July 31, 2014

Ex-CEO Dany Bahar’s V8 Esprit for sale

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In late 2010 Lotus ex-CEO Dany Bahar had his staff at the factory complete an extensive restoration of a 2002 V8 Lotus Esprit. The work included a rebuilt engine and gearbox being installed into the car less than 1,000 miles ago, a bespoke interior in leather and SuedeTex and new pearlescent white respray. The car is fitted with the Final Edition refinements of the very rare OZ Nova wheels, AP Racing 4 pot front calipers with Brembo rears and the Sport350 'High Boost' ECM plus the large final edition spoiler, round rear lights and centre exit exhaust with cheese grater … [Read more...]

Dany Bahar dismissed as CEO from Lotus

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The new owners of Lotus, DRB-Hicom today announced via a press release that Dany Bahar has been terminated from his role at Lotus as CEO. This follows an announcement less than two weeks ago of his suspension while an investigation into his 'conduct' was carried out by the penultimate parent company. Dany Bahar had been CEO of Group Lotus for just over two and a half years and while the news is alight with rumours of his excessive spending causing DRB alarm, the real reason for his termination is unknown. DRB-Hicom have appointed their own Aslam Farikullah as Chief … [Read more...]

Lotus CEO Dany Bahar suspended

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National and international press have reported that Lotus CEO Dany Bahar has been suspended from his position as CEO of Lotus for a 'conduct' issue. A statement from the owners of Lotus, DRB Hicom issued last Friday (25th) states "Group Lotus plc ("Lotus") can today confirm that, following an operational review, chief executive Dany Bahar has been temporarily suspended from his role to facilitate an investigation into a complaint about his conduct made by Lotus' penultimate parent company, DRB-Hicom Berhad," Group Lotus have no comment to add currently nor do DRB … [Read more...]

Lotus CEO Dany Bahar on this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed

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What’s the strategy behind the Goodwood partnership? Goodwood has become the most important car culture event in the world. It’s set in such a beautiful environment, complimenting these wonderful automobiles, and attracts hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts. The similarities between what Goodwood is trying to do and what we would like to communicate are clear. It’s about showcasing the past, present and future of sports cars and motor racing. We’ll be in Goodwood to show what we’ve done over the last three years, as well as the last 60 years. What makes this … [Read more...]

Lotus showcase Evora GTE at Beijing Auto Show

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The 2012 Beijing International Auto Show kicks off today, and Lotus Cars is showing off its full model range for the first time, including a very special supercar that’s been custom-made for China. When the Lotus Evora GTE was unveiled at the Frankfurt show last year, the Chinese market went crazy for this, Lotus’ most powerful road-going model ever. Now the British sports car company has prepared the Evora GTE China Limited Edition, which makes its world debut in Beijing. Lotus’ eminent chassis engineers have adapted the GTE to suit Chinese roads, and the … [Read more...]

Lotus in ‘positive discussions’ with new owners DRB-Hicom

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Follow on from recent speculation regarding the current state of affairs in Hethel, a Group Lotus spokesperson said to TLF: “The new Proton owners DRB-HICOM are currently in the middle of their due diligence of Group Lotus. There have been and continue to be positive discussions between Group Lotus senior management and senior management at DRB-HICOM both here in Hethel and inMalaysia. Despite various rumours in the media to the contrary, at no point has DRB-HICOM indicated to Group Lotus that they intend to put the company into administration and we welcome the … [Read more...]

Lotus open up shop in Lebanon

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The legendary marque is opening a new dealership in Beirut in partnership with leading Lebanese automotive dealer RYMCO and luxury real estate and management company Zardman. Lotus’ acclaimed Evora, Elise and Exige are set to quicken the heartbeat of one of the most exciting cities in the Middle East. Lotus Cars Lebanon welcomed the 2007 Formula One World Champion to Beirut in style, throwing an exclusive party at the MAD nightclub and toasting the future of Lotus in the region. The ‘Lotus is Back’ event was also attended by a few lucky F1 fans, who got to press up … [Read more...]

[VIDEOS] Lotus Press Conference & Stand, 2012 Salon De L’Automobile, Geneva

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Jonathan Legard introduced Lotus CEO Dany Bahar and Lotus F1 Team driver Kimi Raikonnen at the 2012 Salon De L'Automobile in Geneva. Bahar talks about the ongoing business at Lotus, how the takeover of parent company Proton by DRB-Hicom has effected operations and R&D at Lotus and the new Exige S Roadster variant. Kimi discussed life on and off track and about being back with Lotus in F1. We also managed to attend the Infiniti unveiling of their Emerg-e which uses the Lotus Range Extender powerplant and Evora chassis. For more information on this car, please … [Read more...]

[PICS] Lotus at the 2012 Salon De L’Automobile, Geneva

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Lotus were again occupying a decent amount of floorspace at this year's Salon De L'Automobile at Geneva's Palexpo, similar in size and location to the 2011 stand. With a total of 9 cars on display to the press on the 6th March there were 2 new variations of existing products, namely the carbon fibre bodied Lotus F1 Edition Evora GTE, limited to a run of 5 cars and the MY2012 Exige S Roadster, a soft-top and more 'lifestyle' edition of the hardcore 3.5l V6 Exige. Lotus also featured a white Evora GTE, the version of the Evora which has shed 150kgs on the stock car … [Read more...]

Lotus Originals opens factory shop in Hethel

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While visiting Hethel to do some filming for our Esprit S1 documentary, Tony K and I, along with Gordon Masson, attended the opening of Lotus’s first LOTUS ORIGINALS retail shop, which also serves as a model for future dealership interiors with the ribbon-cutting by Dany Bahar and Bruno Senna. Many of us TLFers have taken a poke at the prices for the new merchandise, but having seen it up close there really was no denying the quality, which is certainly on par with Ferrari, Porsche, or Lamborghini swag, and similarly priced. And with the likes of Loro Piana … [Read more...]


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