Jean-Marc Gales joined Lotus as Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc. in May 2014. Gales, a Luxembourgian, holds a MSc in Management from London's Imperial College, and a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany.
A known industry leader, Gales has held significant positions with many global automotive manufacturers, including President of Automobiles Citroen and Automobiles Peugeot, and a number of senior positions in Daimler AG, General Motors and Volkswagen AG.
A lifelong Lotus fan, Jean-Marc Gales fondly recalls visiting the Lotus dealer in Luxembourg with his father and names the Lotus Elite, unveiled in 1974, as the favourite Lotus of his childhood. He firmly believes that: "the only way to make a sports car better is to make it lighter and faster".
Distinctive and without equal, Lotus stands alone as a brand dedicated to delivering a pure driving experience.
No other marque can claim a better track record when it comes to designing and manufacturing a thoroughbred sports car and, over the last seven decades, Lotus has remained true to the ethos of its founder Colin Chapman. Applying his approach to precision engineering and automotive innovation, but using the latest technologies and advanced materials, it ensures that every Lotus is strong yet light and simply amazing to drive.
Unconcerned with following more mainstream companies, Lotus’ unconventional approach and focus ensures that the brand remains as agile, fast and responsive as its cars.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc, sees the company’s approach to engineering as its biggest strength. “We’re not concerned with following other car manufacturers. Innovation comes from taking a new approach, and we don’t stop looking. Colin Chapman famously said, ‘Adding power makes you faster on the straights, subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere,’ and that thinking has become part of our DNA.”
Every Lotus benefits from the company’s dedication to engineering, optimising and refining at every stage of the design and construction process.
Each Lotus car is built by hand, and is just one of around 2,000 vehicles a year that leave the famous factory in Hethel, Norfolk. Immensely proud of its heritage, Lotus combines the very best of British craftsmanship with cutting edge design to provide customers with an un-paralleled experience.
Ultimately, the best way to understand a Lotus is to drive it. Only then can you truly understand the focus and precision that make it one of the world’s best car brands.
Lotus builds some of the world’s best respected, and highest performing sports cars. Alongside the benchmark Evora 400, the iconic Elise, the revered Exige and the hypercar humbling 3-Eleven all deliver a pure, exhilarating drive.
Lotus’ approach continues to provide a pure, undiluted driving experience and the latest models perfectly illustrate the Lotus approach to “light is right” engineering.
Far more than just boosting straight-line performance, reducing a car’s kerb weight allows for the correct calibration of the suspension. This allows sharper handling, and better body and roll control, but not at the expense of ride comfort and composure. The overall reduction of weight also allows for optimised weight distribution, a huge contributor to the poise and balance of a sports car during high-speed cornering.
You can experience the agility and precision of the Lotus range for yourself at the famous Lotus test track at Hethel through a Lotus Driving Academy package, with factory tours of the Hethel manufacturing facility also available.
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