Throwback: 1994 Lotus Esprit S4 Video Review
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.
The Often Forgotten Lotus Carlton Was the Ultimate Sleeper Sedan
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.
Watch As Supercar Blondie Enjoys the Rare Lotus 3-Eleven 430!
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.
Forget About No Time To Die, Check Out These Rad James Bond Cars Instead
Although James Bond movies typically go together like winter and January, the upcoming No Time To Die installment has made a lot of gearheads happy. You could attribute that to the power of social media and car brands wanting as much exposure as possible, but it’s surely nice that so much car content has been generated by the latest 007 movie.
Daniel Craig’s last ride as James Bond will see some Land Rover Defenders bouncing off rough terrain, crashing, and then bouncing some more. It also motivated Top Gear to go out and drive some of the best Bond cars to feature on the big screen.
Throwback: Lotus Wants to Wish You a Merry Driftmas and a Hethel New Year
It’s that time of the year again, when colorful lights shine to brighten the night, kids listen for the sound of sleigh bells, and the smell of burnt rubber lingers in the air. At least that’s the holiday season we like, and it would appear as though Lotus agrees with this Christmas-themed video featuring the Evora GT410 Sport sliding around for a drift-tastic tree delivery.
Jay Leno’s Garage Gives Some Love to the 1966 Lotus (Ford) Cortina
The Lotus Cortina, or Ford Cortina Lotus as it has also become known, is the street-going version of the Group 2 touring car that became one of the most famous and successful models of its kind in the ’60s, routinely hitting above its weight and beating Mustangs, Falcons and even the odd Ford Galaxie in the British Saloon Car Championship, the European Touring Car Championship and beyond. Originally, only 1,000 Cortinas were built to meet homologation needs, and the car in the video is a genuine one.
The original Lotus Cortina, based on the Mark 1 Consul Cortina, was launched in 1963 and received comprehensive modifications by Lotus with its beating heart being a 1.5-liter twin-cam four-cylinder engine designed by Harry Mundy. The example shown in this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage has been painstakingly restored to better-than-new condition by Jim Hall, Leno’s chief fabricator, after spending three decades neglected at the mercy of the elements.
Someone Slapped a Harrop TVS1900 Supercharger onto a Series-3 Lotus Exige and the Result Will Knock Your Socks Off
The third-generation Lotus Exige is a light, nimble, and quite quick sports car that’s at home on the track. However, for some, the Exige doesn’t cut it in stock trim. For those people, here’s the 500-horsepower Exige fitted with a Harrop TVS1900 supercharger that’s taking no prisoners on any road course.
The current Exige has been in production for nigh on seven years now and it Lotus has periodically revised their recipe adding more power and, as per Colin Chapman’s ethos, subtracting weight. Last year, Lotus unveiled the Cup 430 which develops 430-horsepower and weighs barely 2,300 pounds. It came just a year after the Cup 380 which was described by Lotus’ CEO as "so good, that it is no longer the best in class, it’s now in a class of its own."
Can this monstrosity be even better than the two factory-built track cars?
Lotus Celebrates 70th Anniversary in Typical Lotus Fashion
Lotus is turning 70 years old today, and like anybody who reaches that ripe age, the British automaker celebrated it by creating a not-so-subtle “70th tribute logo” using burnt rubber from two of the company’s most popular models: the Exige and Evora 410 Sport. The tire-burning/logo-creating session took place on the skid pad of Lotus’ test track in Hethel, England. No CGIs were used in the making of the video, though Lotus did cop to using more tires than it probably wanted to.
Lotus Super Seven Takes The Spotlight In New Petrolicious Episode: Video
In a day and age wherein cars have become awash in technology, there’s something to be said for a classic road-going sports car that still catches people’s attention despite being more than 50 years old. I’m talking about the 1963 Lotus Super Seven Series II, a sports car so unpretentious it flies against everything we associate with the modern day sports car. You really need to look at it to understand how pure and simple it is. That’s also a big reason why Lotus Seven owner Geoff Wise loves his car so much.
In the latest episode of Petrolicious, Wise talks about his love affair with his Lotus Seven and how he came to own this beauty of a sports car. See, unlike most people who get featured on Petrolicious, Wise didn’t set out to build his Lotus Super Seven from the ground-up. On the contrary, he actually bought the car and disassembled it before converting it to be more of a road car. He did add some modern tech to complement the car’s bored and stroked 1.7-liter four-cylinder, which he claims makes 120 horsepower. It’s not the fastest car in the world by any means, but with the car weighing just over 1,000 pounds, those 120 horses makes it seem like it is.
This is a labor of love in every sense of the phrase and Wise feels vindicated knowing that his Super Seven gets plenty of attention wherever he goes. He says that adults admire it, but it’s really the kids that get a real kick out of the car. It’s hard not to imagine why it gets the attention it does, especially when you see it in the company of today’s cars. There aren’t a lot of things more gravitating than seeing a sports car from the 60’s run so smoothly, as if reminding us that there was a time when people loved to drive these cars, not because of the technology they had, but because it was just fun to do it. Looking at Wise’s face when he talks about his Super Seven, it’s easy to see why he loves his car so much.
Petrolicious Tells The Story Of Spencer Canon And His Lotus Esprit: Video
One of the things I love about Petrolicious is how it can tell the story of a car and its owner the way no other series has ever done it. It’s kind of like Humans of New York, but instead of photographs and written stories of the subjects, it’s done in a more personal manner that really captures the essence of what it means to be a passionate car owner.
The latest episode tells the story of bicycle builder Spencer Canon and his Lotus Esprit. Despite all the perceived misgivings people had for the Esprit, the bicycle builder from Ritte Bicycles knew what he had when he got the car, or at least what was left of it. Canon himself admitted that the car was in terrible shape, but instead of letting it die a slow and painful death, he took it upon himself to make it whole again — even if it involved redesigning elements of the Esprit to give it some modern flair.
So Canon drew from his experience as a designer and went to work, modifying the Esprit in subtle yet effective ways like replacing the power windows with pull straps and changing the body color to the color scheme of his company’s bicycles. The result looks great even though not everybody was on board with the perception that he robbed the Esprit of its authenticity. But, Canon remained undaunted by the backlash, knowing full well that what he was doing was giving the car a modern twist while retaining some of the heritage.
The result is incredible because the Esprit, modifications and all, looks about as fresh as any car from the 80s could be. It may still not be as recognizable as some of the Ferraris and Lamborghinis of that era, but that hardly matters to Canon. All that matters to him is that he rescued this car from despair, gave it some much needed love, and gave it a whole new lease on life.
Lotus needs the 2016 Evora 400 to be good, really good, and going by this new video from Sport Auto it looks like Lotus may have pulled off something special. It’s not a new model, but it’s been so heavily revised over the regular Evora that Lotus is pretty much pitching it as one. It’s also one of the first models to be developed under the stewardship of new Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales.
At the hands of Sport Auto test driver Christian Gebhardt, the Evora 400 is a weapon. It stays stable when bouncing over curbs, but is also willing to kick its tail out for some sideways maneuvering fun. And what’s more, that’s a real-live six-speed manual transmission Christian is shifting. Have we really gotten to the point where it’s weird to see manual transmissions in videos like this? Maybe. The Evora 400 is available with six-speed auto too.
Despite the Toyota-sourced engine, the Evora 400 definitely doesn’t sound like your average Camry. The raspy 3.5-liter supercharged V-6 rips, snorts and howls its way around the Lotus test track in Hethel and does a damn good sonic impression of engines with more exotic origins. Rated at 400 horsepower, hence the name, it’s good enough to propel the Evora 400 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 186 mph. It represents an improvement of 0.3 seconds and 8 mph over the old 2013 Evora S. Out on the track Christian manages to hit an impressive 158 mph.
Turn up the speakers for this one, click play, and then continue reading to catch our full review of the 2016 Lotus Evora 400.
Today’s Formula One statistics may be dominated by seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher, but most enthusiasts still look back on the golden days of F1 when asked to nominated the greatest-ever F1 driver. Jim Clark is often included among the best, particularly because at the time of his death he had won more Grand Prix races and achieved more pople positions than any other driver. His legacy includes two F1 World Championships, two podiums at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and, more importantly, the ability to drive just about any type of vehicle, from single-seaters to rally cars and track-prepped saloons. He was Britain’s own Mark Donohue.
Although the world of motorsport lost Clark nearly 50 years ago, he is still celebrated around Europe with heavy support from the Jim Clark Trust. In 2015, the trust marked the 50th anniversary of Clark’s second F1 World Championship title — achieved in 1965 with Team Lotus — during a special event in Britain. Among other activities, the organizers showcased Clark’s Lotus 25, which he drove from 1962 through 1965, and invited Sir Jackie Stewart to drive it in honor of his former rival and friend. There’s no actual racing footage as Stewart only paraded the Lotus in front of those attending the event, but those of you who like 1960s F1 cars and their V-8 engines should find the footage enticing.
Click the play button above to watch 75-year-old Stewart drive one of the sports most iconic cars.
Still struggling to stay afloat after a disastrous 2013, Lotus may need a couple more years to come up with a completely redesigned sports car. Despite that, the Brits have had quite a busy 2015 so far, launching new variations of the Elise and Exige, as well as a significantly updated Evora. The 2015 Elise S Cup is the first of the trio to hit the market, having gone into production back in January. Essentially a road-legal version of the Cup R race car that Lotus launched in 2013, the Elise S Cup looked promising on paper, thanks to its 2,054-pound weight and 217-horsepower, supercharged engine. But how good is this British coupe on the track? That’s a question the folks over at EVO looked to answer in the video above.
To do so, Henry Catchpole took the Elise S Cup to Bedford Autodrome, a Formula 2 championship track in the UK, for the latest episode of EVO Diaries. After putting a few laps in only to discover the car is "blindingly quick" for its 217-horsepower rating, Catchpole took it for a spin on Britain’s narrow roads to find out how it behaves as a daily driver.
Click play to learn more about the new Elise S Cup and watch it in action in this road and track test. Be careful though; this Lotus, which isn’t available in the U.S., might just make you consider moving to Britan to own one.
Jay Leno may have a bunch of crazy cars in his garage, but he definitely misses the world’s craziest and fastest Lotus. The car in question is the Ronin RS 211, a 680-horsepower beast based on the Elise. Well, it’s not really a Lotus anymore given this four-wheeled missile bears only a few Elise parts underneath that carbon-fiber body, but you get my drift.
The supercar you’re about to see in the video above started out as a 2005 Lotus Elise and became what it is today after a Porsche rear-ended it. Although the Lotus was totaled, owner Frank Profera didn’t give up on it and, taking inspiration from the Lotus 2-Eleven, built the insane roadster known as Ronin RS 211. Spectacular to look at, this open-cockpit racer for the road is also insanely powerful and fast. Profera rebuilt the Toyota-sourced, 1.8-liter engine into a twin-turbocharged monster that cranks out 680 horsepower.
How fast is it? Well, let’s say that it can put a lot of modern supercars to shame. And while I’m excited at the thought this machine has 680 ponies traveling to the wheels, what I like most about it are its Can-Am-style rearview mirror and fixed rear wing. I bet Denny Hulme would love to give the Ronin a good hooning at Road America. Meanwhile, let’s watch Jay Leno drive one of the very few cars he can’t actually buy.
The folks over at Hennessey Performance have a lot of reasons to be proud these days. Not only were they able to build a bad-ass supercar like the Venom GT, but they can add a whole lot of power and enhancements to just about any vehicle out there, be it a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray or a Cadillac Escalade. The tuner’s most impressive achievement, however, is being able to smash the world speed record for production cars — held by the Bugatti Veyron — with its Venom GT that packs a whopping 1,244 horsepower and 1,155 pound-feet of torque under the hood. Sure, the record won’t make it into the Guinness Book of World Records due to the lack of second run and low production numbers, but we all now that the benchmark is now in the hands of an American company.
The record run saw the Venom GT reach 270.49 mph at the Kennedy Space Center took place about three months ago. And if you haven’t seen the video yet, you’ve been living under a huge, heavy rock. The reason we’re bringing this achievement back into the spotlight is because the run was featured in Pennzoil’s "Breaking Barriers" series, in a video that reveals never-before-seen footage and some of the obstacles the Hennessey team had to overcome along the way.
Breaking a speed record owned by a car built by a multimillion-dollar empire such as the Volkswagen Group ain’t easy. What makes things even more impressive is that, compared to VW, Hennessey is just a tiny group of passionate gearheads that are motivated by more than just volume sales and profits — one of the reasons we love Hennessey so much. That’s reason enough for you to watch this 7-minute video and learn why the Venom GT is way cooler than the Bugatti Veyron.
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".
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...
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.
A few days ago, Hennessey announced that its Venom GT supercar scored another impressive record by accelerating to 300 km/h (186 mph) in just 13.63 seconds. Today, the tuner has unveiled the video as a statement for their previous announcement.
After all, this result shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone considering the impressive specifications of the Venom GT. It is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V-8 engine, same used in the Corvette ZR1 that delivers up to 1,200 horsepower, depending on the trim level. With a curb weight of 2,685 pounds, the 1,200-horsepower Venom GT will hit a top speed of 275 mph and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds. As expected, such an impressive performance will set you back a nice sum — $950,000.
The test was made at Ellington Airport in Houston, Texas, USA on January 10, 2013.
Hennessey’s Venom GT coupe is a one of the baddest cars around and is limited to only five units and priced from an amazing $725,000. The Spyder, which was announced a few months after the coupe version, will be also limited to only five units and is a little bit more expensive at $1.1 million.
The first unit has been delivered to Steven Tyler — the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, for those that live under a rock — and today Hennessey has unveiled a video from the delivery. We are not too sure if he only received the car, or if the Latvian model, Jula Lescova, was offered as a bonus, but still the video is a great watch! Of course, you’ll have to try pay attention to the car — it is after all the star of this video! The extracurricular scenery isn’t too bad either…
Let us know in the comments section bellow if you will prefer the car or the model!