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Lotus CEO All But Confirms An SUV Is Coming 15
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Lotus, Reports, SUV on 01 15th, 2018


Lotus chief executive Jean-Marc Gales has all but confirmed that the brand’s long-awaited foray into the SUV world is going to happen.

Gales has led the British carmaker for the past three years and in that time, been instrumental in the brand launching dozens of new limited edition models and improving its finances, ultimately leading to Geely purchasing a controlling stake in the brand last year.

In an interview with Autonews, Gales said the Geely deal has made its SUV ambitions achievable.

“I’m fairly sure with the Geely parts bin at our disposal, we can design a Lotus crossover that has unique lightweight features, aerodynamics and handling that befits the Lotus brand.

“We are not just tied to sports cars, which is a fairly stable market worldwide. What is growing at double-digits, however, is the SUV market, especially the premium SUV market,” Gales said.

On the question of where a future Lotus SUV could be produced, Gales suggested that the marque could make use of Geely’s manufacturing plants in China. However, when it comes to sports cars, they will remain a British-only affair.

“Our sports cars will stay in the UK, that’s clear. Lotus is quintessentially a UK brand so we need that. If, in the future, we have one or two plants for the potential crossover, they should be close to where the destination market is. For SUVs, the biggest market in the world is China. That’s where Geely has plants. But, I don’t exclude anything at the moment.”

Interestingly, Gales went on to reveal that he is thinking of Lotus SUVs in a “couple of sizes”, indicating that more than one crossover from the brand could be produced.

Note: Claimed Lotus SUV patents pictured.

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Lotus Launches New Sub 4-Second Evora GT410 Sport 11
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Lotus, Lotus Evora, new cars, prices, UK on 01 11th, 2018


Lotus came out with a new GT410 Sport model that officially replaces the older Evora Sport 410, while also drawing from the GT430 to provide drivers with advanced aerodynamics and a sleeker silhouette.

Like Lotus’ GT430, the GT410 Sport comes with new composite front and rear body panels, and while it doesn’t have any of the high downforce elements of its track-focused sibling, it still generates 50% more downforce than its predecessor.

Powering the Evora GT410 Sport is a supercharged 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine, producing 416 PS (410 HP) and 420 Nm (309 lb-ft) of torque from 3,500 rpm. It also has a dry weight of just 1,256 kg (2,769 lbs).

The result of this is a 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) acceleration time of just 3.9 seconds for the automatic version, and 4-seconds flat for the manual.

“We are continually exploring new ideals, innovating and evolving our cars in pursuit of perfection. The new Evora GT410 Sport takes the lessons learned from the development of the GT430 to deliver something outstanding and highly capable,” stated Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales.

The GT410 Sport also has a power-to-weight ratio of 326 HP/tonne and a top speed of 305 km/h (190 mph). Grip comes courtesy of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, while the ultra-light, low-sideload springs and Bilstein sports dampers are all fitted as standard.

Lotus will also give you a touring suspension package as a free optional extra, featuring non-adjustable dampers and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.

Customers from European and Asia Pacific markets can already place their orders for the new Evora GT410 Sport, while those living in the U.S. and China will have to wait until the summer.

Whereas UK buyers will spend upwards of £85,900 for it, those living in either Germany, France or Italy will have to fork over €110,900, €111,900 and €116,000 to Lotus respectively.

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Watch The New Lotus Lotus Exige Cup 430 Tear Up The Track 24
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Film, Lotus, Lotus Exige, Lotus Videos, video on 12 24th, 2017


430 horsepower may not sound like all that much these days. Not when hypercars are routinely kicking out a thousand or more. But Lotus has made a business out of doing a whole lot with very little.

Just watch its latest creation do what it was designed to do in this video. The little monster in question is the new Exige Cup 430, which takes Lotus’ biggest engine and drops it into its smallest chassis.

That engine, incidentally, is the built around the same block you’d find in your average garden-variety Toyota Avalon or Lexus RX350 – a 3.5-liter V6 that Lotus has supercharged to that headline figure of 430 horsepower, with 325 lb-ft of torque to back it up.

With just 2,328 pounds to motivate, that engine will propel the Exige Cup 430 to 60 in 3.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 180 miles per hour. More tellingly, though, is that it will lap the automaker’s legendary test track at Hethel in 1:24.8, making it the fastest production car ever to hustle its way around the circuit.

That’s pretty impressive considering the performance machinery that Lotus has made in the past, but that’s what the “more power, less weight” formula will do for you.



This 1986 Lotus Esprit HCi Turbo Should Fetch A Pretty Penny 24
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in auction, Classics, Galleries, Lotus, Lotus Esprit on 12 24th, 2017


Reportedly one of just 246 HCi Turbo models ever built, this 1986 Lotus Esprit is certainly worth our attention.

The HCi variant was the first fuel-injected Esprit, utilizing a Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection system and a catalytic converted, on top of the higher compression engine, which is where the ‘HC’ moniker comes from.

When new, the 2.2-liter engine on turbocharged Esprit HC models would produce 218 PS (215 HP) and 298 Nm (220 lb-ft) of torque, with more pull available at lower engine speeds compared to previous incarnations.

This black over tan model, getting auctioned off on Bring a Trailer, comes with a removable roof panel, a 5-speed manual transmission, silver BBS wheels and just 48,000 miles (77,248 km) on the clock. The ad states that 4,000 miles ago, it was fitted with new cam belts, clutch kit, tensioners, rebuilt transaxle, fuel pump relay and ignition coil, among others.

Inside, it’s got wider and lower tan leather seats, to accommodate taller drivers, although the driver’s seat bolster does have a tear on it. Another negative is the non-operational air conditioning system, but at least there’s a Sony head unit with four JBL speakers on-board.

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This 1986 Lotus Esprit HCi Turbo Should Fetch A Pretty Penny 24
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in auction, Classics, Galleries, Lotus, Lotus Esprit on 12 24th, 2017


Reportedly one of just 246 HCi Turbo models ever built, this 1986 Lotus Esprit is certainly worth our attention.

The HCi variant was the first fuel-injected Esprit, utilizing a Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection system and a catalytic converted, on top of the higher compression engine, which is where the ‘HC’ moniker comes from.

When new, the 2.2-liter engine on turbocharged Esprit HC models would produce 218 PS (215 HP) and 298 Nm (220 lb-ft) of torque, with more pull available at lower engine speeds compared to previous incarnations.

This black over tan model, getting auctioned off on Bring a Trailer, comes with a removable roof panel, a 5-speed manual transmission, silver BBS wheels and just 48,000 miles (77,248 km) on the clock. The ad states that 4,000 miles ago, it was fitted with new cam belts, clutch kit, tensioners, rebuilt transaxle, fuel pump relay and ignition coil, among others.

Inside, it’s got wider and lower tan leather seats, to accommodate taller drivers, although the driver’s seat bolster does have a tear on it. Another negative is the non-operational air conditioning system, but at least there’s a Sony head unit with four JBL speakers on-board.

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Our Eyes Already Wish Lotus Would Come Back To Formula One 14
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Lotus, Renderings on 12 14th, 2017


It’s only been two years now since Renault bought its F1 team back and rebranded it again as its own. But we already miss it, and looking at these renderings, it’s not hard to see why.

In five years on the grid – first as Lotus Renault GP, then as Lotus F1 – the team performed respectably, though not impressively. It won all of two grands prix, and finished no higher than fourth.

That’s a far cry from the world championships the same Enstone-based team (under Benetton and Renault ownership) won with Michael Schumacher in the mid-90s and Fernando Alonso in 2005-06. But what it lacked in substance, it made up for in style.

When Genii Capital acquired the team, it also secured the rights to use the Lotus name (after a protracted battle with the team that would later become known as Caterham). And with it, the Lotus team brought back the iconic black and gold livery of the John Player Special days – one of the most beautiful color schemes, to our eyes, ever put on a racing car.

Now that Renault’s back in control, the black and gold have been replaced by yellow and black. And that’s Renault’s right, of course, footing the considerable bill as it does for the team’s budget. But looking at this livery, laid over a modern chassis by specialist designer Sean Bull, we can’t help but wish that Lotus would come back. Maybe it will, now that Geely is in control… but we’re not going to be holding our breath over here.

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Our Eyes Already Wish Lotus Would Come Back To Formula One 14
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Lotus, Renderings on 12 14th, 2017


It’s only been two years now since Renault bought its F1 team back and rebranded it again as its own. But we already miss it, and looking at these renderings, it’s not hard to see why.

In five years on the grid – first as Lotus Renault GP, then as Lotus F1 – the team performed respectably, though not impressively. It won all of two grands prix, and finished no higher than fourth.

That’s a far cry from the world championships the same Enstone-based team (under Benetton and Renault ownership) won with Michael Schumacher in the mid-90s and Fernando Alonso in 2005-06. But what it lacked in substance, it made up for in style.

When Genii Capital acquired the team, it also secured the rights to use the Lotus name (after a protracted battle with the team that would later become known as Caterham). And with it, the Lotus team brought back the iconic black and gold livery of the John Player Special days – one of the most beautiful color schemes, to our eyes, ever put on a racing car.

Now that Renault’s back in control, the black and gold have been replaced by yellow and black. And that’s Renault’s right, of course, footing the considerable bill as it does for the team’s budget. But looking at this livery, laid over a modern chassis by specialist designer Sean Bull, we can’t help but wish that Lotus would come back. Maybe it will, now that Geely is in control… but we’re not going to be holding our breath over here.

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That’s Rich: Geely Wants To Make Lotus A Ferrari Rival 3
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ferrari, Geely, Lotus, Reports on 12 3rd, 2017


Two months after it completed the purchase of Lotus, Geely is laying out its plans for the British sports car manufacturer – and we have to say, they’re pretty ambitious.

Although it hasn’t been officially announced yet, Lotus is planning to launch its first SUV, which is probably going to be based on the CMA modular platform that also underpins the Volvo XC40 and Lynk&Co 01. The platform is designed to host high-performance powertrains and of course all-wheel drive, which is obviously good news for Lotus.

Geely’s plans for Lotus though don’t stop with the SUV. According to Autocar, the Chinese company wants Lotus not only to keep making sports cars, but also intends to up its game considerably.

“We are making plans; we want to bring back the heritage of Lotus to be one of the top performers in the luxury sports car segment. Lotus used to be ranked alongside Ferrari and Porsche, so we need to come back in that rank again”, its boss, An Cong Hui, said.

After years of uncertainty, Lotus has recently returned to profitability and now appears to be finally in good hands. Rivaling Ferrari, though? That’s setting the bar perhaps too high – but, hey, the guys have made a great job with Volvo, so they might just do the same for Lotus.

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That’s Rich: Geely Wants To Make Lotus A Ferrari Rival 3
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ferrari, Geely, Lotus, Reports on 12 3rd, 2017


Two months after it completed the purchase of Lotus, Geely is laying out its plans for the British sports car manufacturer – and we have to say, they’re pretty ambitious.

Although it hasn’t been officially announced yet, Lotus is planning to launch its first SUV, which is probably going to be based on the CMA modular platform that also underpins the Volvo XC40 and Lynk&Co 01. The platform is designed to host high-performance powertrains and of course all-wheel drive, which is obviously good news for Lotus.

Geely’s plans for Lotus though don’t stop with the SUV. According to Autocar, the Chinese company wants Lotus not only to keep making sports cars, but also intends to up its game considerably.

“We are making plans; we want to bring back the heritage of Lotus to be one of the top performers in the luxury sports car segment. Lotus used to be ranked alongside Ferrari and Porsche, so we need to come back in that rank again”, its boss, An Cong Hui, said.

After years of uncertainty, Lotus has recently returned to profitability and now appears to be finally in good hands. Rivaling Ferrari, though? That’s setting the bar perhaps too high – but, hey, the guys have made a great job with Volvo, so they might just do the same for Lotus.

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Lotus CEO Says Its New Generation Of Sports Cars Will Be Very Different From Today’s Models 10
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Lotus, Lotus Elise, Lotus Exige, Reports on 11 10th, 2017


Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has revealed the company will present a new 10-year plan in 2018.

Speaking with Top Gear, Gales said the plan will include some pretty drastic changes including embracing electrification. The executive went on to say company needs to “adapt to changing homologation laws” and stated the “sports cars we show in the next three years will be different to the ones we’re building now.”

The company’s plan will reportedly kick off in 2020 when Lotus unveils an all-new vehicle. Little is known about the car but Gales confirmed they will be looking into Geely’s parts bin to see if there are any suitable components they can use on their vehicles.

Despite the push for new models, the executive said the company will continue building the Elise and Exige for as “long as we’re allowed to make them.” However, he doesn’t intend to do this indefinitely as Gales told the publication “we do not want to become a Caterham and build the same car for 30 years.”

One the biggest changes will be the introduction of the company’s first crossover. Gales wasn’t ready to talk specifics but confirmed the model will be lower, wider, and lighter than anything else on the market.

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Lotus Exige Cup 430 Is Here To Show Us What Extreme Truly Means 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Lotus, Lotus Exige, new cars on 11 9th, 2017


It’s hard to imagine an even more hardcore driving machine than the regular Lotus Exige, though every time we think that, Lotus goes and releases something like this.

Enter the new Exige Cup 430, which supplants the existing Cup 380 at the top of the range.

To make the Cup 430, Lotus has fitted the engine from the Evora GT430, a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 rated at (you guessed it) 430 horsepower, backed by 325 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque, all channeled to the rear wheels through an open-gate, six-speed manual transmission.

The new Cup 430 is more than just an engine-shoehorn job, though. Lotus has tuned the powertrain specifically for the lighter Exige, fitted more aggressive aero, and (true to founder Colin Chapman’s ethos) made it lighter, too.

In fact, properly specified (without the airbag), the Exige Cup 430 can weigh as little as 2,328 pounds (1,055 kg). With such a power-to-weight ratio, Lotus says its latest model will hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.2 seconds and top out at 180 miles per hour (289 km/h). This despite the 485 pounds (220 kg) of downforce the 430’s new aero package is capable of generating, shifted more towards the front for sharper turn-in – all of which helps in the corners, but creates more drag in a straight line.

The best indicator of the new Cup 430’s capabilities, in the end, may very well be its lap time. Lotus says the ultimate Exige will round its legendary Hethel test track in just 1 minute and 24.8 seconds, making it the fastest production car ever to lap the circuit. That’s 1.2 seconds faster than the hardcore 3-Eleven.

Unfortunately, with federal regulations having long since outpaced the Exige’s development, US customers won’t be able to drive the Cup 430 on American roads (though they may be able to buy it for track duty). The order books are open now in Europe, though, with a £99,800 sticker price in the UK, €127,500 in Germany, and €128,600 in France.

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Lotus SUV Patent Drawings Leaked? 26
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in china, Geely, Lotus, Lotus Scoops, Reports, Scoops on 10 26th, 2017


A set of patent drawings showing what looks like a crossover coupe from Lotus have found their way online.
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Are The Evora GT430 Models The Best Lotus’ Ever? 20
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Lotus, Lotus Evora, Lotus Videos, video on 10 20th, 2017


Both the Lotus Evora GT430 and GT430 Sport are the brand’s most extreme Evora variations ever. Not only that, they’re comfortably the fastest. But, are they the best?
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Lotus Unveils Ultra-Rare Elise Cup 260 20
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Lotus, Lotus Elise, new cars, UK on 10 20th, 2017


The new Elise Cup 260 is a limited edition model from Lotus, with just 30 examples to be sold worldwide.
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Lotus Unveils Ultra-Rare Elise Cup 260 20
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Lotus, Lotus Elise, new cars, UK on 10 20th, 2017


The new Elise Cup 260 is a limited edition model from Lotus, with just 30 examples to be sold worldwide.
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