

  • 2012 Lotus Exige S live photos
    Lotus Explains Its Track-Focused Exige S: Video

    Lotus revealed its sharp-edged Exige S coupe at last year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, and since then has occasionally teased the car in videos. Now the Hethel-based automaker is doing a full-court-press video release on the car, covering both its design and testing. The recipe for the Exige S is...

  • Lotus Evora 414E extended-range electric car prototype
    Lotus Evora 414E Extended-Range Electric Car Starts Testing

    Despite being one of the more performance-oriented brands in the industry, Lotus also happens to be a leader when it comes to fuel-saving hybrid technology. Having already established a hybrid and electric vehicle group years ago, as well as building several concept and engineering mules for other...

  • Dany Bahar

    Following a suspension last month amid an investigation into misconduct--likely related to his use of company funds to extensively refurbish his several houses--Lotus CEO Dany Bahar has been fired, effective immediately. The announcement, made in a release by Group Lotus, Plc, said the decision to fire Bahar was made by the company's board on the basis of the results of parent company DRB-Hicom's investigation. Bahar's removal marks the second automotive CEO to be done in by inordinate expenses recently, following Ernst Lieb's departure from Mercedes-Benz USA. At present, no replacement for...

  • Lotus Originals' first retail location, in Monaco
    Lotus Originals Bets On Monaco

    If there’s an automaker with a more diverse business portfolio than Lotus, we’d be hard pressed to name it. Not only does Lotus build cars, but the firm also consults on engineering projects, fronts a Formula One team, builds (sadly non-competitive) engines for the IndyCar series and...

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    Lotus CEO Dany Bahar Suspended For 'Conduct'

    An official statement released today confirmed that earlier rumors of Lotus CEO Dany Bahar's suspension were in fact true--though the only reason given for the suspension was a matter of "conduct." The suspension is termed temprorary in the statement from DRB-Hicom, which recently acquired Lotus'...

  • Lotus' engineering development menu.
    Lotus Helping Automakers Develop Lightweight Platforms

    Lotus founder Colin Chapman was perhaps best known for his ability to “add lightness” to purpose-built race cars. Legend has it that Chapman would only stop removing bracing from a race car chassis when he approached (or sometimes exceeded) the point of structural failure. Lotus may not...

  • The Lotus Type 102. Image: Paul Melbert
    Lotus Type 102, Sans Owner, To Appear At Goodwood Festival Of Speed

    Vintage F1 cars driven at events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed are often piloted by their owners, who may not be comfortable with the idea of another driver, no matter how experienced, behind the wheel. When the 1990 Lotus Type 102 in Camel livery takes to the track for this year’s...

  • The Lotus Evora GTC
    Lotus Announces Evora GTC Racer

    Building from the established Lotus Evora GT4 racer, Lotus has announced the availability of the new Evora GTC. Aimed at the latest Le Mans Series class of near-production cars, the Evora GTC will go head to head against the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and the Ferrari F430 Challenge in Le Mans GTC...

  • 2012 Lotus Exige S live photos

    While we’re still hoping that the latest Lotus Exige S makes it over to these shores, even if only as a dedicated track car, European buyers have been lapping it up since last September when the car made its official world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Since then Lotus has entered the Exige S into rally racing and added a sultry convertible version to its lineup. Now, for the latest installment of his eponymous video series, British journo and avid racer Chris Harris has wrung out the Exige S on a very wet race track at Lotus’ headquarters in Hethel, UK. While the...

  • 2012 Lotus Evora GTE China Limited Edition
    Lotus Evora GTE China Limited Edition Debuts In Beijing

    Emphasizing the importance of the Chinese market to its future success, British sports car manufacturer Lotus unveiled a new model custom-made for China at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show this week. The custom-made model is based on the Evora GTE sports car but gets some unique features plus a limited...

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    Evaluating The Lotus Rant: Fact And Fiction

    Unless you've been living under a rock since Tuesday, you know about Lotus' rant in response to what it perceives as rampant falsehood and inaccurate reporting of its current situation, both in terms of product and its corporate status. Frustration in the face of potentially harmful reporting is...

  • 2012 Lotus Evora GTE live photos
    Lotus Goes On The Defense With Bizarre Facebook Rant

    Following recent reports that Lotus was ending sponsorship of the Lotus F1 team and, of more concern, could possibly be put into administration by its new parent, Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom, Lotus has gone on the defense with an extensive Facebook rant addressing many of the various...

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    Lotus In Trouble, May Be Sold To China’s Youngman: Report

    Following yesterday’s news that Group Lotus was ending its sponsorship of the Lotus F1 team while leaving the team’s name unchanged, a new report suggests that the automaker’s troubles run far deeper and that its ambitious five-year sports car program could be on the skids...

  • The Lotus XI "Wide Body" competes at Le Mans, 1956.
    Impressive Lotus Collection To Be Auctioned By Bonhams

    In the 1963 Dutch Grand Prix, legendary driver Jim Clark dominated the competition in his Lotus 25 Formula One car. A young Olav Glasius was so impressed by both the Lotus and Clark’s driving that he became a lifelong fan of the brand. Glasius, described by Bonhams as a “textile...

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