January 23, 2017

Picture of The Month – January 2017

Here's just the thing to blast away the January blues - a retina-bursting green S2 Exige. It's an appropriately intense hue for the evergreen pocket trackday rocket. This shot really captures the essence of the car - it looks taught, compact, dynamic and more fun than any fair ride. The streaks of light in the background suggest it's pulling more G than the Waltzers too. The shot was taken by Martyn Lewis, who is no stranger to PoTM, shortly after he had it so vividly resprayed and he still owns the car today. Martyn:  "I was heavily into my night photography at the … [Read more...]

Lotus Exige Race 380 – first class in competition

Race only version of sensational Exige Sport 380 375 hp and 410 Nm Weight cut to just 998 kg dry 0-60 mph in just 3.2 secs Laps Hethel 1.5 seconds quicker than Exige Cup R Aerodynamic downforce boosted to 240 kg Unapologetic, uncompromising and built to win, Lotus has announced the development of the mighty Exige Race 380 - the track-only sibling of what has been hailed as one of the marque’s most significant and sensational cars, the critically acclaimed Exige Sport 380. Combining Lotus’ vehicle development skills with its motorsport … [Read more...]

Picture of The Month – December 2016

We figured you couldn't get a lot more seasonal than a snow and ice dusted, bright red Elise. So here's your PoTM for December, a dynamic rig shot and very dramatic angle, courtesy of New Jersey photographer Mike Hyatt. Mike's work has already featured for the month of August this year and despite some strong competition, this shot was always going to be hard to beat for December. Hopefully it will be enough to tempt one or two Elise owners to crank their heaters up and get out there to take a few shots of their own. Treat your desktop, smartphone or tablet this … [Read more...]

Picture of The Month – November 2016

What could be more appropriate for the 3rd of November than this 311 blasting out of Spa's iconic Eau Rouge corner? This particular example in sinister matt black with gloss black stripes is owned by a Belgian enthusiast who currently owns two 211's in addition to this, the very first customer 311 to roll off the production line. It is with his kind permission that we are able to share this image with you, taken by Curbstone's photographer at one of their recent track events. Not content with the factory output of 410bhp, the car has already been treated to a power … [Read more...]

Picture of The Month – October 2016

October's winner is hot off the press from James at Oversteer Photography. Posted only this week on Facebook, it shunted the image I had lined-up smartly into next month. Many thanks to James for his kind permission and for being so helpful at very short notice. Of this captivating shot, he had this to say: "I was asked by a friend to shoot his father-in-law's prized possessions: His incredible Lotuses. This is one of the most difficult shoots I've had to edit, two light painted cars in one shot isn't easy... I've always been a huge Lotus Cars fan, the Esprit … [Read more...]

Picture of The Month – September 2016

This month's winner features a number of notable 'firsts'. It's our first winner from Norway. It's definitely the first Exige we've seen with WW2 fighter plane graphics and it's our first PoTM shot on a smartphone. Naturally, it helps having the stunning Lysefjord as a backdrop but it just goes to show that the photographer's eye still counts for more than the photographer's camera. Brought to you with kind permission from Tommy Lund, who also owns the car, we think the toothy decals really suit the Exige, particularly when set against the sharky titanium grey … [Read more...]

Elise Cup 250 – Track Test

Ever since going around Brands Hatch in the passenger seat of an Elise Cup 220 (thanks Tom) and having one to myself for an hour on the road (thanks Bell & Colvill) I have had nothing but praise for the flagship Elise. Retaining a delicacy, nimbleness and precision beyond even the Exige V6 and offering the sweetest steering on sale today, I was left deeply impressed. It was that rarest of things - a genuinely track-focused car that works brilliantly on the roads. Having had the uninterrupted joy of five years with a faultless Elise Sports Racer, I think that once … [Read more...]

Picture of The Month – August 2016

This image really caught my eye on Facebook a few weeks ago and thanks to New Jersey photographer Mike Hyatt, we're able to share it with you for August's PoTM. Mike has really managed to capture some serious attitude from the Elise with a backdrop that looks so exotic to us in Europe, yet somehow the little Norfolk rocket looks right at home in NYC. In fact, it looks positively 'badass'! Just the thing to go around frightening two ton muscle cars in. It's not an easy image for anyone in Europe to replicate so I think it will remain the best shot of an Elise in the Big … [Read more...]

Picture of The Month – July 2016

I'm happy to see lots of love for the Evora on at TLF currently, so here's a picture that will do nothing to dampen anyone's enthusiasm. Generously shared with us by the car's owner Ty Mackey from Texas, it's a reminder of just how fundamentally handsome Russell Carr's work remains. In fact, I think the Evora's aging exceptionally well, the car still looking fresh, contemporary and very distinctive seven years on. It must be a very rare sight on US roads which I hope is something that will begin to change when the Lotus Evora 400 goes on sale there this year. Ty … [Read more...]

Picture of The Month – June 2016

This dynamic rig shot captures a suitably 'weapons-grade' look for the ultimate factory Elise - the Cup 250. It's reassuring to know that, 20 years later, the Elise is still going strong, using the same basic, brilliant recipe and in Cup 250 form, is faster than ever. It would have been hard to imagine back in 1996 that Lotus would one day fit an aero pack like this along with 250ps but here it is, looking terrific in white with the full carbon aero parts. Many thanks to TLF stalwart Malcolm Feth for his efforts and kind permission. You check out his website here, … [Read more...]

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