Lotus

Lotus Cars was founded by engineers Colin Chapman and Colin Dare in 1952, four years after Colin Chapman built his very first car. The company initially set its focus on motorsports, with road cars coming later as a way for Chapman to fund his racing exploits and expand into the growing customer racing scene. While all of the Lotus racing cars built under Chapman’s supervision were given number-based names (like the 33, the 49, or the 91), the street-legal cars built by Lotus were all given names starting with ’E’. Currently, Lotus sells the Elise, the Exige, and the Evora and have unveiled the radical Evija all-electric hypercar, heralding a new era for the now-Geely-owned company.

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Throwback: 1994 Lotus Esprit S4 Video Review

Throwback: 1994 Lotus Esprit S4 Video Review

It’s the ’90s all over again so prepare to drool at the original MSRP of the Esprit S4

The Lotus Esprit is a landmark car in Lotus’ history for more reason than one. From its Hollywood movie star status as James Bond’s wheels to the fact that it remained in production a scarcely believable 28 years, the Esprit is regarded by many as an automotive cult classic of the 20th century. But that doesn’t mean all Esprits were good and, arguably, it wasn’t until this, the S4, that the model was bestowed with some sort of user-friendliness.

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The JP Zero GT2 Is The Most Exciting Lotus That Isn't A Lotus

The JP Zero GT2 Is The Most Exciting Lotus That Isn’t A Lotus

Jubu Performance unveils Exige-based track beast ready to do battle with Porsche and Audi

Lotus built its reputation on the track by winning six Drivers’ Championships and seven Constructors’ Championships throughout the ’60s and ’70s and it was the road cars that benefitted the most from all that experience.

Nowadays, Lotus is prepping up the Evija, supposedly the most powerful production car ever, but race-going Lotuses are thin on the ground so it’s up to Jubu Performance and other tuners to get it done. The JP Zero is the latest Lotus-based supercar and, luckily, a 600-horsepower, $600,000 GT2 version will be available as well.

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The Lotus Evija Has Been Delayed, But Don't Blame Lotus

The Lotus Evija Has Been Delayed, But Don’t Blame Lotus

Here’s one more reason to hate the coronavirus pandemic

In what has already been the most challenging year of our lifetime, the malaise surrounding 2020 isn’t getting going away anytime soon, at least not for Lotus. The British automaker had planned to showcase the Evija hypercar by the latter of the year, but those plans have since been scuttled because of circumstances beyond the automaker’s control.

The culprit? The COVID-19 pandemic. Repeated delays in the development of the Evija have forced Lotus to move the car’s highly anticipated debut to the first of 2021. It’s rough news for all those who have been waiting earnestly — us included — for the Evija’s arrival to at least bring some measure of excitement to what has so far been a crappy year. Unfortunately, this pandemic has no regard for our feelings as it continues to wreak havoc all over the world.

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Lotus Will Finally Introduce a New Model in 2021 and It's Not the Evija

Lotus Will Finally Introduce a New Model in 2021 and It’s Not the Evija

After Years of Milking the Exige, Elise, and Evora to Death, Lotus Will Finally Have a New Model

Lotus has been a little rocky lately and, with exception of the Evija, it hasn’t had a new model in quite some time. Back in mid-2019, we reported that a new sports car was coming for 2020, but as you know, that didn’t happen. Later that year, it was believed that Lotus was planning to revive the Elan name and that it would arrive by 2021 or later. Then in June of this year, we heard that Lotus was going to go all-electric by 2021, which kind of put a damper on previous news. As it turns out, though, a new Lotus sports car is coming for 2021, and it’s a bigger surprise than you might think.

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The Often Forgotten Lotus Carlton Was the Ultimate Sleeper Sedan

The Often Forgotten Lotus Carlton Was the Ultimate Sleeper Sedan

The Lotus Carlton could strike fear into the heart of every Ferrari owner back in its day

Those with an interest in classic British sports car might remember the Lotus Carlton as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This year, the Lotus Carlton turns 30 and as far as we’re concerned, it’s still the same bonkers car that came to be in 1990. We even have a video to support our statement.

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The Lotus Evija is So Fast That It Puts the Ferrari SF90 and Bugatti Chiron to Shame

The Lotus Evija is So Fast That It Puts the Ferrari SF90 and Bugatti Chiron to Shame

British all-electric hypercar could change the performance car segment as we know it

The Lotus Evija is a monster all-electric hypercar that Lotus is developing to turn the performance car industry on its head. With potential rivals like the Rimac C_Two, Tesla Roadster, and Pininfarina Battista all in varying stages of development, Lotus is moving along with its development of the Evija, determined to set the bar in a segment that technically doesn’t exist yet.

As the development of the Evija continues, the folks over at Top Gear got to slip behind the curtain and get precious information regarding the Evija’s ungodly performance capabilities. Expectations are already running high, but this early in the hypercar’s development, it looks like the Evija will have the performance chops to not only live up to the hype but far exceed it, too.

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2020 Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary Edition

2020 Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary Edition

Lotus celebrates 20 years of the Exige with limited-edition model

The 2020 Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary Edition is a special-edition version of the company’s already iconic Exige sports coupe. Developed to celebrate 20 years since the Exige was introduced, the 20th Anniversary Edition is based on the Sport 410, one of the most powerful iterations of the third-generation Exige. The package includes extra features inspired by the original Exige and extra standard features, but the drivetrain remains unchanged. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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A Huge Shakeup At Lotus Means Leaving Gasoline and Hybrid Vehicles Behind

A Huge Shakeup At Lotus Means Leaving Gasoline and Hybrid Vehicles Behind

Lotus will go fully electric beyond 2021

British automaker Lotus is currently elbows deep in revamping its entire lineup of sports cars and previous rumors suggested that we will see new generations of the Evora, Elise, a brand-new Esprit, and an SUV.

However, word is now that Lotus is planning to unveil a new gasoline car in 2021 and everything after that will be fully electric.

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Watch As Supercar Blondie Enjoys the Rare Lotus 3-Eleven 430!

Watch As Supercar Blondie Enjoys the Rare Lotus 3-Eleven 430!

Lotus built only 20 of these road-legal race cars

Supercar Blondie can brag about having driven the world’s coolest supercars. She also sat in futuristic concept cars that we might not even see in person anytime soon. But things become a bit more extreme in her latest video, which features the cool Lotus 3-Eleven. And not just any 3-Eleven, but the Final Evolution model that was built in just 20 units. It’s essentially a road-legal race car without a roof and it’s impressively powerful and fast.

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Here's How the Lotus Evija's Aerodynamics Are So Unique

Here’s How the Lotus Evija’s Aerodynamics Are So Unique

Supercars, electric or ICE-powered, and aerodynamics go hand in hand

Just like love and marriage, you can’t have a supercar without top-shelf aerodynamics to keep it stable at high speeds and help the tires extract as much grip as possible from the ground.

Throw in an all-electric powertrain and the need for a body that lets air flow smoothly becomes even more pungent. Here’s how Lotus solved the aero equation for the Evija.

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2020 Lotus Evija Configurator - You Want to Play But You Can't!

2020 Lotus Evija Configurator - You Want to Play But You Can’t!

Buying the Evija is a complete experience in itself

The 2020 Lotus Evija has been intensively covered online and then covered some more. Still, there are some aspects of the hypercar that won’t make themselves available to the public. As in, only a future owner will get to enjoy and the car’s configurator paves the way for what looks like a very rewarding acquisition process. Allow us to explain.

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This is What Lotus is Planning For The Next 10 Years

This is What Lotus is Planning For The Next 10 Years

The company’s first SUV and a new Esprit are just around the corner

Lotus was in big trouble a few years ago, to the point where it almost went bankrupt. Luckily, Chinese automaker Geely purchased the British company from Proton in 2017 and it has taken important steps to save it. Although the current lineup includes three sports cars originally launched between 1996 and 2008, Lotus is planning a big expansion during the next decade.

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History of the 1967 Lotus 49 and How You Can Own One

History of the 1967 Lotus 49 and How You Can Own One

You can rarely buy into motor racing royalty but you can now own Jim Clark’s last winning Lotus, sort of

In racing, there are great drivers and utterly astonishing ones and Jim Clark undoubtedly belongs to the latter category, the quiet farmer from Scotland scoring 25 Grand Prix victories and clinching two World Driver’s Titles on top of an Indy 500 victory in just six years. This car, the fourth Lotus 49 ever built, was driven by Clark to his final F1 success and it’s now for sale in Germany. Prepare to call your bank!

It’s not often that we see cars driven by the world’s finest drivers come up for sale. In November, a buzzing crowd gathered to see Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari F2002 that the seven-time World Driver’s Champion drove to victory in the 2002 French GP across the block in Abu Dhabi. At over $6.6 million, it became the second most expensive F1 car ever to be sold at a public auction. The first? Another one of Michael’s unbeatable Ferraris. It is natural, then, to expect a car driven by the ’Schumacher of the ’60s’ to be really expensive, more so when the car in question is the brilliant 49.

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Holy Smokes, Is Lotus Bringing Back the Esprit?

Holy Smokes, Is Lotus Bringing Back the Esprit?

Roger Moore’s weapon of choice in The Spy Who Loved Me is set for a modern comeback

The Lotus Esprit was made famous first and foremost by its submarine derivative from the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me. Wet Nellie (yes, that’s the car’s nickname) was based on a 1977 Series I Esprit or Esprit S1.

Esprit production, however, started two years before in 1975, and was eventually stopped in 2004. But if a recent report holds any truth, Lotus is looking to revive the Esprit moniker by infusing it with hybrid power. Did we get your attention? Good. Read on, then.

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What is the Cheapest Lotus?

The cheapest Lotus is the base model Elise called the Elise Sport 220. In the U.K. (because the Elise is no longer imported into the U.S.), an Elise Sport 220 will set you back £41,950 which is the equivalent of $51,034. To put it into perspective, the cheapest Exige, namely the Sport 350, starts from £64,610 or $78,624 at the current exchange rates. The only Evora model still in production, namely the Evora GT410 Sport is even more expensive with a price tag of over $100,000. This is significantly more than the $78,792 MSRP of the Lotus Evora 400, the last Lotus officially available in the U.S. (that was discontinued in 2018).

What is the Sportiest Lotus?

The sportiest Lotus is the range-topping Exige Cup 430. As the name suggests, this track-oriented sports car cranks out 430 horsepower, 20 more than the Exige Sport 410. The 3.5-liter supercharged V-6 of Toyota-sourced engine delivers 325 pound-feet of torque and, since the whole car weighs just 2,447 pounds - less than a Ferrari F40 - it can go from naught to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds before topping out at 174 mph. The Cup 430 features a carbon-fiber roof, rear wing, diffuser, and splitter, the whole aero package generating in excess of 210 pounds of downforce at speed. Stability on the track is provided by the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

What is the Most Popular Lotus?

The most popular Lotus is the Elise. The lithe sports car was a huge hit when first introduced back in 1995 when Lotus was owned by Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli. In just two years, Lotus sold 1,000 Elise examples but, nowadays, the market has shrunk considerably. If Lotus would dispatch 2,500 cars per year some two decades ago, it only sold 584 cars of all types in 2018 (down from 783 in 2017). Out of those 584 cars, 257 were Elises, reconfirming the model’s status as the most popular Lotus - although even the Elise is taking a hit with sales dropping below 300 units per year for the first time since 2014.

What is the Most Expensive Lotus?

The most expensive Lotus is the Evora GT410 with its $107,107 price tag in the U.K. before you add options. And while you may think options on a Lotus may be cheap, they most definitely are not. For instance, diamond-cut forged wheels cost $3,526 and the optional metallic paint finish will set you back $1,460. Having said that, the most expensive Lotus away from the manufacturer’s well-known lineup of sports cars is the 2020 Evija hypercar with its $2.1 million MSRP. Of course, the Evija can’t be compared with anything else in Lotus’ lineup but, to put matters into perspective, merely reserving a build spot (only 130 will be made) has you fork out $304,032 which is the equivalent of almost six brand-new Elise Sport 220s.

What is the Fastest Lotus?

The fastest Lotus car that’s currently listed on Lotus’ own website is, obviously, the 1,971-horsepower Evija hypercar that’s said to surpass 200 mph. However, if we only take into account the sports cars currently made by Lotus, then the quickest of the lot is the Evora GT410 Sport that will go all the way to 186 mph in top gear. Having said that, the Evora GT410 Sport has been shadowed, until recently, by the Evora GT430 Sport which, thanks to 20 extra ponies, could hit 196 mph.

Are Lotus Cars Reliable?

Lotus cars used to be very unreliable, like any British-made cars of the ’60s and ’70s but, since the dawn of the third millennium, things have started to change bit by bit for the better. Back in the days, Lotus owners had this running joke that Lotus stood for ’Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious’ but, more recently, owners on carbuyer have given the Elise a 4.8 out of 5 and 88% of owners would recommend the Lotus Elise to a friend. The Toyota engines that power modern Lotus cars seem to be pretty bulletproof although issues can appear in the suspension department while the clutch is also prone to untimely wear. Still, there are many who daily drive their Lotuses and, besides the usual pitfalls of daily driving a sports car, have little to complain about.