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ABOUT LOTUS CARS

Simplify, Then Add Lightness

'Adding power makes you faster on the straights, subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere.’ - Colin Chapman

THE LOTUS STORY

Lotus stands alone as a brand dedicated to pure drivers’ cars.

Reducing mass remains the most effective means of achieving a true connection between driver, car and road – a quality shared by every car to proudly wear the Lotus badge.
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History of Lotus

2020

LOTUS EVIJA PRODUCTION COMES ALIVE

Evija’s new Hethel manufacturing facility readied to begin series production.

2020

LOTUS EXIGE SPORT 410 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Twenty years young: Lotus celebrates the Exige with sensational 20th anniversary special edition.

2020

ELISE CLASSIC HERITAGE EDITIONS

Four new Lotus Elise Classic Heritage Editions pay tribute to the company’s pioneering racing history.

2020

LOTUS LAUNCHES NEW EVORA GT410

The new Evora GT410 has improved usability and new levels of comfort.

2019

EVIJA DYNAMIC DEBUT

The Evija makes its dynamic debut at the famous Hethel test track.

2019

EVIJA WORLD PREMIERE

Evija, the British pure electric production hypercar that represents Lotus’s latest technology and design language, was officially unveiled in London, one of the most important products on the road to the Lotus brand renaissance.

2019

LOTUS RETURN

Lotus returned to the international A-class auto show with a new look, Evora GT410 Sport and Evora GT4 Concept debut at the 2019 Shanghai International Auto Show.

2018

EXIGE SPORT 410

Exige Sport 410 launched.

2018

PHIL POPHAM

Phil Popham is appointed Senior Vice President – Commercial Operations for Group Lotus and CEO – Lotus Sports Cars.

2018

70TH ANNIVERSARY

Lotus celebrates its 70th Anniversary at Hethel in September.

2017

EXIGE CUP 430

The ballistic Exige Cup 430 is launched on 9th November.

2017

MR FENG QINGFENG

Geely announces Mr Feng Qingfeng’s appointment as CEO of Group Lotus plc in June.

2017

GEELY MAJORITY STAKE

Geely Holding Group buys a 51% stake in Group Lotus.

2017

EVORA GT430

The ultimate Evora variant, the GT430, is announced in September.

2017

EXIGE CUP 380

The limited production Exige Cup 380 is revealed in April.

2016

ELISE CUP 250

The fastest ever line up of Lotus production road cars was showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show including the debut of the Exige Sport 350 Roadster, as well as the Evora Sport 410 and Elise Cup 250. With 250 hp powering 931 kg the Elise Cup 250 is the fastest Elise ever.

2015

3-ELEVEN

Heralding the next generation of Lotus high performance sports cars, the 3-Eleven is the company’s quickest and most expensive series production car ever. Designed to deliver an undiluted experience, the Lotus 3-Eleven utilizes an all-new lightweight composite body, and a bespoke chassis based on the proven Lotus design of extruded and bonded aluminium sections.

2015

EVORA 400

The Lotus Evora 400 was launched at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show as the latest pure and focused supercar from Lotus, combining high performance with the legendary Lotus benchmark handling. It is faster and dynamically more capable than the previous Lotus Evora leading to greater agility and a more involving drive.

2015

ELISE S CUP

From “Top Gear” to “Auto Express”, supported by “Autocar”, “CAR” and “Pistonheads” magazines, among many others in the UK and in overseas’ markets, the total focus of the Elise S Cup has been recognised and praised heartily. Proof, if proof were needed, comes in column inches far and wide, confirming the freshness and vitality of the overall package and highlighting the Elise as being the ultimate expression of driving superiority and lightweight purity.

2014

AUTOMATICALLY BETTER

Expanding the Exige envelope would be a step in the right direction for enthusiasts and introducing an automatic transmission, with extensive Lotus developments, would be explored. While the uptake of auto-boxes on sportscars is good but small in number, Lotus could forge a fresh niche among enthusiastic drivers, keen to experience the purity of Lotus handling dynamics. The new Lotus Exige Automatic, in either Roadster, or Coupe forms, would be enticingly and automatically better.

2014

ELISE S CUP

Ready for early press assessments, the Elise Cup S would be the most focused version of the still box-fresh Elise. Its supercharged 1.8-litre engine would deliver soul-stirring acceleration, allied to its lightweight construction and a target to lap the Hethel test track quicker than ever. Yet, it would be pure and a driver’s delight. Lotus would deliver its promise in spades.

2014

JEAN-MARC GALES

The multi-lingual, international, automotive businessman took over the reins of Group Lotus plc in May 2014.

2013

EVORA SPORTS RACER

A visually enhanced and optimised version of the mid-engined 3.5 litre Evora is launched, available in both naturally-aspirated or supercharged variants.

2012

EXIGE S

Lotus Exige S voted joint winner of evo’s “Car of the Year 2012”.

2012

GOODWOOD 2012

Lotus headlined the world’s biggest car culture event in the summer.

2012

EXIGE S ROADSTER

The first time an Exige model has been offered with a factory-fitted soft top roof.

2012

DRB-HICOM

Malaysian DRB Hicom Bhd. purchase a majority stake in Lotus’ parent company Proton Holdings Bhd.

2011

HETHEL TEST TRACK

The Lotus test track at Hethel was renovated in 2011 and officially reopened on June 21st, 2011.

2011

LOTUS RANGE EXTENDER

Lotus Engineering unveil the supercharged production Lotus Range Extender; an extremely compact, lightweight, low-cost engine and generator designed specifically for hybrid electric vehicles.

2011

SOUND TECHNOLOGY

Lotus Engineering and HARMAN create the next generation intelligent pedestrian warning system, integrating the advanced HALOsonic sound synthesis system with video technology.

2011

ELISE CLUB RACER

The Elise Club Racer is announced as a stripped-back, even lighter-weight version of the Elise.

2010

LOTUS RETURN TO F1

The iconic Lotus name returned to Formula 1 for the 2010 season after a more than 15 year long absence.

2010

"THE ENGINEER" AWARDS

Project Omnivore wins first place in the Automotive, Rail and Marine sector while the Fuel Cell Hybrid Taxi triumphs in the energy sector.

2010

2011 ELISE

The 2011 Lotus Elise has as a new evolution body design and features the new high technology 1ZR-FAE 1.6 litre engine

2010

EVORA CARBON CONCEPT

The Evora Carbon Concept was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor show.

2010

414E

At the International Geneva Motor Show Lotus Engineering unveiled the Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid concept.

2010

EVORA CUP

The Lotus Evora Cup was unveiled in January, 2010 at the Autosport International.

PHILOSOPHY

“Simplify, then add lightness" - Colin Chapman

By remaining true to the ethos of founder Colin Chapman, Lotus stands alone as a brand dedicated to pure drivers’ cars. Innovative engineering, cutting-edge technologies and advanced materials ensure that every Lotus proves the value of achieving performance through light weight.
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‘Adding power makes you faster on the straights, subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere.’

More relevant today than ever, it’s a core principle that has been tested and proven at the highest level of motorsport. Efficient, lightweight construction creates a virtuous cycle that applies equally to sports cars built for the road. It not only boosts straight-line acceleration and braking, it also allows for optimum suspension calibration. This in turn allows for sharper handling plus better body and roll control, but not at the expense of ride comfort and composure. Reducing weight from the most beneficial places also optimises weight distribution, this makes a huge contribution to the poise and balance of a sports car during high-speed cornering.
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