Group Lotus plc is a British company based at the former site of RAF Hethel, a World War II airfield in Norfolk UK. The company has three main operating divisions: Lotus Cars, Lotus Engineering and Lotus Racing. Group Lotus is owned by Proton.
Lotus Cars builds world class, high performance sports cars including the award-winning Evora, the iconic Elise and the stunning Exige.
Factory tours are available through Lotus Driving Academy.
Lotus Engineering provides comprehensive and versatile consultancy services to many of the world's OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers and is an internationally recognised automotive engineering consultancy. Global facilities include those in the US, Malaysia, China and offices in Germany and Japan. Lotus is a global high-tech company, committed to driving forward technology for both Lotus Cars and its Engineering clients, spearheading research into such areas as hybrids, electric vehicles and renewable fuels.
Lotus Motorsport operates the motorsports activities of Lotus.
The Lotus FIA-homologated test track, home of Lotus Motorsport and the Driving Academy, is situated close to the main headquarters at Hethel. It was revised and rebuilt in 2011.
Nigel Mansell officially opened the track with a roar from the 1981 Essex-Lotus 81B in which he started his glorious F1 career more than 30 years ago, leading a convoy of seven stunning racing cars from the Lotus stable, including the innovative 1980 Type 88 twin-chassis car; the Lotus Type 125 Exos driven by fellow F1 legend Jean Alesi; and a brace of Lotus GP cars piloted by F1 stars Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna.