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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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What does the Lotus logo mean?

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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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. …

Lotus and Williams Advanced Engineering Team Up Recent rumors and reports indicate that Lotus will build a hypercar with the help of Williams Advanced Engineering that will challenge the likes of Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG’s hypercars. According to Carscoops, the car that got people excited about future possibilities is called the Lotus Evil Vision GT …

The Future of Advanced Propulsion Lotus and Williams Advanced Engineering announced a partnership that will allow them to share technologies and research information. The companies hope to develop the future of advanced propulsion technologies. This likely refers to electric powertrains. Road and Track made mention of the plug-in hybrid Evora 414E that Lotus revealed back in …

2018 Lotus Exige Sport 410 – Last of Its Generation & Certainly Not The Least Final Iteration of the Third-gen Exige Revealed in May 2018, the new Lotus Exige Sport 410 set out to become the “ultimate road-going Exige”. The Sport 410 – not available in North America due to safety regulations – replaces the …

Lotus Evora GT430 – Evolution of the Evora Lotus first launched the Evora in 2009. The model was intended to be a more refined and practical version of the less-than-civilized Elise/Exige. The UK-based manufacturer hoped it would appeal to a larger demographic than its linemate and consequently bring the brand more to the mainstream. Retaining …

1987 Lotus Turbo Esprit HC Years: 1986-1987 Names: Turbo HC / Type 82 Units: 429 HCs Engine: 2,174 cc inline 4 turbo Power: 215 bhp @ 6,000 rpm Torque: 220 lb/ft @ 4,250 rpm 0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds October 1986 to October 1987. The final incarnations of the Giugiaro-styled Esprit had higher compression ratios for the engines was indicated by the ‘HC’ moniker. …

Simple and lightweight! That’s the best way to describe this new offering from Lotus. The new Lotus Elise Sprint 220 is the super-lightweight variant (as befits the “Sprint” badge, which also appears on the Elan) that chops pounds at every opportunity. Updates include forged-alloy wheels and lighter two-piece brake discs, plus a whole bunch of …

A taste of the newly updated Lotus Sport 220 in lightweight Sprint spec with the 26kg weight saving and Yokohama A048 tyres. Driven here on a lap of the Hethel test track.

Lotus just launched their fastest Elise yet, the Lotus Elise Cup 250. However, the new Lotus Elise is just not known for being fast but also for having incredible balance making it as one of the best handling cars in the market today. It’s a car equipped with a supercharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 243bhp. Lotus …

List of Lotus Performance Specs Dear racers and car enthusiasts, please take into consideration that the Lotus 0 to 60 times and quarter mile data listed below are gathered from a number of credible sources and websites. However, there are several factors that affect a car’s 0-60 time or quarter mile stats and different sources …

Lotus recently launched the Exige Race 380, a track-focused version of their new Exige Sport 380. As if the Sport Edition didn’t show the Lotus’ excellence in superior weight control, with the car weighing at only 2,425 pounds, they still managed to somehow remove further unnecessary compliance equipment which brings the dry weight down to just …

Lotus has done it again with the introduction of their most aggressive Exige model yet, the Lotus Exige Sport 380. The Exige Sport 380 is a big step-up from last year’s Exige 350. It is faster, lighter and more powerful than the previous Exige iterations. To date, the Exige Sport 380 is the fastest sports …

Esprit Turbo SE Years: 1989-1993 Names: Turbo SE / Type 85 Units: 1,608 Engine: 2,174 cc inline 4 turbo Power: 264 hp @ 6,500 rpm Torque: 261 lb/ft @ 3,900 rpm 0-60 mph: 4.7 seconds The SE had a 2.2 liter turbo “charcooled” engine (first fuel injection water cooled model). The Lotus Esprit Turbo SE produced …

1987 Lotus Turbo Esprit HC Years: 1986-1987 Names: Turbo HC / Type 82 Units: 429 HCs Engine: 2,174 cc inline 4 turbo Power: 215 bhp @ 6,000 rpm Torque: 220 lb/ft @ 4,250 rpm 0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds October 1986 to October 1987. The final incarnations of the Giugiaro-styled Esprit had higher compression ratios for the engines was indicated by the ‘HC’ moniker. …

Lotus Essex Turbo Esprit Years: 1980-1981 Names: Esprit Turbo / Type 82 Units: 45 Engine: 2,174 cc inline 4 Power: 210 hp @ 6,250 rpm Torque: 200 lb/ft @ 4,500 rpm 0-60 mph: 6.1 secs February 1980 to April 1981. Limited-edition Turbo was designated the Essex Commemorative Lotus Esprit Turbo, also known as the Type 82, and was only available in its …

1980-1981 Lotus Esprit S2.2 Years: 1980-1981 Names: Series 2.2 / S2.2 / Type 79 Units: 88 Engine: 2,174 cc inline 4 Power: 160 bhp Torque: 160 lb/ft 0-60 mph: 6.7 secs The S2.2 was a stop-gap model introduced in May 1980 whose only major difference from the S2 was a 2.2 L type 912 engine. Engine power output was unchanged but torque rose from …

Porsche 718 Boxster vs Lotus Elise 250 Cup As supercar and sports car fans, it is hard not to love the Porsche 718 Boxster and the Lotus Elise. While us car guys drool over Pagani and Koenigsegg machines, the reality is that very few of us will ever be able to afford such amazingly rare (and stupidly-expensive) beasts. The …

Lotus 79 Formula 1 Video at Laguna Seca Take Mario Andretti’s Formula 1 world championship-winning Lotus 79, install pro racer Duncan Dayton with a visor cam, place a microphone six inches away from the V8 Cosworth DFV’s inlet trumpets, add wicked amounts of oversteer, and you have video and audio insanity at Mazda Raceway Laguna …

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