Lotus Engineering is unique, offering a blend of technical excellence, passion and performance that is unrivalled in the automotive industry.
We have a proven track record taken from almost 60 years experience in motor racing, producing our own cars and working for hundreds of clients in the automotive industry and beyond. Engineering excellence, innovation and design flair is instilled into everything we do, from powertrain and chassis design, driving dynamics, electrical and electronic integration, through to production and final manufacture.
Lotus Engineering can focus on the design and development of a single component, or employ the full capability of our engineering specialisms to take concepts through to the final completion of your product. Only we can do this, because we are the only engineering consultancy that designs and manufactures our own cars and each is proof of our quest for perfection.
We have a client base that spans the globe from Europe, America, Japan and Asia, and have the proven ability, knowledge and expertise to make your projects succeed.
Lotus has a fine heritage of building exciting, desirable cars, such as the Esprit, Elan, Elise, the Exige and now the Evora. We bring together our world-renowned engineering expertise to create cars with a unique character that communicate with the driver and, above all, are fun to drive.
Our skills are not just reserved for sports cars. We can apply the lessons we have learned from the last 60 years of engineering to any conventional car for our clients. And this is where our sensitivity to brand and character helps because we live by it with every car that carries our badge and the initials of our founder, Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman.
From creating the template for the modern Formula 1 car to spearheading 4-valve technology, from pioneering active suspension to bringing bonded aluminium structures to vehicle production, Lotus has thrust breakthrough after breakthrough into the automotive arena.
Lotus Engineering has a clear advantage; not only do we design and develop engineering solutions, we also manufacture and sell our own cars to very enthusiastic customers worldwide.
All Lotus cars embody our engineering ethos: to produce enthralling vehicles notable for their excellent driving dynamics and efficient performance. It is the purity of the Lotus driving experience which captivates our customers and inspires the press to shower accolades on our cars.
So, whether you need us to create an intelligent body structure that is both lightweight and rigid, use our development expertise to improve the performance and efficiency of a mass‘produced engine, or combine all of our engineering competencies into a complete product design, we are able to assist and understand your needs from the perspective of a vehicle manufacturer.
Lotus is a truly global business. We sell our sports cars in 40 countries around the world and they are engineered to meet the many different market and legislative requirements that each country demands.
This global presence is reflected in Lotus Engineering's consultancy business. Our clients include all the major automotive manufacturers, with newer companies from the emerging markets such as China and India forming an increasingly substantial part of our business. So worldwide we may be, but we are linked-in locally with established engineering centres in the important US, Chinese and South-East Asian markets. It is not just being geographically close to the client that counts; we work hard to deliver our expertise and our innovation in a way that fits both culturally and practically.
Lotus Engineering's competencies are relevant across most global markets, but we realise that the way they are relevant can vary. We understand this and always work closely with clients to find the solution that best suits them. For one client, this may mean taking the project away to deliver a turnkey solution, while for others we may place expertise into the client's own team to lead the programme, get the job done and impart knowledge and experience to our customers' engineers.
As an engineering consultancy and manufacturer of premium cars designed to excite and perform, our breadth of technical knowledge and understanding is unrivalled.
Although Lotus' cars are created for pure-bred performance, our clients often want help in other areas where our services and technologies are world leading. Lotus Engineering focuses on four core engineering competencies:
We can tackle projects within each individual area or combine them to give us an unmatched ability to deliver anything from a component or system to a complete powertrain solution or whole vehicle programme. It is what we do.
The automotive industry is our heartland, but we do not constrain ourselves to this arena. During our long history, our innovative engineering approach and problem-solving expertise has been used by our clients from many other industries.
Colin Chapman built his first car the Mark 1 in 1948 and founded the Lotus Engineering Company in 1952. Many other cars soon followed, including the seminal Lotus 7 of 1957, the essence of which still forms the basis of many lightweight, dynamic handling sports cars today.
Since then, Lotus has created some of the world's most iconic sports cars; each and every one has reflected his philosophy of performance through lightweight.
On track, Lotus has a rich history across many fourwheeled disciplines, while in Formula 1 has competed in more than 475 Grand Prix, with 79 race victories, seven manufacturer's championships and six drivers' championships.
Chapman died in 1982, but his thinking has been the bedrock of all of our successes on road and track and we continue to reflect his relentless passion and innovation.
We believe the ideals he represented are more important and relevant in today's global automotive industry than ever before. It is his legacy to us and it is embedded in everything we do here at Lotus Engineering.