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Mr Chapman starts out by modifying a 1928 Austin Seven for local trials races and his small 15-hp car wins a number races, essentially funding Chapman’s next car. Doing this a few times, Chapman starts Lotus Engineering Company to build race cars, the first of which is the Mark IV trials car.

Essentially a formula car for the road, the lightweight, quick, and responsive Mark VII—known today simply as the 7—starts production in 1957 and continues on today as the Caterham 7.

To make enough money to keep racing, Chapman develops his first dedicated production car, the Elite, which features a lightweight fiberglass body and structure. Powered by a single-overhead-cam Coventry Climax 1.2-liter engine making 102 hp, the fiberglass Elite weighs in at 1705 pounds.

Next was the Lotus Elan, an instant classic. The two-seat roadster mounts a fiberglass body onto a steel backbone with a small four-cylinder engine. Lotus continues development, adding larger (more powerful) engines over time. This simple formula is what makes Lotus cars unique and loved by enthusiasts.

In 1976 Lotus launches the mid-engine Lotus Esprit. With a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 140 hp the futuristic wedge-shaped Esprit runs from 0 to 60 in 9.6 seconds.

It wasn’t till the Esprit S2 that performance improved but we had to wait till 1980 and the turbocharged Esprit with its 210 hp engine to really enjoy the sweet chassis.

More recently, Lotus went back to basics and starts building the mid-engine, lightweight, two-seat Elise. Underpinned by a novel tub made of aluminum sections glued together, the Elise weighs a scant 1500 pounds. A love-fest starts and the Elise and later on the Exige are the track day choice for serious amateur racers.

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Everybody know the Lotus logo when they see it yet few people stop and really look at it closely. The first thing you will see is that the logo has the initials of the company’s founder, Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman. The four letters are positioned inside a triangular lozenge structure against a racing green background. The use of yellow color in the Lotus logo embodies sun, energy and joy.

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With Lotus delaying the Evija from late 2020 to “sometime in 2021,” they’ve taken the opportunity to spend some extra time testing and developing their prototype vehicles. Today, Lotus uploaded what is realistically the first true track footage, from the company and development team themselves, of the Evija EP2 second prototype out on the track …

If the title didn’t give it away, the much-hyped, much-desired electric hypercar from Lotus has been officially delayed until 2021. Deliveries of the Evija EV were supposed to start late 2020. However, within the last hour, Lotus has confirmed to CarScoops that the Evija is indeed, as all the original report stated, delayed by 5 …

And so the slow trickle of information leading up to a launch begins! As often seen in the supercar and hypercar world, there is the initial explosion of images and “specs,” but a few things are always missing. 0-60 times. Lateral G’s. Actual “real world” performance numbers from multiple test sessions at places like Ehra-lessein, …

There are times when you can grab a nice classic car at auction and enjoy it to its maximum. And then there are times to own the personal car of a legendary founder and race team owner such as the 1981 Lotus Esprit Series 3 S2.2 customized Turbo that belonged to Colin Chapman. And it’s …

The Lotus Evija is a very hotly anticipated hypercar. Being fully electric, with thought put into weight balance and overall aerodynamics, it could end up being one of the fastest hypercars ever made. This, however, did prompt some thought from the chief aerodynamicist for the Evija project on how to keep the car planted on …

Lotus, as a company, can be summed up in the quote of founder Colin Chapman: “Simplify, then add lightness.” Lotus cars have always been some of the best feeling and best handling cars out there. You can stick a Lotus Exige, for example, into a corner at ludicrous speeds and because it’s so light, it …

While it may not be in supercar or hypercar territory, anyone that drove a Mark I Toyota MR2 noticed one small badge on the back of the car. The Mk I MR2 was one of the best handling cars of the 1980’s to come out of Japan. As well, throughout the 1990’s, Lotus Engineering, the …

Carwow posted a very interesting video this morning, where they visit Norfolk county in England and take a look at Lotus’ entry into the hypercar market. Called the Evija EV, the hypercar is an all electric, 2000 HP, 1254 lbs-ft exercise in precision engineering and aerodynamics. Following founder Colin Chapman’s motto of “simplify, and add …

More Refined for Everyday Use Lotus has a new version of the Evora sports car. The company added a GT410 version of the car that adds refinement to the model that wasn’t there before. The vehicle is still first and foremost a driver’s car, but now it’s been optimized for better everyday use.  The car …

It Sounds Like It Lotus has long been held up as one of the best sports car manufacturers out there. The company builds excellent cars, one that went away a while back but was a staple in the sports car market was the Elan. According to Autocar, Lotus may be planning to bring back the …

On World Tour The Lotus Evija is on a world tour and the vehicle has now made a significant impression in the Middle East. The company brought the car to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to a special retail location in the city that can only display up to 10 cars due to its …

It’ll Appear at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering Lotus told CNET Roadshow that it would bring it’s new Evija all-electric hypercar to the Monterey Car Week in California in August. The car will make its public debut at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering on August 16. This will be your first opportunity to see the …

Lotus’s Car Is an Amazing Machine If you have around 23 minutes to spare for one of the most amazing cars ever produced, we suggest you check out this video of the Lotus Evija that was put together by Carfection. The show’s host, Henry Catchpole, has a nice chat with Russel Carr, the head of …

Lotus, the storied British car brand best known for its Elise and Evora sports cars, unveiled the ultra-exotic Evija earlier today. In addition to giving the much-teased “Type 130” a proper nameplate, the Evija is also notable beyond the grandeur that its specifications provide: the all-electric hypercar is also the first car released by the brand …

A Good Pairing Recently the e-motor and electric powertrain company Integral Powertrain posted a teaser image of the Lotus Evija on its Instagram profile. This more or less confirms that the two companies have collaborated on the car. According to The Supercar Blog, unnamed sources also shared similar information. However, those sources didn’t say much …

Lotus Will Reveal the Full Car Soon Lotus couldn’t help but tease its new electric hypercar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car company revealed the name of the car as the Evija. This is no surprise. We reported that this would likely be the name not long ago. The company says the name …

A New Trademark Could Mean a New Name We’ve already reported on the new and upcoming Lotus electric hypercar. According to the company, it will be a revolutionary vehicle unlike any other. Up until now, nobody knew what Lotus would name the car. It seems that a trademark has been filed for the name Evija, …

It Will Happen In London Lotus has an all-new, all-electric hypercar called the Type 130. Little is known about the upcoming car. That will change on July 16. That’s when the company will unveil its new vehicle in London. The British company recently announced the date for the reveal and dropped a new video on …

We Hope Lotus Is Right Lotus has an upcoming all-electric hypercar called the Type 130. It’s a car that could transform the brand and make Lotus into the car company it wants to and deserves to become. It will debut in the middle of the year. Car Magazine recently reported that the boss of Lotus, …

Sport vs. Sporty vs. Sportiest On paper, you might not be surprised to see the result in the Top Gear video below. However, you might be surprised to see the manner in which it happens. The Lotus Exige Cup 430 is a bonafide speed racer and it makes 430 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. …

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