May 23, 2017

Andy Betts

Long time Lotus and performance car enthusiast with motorsport addiction, especially endurance racing. Founder of The Lotus Forums and known as 'Bibs' online due to a poor personal numberplate purchase, has running online communities since 2004 and member of the NUJ since 2010.

[PICS][VIDEO] Lotus launch Exige LF1 at Canary Wharf MotorExpo

Lotus chose the prestigious Canary Wharf MotorExpo to launch the new Exige LF1 which celebrates the company's Formula 1 heritage. A total of 81 cars will be made, each one corresponding to a Formula 1 victory over the course of the 40 year history Lotus has in the sport.  The car will also be seen for the first time in LHD configuration at this weekend's 24 Heures Du Mans in France. Fuelled by the excitement and anticipation of the 2014 Formula 1® season, Lotus gives its Exige S range a shot of race adrenaline with the Exige LF1 limited edition. This summer 81 … [Read more...]

James Bond Esprit collection for sale

US based property developer and car collector, Michael Dezer is dismantling his collection of classic motor vehicles, including 60 that have featured in James Bond films over the years. The cars are or have been on display in his museum in Miami. Whilst the whole collection will set you back an estimated £20 million, some of the cars may be of specific interest to Lotus collectors, including: Lotus Esprit S1 The Spy Who Loved Me Lotus Esprit Turbo in white For Your Eyes Only Lotus Esprit Turbo in bronze, with skis For Your Eyes Only Lotus Esprit submarine model … [Read more...]

F1 cars in classic Team Lotus colours

There's no denying that Colin Chapman had an eye for what made an F1 car the top of its game producing 7 World Championship winners for Team Lotus. He also introduced more innovations to the sport that you'd ever believe and one of the very significant moves which changed F1 forever was his introduction of advertising. Now imagine this advertising and the classic liveries he created transposed onto a modern F1 car. Yes, the results look as awesome as you'd expect! Thanks to Camille De Bastiani, the very talented designer here are what the 2013 F1 cars would look like … [Read more...]

For Sale: The ultimate collectors Lotus Esprit

Over 28 years of the Esprit's production lifetime, there were 10,675 made. Here's the chance to own the 10,675th Esprit, the very last Esprit that Lotus built. With a unique history and special treatment Hethel the car left the line on the 20th February 2004, not before being signed by the entire production team, many of whom had spent their entire careers at Lotus putting these iconic supercars together. Having been shipped to Orlando, Fl where it's spent most of its life the car is now located in the EU and available for sale. With only 1,800 miles on the … [Read more...]

Lotus join owners on track at Goodwood Race Circuit

Lotus Cars were on hand at a recent Lotus On Track 2 day trackday at the famous Goodwood Race Circuit. Bringing along their current product range to offer owners a chance to experience the latest and greatest. With an Elise S Club Racer, Evora S Sports Racer and Exige S Roadster, owners experienced the new cars in their more natural environment on a race track where their potential can be more easily realised and enjoyed. Over lunch provided by Lotus, staff were on hand to answer questions about the cars, the track and driving and Jamie Matthews and Scott Walker of … [Read more...]

[PICS] Lotus Festival a great success despite Bank Holiday weather!

This years' Lotus Festival went ahead as planned despite torrential rain on the Saturday however the crowds were treated to some sunshine on Sunday. Brands Hatch welcomed thousands to the Festival who went to see the Lotus Cortina 50th Anniversary gathering and races, the full Lotus Cup UK & Europe race program and club and trade stands from throughout the UK. The full race reports and pictures can be seen here. There was also racing from the Atom Cup, VAG Trophy, Sports 2000, Saloon and Tin Top racing, Mk2 Golf GTI Championship and a hugely exciting Lotus Cortina … [Read more...]

Esprit featured on ‘British Auto Legends’ stamps

Royal Mail have immortalised the Lotus Esprit further with the inclusion of the 1976 S1 Esprit on the 'British Auto Legends Thoroughbreds' stamp set released today. From the gorgeous curves of the legendary E-Type Jaguar to the imposing presence of the Silver Shadow, every detail of these immaculate thoroughbred cars has been captured by the photographic expertise of James Mann. Including no less than two Bond cars — in the Aston Martin DB5 and Lotus Esprit — these Mint Stamps are also brought to you in concours condition. Lotus Esprit — 1976 With the Esprit, … [Read more...]

Calling all Elise lovers!

Calling all Elise lovers!! Since its launch in 1996, the Lotus Elise has become one of the most loved and iconic Lotus cars of all time. We have built over 30,000 Elise cars in 17 years, that’s over 33% of the Lotus’ entire production! The success of the Elise is not just down to its purist dynamic characteristics or it’s cool looks; you petrolheads out there will appreciate just how clever the car is too!  From its pioneering bonded and extruded aluminium chassis to it’s composite crash structure, the Elise was the catalyst for a new generation of performance … [Read more...]

Meet the Lotus F1 Team at Lotus Originals, London

Lucky Lotus F1 fans have a great opportunity to meet some of the F1 team at the live prize draw for 'The Perfect Formula' competition, run by Lotus Originals. The team principle and a driver will be in attendance. Join them at the Lotus Originals store in London's bustling Regent St on Wednesday the 24th April from 4pm 'til 7pm. There will be the chance to grab some pictures of the team plus autograph signing and a good opportunity to do some shopping for the latest Lotus merchandise. There's still a chance to enter the competition - just get to the store and … [Read more...]

Picture of the Month – March 2013

Sorry, too wet and we were snowed in to post this during the correct month so it's a little late! This PoTM is reminiscent of the sort of weather we're enduring in the UK, with a little snow thrown in! Long term Evora owner Martin Townsend was out driving the Evora with his son Christian in Scotland when this huge puddle presented itself. With no other option, Christian jumped out of the car while Dad drove through the mini-lake at speed (a few times no doubt) until this terrific image was captured. It's a hard life, mucking about with cars! Thanks to the Townsend's … [Read more...]

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