Lotus Secures its Future, But Five Car Plan Axed

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Lotus Secures its Future, But Five Car Plan Axed
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With rumors of a future for Lotus swirling, the company will live on as its new owner DRB-Hicom has signed off on a three-year plan to fund the British sports car maker. Continue Reading...

PG Elektrus is a Lotus-Based Electric Sports Car

PG Elektrus is a Lotus-Based Electric Sports Car
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German automaker PG has teamed up with automobile designer Michael Fröhlich to create the Elektrus, a Lotus Elise-based electric vehicle that aims to be “an exclusive urbane e-Roadster with a powerful uniqueness factor.” This futuristic-looking Roadster is supposed to have “above-average driving performance” while offering a range of around 215-miles in a vehicle that weighs in… Continue Reading...

2012 Lotus Exige To Be Sold In America As Track-Only Car, $85,000 MSRP

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2012 Lotus Exige To Be Sold In America As Track-Only Car, $85,000 MSRP
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Lotus will offer the Exige in 2012 as a track-only car in America, despite killing off the street-legal Elise and Exige due to air bag laws and the discontinuation of the car’s 1.8L Toyota 4-cylinder motor. The 2012 Exige for North America will be based on the Exige S and get a 3.5L supercharged V6… Continue Reading...

Homemade Lotus 2-Eleven With 305-HP Could be Yours for $28,977

Homemade Lotus 2-Eleven With 305-HP Could be Yours for $28,977
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Lotus‘ Elise is a pretty wicked sports car straight from the factory, but with some creativity one can have a serious street/race car on their hands. This roofless Elise has been floating around the Internet for some time now, supposedly packing 305-hp in a 1500-lb body making it one ultra-lightweight, supercharged, and sequentially-shifted machine. Now… Continue Reading...

Lotus Cup USA Series To Kick Off September 2nd At New Jersey Motorsports Park

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Lotus Cup USA Series To Kick Off September 2nd At New Jersey Motorsports Park
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The Lotus Cup USA Series will begin its season on September 2nd at New Jersey Motorsports Park, followed by a second round at Lime Rock Park In Connecticut on October 20th. The inaugural East Coast events kick off the series, which features both open lapping days and a time trial event. The idea is to let Lotus… Continue Reading...

Lotus Elise, Exige Final Editions Released for North America

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Lotus Elise, Exige Final Editions Released for North America
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Lotus has to clear out its hoary old inventory for the future of its “New Era,” and as such, it’s sending the Elise and Exige out of American production with some guaranteed-to-be-rare limited editions. Production for the Elise and Exige will end August 2011 for America—Lotus cites its difficulty in sourcing Toyota’s 1.8-liter 2ZZ engine… Continue Reading...

Lotus Elise And Exige Production For North America Ending In August

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Lotus Elise And Exige Production For North America Ending In August
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According to a report from Autoblog North American-spec production of the Lotus Elise and Exige will end in August, leaving the brand with only the Evora to sell as its sole product. Since its debut in 2004 the Elise, and its hardtop Exige sibling have won accolades from enthusiasts and journalists alike, but have always… Continue Reading...

Tecnocraft Releasing Carbon Fiber Parts for Lotus Exige and Elise

Tecnocraft Releasing Carbon Fiber Parts for Lotus Exige and Elise
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With the new Lotus models looming on the horizon, current Lotus owners may be looking for new ways to spice up their ride before the new model range kicks off in 2015. Tecnocraft, an American manufacturer of carbon fiber products, seems to be listening to the demand, developing a program for the current model Lotus… Continue Reading...

Lotus To Launch Winter Driving Academy In Finland

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Lotus To Launch Winter Driving Academy In Finland
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Of all the automakers that offer winter driving schools, Lotus seems like the worst fit. With their famous British reliability and bare metal cabin surfaces, the prospect of driving a Lotus in freezing temperatures strikes us as a task fit for British masochists like Max Mosley. But with Lotus’ re-branding, a new emphasis on the… Continue Reading...

The New Era of Lotus Exposed

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The New Era of Lotus Exposed
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Yesterday Lotus Cars began what the storied British automaker is calling a “New Era” launching an entire lineup of vehicles at one auto show. A total of five new models graced the Lotus stand, including the new Esprit, a second-generation Elise, the flagship Elite and even a 4-door model called Eterne. Details were scarce, but… Continue Reading...

Lotus Elise Concept Usurps It’s Way Into Lineup [Paris 2010]

Lotus Elise Concept Usurps It’s Way Into Lineup [Paris 2010]
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Lotus CEO Dany Bahar noted that the current Elise has been on sale for nearly 15 years, and we couldn’t but help wonder if it really needs replacing. In our minds, the Elise could go for another 15 and still look timeless, like the Citroen DS or Acura NSX. According to Bahar, the current Elise… Continue Reading...

Lotus Fielding Inquiries From Other Companies Interested In Using Evora Chassis

Lotus Fielding Inquiries From Other Companies Interested In Using Evora Chassis
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Lotus Engineering has had inquiries from other manufacturers interested in using the Evora platform for their own applications.  The use of other companies utilizing a Lotus chassis is not without precedent, as the Tesla roadster and Vauxhall VX220 were both based off the Lotus Elise. The Evora is a good candidate for a small volume… Continue Reading...

Lotus Ditches Lightweight Philosophy As It Pursues Volume Manufacturing

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Lotus Ditches Lightweight Philosophy As It Pursues Volume Manufacturing
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We can already hear the cries of “sellout” from enthusiasts across the world. Lotus announced that they were abandoning their “lightweight and simple” design philosophy in favor of increasing volume and building more technologically advanced, luxurious and upmarket sports cars. Proton, the Malaysian owner of Lotus, pledged in 1996 to make Lotus profitable within 5… Continue Reading...

First Production Hennessey Venom GT Delivered (Photos Galore!)

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First Production Hennessey Venom GT Delivered (Photos Galore!)
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Ladies and gentlemen, your Veyron-killer is here. Today marks the delivery date of the first production Lotus Elise-based, ZR-1 powered supercar known as the Hennessey Venom GT. While several engine configurations are available, including 725-hp and 1000-hp versions, chassis #01 packs the full 1200-hp punch. All that twin turbocharged madness has only 2,800 pounds to… Continue Reading...

Lotus Engineering Previews The Next Decade Of Passenger Cars

Lotus Engineering Previews The Next Decade Of Passenger Cars
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“Add lightness,” is the world famous maxim of Lotus founder Colin Chapman, and decades on, the British specialty firm rigidly adheres to their mantra, producing cars like the Elise, Exige and Evora that can hang with the world’s best supercars and still deliver terrific fuel economy, thanks to their featherweight construction and efficient powertrains. But… Continue Reading...

ESC Absent in 2010 Hyundai Accent, Chevrolet Aveo, says Consumer Reports

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ESC Absent in 2010 Hyundai Accent, Chevrolet Aveo, says Consumer Reports
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Consumer watchdog, Consumer Reports has released its list of 2010 cars, which includes the Hyundai Accent and the Chevrolet Aveo, that do not come with the electronic stability control (ESC) safety feature. A computerized technology that improves the safety of a vehicle’s stability by detecting and minimizing skids in a turn, electronic stability control will… Continue Reading...
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