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.
Geneva Motor Show
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.
Lotus Engineering receives 2 awards from 'The Engineer'
The Engineer - Technology and Innovation Awards is the annual competition of the highly regarded magazine celebrating the years best engineering projects.
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 Renault car company sold its remaining shares in the Formula 1 team to Genii Capital and it is announced that the team will compete in the 2011 season as Lotus Renault GP in a new interpretation of the iconic black and gold Lotus livery of the 70's, but still with a Renault chassis.
The move meant that there would be two teams competing that season under the name Lotus, with a dispute between Proton and the other team over rights to use the Lotus name in F1.
This was resolved later in 2011 with Group Lotus regaining all rights to the use of the name Lotus and Team Lotus in Formula One.
Lotus Originals was launched early in the year as a luxury lifestyle brand, with a range of apparel, accessories and leather goods.
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.
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.
Formula One 2011 Season
Robert Kubica was due to race for Lotus Renault Gp for the 2011 season, but was severely injured in a rally in Italy in February, so Nick Heidfeld was signed to take his place to drive alongside Vitaly Petrov.
The team started the season reasonably well, but a series of set backs and new restrictions over the use of off-throttle blown diffusers were introduced for the British Grand Prix, and the team was badly affected having designed their car around the system. Bruno Senna replaced Heidfeld later in the season.
CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP
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.
Lotus launch two new extreme models: the Exige S Roadster and an exclusive Lotus F1 Team edition Evora GTE with the help of newly appointed Lotus F1 driver, Kimi Raikkonen.
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.
GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2012
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.
Olav Glasius, who boasted the largest private collection of Lotuses in Europe, brought 24 of his cars to Goodwood for a landmark auction. Models stretching all the Lotus eras included a Le Mans veteran Team Lotus Type 11, and ex-Formula One Type 18, and a mint Lotus Esprit Turbo.
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.
Lotus Exige S voted joint winner of evo’s ‘Car of the Year, 2012’
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
Formula One 2012 Season
A name change to Lotus F1 Team and the introduction of the new E20 unveiled on 20 February for the 2012 start the season. 2007 world Champion Kimi Räikkönen returned to Formula One as lead driver for the team driving alongside rookie Romain Grosjean.
The team finish the season in 4th place in the team standings, with Kimi 3rd in the Driver's championship and Romain in 8th place.
Evora 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.
Formula One 2013 Season
Kimi Räikkönen stamps the Lotus F1 Team's intent in the E21 car by winning the season's opening Australian GP in Melbourne. Though this proved to be his only win, he achieved eight podiums. A late charge in the second half of the season saw Romain Grosjean on the podium six times.
Räikkönen’s career at Lotus came to an end two races ahead of schedule when he opted to miss the races in Austin and Sao Paulo to have surgery on a recurrent back injury.
His absence, allied to stand-in Heikki Kovalainen’s failure to score points in the United States or Brazil and Grosjean’s dramatic final race engine failure, compromised the team’s chance of improving on fourth place in the constructors’ table.