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Having taken delivery of his brand new McLaren P1 supercar — the first US-spec version to cross the Pond — Jay Leno is probably busy driving Britain’s most anticipated vehicle for the 2014 model year as we speak. And we bet he’s grinning from ear to ear while with all 903 horsepower at his disposal.

Coincidentally, the most recent episode of Jay Leno’s Garage also focuses on a British car. One that comes from a different era and in a package that’s more about lightness and precision handling than extreme horsepower. We’re talking about the Lotus Elan 26R.

Launched in 1963, the Elan was a small sports car that measured only 145 inches in length and tipped the scales at just 1,516 pounds. To draw a better picture of what the Elan was about, the third-gen Mazda MX-5 is about 158 inches long and weighs around 2,500 pounds.

Developed using Colin Chapman’s "simplify, then add lightness" design, the featherweight Elan didn’t need more than a 1.6-liter, inline-four engine and 105 horsepower to take on public roads or race tracks at high speeds. Of course, the tiny vehicle quickly became a popular race car .

Getting back to Jay Leno, he already owned a 1969 Lotus Elan, but his garage lacked a track-prepped 26R. That hole was obviously filled recently, when Jim Hall completed the roadster you’re about to see in the video above. The project started from a regular 1966 Elan, which means we’re not dealing with an authentic 26R, but judging by the amount of work it was put into the roadster, it’s safe to assume that Leno’s right by saying this is "the ultimate Elan".

Lotus Esprit

Lotus ’ on-again, off-again stance on the production of the since stalled Esprit V8 supercar has seen its fair share of fence-jumping.

But recently, a high-ranking Lotus executive brought new life to the Esprit V8, even if he stopped short of confirming that the company was going to build it.

Speaking to Motoring Australia during the recent launch of the 2014 Exige S Roadster, Lotus brand manager for Australia and New Zealand, Alastair Manihera, hinted that the company hasn’t completely abandoned the Esprit V8, or at least not to the extent that has been reported in the past.

"Contrary to popular belief the factory is keeping its options open," Manihera said, before adding that no timetable has been set on when or where the super car is going to be built.

While that’s far from a confirmation, Manihera did leave out the possibility of Lotus eventually building the supercar and that’s more than you can ask for given the spate of ever-changing directions the company has been having in the past few years.

What we do know is that there’s interest, both within Lotus and fans of the Esprit to see the supercar return for the first time since 2004. It’s no secret that the Esprit, specifically the concept version that was shown at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, has a future in the industry as a car that could be a nice alternative to more high-priced models out there.

So even if there’s still no commitment coming from Lotus regarding the fate of the Esprite V8, the mere fact that one executive is still optimistic about its chances is good enough for us to keep hoping and praying that the concept that wowed us in Paris back in 2010 will finally get to strut its stuff on the road.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lotus Esprit Supercar.

Source: Motoring
Posted on by Simona  

We know it’s winter in many areas around the world, but the folks over XCar found this weather perfect to test one of the more elusive convertible models: the Lotus Exige S Roadster . If we remember correctly this is one of the few reviews we’ve seen on this model, and this makes it even more interesting.

XCar finds the new Exige S Roadster to be an awesome car with or without the roof. So, apparently this model will have no problems putting other roadsters to shame, despite its 145 mph limited top speed. Then again, who is really doing over 145 mph on public roadways?

It’s no wonder why the guys over XCar were so impressed by this car. It’s got a supercharged 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that delivers a total of 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. With this amount of power, the Exige S Roadster goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and to 100 mph in 8.5 seconds. Not too shabby at all.

If only the offered it in the U.S...

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Lotus Elise is anything, but a regular car and it appears that this latest review wants to highlight exactly this. The review was made by the guys over "Regular Car Reviews" whom describe the Elise as follow: "if the Lotus Elise was a person, it would be that jerk who eats nothing but fried rice and city chicken, yet never gains a pound."

As a reminder, the Elise is powered by a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine with an output of 134 horsepower. This output is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 128 mph, although the car surely looks like capable of hitting a top speed of 200 mph.

Check out the video to see why they found the Elise a car that fits perfectly your every-day needs, but also why most of the people will envy you and will think you drive a car for the rich people.

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Lotus has announced the launch of a new track-only model based on the new Elise S . The new model, which is called the Elise S Cup R, will enter the 2014 Lotus Cup series in different countries around the world. This new race is priced from £39,125 (about $62,700) in Europe and $66,650 in the U.S.

The Elise S Cup R is powered by the same mid-mounted, 1.8-liter 2ZR-FE engine found in the Elise S, but with updates needed for the race track. The engine features a Magnuson R900 supercharger with Eaton TVS technology, and it mates to a six-speed manual gear box as standard. This allows the Elise S Cup R to put down 217 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque — the same as the stock Elise S.

The new Elise S Cup R rides on forged alloy wheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan Neova tires sized 175/55R16 up front and 225/45R17 on the rear. Lotus also installed a new TCA suspension kit and a new high-performance brake system with twin-piston, fixed aluminum-alloy front brake calipers, 288-by-26 mm (11.3-by-1.02-inch) rotors, and single-piston, sliding rear calipers.

Inside, the Elise S Cup R gets your typical racing equipment, like a roll cage, fire extinguisher, six-point harness, HANS-compliant racing seat, quick-release wheel and a polycarbonate rear window.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lotus Elise S Cup R.

Update 11/12/2013: Lotus has just revealed to us that the Elise S Cup R will be imported to the U.S. at a price just over $66k, though the road-going variant is not available here.

For fans of "The Spy Who Loved Me," you are likely very familiar with the Lotus Esprit turned submarine — yes the irony of a Lotus model being underwater is hilarious — in the old James Bond flick. Well, like most other movie cars, that one recently crossed the auction block, and the news just come out that the buyer who paid the £616,000 ($996,560) just so happened to be Tesla ’s Elon Musk.

That’s big news in itself, but what’s more important are Elon’s plans with this submersible sports car . He plans to bring the car back to its road-going roots, but with the powertrain of a Model S in tow. That’s right, he is taking a car that cost nearly $1 million and stripping it of the majority of why it was so expensive.

Sure, the creativity is out of this world, and an electric-powered Esprit with somewhere between 302 and 416 horsepower in tow in fantastic, but to drop that kind of dough, then change the whole car seems rather wasteful. He could have just snagged up any old Esprit for a fraction of the price he paid for this iconic sports car.

Then again, Elon Musk likely found that scratch between the seat cushions of his couch...

Click past the jump to read more about this awesome Lotus

Source: GT Spirit
Spyker B6 Venator Concept

Rumors of Lotus ’ involvement with Spyker’s production plans for the B6 Venator took a shot in the arm recently.

Recent reports indicate that Spyker CEO Victor Muller sent a letter to potential customers confirming that Spyker is indeed collaborating with Lotus.

According Autoweek.nl, the upcoming B6 Venator will use a Lotus-built engine that it will build from a Toyota-sourced engine block. Although nothing has been made official, rumors seem to point to a supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine that’s currently sitting under the hood of the Exige S . In the event that the B6 Venator will carry that powertrain, expect the output to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

In yet another surprising reveal from Muller, it appears that Spyker will also commemorate the impending launch of the B6 Venator with its own "Launch Edition" model, comprising of 100 models that will be given to the first 100 customers of the model. A host of special edition features will be added to the B6 Venator Launch Edition, including a Chronoswiss clock and a watch engraved with the car’s production number.

Spyker is expected to begin production of the B6 Venator in November 2014 but as early as now, the company is already accepting pre-orders for a €20,000 ($27,170) deposit.

Of course, for those wondering about the tie-up between these two fledgling companies, more details are likely to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Objectively, a Spyker with a Camry engine is not the most appealing idea. Nor is the idea of putting down a deposit on a vehicle that has not yet had any engine testing or fitting trials.

Click past the jump to read about the Spyker B6 Venator.

Source: Autoweek NL
Posted on by Simona  

A few weeks before the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Lotus announced they would "blow the top off " at the show. Back then, we all thought that we would see a Convertible version of the Evora , but we were so wrong. Lotus has decided to bring out the fastest roadster ever: the Exige S Roadster.

Based off the new Exige S , the roadster model will be powered by the same supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers a total of 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This engine sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and to 100 mph in 8.5 seconds. Being that this is a Roadster, safety precautions deem it necessary to lower the top speed to 233 km/h (145 mph).

The Exige S Roadster weighs just 1,166 kg (2,570 pounds) and features the same design elements as the coupe, except of course for its factory-fitted soft top roof that makes the car look even more muscular than the coupe.

Now for the bad news: the new Lotus Exige S Roadster won’t make it to the U.S. market, as it will only be offered in markets like Europe and Asia.

UPDATE 5/22/2013: Lotus has just unveiled the official pricing for the Exige S Roadster and is now available for order. See more after the jump

Hit the jump to read more about the Lotus Exige S Roadster.


This weekend was a very successful one for the Lotus Racing Team, as Kimi Räikkönen scored the first victory for the team during the first round of the FIA 2013 World Championship Formula One race in Melbourne, Australia.

According to Lotus officials, Kimi needed to face both the rain and a critical tire strategy. Still, he managed to preserve tire condition, pitting only twice over the 58-lap Albert Park course. What’s more, the fastest lap of the race was his at 1:29.274. This race was the 20th race for Räikkönen and the 81st for the Lotus team.

The race had seven different leaders, but Raikkonen held the lead on 43 of the 58 laps of the race. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was second and Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull was the third on the finish line.

Next weekend the team will have to face another challenge: the second round of the competition taking place at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia.

Lotus Evora S

Late last year, VW’s labor chief made it crystal clear that he would reject any additional expansion of the automakers umbrella, as they already have their hands full with the 12 brands that they are managing. Well, we were rather skeptical of that stance and threw out there that we highly doubt that VW is done just yet. And now, reports are pointing in just that direction.

In an interview with Reuters Television, Martin Winterkorn – VW’s CEO – said “We are currently well positioned with 12 brands, but there are always opportunities that one cannot pass up.” Surprise, surprise, Volkswagen would hop on the right deal if one popped up, regardless of what the labor chief thinks about it.

The pressing issue now is what brand would VW be interested in? At one point VW was interested in snagging up the resurging Alfa Romeo, but FIAT has made it clear that the brand is not for sale. So, what other brands could VW set its sights on? Well, there is one obvious troubled automaker that could use the shot in the arm that the German powerhouse provides, and that is Lotus.

Once a successful British sports car builder , Lotus still builds a quality machine but shoddy management and poor product planning has led it down a path that few automakers can recover from. A buyout would be cheap for Volkswagen and life saving for Lotus, so we wouldn’t be shocked to see a deal between the two in the next year or so.


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