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2010

Lotus Evora Cup

The Lotus Evora Cup was unveiled in January at the Autosport International; a GT4-spec racing version, and a championship to go with it.

Evora Cup GT4

Geneva Motor Show

The Evora 414e

414e

At the International Geneva Motor Show Lotus Engineering unveiled the Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid concept, a high performance technology demonstrator with a plug-in series hybrid drive system and new technologies for enhanced driver involvement.

The Evora Carbon Concept

Carbon Concept Evora

The Evora Carbon Concept was unveiled at the Geneva Motorshow. The pearlescent white body is complemented with a structural carbon fibre roof, Lotus motorsport influenced carbon diffuser and carbon front splitter., and finished with diamond-cut, forged alloy wheels. The interior featured carbon fibre, perforated leather and plush suedetex finish.

New Elise

Lotus announced the new 2011 MY Lotus Elise in July which as well as a new evolution body design, features the new high technology 1ZR-FAE 1.6 litre engine with an emission figure of 149g of CO2 / km, representing a significant reduction over the previous 2010 Elise S.

2011 New Elise

Lotus Engineering awarded by 'The Engineer'

Omnivore Engine

The Engineer - Technology and Innovation Awards is the annual competition of the highly regarded magazine celebrating the years best engineering projects.

Fuel Cell Taxi

Project Omnivore wins first place in the Automotive, Rail and Marine sector while the Fuel Cell Hybrid Taxi triumphs in the energy sector.

LOTUS TO RETURN TO FORMULA ONE

The iconic Lotus name returned to Formula 1 for the 2010 season after a more than 15 year long absence. It would continue to compete for 5 years with many highlights including wins in the 2012 Abu Dhabi and the 2013 Australian Grand Prix, adding further trophies to the illustrious Lotus racing history.

2011

ELISE CLUB RACER

The Elise Club Racer is announced as a stripped-back, even lighterweight version of the Elise.

Powered by the same 1.6-litre engine as the standard Elise, the Lotus engineers managed to reduce the weight of the Elise CR by 24kg over the standard Elise.  the car is also visually striking with body colour accents on the seats and throughout the interior.

Elise CR Fr3Qtr Studio Light blue

SOUND TECHNOLOGY

Lotus Engineering and HARMAN creat the next generation intelligent pedestrian warning system, integrating the advanced HALOsonic sound synthesis system with video technology.

They also unveil the supercharged production Lotus Range Extender; an extremely compact, lightweight, low-cost engine and generator designed specifically for hybrid electric vehicles.

Hethel Test Track

The Lotus test track at Hethel was renovated in 2011 and officially re-opened on 21 June at an historic event where both current and historic Lotus cars were driven around the new track by Nigel Mansell, Jean Alesi, Vitaly Petrov, Bruno Senna, Greg and Leo Mansell, Johnny Mowlem and others as the Chapman family, members of staff, the press, Lotus dealers and VIP's watched on.

Lotus Test Track opening 2012

2012

CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP

DRB HICOM, Proton

Malaysian DRB Hicom Bhd. purchase a majority stake in Lotus' parent company Proton Holdings Bhd. from state-owned Khazanah Nasional Bhd.

DRB-Hicom's automotive sector is involved in the manufacturing of components and the assembly and distribution of cars, (Volkswagen AG and Daimler AG), trucks and motorcycles for the passenger, commercial, mass transport and defence automotive markets.

GENEVA MOTORSHOW

Lotus launched two new models: the Exige S Roadster and an exclusive Lotus F1 Team edition Evora GTE. It's the first time an Exige model has been offered with a factory-fitted soft top roof. In true Lotus fashion the finely tuned suspension delivers a responsive ride and sublimely agile handling, whilst the supercharged 3.5 V6 engine with race-derived technologies delivers stunning performance.  Reaching 100 kph from standing in 4 seconds (0 – 60 mph in 3.8 seconds) and 0 – 160 kph (0 – 100 mph) in 8.5 seconds.

Exige S Roadster at Geneva Motorsho 2012

GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2012

Goodwood FOS logo

Lotus headlined the world's biggest car culture event in the summer, the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012, to celebrate its glorious history and toast the present.

A special sculpture, commissioned by Lotus, rose high above Lord March's immaculate grounds to reflect its heritage and continued commitment to motor racing and driving thrills.

Apart from two special new models unveiled at the festival, over forty five historic and modern Lotus race cars blasted up the hallowed hill climb,  while the Lotus F1 Team thrilled the crowds in this year's grand prix challenger, the black-and-gold E20.

Goodwood 2012 Sculpture Unveiling and Fireworks

New Lotus Exige S

Lotus Exige S voted joint winner of evo's "Car of the Year 2012"

The first of the new 3.5 litre V6 engined Exige S's come off line having been unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show the previous year. Its 345 hp (350 PS) supercharged V6 engine is not for the faint hearted, delivering 0-60mph in just 3.8 seconds.

The supercharged 3.5 V6 Exige S secured the top honour from evo magazine's ‘Car of the Year' test, marking the huge achievement of the entire Lotus workforce

Exige S, Green, Hethel, Track, Reflection

2013

Evora Sports Racer

Evora S Sports Racer

A visually enhanced and optimised version of the mid-engined 3.5 litre Evora is launched, available in both naturally-aspirated or supercharged variants.

Four exterior colour options co-ordinate with contrasting accents of black across the roof, front splitter, side sills and rear diffuser, exaggerating the Evora's aggressive stance, highlighting its sleek silhouette.

Complementing this is a set of gloss black, forged wheels shod in sticky Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres, with the final touches including black name badges and a Union Jack side badge, paying homage to Lotus' heritage.

2014

A year of change...

Jean-Marc Gales Lotus Success 2015 1

Jean-Marc Gales joined the company in late-spring. The multi-lingual, international, automotive businessman took over the reins of Group Lotus plc in May.

His remit was simple - to return Lotus Cars to the forefront of the sportscar scene. Both territories and overall sales needed to be increased and profitability returned. By the end of the year, a new management structure was in place and three new Lotus models were already on the stocks.

Lotus Elise S Cup

Lotus Elise S Cup 2015

Ready for early press assessments, the Elise Cup S would be the most focussed version of the still box-fresh Elise.

Its supercharged 1.8-litre engine would deliver soul-stirring acceleration, allied to its lightweight construction and a target to lap the Hethel test track quicker than ever. Yet, it would be pure and a driver’s delight. Lotus would deliver its promise in spades.

Automatically better

  • Exige S 2015 Automatic
  • Exige S 2015 Automatic

Expanding the Exige envelope would be a step in the right direction for enthusiasts and introducing an automatic transmission, with extensive Lotus developments, would be explored. While the uptake of auto-boxes on sportscars is good but small in number, Lotus could forge a fresh niche among enthusiastic drivers, keen to experience the purity of Lotus handling dynamics.

With Lotus Exige steering that is 'alive', a means by which to concentrate on it, while managing gearshifts, by beautifully forged alloy paddles, would have tremendous merit. The new Lotus Exige Automatic, in either Roadster, or Coupe forms, would be enticingly and automatically better.

  • Exige S 2015 Automatic
  • Exige S 2015 Automatic

2015

Early results prove the will to succeed

Jean-Marc Gales stated in January: "Our ten month sales figures showed a volume increase of 63%, with virtually all markets increasing sales over the previous year. We are adhering to our policy of building from an increasingly strong base. The new S Cup joins the Elise range, grabbing recent motoring media headlines, and the Exige S enhanced with an exciting new automatic option, sharing the growth in numbers. Our strategy is being borne out. We are working to maintain the lightness, strength and purity that ensure the maximum amount of critical acclaim is received for our products. At Lotus, we love our cars and we know that our customers do too. The Lotus Evora 400, launched at Geneva, is a pinnacle of achievement but we shall continue to aim higher in the months and years to come."

Jean-Marc Gales Appointment

Lotus Elise S Cup wins approval

Elise S Cup Reviews Winner

From "Top Gear" to "Auto Express", supported by "Autocar", "CAR" and "Pistonheads" magazines, among many others in the UK and in overseas' markets, the total focus of the Elise S Cup has been recognised and praised heartily. Proof, if proof were needed, comes in column inches far and wide, confirming the freshness and vitality of the overall package and highlighting the Elise as being the ultimate expression of driving superiority and lightweight purity. The Elise has never been better.

Launch of the Evora 400

Lotus Evora 400

The Lotus Evora 400 was launched at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show as the latest pure and focused supercar from Lotus, combining high performance with the legendary Lotus benchmark handling. It is faster and dynamically more capable than the previous Lotus Evora leading to greater agility and a more involving drive.

Lotus 3-Eleven launched at Goodwood

Heralding the next generation of Lotus high performance sports cars, the 3-Eleven is the company’s quickest and most expensive series production car ever. Designed to deliver an undiluted experience, the Lotus 3-Eleven utilises an all-new lightweight composite body, and a bespoke chassis based on the proven Lotus design of extruded and bonded aluminium sections.

3-Eleven front

2016

New Lotus Evora Sport 410

Lotus’ famous Lightweight Laboratory has been hard at work cutting the weight of the Evora 400 by a massive 70kg. With a host of high-performance carbon fibre components as standard, and sharing the 410 hp supercharged engine with the track-bred 3-Eleven, the Lotus Evora Sport 410 clocks 0-60 in 3.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 186mph.

Evora Sport 410 front 3 quarter

Elise Cup 250 among the new models in Geneva

Elise Cup 250 Geneva Press Launch

The fastest ever line up of Lotus production road cars was showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show including the debut of the Exige Sport 350 Roadster as well as the Evora Sport 410 and Elise Cup 250 announced earlier in the year. With 250 hp powering 931 kg the Elise Cup 250 is the fastest Elise ever.