Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Lotus News - The all new Lotus Evora 400
* All new supercar from Lotus
* Fastest and most powerful production Lotus ever
* Lighter and more efficient than before
The new Lotus Evora 400 is 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.
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Club News & Events - JEWSON’S HORNSEY PLANNING TO DEMOLISH HISTORIC LOTUS SHOWROOM
Everyone interested in Lotus Cars and local history wish to know about a recent planning application to demolish the site where Colin Chapman founded Lotus Engineering in Tottenham Lane, North London in 1953.
You can read the application No. HGY/2015/0311 together with the objections received so far at the following web address: http://opn8.co.uk/lotusN8
As the birthplace of Lotus Cars this building has enormous local, national and international significance and must be saved.
In 1984, with the agreement of Haringey Council, Club Lotus erected a plaque on one of the original Lotus office buildings on the site commemorating Colin Chapman and the Lotus Engineering Company which became the world famous Lotus Car Company. This building along with several others is now under threat of demolition.
A photo of the plaque can be seen at http://colinchapmanmuseum.org.uk/
In 2004 Haringey Council recognised this by adding 7 Tottenham Lane to its Register of Local Listed Buildings.
Club Lotus has just submitted its own objection and we urge all Lotus enthusiasts to look at the application and make their own objections to the application. This is the only way you can influence the council’s decision and you only have until February 18th to do so.
Club News & Events - HORNSEY CARNIVAL JULY 4th 2015, 2-4pm
Chris Arnold (Graham Arnold’s son) has been in discussions with the organisers of this historic carnival and suggested that they need something more to relate it back to the history of Hornsey. He has suggested adding to the parade a range of old Lotus cars to celebrate Hornsey as the birthplace of Lotus Cars and early home of Colin Chapman.
He is therefore looking for owners would like to drive in the parade in North London on Sat 4th July, 2-4pm.
Can you help? If so contact Jane at Club Lotus – 01362 691144 / 694459 or firstname.lastname@example.org and she will give you Chris’ contact details.
Ideally he’d love to get a Patrick
McGoohan lookalike in a 7 and a Emma Peel lookalike in an Elan and would
also like to have a range of other Lotus cars too.
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Club News & Events - 23rd May Castle Combe Track Day
Our annual May trackday at Castle Combe is always one of our most
enjoyable events of the year. It’s a great Club Lotus day out as well as
a very good value and safe Lotus-only trackday.
Club News & Events - 12th July MLOC At Chatsworth Lotus in the Peak
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Club News & Events - Silverstone Classic and Donington Historic Festival - members' discounts
We now have the Club Lotus discount codes for members to book tickets to the above events at special rates. Full details will be in the January issue of Club Lotus News but if you want to book now please contact Club HQ with your membership number or other identification and we will be happy to give them to you.
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Lotus News - New Chief Engineer, Vehicle Test and Development for Lotus
Group Lotus plc has announced the appointment of Dave Marler as Chief Engineer, Vehicle Test and Development for Lotus Cars. Dave, who has been with Lotus for 17 years, previously held the role of Chief Engineer, Development and CAE (Computer – Aided Engineering) for Lotus Engineering. He brings to his new role a depth of knowledge and experience in vehicle development, testing, durability and quality, gained on a number of high profile and confidential projects within Lotus Engineering and Lotus Cars. As an engineer, Dave has worked on all Lotus cars since the Lotus Elise S2 in 2001.
Monday, 10 November 2014
Club News & Events - MEET SIR STIRLING MOSS AT THE NEC CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW
Just a reminder to all Club Lotus members that Sir Stirling Moss will
be on the Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance Stand in Hall 20
throughout Saturday 15th November at the NEC Classic Motor Show meeting
and greeting visitors and signing autographs. Club Lotus has an
excellent relationship with Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance and
would happily recommend their services to you. Stewart Miller & Peter James
Insurance will also be bringing Sir Stirling Moss to the Club Lotus Stand
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Club News & Events - Specialist insurance broker Footman James has announced the launch of a new competition
All those who enter will be in with a chance of winning a unique, one of a kind, V8 engine table. The competition – which was launched this week – will run until the 31 January 2015. To enter for free*, Footman James is encouraging people to :
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Lotus News - Russell Carr appointed Head of Design for Lotus
Group Lotus plc announces the appointment of Russell Carr as Head of Design for Lotus. Russell joined Lotus in 1990 and in that time has worked on many of the designs produced by Lotus. Russell replaces Donato Coco who leaves Lotus on the 31st of October 2014.
Thursday, 25 September 2014
Lotus News - LoTRDC November Snetterton Sprint – open to all
November Snetterton Sprint – open to all LoTRDC
will be holding a
standalone sprint at Snetterton on Saturday 1 November, on the final
day of its 2014 season. The sprint will form part of a special Lotus
day at the Norfolk circuit, which is situated less than 15 miles from
the Hethel factory. The final round of the Lotus Cup UK
and Elise Trophy
championships will also take place on the day, with the Lotus Cup UK
SuperSport and Production titles both being decided under cover of
darkness at the climax of an extended two-hour race. The sprint is open
to all Lotus cars, with three classes running on the day. In addition
to the Lotus Cup UK
Speed Championship’s SuperSport and Production
classes, there will be an invitation category for other Lotus cars. The
sprint course will run on the Snetterton 300 circuit, from the start
line on the Senna Straight and ending at two-thirds distance of the
Bentley Straight. The combination of fast and slow corners will provide a
thrilling challenge to enthusiastic drivers. Entrants can enjoy parade
laps and a pitwalk on the day, and, of course, the chance to perform in
front of a crowd of Lotus enthusiasts. There will be the opportunity
for everyone who attends in a Lotus to take part in a parade lap around
the circuit. Drivers will have two practice runs in the morning,
followed by three timed runs after lunch. Entries cost just £110 per
driver and can be made by visiting www.lotrdc.com/forms/lotus-cup-uk-speed-championship-fees-forms-2014-11544/
A one-off LoTRDC
sprint has been added to the bill at Snetterton on 1 November (photo courtesy of Derek Partridge)
Lotus owners are invited to take part in this low-cost form of motorsport (photo courtesy of Derek Partridge)
The sprint joins the bill at the LoTRDC
finals meeting, which includes a
two-hour Lotus Cup UK
race into the night (photo courtesy of
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Club News & Events - Special offer for Club Lotus members - Lotus Driving Academy, Hethel 4th October
We’ve arranged an exclusive bespoke Level 1 day for members including a 10% discount saving £50 on the usual cost of £499 plus there’s some unique extras. Martin Donnelly will be running the day and over lunch will give a talk including many of his stories about his time in F1. We’ll also have some special Lotus names such as Nick Adams and Martyn Anderson as instructors and there will also be a special Lotus gift for everyone. The maximum number is 16 and when you consider that individually the factory tour would cost £69 and the Classic Team Lotus tour £39 the total price of £449 is very good value for a very special day. To book your place or for more information please contact John Lamb on 01953 608401 or email@example.com
Lotus News - Festival fever for Randaccio and Denman at Brands Hatch
Fabio Randaccio and Craig Denman shared the race wins at the Lotus Festival on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. The event included Formula 1 and rally demonstrations, club displays and a trade village.
Lotus News - Lotus appoints Jean-Charles Lievens for Network Development in Southern Europe
Lotus is delighted to announce that Jean-Charles Lievens has joined the Cars Commercial team to develop the Lotus network in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
Monday, 9 June 2014
Lotus News - Lotus celebrates Formula 1 provenance with limited edition 'Exige LF1'
This summer 81 Lotus Exige S cars will receive a Lotus F1® Team inspired livery and interior trim to commemorate the number of grand prix victories held by the Lotus marque*.
Delivering race-car thrills on the road and track, the critically acclaimed supercharged 3.5l V6 Exige S is well known for its focussed dynamic performance, now, with a striking bespoke black and gold paint scheme with red accents and gold 17” front and 18” rear cast alloy wheels, the Exige LF1 leaves no doubt as to its heritage or indeed to its intention!
Friday, 2 May 2014
Lotus News - PROTON Appoints New Lotus CEO
PROTON Holdings Berhad (“PROTON”) today announced the appointment of Jean-Marc Gales as the new Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc, effective 1 May 2014. Lotus is a wholly owned subsidiary of PROTON and a member of the DRB-HICOM Group
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Club News & Events - Donington Historic Festival 2014 – 3rd to 5th May
Deadline for Club Ticket Bookings is April 23rd
The 2014 Donington Historic Festival is just around the corner and we hope that all club members who intend to go have already booked their club tickets at the very special club rates. But if you haven't yet done so, don't worry, you've still got a few weeks as the deadline for booking is 17.00 on Wednesday April 23rd (see January Club Lotus News page 35 for more info and our special booking code). Tickets are of course also available at full price on the gate.
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Club News & Events - Lotus Cup Europe set to star at the Bosch Hockenheim Historic - Jim Clark Revival meeting
Lotus Cup Europe
set to star at the Bosch Hockenheim Historic
- Jim Clark Revival meeting
The opening round of the 2014 Lotus Cup Europe
championship is shaping up to be a memorable event on 11-13 April. The championship, which gained FIA International Series status in 2013, will be supporting the Bosch Hockenheim Historic
– Jim Clark Revival meeting at Hockenheim. The German Grand Prix venue will be staging a weekend of historic and modern racing, featuring some of the sport’s most famous categories. Top of the bill will be Historic Formula 1 cars from 1966 to 1985, an era in which Team Lotus thrived, and the drivers will be competing for the Jim Clark Cup. More contemporary Grand Prix machinery can be found in the BOSS GP category, whilst there will be demonstration laps from Toyota’s 2002, 2004 and 2008 World Championship challengers.
The Race Club Germany will also be demonstrating classic F1 cars and other great single seaters at the event. Historic Formula 2, the FIA Lurani Trophy for Formula Junior cars and Formula V will also take to the track for races, whilst Sportscars including CanAm and Touring Cars will also thrill fans. Lotus Cup Europe
joins the bill for the first time this year, celebrating Jim Clark’s association with the British marque. The championship will provide a more modern take on proceedings, whilst the racing is expected to be close as the drivers get their 2014 campaigns underway.
Last season Thomas Dehaibe won the title from the Production classes after a close battle in which V6 Cup and 2-Eleven category drivers were also in contention. The Evora and V6 Exige cars will start as pre-race favourites in the two races, which incorporate both standing and rolling starts. The Bosch Hockenheim Historic
– Jim Clark Revival meeting will be an unmissable event for Lotus fans across the continent, and the race programme makes it one of the best historic events of the season. Tickets for the event are available from 25 Euros, with a weekend passes priced at 35 Euros. Meanwhile entry is free for all children aged 16 years or younger when accompanied by an adult. For more information on the Bosch Hockenheim Historic
- Jim Clark Revival, visit www.hockenheim-historic.de
Club News & Events - Snetterton set to provide a spring treat for Lotus enthusiasts
Snetterton set to provide a spring treat for Lotus enthusiasts
The opening round of the LoTRDC
racing season takes place at Snetterton, just a few miles from the Lotus Factory, on the weekend of 5-6 April. Lotus Cup UK
will kick off with a 90 minute race on the Saturday. Simon Deacon and Andy Napier are the reigning champions in the SuperSport and Production categories respectively. A capacity grid is expected, with V6 Cup, 2-Eleven, Exige Cup and Open Class cars racing for overall and SuperSport honours. The 2013 season ended on the same 300 circuit and just like that event, the extra distance is expected to add further spice to the race.
There’s even more Lotus content on the Sunday, with the inaugural Elise Trophy
championship round providing the main highlight. Both new and familiar names are expected to make up the full grid for the 20-minute races. The day will also see the second round of the new Lotus Cup UK
Speed Championship. A capacity entry should provide a thrilling set of qualifying-style laps as the sprint competitors put on a show that should prove to be every bit as good as the racing. Seven Lotus track sessions will complete a superb weekend for enthusiasts of the marque.
Adding to the fun, anyone turning up to the event in a Lotus can sample the circuit for themselves by taking part in a parade lap during the lunch break on Sunday, as well as benefit from a Lotus parking area.
Tickets will go on sale from http://www.lotrdc.com/calendar/5-6-april-snetterton-300-10848/
at just £6 each including postage and packing for Lotus enthusiasts. Entry is also free for children aged 12 and under.
Monday, 3 February 2014
Club News & Events - MLOC Chatsworth event July 27th
MLOC’s annual big summer event, culminating at Chatsworth House in
Derbyshire, is now in it’s third year. For 2014 the format will be
broadly the same and so will include:
An early morning “run” on some of the best and most scenic roads to be found in the Derbyshire Dales and Peaks (MSA sanctioned). A pre-ordered mid-morning breakfast at Hassop Station café. A procession in to the Chatsworth estate where we have our own parking/display area. The now famous MLOC catered picnic buffet Car of the Day vote and prize-giving. Last but not least the very well supported MLOC raffle.
Friday, 31 January 2014
Club News & Events - Continued insurance benefits for Club Lotus members through Footman James
Club Lotus is pleased to announce that it has renewed its arrangement with specialist classic car/bike insurance broker Footman James, securing enhanced special insurance discounts and benefits for club members.
Footman James’ motor policies are amongst the very best you can buy and include UK and European breakdown cover and motor legal expenses as well as choosing your own repairer and personal injury as standard. FJ also offers a range of policy options, including multi-vehicle, laid-up, agreed value and limited mileage cover.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Classic Team Lotus - New 1:12 Lotus 49 model coming this summer
Some exciting news for serious Lotus motorsport collectors. This summer Automodello will be releasing its first ever 1:12 scale release - Jim Clark’s 1967 Lotus 49.
This is Automodello’s inaugural venture into 1:12 scale and it will be breathtaking. The model is being produced under a new licence with Classic Team Lotus (www.classicteamlotus.co.uk) and is of museum quality. The incredibly high level of mechanical detail at this scale will be nothing short of extraordinary. The price and exact lauch date is yet to be announced.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Lotus News - MULTI MILLION POUND BOOST FOR LOTUS
British car manufacturer Lotus has secured a £10 million government grant which will see the firm create more than 300 new jobs.
From left to right: Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business Innovation & Skills; Mr Aslam Farikullah Group Lotus plc Chief Operating Officer: Dato’ Lukman Ibrahim, Deputy CEO of Proton & Representative of the Shareholder, DRB-HiCom
Lotus News - LOTUS ORIGINALS CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA
Its that wonderful time of year, full of joy and laughter, where sleigh bells ring and carol singers sing. We are getting in the festive spirit with a spectacular seasonal sale of up to a sledge stopping 50% discount!
There is something for everyone, from affordable stocking fillers and retro sweatshirts to iconic Lotus F1® Team replica team wear and high end collectables.
Avoid the crowds and shop online from today at www.lotusoriginals.com
Sale ends 1st February 2014
ENTER THIS CODE AT CHECKOUT
This discount code substitutes your existing discount code from 2nd
December until 1st February 2014.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Lotus News - ARE ANY CLUB MEMBERS GOING TO THE CIRCUIT DES REMPARTS IN SEPTEMBER?
Tony Mitchell would be interested to know of any club members going to Angouleme, particularly if they are going from Portsmouth on the overnight ferry on Wednesday 18th September. He would like to meet up with fellow members. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward your details onto Tony
Monday, 12 August 2013
Lotus News - WELCOME BACK SCOTT
Bell & Covill welcome the return of Scott Walker to join Jamie Matthews in our Lotus Sales Team. Many may remember Scott as a passionate enthusiast who originally joined Bell & Colvill back in 1999. Scott's passion for the Lotus marque no doubt helped maintain Bell & Colvill's number one status for new Lotus sales in the UK.
Thursday, 1 August 2013
Lotus News - CALLING ALL ELISE LOVERS!
Top Gear magazine has shortlisted the 1996 Lotus Elise in its quest to find the greatest car of the last 20 years. It is an online vote that will take place in the run up to the 20th anniversary edition of the
magazine. If you agree that the Elise deserves to be recognised as one of the greatest cars of the last 20 years, then please go to www.topgear.com/20years
and place your vote!
Since its launch in 1996, the Lotus Elise has become one of the most loved and iconic Lotus cars of all time. We have built over 30,000 Elise cars in 17 years, that's over 33% of the Lotus' entire production!
The success of the Elise is not just down to its purist dynamic characteristics or it's cool looks; you petrolheads out there will appreciate just how clever the car is too! From its pioneering bonded and
extruded aluminium chassis to it's composite crash structure, the Elise was the catalyst for a new generation of performance through light weight and enabled other premier niche vehicles to exist such as the Opel Speedster / Vauxhall VX220, all of the current Aston Martin range, the Tesla Roadster, Lotus' own Exige, Elise 340R, Europa, 2-Eleven and even the Lotus Evora.
Friday, 21 June 2013
Lotus News - MEET LOTUS F1 TEAM DRIVERS ROMAIN GROSJEAN AND DAVIDE VALSECCHI AT THE LOTUS ORIGINALS STORE, LONDON 26TH JUNE
In celebration of the start of the British Grand Prix, Scalextric and Corgi will showcase The Lotus Collection that includes Corgi’s new 1:43 scale die-cast Lotus cars and the ever popular 1:32 scale Scalextric slot cars that include the Team’s 2012 and 2013 livery. Lotus F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Davide Valsecchi will be available at the event for you to meet. The event will take place at the Lotus Originals Store, 52 Regent Street, London W1B 5DX (Glasshouse Street entrance) on Wednesday 26th June 2013 from 16:00-17:00.
Friday, 3 May 2013
Club News & Events - JIM CLARK WEEKEND 2013
This year we’ve organised a very special weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s and Lotus’s first Formula One World Championship at Duns on 18th and 19th May.
Monday, 29 April 2013
Club News & Events - CLUB LOTUS CASTLE COMBE TRACKDAY 25TH MAY 2013
BOOK NOW FOR OUR CASTLE COMBE TRACK DAY!
Our May trackday at Combe has always been one of the most enjoyable events of the year
. There are still a few places left so book now!
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Club News & Events - CLUB LOTUS SHOW - LATEST NEWS
CLUB LOTUS SHOW - LATEST NEWS
Brian Angus will be giving technical talks on Saturday and Sunday on the 900 series engines and the Espriit. He'll also be on the Club Lotus stand on both days to answer any questions as will Brian Buckland who'll also be hosting tech talks on the Elan and twin cam engine. This is in addition to the wide range of technical advice available on the stands from the likes of Steve Fulcher, Option I Sportscars, Spyder Engineering, Hangar 111, Chris Neil, PNM, Nitron, and CTM Engineering to mention a few.
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Club News & Events - CLUB LOTUS SHOW & FESTIVAL 2013
very pleased to announce April 20th/21st as the dates for our 2013 Club
Lotus Show at Donington and also to be back in our traditional April
slot. The hall has been completely refurbished during 2012 and as well
as a new coat of paint there’s a new restaurant, bar, toilets, heating
and wiring -you’ll hardly recognise the old place..!
BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW ONLINE THROUGH CLUB SHOP!