Lotus cars

Time and again, we’ve all been thrust into the same unflattering scenario of driving over the speed limit on a highway without a care in the world - at least until a police car begins to give chase. That’s where we start quaking in our boots. In some instances, we make a break for it, hoping that our trusty steed can outrun the galloping highway patrol car as it tries to keep pace. Unfortunately for the residents of the West Midlands in the UK, trying to outrun the new highway patrol car just became a more difficult task. As a donation by Lotus and presented at the Autosport International Motor Show, the UK police force will be getting a Lotus Evora police car to facilitate the chase..

Oh yes, dear criminals. A 280 horsepower sports car will be stuck in your rear view mirrors until you cry ‘uncle!’ and pull over on the shoulder of the highway. The Evora police car will be given a two-week trial run on a stretch along the West Midlands highway that covers 450 miles, together with a number of major routes, including the M5, M6, and M2 motorways.

So the next time you find yourselves in these areas, you might want to keep watch of the speed limit because you know never know when the Evora police car will jump out of the bushes and give you chase. Most likely, you wouldn’t’ even stand a chance.

Details on the Lotus Evora Police Car after the jump.

At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, Lotus impressed the entire world with a totally revised line-up with a few debuts in the next few years. However, before we actually get a chance to see the second generation Evora launched on the market, the company has announced that a revised version will be launched in 2012. This just so happens to be the year Lotus plans on revealing a convertible version.

While there will be no major changes made to the exterior, the interior will get a completely redesigned cabin and a new version to go along with the newest S trim level. The cabin will be designed by German firm, CSI, who have also engineered cabins for the Audi R8, Mercedes Mercedes SLS, and Porsche Panamera. The engine will also remain unchanged, but it will be mated to an all-new paddle-shift gearbox.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Lotus Evora.

Lotus’ Paris Motor Show explosion back in September gave way to the announcement of some big changes to their lineup occurring sometime in the near future. Well, this may very well be the near future since, according to British magazine, AutoCar, Lotus CEO Dany Bahar has announced there will be a new Exige revealed later this year at the Geneva Motor Show.

And that’s not all, Bahar also announced that the Evora will get a refresh and will be launched in 2012. The new Evora will get a completely redesigned cabin and a new version to go along with the newest S trim level. The cabin will be designed by German firm, CSI, who have also engineered cabins for the Audi R8, Mercedes SLS, and Porsche Panamera.

So, if we have this right, we should be getting a new Evora in 2012, new Esprit and Elan models in 2013, the Elite in 2014, and the Elise and Eterne in 2015. Talk about having all of your ducks in a row.

Source: AutoCar
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Top Gear USA To Premiere November 21st

That’s it; we’re halfway through the first season of Top Gear USA and the guys seem to be coming along quite nicely in their efforts to become a real car show. They’re actually getting some laughs out of us and they’re even getting their hands on some pretty nice rides. We didn’t think we would become full-fledged Top Gear USA fans so early in its lifespan, but, the truth is, we have.

In this episode of Top Gear USA, the trio take on a challenge that leaves them traveling by land, air, and sea to get from Miami to Key West in the shortest time span. Michelle Rodriguez takes on the Top Gear test track in the Suzuki and Tanner Foust hops on over to Britain to check out the Morgan Aero SuperSport .

Hit the jump to check out the full details for this week’s episode of Top Gear USA!

It seems that Lotus was pretty busy this year before the Paris Auto Show. Next to the new generation Esprit , Lotus will also bring the new Elise that will go on sale in 2015 at a price of £35,000 ($55,000 at the current exchange rates).

The 2015 Elise was rumored to be powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine delivering a total of 320 HP and 330 NM of torque. However, since the company’s announcement of an in-house developed V8 engine, more rumors are circulating about what will be found under the hood of the next gen Elise. These whispers are hinting that the V8 engine is serving as inspiration for a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that will be used for the Elise replacement set to be launched in 2014. Whichever engine makes its way under the Elise’s hood, it will probably be mated to the new start-stop technology. The goal is to make the Elise hit the 0 to 60 mph mark in 4.3 seconds with a top speed of 167 mph.

"The Elise you can buy now is still a fantastic car, make no mistake, Lotus remain very proud of it, but this is a natural progression for us moving forward. The Elise 2015 will also be class-leading in terms of performance and efficiency but it will do more than that it will take the Elise model to the forefront of its class across the board. The design of the Elise 2015 is perfect for the target market, it’s young, strong, confident, verging on ruthless, it mirrors the engineering and technology. It’s the next generation Elise for a new generation of Lotus drivers."

Press release after the jump.

Lotus ’ plan of reinventing its brand after years of mediocrity is looking less and less like wishful thinking after the company officially released initial details of their future hybrid supercar, the 2014 Elite.

It’s been widely known that the British sports car maker is aggressively pushing to remake their entire portfolio to cater to a more upper echelon consumer base and if everything goes according to plan, the 2014 Elite should be the first of many aggressively designed sports cars the company is looking to introduce to the market.

Word has it that the Elite will be powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces around 500-plus horsepower with a 0-60 mph time of around 3.5 seconds and a top speed of just under 200 mph at 196 mph. If these numbers are anywhere close to what the production version of the Elite will be capable of, then you can expect the supercar, with the aggressive backing of the company, to be a player in a market long dominated by the likes of Aston Martin , Audi and Porsche . Even the car’s expected price tag - £115,000 – is right up there with the Porsches of the world.

As for the new – and aggressive – design of the car, the man behind it, designer Donato Coco, left no stones unturned in giving the Elite a more aggressive approach by adding some depth to the car’s front fascia. As somebody who noted the two-dimensional looks of prior Lotus vehicles, Coco’s design of the Elite is about as good as it can get for a brand looking to be edgier and more upscale that what its previous reputation suggests.

Updated 10/13/2010: Lotus revealed today new images of the future Elite sports car. Check them out!

Updated 12/22/2010: Lotus has revealed some new studio photos of the Elite. Check them out in the gallery!

Press Release after the jump

Lotus announced the production of a new generation Esprit earlier this year at the Paris Auto Show, with details surrounding the vehicle being limited to the car’s design. Don’t get us wrong, we love to hear and see these beautiful models take shape before our very eyes, but we would rather know just how powerful these cars are going to be. Thankfully, Lotus is ready to divulge a bit of information surrounding the car’s future engine, and we are very ready to listen.

In an interview with Autocar, company boss Dany Bahar said that Lotus is not only preparing a new Hethel-engineered V8 for the Esprit, but also a V6 engine for the Elan and the other models in the line-up: "We have done three engines for other manufacturers; why not do it ourselves? The engine is the heart of a sports car; we should do our own product."

Some more Lotus good news is that they are also preparing three mid-engined sports cars that will be based off of the Esprit and will include the same platform, brakes, suspension, and electrical systems.

The final decision on the two new engines and the new sportscars will be made in January 2011, so we’ll be back with that confirmation once we get it.

Source: AutoCar

Let’s face it; not everybody on this planet is capable of throwing away exorbitant sums of money to buy their choice supercar. It’s unfortunate, yes, but it’s all the sad fact of reality.

The good news is that even if you can’t own a car like a Lamborghini Gallardo , it doesn’t mean that you can’t drive one, even if it means only getting to do it for a few hours.

The Silverstone circuit in the UK is offering this chance to anyone who would want to get behind the wheel of a Lamborghini , Ferrari , Aston Martin , or Lotus through their Supercar Thrill package. The whole thing only costs £99 - $156 – and if you pay for the privilege, you get to spend a few laps with these supercars. Now if you happen to have a particular bias towards Lamborghini, you can purchase the Lamborghini Thrill package for an even cheaper fee of just £60 - $95 – at least until December 19th, 2010.

In addition to the cursory hot laps onboard the cars, customers who avail of either package will get the chance to pick the brains of Silverstone’s racing experts, have your entire day chronicled by a professional photographer, and even get a certificate that you can proudly show off to your friends as proof that you can hang with the big boys of the racing world.

It’s not as good as having you own supercar to play with, but it’s definitely something that’s worth experiencing. After all, it’s not everyday that you can drive the wheels off of a supercar. But with this package, you’re given free reign to do so.

Check out a few videos of the experience after the jump.

The shares from the Renault F1 team, which is partially owned by Genii Capital, have been sold to Group Lotus just in time for the 2011 season. This will mean that for this next season, the team will be renamed "Lotus Renault GP." The partnership has been formed for the next seven years, making sure that we will see them in Formula 1 until at least 2017.

Their new car, the Lotus Renault GP F1, will incorporate new technologies from F1 cars into Lotus road cars including hybrid technology, Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS), aero advancements, and lightweight materials. The benefits of Genii’s part-ownership will be the availability of non-F1 technologies such as lightweight braking systems, variable compression engine technology, and on board software systems.

Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar said: "I can think of no better platform for automotive brand communications than motorsport and F1. We’re well aware that there has been a lot of controversy around the usage of our brand in F1 and I’m delighted to be able to formally clarify our position: We are Lotus, and we are back."

Press release after the jump.

When it comes to the Hennessey Venom GT people have heard a lot, read a lot, and seen lots of images, but there are only a few people around the world who will actually have the chance to see or even drive it. Jay Leno, of course, is one of those people that will have the pleasure of being in the Venom GT’s presence.

In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the star was able to get comfy cozy with none other than the Venom GT. Accompanying the sports car to Leno’s stage was Joan Hennessey , who tries to explain the technology behind this amazing car, and the decision to base it on a Lotus Elite and not on a Dodge Viper as most of us expected. Of course, Jay Leno couldn’t resist the temptation to show everyone what the car is capable of on the track, a place that seems to be the perfect place for a car like Venom.

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