May 28, 2017

DRB-Hicom sell Lotus to Geely Holding & Etika Automotive

China's Geely Holding Group have taken a 51% stake in Group Lotus along with Malaysia's Etika Automotive who have purchased 49% of the company. In a deal worth £100m, the 2 companies have purchased Lotus from DRB-Hicom who have also sold 49.9% of Proton to Geely. Li Shufu, the Chinese billionaire owner of Geely has been seeking to form an automotive company with a global presence, already having acquired Volvo in 2010 who have gone from strength to strength under their tenure. Geely's revenue for 2016 was in excess of $30bn and in total they produced 778,896 cars … [Read more...]

Picture of The Month – May 2017

It's customary at this time of year to choose a shot from the TLF day at MBW. This year I asked PoTM regular Malcolm Feth to choose his favourite shot from the event and he sent back this striking For Your Eyes Only double-act. Both cars are Compomotive-shod dry sump Turbos as you would hope and well known to regular visitors here (the white one is especially familiar!). Both cars were built in 1981 too which should please the founder of no-end. Malcolm sent me the image before the sad news was announced this week but it now seems … [Read more...]

Another sunny day shines for TLF International Lotus Day

For the 4th successive year, TLF International Lotus Day was held in conjunction with Mercedes Benz World and Brooklands Museum. A grey start to the day saw attendance slighty down on previous years however after midday the clouds broke and guests enjoyed a lovely, sunny afternoon. The variation of cars attending was as ever, excellent and everyone had clearly made the effort to present their cars in tip-top condition. For some, it was their 4th year at the event but we were pleased to see many new faces and meet with new members. Our Concours D'Elegance was packed … [Read more...]

French contenders win first rounds of Lotus Cup Europe

Xavier Georges and Christophe Lisandre shared the spoils in the Lotus Cup Europe season-opener at Hockenheim this weekend (21-23 April), upholding French honour at the German Grand Prix venue. The FIA International Series supported the annual Hockenheim Historic – Jim Clark Revival meeting, racing in front of a big crowd. Following a clean sweep of both practice sessions and pole position in qualifying, Georges surged into an early lead in the first encounter, and his Exige V6 was never headed. Fellow front-row starter Lisandre followed in his 2-Eleven but could … [Read more...]

Lotus reveal Exige Cup 380

Without equal and without compromise, the ballistic new Exige Cup 380 coupe provides the perfect balance between fully type approved road car and genuine race car to deliver the ultimate track-and-back street-legal Lotus. Evolved from the hugely successful and capable Exige Sport 380, this latest Lotus supercar is the purest manifestation yet of the company’s Cup concept for sports cars. Genuinely eligible for competition yet undeniably elegant, just 60 editions of this extreme Exige are planned for worldwide markets – assuring its status as one of Lotus’ most … [Read more...]

Picture of The Month – April 2017

This month the rather magnificent Lotus 80 steals the show. Taken by Wolfgang Mauser at the Nurburgring's AVD OldTimer GP in 2013, it's an usually good shot of an extremely rare car. Even back in its day the ground-breaking, ground-effect car only entered a total of 3 races and completed just one. Mario Andretti managed to bring it home for a remarkable podium place in the 1979 Spanish Grand Prix - no mean feat in a car so experimental that team-mate Carlos Reutemann refused to drive it! The idea was to maximize under body ground-effect by running skirts along the … [Read more...]

Lotus Evora Sport 410 GP Edition salutes US launch

Continuing the runaway success of Lotus’ return to North America, the legendary British Sportscar maker has unveiled a unique Evora Sport 410 in one of the company’s most famous liveries, as order books open for the sensational sports car in the US and Canada. Available in the new GP Edition colour scheme, as well as Lotus’ standard array of paint options, the new Lotus Evora Sport 410 for North America is the lightest and most focused iteration of the Evora, and joins the benchmark Evora 400 in the company’s line-up as a fully type approved model. It is also the … [Read more...]

TLF International Lotus Day, 7th May 2017 at MBW/Brooklands

Back for its 4th year, TLF are looking forward to welcoming Lotus owners and enthusiasts from across Europe to our free TLF International Lotus Day event held at Mercedes-Benz World in conjunction with Brooklands Museum. On Sunday the 7th May, the event runs from 10am to 5pm but we encourage you to arrive early to make the most from your day, there's lots to see! We expect based on last years numbers to have in excess of 350 Lotus cars on site. You will have full and free access to MBW (Brooklands is £12 but well worth it!) and any Lotus cars that attend will be … [Read more...]

Lotus reveal 798kg Elise Sprint

Evolved, energised and even lighter, a significant update for the legendary Lotus Elise has been unveiled ahead of its arrival in showrooms this spring. Pride of place in the latest Elise line-up is the new Sprint edition, capturing the spirit of Lotus by offering the latest in efficient engineering to deliver a car that sets the standard at under 800 kg. Featuring a host of weight-saving items as standard, as well as the Elise's distinctive new styling, the new Lotus remains true to the company’s founding principles. Benefitting the range as a whole, all new Elise … [Read more...]

Vote for “The Perfect Drive”, the best Lotus video you’ll watch today!

TLF member from New Zealand, Ben Ruffell, has produced this most amazing video. It's been entered into a competition and he needs your help to get him to the top. Click the image below to watch the film and remember to VOTE In his words... This film was made specifically for the Shotover G1 Giveaway competition. It is a passion project, and the Lotus Elan plus 2 is my own car. I had dreamed of making this film for years, the Shotover competition motivated me to fulfil this dream. I make my living filming car commercials for paying clients. What I like most … [Read more...]

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