Lotus News

  • The Lotus Evora GTC

    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 competition. To ensure that the Evora GTC can hold its own, the car gets a weight reduction of some 66 pounds compared to the Evora GT4. Carbon fiber replaces fiberglass for the doors, roof and engine cover, and plexiglass is used for the windows. The net result is a race car that weighs in at less...

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    Indy Rookie Tests Complete, Boost Levels Changed For 500 Qualifying

    Rookie Orientation Program took place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday, May 10 with eight drivers on the 2.5-mile oval working up to speed in order to make the field of 33 on May 27. Of those eight, six passed their three-phase rookie tests, earning the right to qualify for the 96th...

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    Indy 500 Rookie Program Gets Tweaks; Alesi Race Entry Confirmed

    INDYCAR, sanctioning body for the IZOD IndyCar Series, has elected to make changes to the Rookie Orientation Program (ROP) for the 96th Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 27. In the past ROP featured four segments with increasing speeds to be held for 10 laps each; the program will now consist of...

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    Dragon Racing Files Lawsuit Against Lotus Cars

    Will there now be only one full-time Lotus-powered car in the IZOD IndyCar Series throughout the balance of the 2012 season? It's sure looking that way. Lotus Cars gave Dreyer & Reinbold and Bryan Herta Autosport a way out at the end of April; the former has already got its engine deal in place...

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    INDYCAR Turbocharger Ruling Appealed By GM

    Turbo-Gate isn't over yet. A ruling went against General Motors the week of the Sao Paulo IZOD IndyCar Series race after the manufacturer's Chevrolet racing division questioned competitor Honda's use of a different compressor cover A/R for their single Borg Warner turbocharger than that originally...

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    Sao Paulo INDYCAR Race Belongs To Power

    Team Penske's Will Power won his third straight race of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season and his third consecutive Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle on the 2.635-mile, 11-turn street circuit, leading Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay to the checkered flags after 75 laps of...

  • 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...

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    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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    Lotus Confirms Two INDYCAR Teams' Release

    The rumor mill started churning during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach less than two weeks ago that two Lotus factory teams - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport - were less than satisfied with their Lotus engine supply chain in the IZOD IndyCar Series. While the engine...

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    Lotus To Lose Two INDYCAR Teams?

    Over the course of three races in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season, it's been easy to see which engine manufacturers did plenty of homework and who's prepared for the rigors of this year's manufacturers' championship fight. The nods go to Ilmor Ltd and their new Chevrolet engine and, as well to...

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    Entries In For 96th Indianapolis 500

    There are 34 entries for the 96th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, scheduled for May 27 this year, the day before Memorial Day. Among the 30 drivers nominated thus far - there's always a shuffle here and there - are three previous winners of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing and three IZOD IndyCar Series...

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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

    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 allegations. In particular, Lotus hits out at rival F1 personalities Tony Fernandes, the owner of the Caterham F1 team, and Mike Gascoyne, the team’s technical director. Lotus also reveals for the first time its new deal with Genii Capital, the current owner of the Lotus F1 team. Under the agreement...

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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...

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    Lotus F1 Losing Lotus Group Backing?

    The money woes besetting Group Lotus, which has been spreading its wings in all forms of major motor racing over the past two years, are spreading to the province of Formula One racing and Lotus F1 Team. The Lotus brand's recent history in F1 has been one involving legal battles, name changes and...

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    Katherine Legge's Journey To Racing Respectability

    This hasn't been an optimal start to the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series for Katherine Legge, who is listed as rookie driver for Dragon Racing's No. 6 TrueCar Dallara/Lotus/Firestone Indy car. After two races, she's tied for 21st in the point standings with another female driver, Simona de Silvestro, who...

  • 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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    Conor Daly Ready For Second Season In GP3

    Second generation driver Conor Daly, son of Derek and Beth, is embarking on his sophomore year of GP3 racing as he vies to make his way toward Formula One. Last year Daly spent time racing in both GP3 and in the Firestone Indy Lights Championship in the USA; this year he's focused on GP3 for the...

  • Lotus Evora by Mansory

    Any performance or luxury automaker worth its salt these days offers some level of personalization for its cars. After all, if you’re dropping the price of an average home on a new car you wouldn’t want the person up the street to be able to buy one in the exact same specification as yours. That’s where a string of new vehicle personalization services come into play. Some recent additions to the exclusive world of vehicle personalization include Ferrari’s Tailor-Made service, the McLaren Special Operations and Ad Personam from Lamborghini. Now Lotus is getting in on...

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    Lotus F1 Team Inks 3-Year Pact With Microsoft Dynamics

    The Lotus F1 Team that features returning 2007 Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen together with Romain Grosjean and Renault engines in its E20 chassis, has announced a three-year partnership with technology giant Microsoft, with branding to be unveiled at this weekend's season-opening Australian...

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    Lotus Temporarily Suspends Work On Future Models: Report

    Lotus must temporarily halt development activities while new Proton investor DRB-Hicom completes its due diligence.

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    Castroneves Leads Second Day Of INDYCAR Testing

    The second day of IZOD IndyCar Series "spring training" on Sebring International Raceway 1.67-mile short course was simply on fire. Nothing like NASCAR's big jet-dryer blowup at this year's Daytona 500. No, Will Power ended up with a second fire after yesterday's engine fire on-course. Power put...

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    2013 Lotus Exige S Roadster Makes Debut

    While it wasn’t the long-rumored convertible Evora that we had been hoping for, Lotus did stay true to its word and blew “the roof off” one of its models at this week’s 2012 Geneva Motor Show. That model was the Exige S, which has now been revealed in Exige S Roadster form...

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    Lotus Exige R-GT Rally Car Set For April Debut

    Pending the successful completion of testing and FIA homologation, the Lotus Exige R-GT will make its FIA European Rally Championship debut at Brescia, Italy next month.

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