“SIMPLIFY, THEN ADD LIGHTNESS”Colin Chapman
By remaining true to the ethos of founder Colin Chapman, Lotus stands alone as a brand dedicated to pure drivers’ cars. Innovative engineering, cutting-edge technologies and advanced materials ensure that every Lotus proves the value of achieving performance through light weight.
Reducing mass remains the most effective means of achieving a true connection between driver, car and road – a quality shared by every car to proudly wear the Lotus badge.
‘Adding power makes you faster on the straights, subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere.’Colin Chapman
More relevant today than ever, it’s a core principle that has been tested and proven at the highest level of motorsport. Lotus’s efficient, lightweight construction boosts straight-line acceleration and braking and allows for sharper handling plus better body and roll control. This makes a huge contribution to the poise and balance of a sports car during high-speed cornering.
Ultimately, the only way to truly understand a Lotus is to drive it.
Only then can you feel the communication, agility and precision that make Lotus a brand that is truly “For The Drivers”.
LOTUS EVIJA PRODUCTION COMES ALIVE
Evija’s new Hethel manufacturing facility readied to begin series production.
Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary
Twenty years young: Lotus celebrates the Exige with sensational 20th anniversary special edition.
Elise Classic Heritage Editions
Four new Lotus Elise Classic Heritage Editions pay tribute to the company’s pioneering racing history.
Lotus launches new Evora GT410
The new Evora GT410 has improved usability and new levels of comfort.
Evija Dynamic Debut
The Evija makes its dynamic debut at the famous Hethel test track.
Evija World Premiere
Evija, the British pure-electric production hypercar, representing Lotus’s latest technology and design language, was officially unveiled in London
Lotus debut the Evora GT410 Sport and Evora GT4 Concept at the 2019 Shanghai International Auto Show.
Exige Sport 410
Exige Sport 410 launched.
Evora GT410 Sport
Evora GT410 Sport launched.
Phil Popham is appointed Senior Vice President – Commercial Operations for Group Lotus and CEO – Lotus Sports Cars.
Exige Cup 430
The ballistic Exige Cup 430 is launched on 9th November.
Lotus celebrates its 70th Anniversary at Hethel in September.
Mr Feng Qingfeng
Geely announces Mr Feng Qingfeng’s appointment as CEO of Group Lotus plc in June.
Geely Majority Stake
Geely Holding Group buys a 51% stake in Group Lotus.
The ultimate Evora variant, the GT430, is announced in September.
Exige Cup 380
The limited production Exige Cup 380 is revealed in April.
Elise Cup 250
The fastest ever line up of Lotus production road cars was showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Evora Sport 410
Lotus’ famous Lightweight Laboratory has been hard at work cutting the weight of the Evora 400 by a massive 70kg.
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.
The Lotus Evora 400 was launched at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Elise S Cup
The Elise has never been better.
The new Lotus Exige Automatic, in either Roadster, or Coupe forms, would be enticingly and automatically better.
Elise S Cup
Ready for early press assessments, the Elise Cup S would be the most focused version of the still box-fresh Elise.
The multi-lingual, international, automotive businessman took over the reins of Group Lotus plc in May 2014
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.
Lotus Exige S voted joint winner of evo’s “Car of the Year 2012”
Lotus headlined the world’s biggest car culture event in the summer.
Exige S Roadster
The first time an Exige model has been offered with a factory-fitted soft top roof.
Malaysian DRB Hicom Bhd. purchase a majority stake in Lotus’ parent company Proton Holdings Bhd
Hethel Test Track
The Lotus test track at Hethel was renovated in 2011 and officially re-opened on 21 June
Lotus Range Extender
Lotus Engineering unveil the supercharged, extremely compact, lightweight, low-cost engine and generator designed specifically for hybrid electric vehicles.
Lotus Engineering and HARMAN create the next generation intelligent pedestrian warning system
Elise Club Racer
The Elise Club Racer is announced as a stripped-back, even lighterweight version of the Elise.
Lotus returns to F1
The iconic Lotus name returned to Formula 1 for the 2010 season after a more than 15 year long absence.
“The Engineer” Awards
Project Omnivore wins first place in the Automotive, Rail and Marine sector while the Fuel Cell Hybrid Taxi triumphs in the energy sector.
The 2011 Lotus Elise has as a new evolution body design and features the new high technology 1ZR-FAE 1.6 litre engine
Evora Carbon Concept
The Evora Carbon Concept was unveiled at the Geneva Motorshow.
At the International Geneva Motor Show Lotus Engineering unveiled the Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid concept
The Lotus Evora Cup was unveiled in January at the Autosport International
The Lotus Evora Type 124 Endurance Racecar was developed from the award-winning Evora road car
Lotus Engineering, unveiled the Range Extender engine at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in a series hybrid vehicle.
Evora wins a multitude of awards, including the prestigious Top Gear Magazine’s ‘Sportscar of the Year…
The Lotus Sport 2-Eleven GT4 Supersport race car asserted itself at the pinnacle of the 2-Eleven range
Lotus Engineering celebrated being awarded ‘The Engineer Technology + Innovation Award of 2008’
Clark Type 25
Launched as a limited edition to celebrate Jim Clark’s genius as a driver.
Lotus Lightweight Structures
Group Lotus plc, announced the creation of Lotus Lightweight Structure
The all new Evora is unveiled
Lotus went into the Guinness Book of Records for the biggest meet of any marque
Sport Exige GT3
Secures victory in the 2006 British GT Manufacturers Championship
At the Geneva motor show Lotus Engineering unveiled APX (“Aluminium Performance Crossover” ) vehicle
Lotus Sport Exige
The 400bhp 850kg GT2 specification race car debuted in 2005,
20,000th Lotus Elise Drives Off The Production Line, making it the most popular Lotus ever.
Lotus launched the new 189hp Lotus Elise 111R.
At the 2004 Geneva Show, Lotus presented the new Lotus Exige on the world stage.
Lotus became the shirt sponsor for Norwich City Football team
End of an era
The last Lotus Esprit rolled off the production line
PROTON become 100% shareholders in Lotus Group International Ltd.
Lotus Cars were awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise.
Lotus, famous for taking things to extremes, provided support to Coventry University design student, Ted Mannerfelt.
The new bespoke Research and Development Centre at Hethel opened in July.
The new generation Elise was launched, with improved performance, styling, handling and quality.
Elise Sport 160
In response to enthusiasts demand for even more performance Lotus responded with the introduction of the Sport 160
On the eve of the inaugural round of the Autobytel Lotus Championship race series, Lotus thrilled the crowds by unveiling the new Exige.
Lotus revealed an all-new mini-supercar concept that fitted into the range between the Elise and Esprit.
The Opel Speedster/ VX220 concept was shown, and the sports car went on to be built at the Lotus factory in Hethel.
Lotus launched the Elise 111S at Geneva Motor Show.
Esprit Sport 350
The lightweight and big-braked Esprit Sport 350 supercar was released as a dramatic limited edition model.
At the Birmingham Motor Show in October, Lotus revealed the stunning 340R as a concept car.
The Elise was chosen by the Design Council as a prestigious ‘Millennium Product’
In September Lotus hosted its 50th anniversary celebrations with a party at Hethel
The Elise proved more of a hit than even Lotus expected.
Lotus staff create the ‘Living logo’ in the grounds of Ketteringham Hall
HRH Prince of Wales officially opened a new £3.5 million engine test cell block.
The Elise became the darling of the world’s motoring press.
At the Geneva Motorshow the Esprit S4 GT3 was well received by both public and press.
The all-new Esprit GT1 racer was unveiled at the Paul Ricard circuit in France.
Proton announced it had acquired an 80% majority shareholding in Group Lotus plc.
The Elise was unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show, to the obvious delight of the press and public.
Lotus was the featured marque at the Monterey Historic Automobile Races in California, USA.
Lotus produced its 50,000th car in the March of 1995.
GT Race Programme
The Lotus GT race programme was brought in-house in preparation for an all-out assault on UK sports car endurance racing.
Team Lotus Disbanded
Spiraling costs led to the disbanding of Team Lotus at the start of the F1 season, closing an important chapter in Lotus history.
British National GT Series
Out on the race track, an Esprit Sport 300, driven by Thorkild Thyrring, won the British National GT series.
Lotus Sport 110
Multiple successes with the Lotus Sport 110 carbon-composite bicycle.
An Esprit S4 ‘Police Car’ was produced, demonstrating that there was no point running from the law.
The S4S came with 300bhp, new wheels and tyres, and revised suspension settings.
The Elan S2 was launched at the Geneva Motor Show.
The new Lotus Sport 110 road bike made its debut on the gruelling Tour de France.
The Esprit S4 had a minor facelift and a range of mechanical refinements including power-steering as standard.
Bugatti International of Italy bought Group Lotus from General Motors.
Lotus Engineering remained busy with the extraordinary ‘SID’ (Structure Isolation Dynamics) research vehicle.
Sport Esprit X180R
Doc Bundy, driving the Sport Esprit X180R, took the Drivers’ title in the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge for ‘street-legal’ cars.
Chris Boardman won the 4000m Pursuit Gold Medal at the Barcelona Olympics on the Lotus Superbike.
The M200, a futuristic concept sports car based on the Elan caused a stir at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Team Lotus became privately owned by a new management consortium led by Peter Wright and Peter Collins.
The Elan received the British Design Council award.
Showroom Stock Series
In the USA, a works-supported team of three Esprit Turbo SE’s entered the ‘Showroom Stock’ race series.
The legendary Lotus Carlton (Lotus Omega outside the UK) was launched.
The Lotus Type 101 introduced the normally aspirated 3.5 litre Judd V8 engine.
The Elan (Type 100) roadster was launched at the London Motorfair.
Esprit Turbo SE
The launch of the most powerful Lotus supercar to date.
Formula One World Champion, Nelson Piquet joined Lotus, following Ayrton Senna’s departure.
In celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary, a limited edition Esprit Turbo was produced.
New Esprit Turbo
At the London Motorfair the new Esprit Turbo made its debut.
Camel became Team Lotus’ new major sponsor, and Honda the new engine supplier.
General Motors acquired 100% shareholding of Group Lotus plc.
The Excel SE is announced at the London Motor Show.
Contracted with Lotus Engineering to develop a family of high performance 16-valve engines for its future range of passenger cars.
Ayrton Senna replaced the departing Nigel Mansell.
At the request of Lotus, Toyota acquired a 16.5% stake in Lotus.
The Lotus Active Suspension System was announced
Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman
Died suddenly from a heart attack at only 54 years of age.
With Elio de Angelis at the wheel, the Lotus Type 91 won its first Grand Prix Formula One race at the Austrian Grand Prix.
It was neatly styled, powered by a 160bhp 2.2-litre Lotus twin-cam engine, and handled superbly.
The FIRST car designed with a carbon fibre monocoque, and two chassis.
For Your Eyes Only
The Esprit Turbo shot to stardom, featuring strongly in the new Bond movie ‘For Your Eyes Only.’
The awesome Esprit Turbo was launched in tremendous style at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
HRH Duke of Edinburgh visited the Hethel factory.
The Type 80 “Wingless Wonder” F1 race car is introduced, to be driven by Mario Andretti and Carlos Reutemann.
Chrysler UK (Talbot) called in the Lotus Engineering to help develop a high performance version of the Chrysler Sunbeam.
Team Lotus dominated Formula One, achieving 12 pole positions, and 8 wins, and winning the double.
The FIRST car to manage airflow under the car including ground effects.
The spy who loved me
The name’s Bond… James Bond…
JPS MK 2
The FIRST car to incorporate adjustable suspension.
The Esprit was to reappear shortly afterwards at the London motor show, in company with the new 2+2 Eclat (Type 76).
At the Paris Motor show Lotus stunned the world with the premier of the dramatic Guigiario-styled Esprit (Type 79).
The Elite was awarded the DON Safety Trophy by the UK Minister of Transport.
JPS Mark 1
The Type 76 Formula One car, dubbed the John Player Special Mark 1.
Lotus’ first 4 seater sports car was launched, the attractively shaped Type 75 Elite.
Lotus won the Constructors Championship for the sixth time
Lotus causes confusion by naming its next race car the Type 74, a type number already given to the Europa.
The Lotus Esprit concept, designed by Ital Design, is shown for the first time.
Emerson Fittipaldi won both Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championship.
Europa became one of the worlds quickest production sports cars.
Rindt was tragically killed at Monza before the season’s end.
Victory came again in both the Constructor’s and Driver’s championships.
Team Lotus unveils the innovative Type 72 formula one car that went on to achieve twenty grand prix wins.
In the January the famous Elan Sprint sports car was introduced.
The Type 63 became the FIRST F1 car to use the wedge shaped front.
Vastly different from its predecessor, the S4 was designed to be sold to a much wider public through an all-new dealer network.
Lotus launched the S2 Europa.
The FIRST use of Aerofoil wings in F1.
The FIRST commercial sponsorship in Formula One.
Graham Hill drove to victory winning the Constructors’ and Drivers’ titles for Lotus again.
Jim Clark tragically died in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim.
The more spacious Type 50 Elan +2 went into production
The FIRST car to be powered by the legendary Cosworth-Ford DFV V8 engine.
The FIRST F1 car to use the engine as a structural member.
Soon after the Europa went into production, work began on the Type 47, a Cosworth-Ford powered racing version.
Type 45 & Type 46
The enhanced Elan S3 drophead made its debut, followed by the mid-engined Europa road car.
Move to Hethel
It was in this year that Lotus moved to a purpose-built factory based in Norfolk.
Type 36 Lotus Elan fixed head coupe made its debut.
Clark also won the famous Indy 500 race in the USA with a new record.
Jim Clark brought home another double for Team Lotus, winning both constructors’ and drivers F1 championships.
The Type 33 was an evolution of the monocoque Type 25.
With Jim Clark at the wheel of the Type 25, Lotus secured its first Formula One Constructors’ Championship, and the Drivers title.
Lotus assisted Ford in winning the British Saloon Car Championship.
Chapman developed his first Indianapolis car, with a power to weight ratio of over 800bhp per ton.
The Type 26 Lotus Elan was introduced.
The 25 was the FIRST F1 car to use a revolutionary fully stressed ‘monocoque’ chassis design.
Lotus introduced the Type 24 with a conventional chassis at the start of the ’62 Formula One season.
The Type 21 was the FIRST F1 car to use a reclining driving position.
Keen to maintain Lotus’ pre-eminence in Junior racing, Chapman developed the Type 20.
Focused on winning, Chapman adopted and improved upon the mid-engined layout of the successful Cooper race cars.
The move to Cheshunt
The factory moves from the original showroom on the outskirts of London, to a new purpose-built facility at Cheshunt.
Group Lotus PLC
This is the year Chapman established Group Lotus
The Eleven achieved a historic win in the 750cc Class of the Index of Performance at Le Mans
The Lotus Seven was launched as a ‘no-frills’ sports car.
The Lotus 11
Developed as a descendant of the Mark 9
Team Lotus is set up
The team comes into being.
The Lotus Engineering Company
Chapman formed the Lotus Engineering Company
Mark 3 Circuit Racing
The first circuit racing car was designed; the first to actually be called a Lotus
Chapman’s 2nd Trials Car
During his leave periods from the RAF, Chapman built his second trials car
Founder, Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman, studied structural engineering at University College in London