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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Lotus News - JOIN OLIVER WINTERBOTTOM AT THE 8TH HINCKLEY CLASSIC MOTORSHOW

JOIN OLIVER WINTERBOTTOM AT THE 8TH HINCKLEY CLASSIC MOTORSHOW
Oliver Winterbottom will have a stall in the Market Place selling his book A Life in Car Design, Jaguar Lotus TVR and he will be happy to sign customers copies. Come and join the crowds enjoying over 650 Classic Cars

Monday, 13 August 2018

Lotus News - WIN THE 100,000TH LOTUS BUILT

WIN THE 100,000TH LOTUS BUILT
The competition to win the 100,000th Lotus built has been launched in aid of the Jim Clark Museum.



In a fitting tribute to one of the most successful racing drivers of all time, the Jim Clark Trust has launched a competition to win the 100,000th Lotus sports car built - a one-off Jim Clark Special Edition Lotus Evora GT410 Sport. Enter the competition now at www.jimclarklotus.com
Commissioned in honour of the 50th anniversary of 1968, this ultimate prize for enthusiasts was unveiled by the Duke of Richmond, a Patron of the Trust, with Group Lotus Chief Executive Feng Qingfeng and Trustees of the charity at the world famous Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The competition to help raise funds to support plans for a new Jim Clark Museum is now live online at www.jimclarklotus.com, offering participants the chance to win a truly landmark special edition Lotus Evora GT410 Sport. It costs just £20 to enter, with the winner to be announced at the opening of the new Jim Clark Museum in Duns, Scotland, in summer 2019.
Proudly supporting the Trust, the British sports car manufacturer Lotus has designated the Jim Clark Special Edition its 100,000th car to celebrate the motoring racing legend, and production of the unique model coincided with Lotus’ 70th anniversary celebrations at this year’s Festival of Speed.
His Grace the Duke of Richmond commented, “It’s fantastic to see the crowds here at the Festival of Speed so engaged and excited to remember Jim Clark and celebrate his achievements in our Silver Jubilee year. The stunning Jim Clark Special Edition Evora is a fitting tribute to a legendary man and his iconic Elan. Clark’s exploits on track were very special indeed and we are proud to launch this competition here at Goodwood.”
Inspired by the red Lotus Elan S2 driven by Clark in the 1960s, registration number 997 NUR, the new Evora GT410 Sport has been hand built at Lotus’ Hethel site – the home of the company for the last 50 years. Echoing the original car’s colour scheme, with red paintwork, a silver roof and silver wheels, plus tartan upholstery, it commemorates the legacy of one of motorsport’s most enduring figures. The car also carries Clark’s signature on each rear buttress.
Entrusted to the Formula 1 World Champion by Lotus founder Colin Chapman, the first production Lotus Elan S2 (type 26, Chassis 001) was Clark’s company car, and he regularly made the commute from the racing team’s then base in Cheshunt, just outside London, to his family home in Duns, in the Scottish Borders. A trip of roughly 350 miles each way, Clark clocked up around 15,500 miles in a year, leaving the car with the team when he was away racing.
Launched in Lotus’ 70th year, the stunning Evora GT410 Sport is a winning blend of raw ability and style. Drawing from its more potent stablemate, the Evora GT430, it incorporates many high-performance elements yet retains a subtler, understated profile. The Evora GT410 Sport is powered by a specially calibrated and tuned higher-output version of Lotus’ supercharged, 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine. With an integrated water-to-air charge cooler, it produces 410 hp at 7000 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 3500 rpm, allowing the Evora GT410 Sport to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.
Continuing a lineage of lightweight car design, that can trace its roots back to Clark’s 1960’s Elan S2 and beyond, the development of the Evora GT410 Sport allowed Lotus the opportunity to optimise mass, resulting in a lightest possible dry weight of just 1,256 kg. Standard carbon fibre composite components include the front access panel, roof panel and a one-piece louvred tailgate with integrated spoiler, as well as the elements within the front air blade system and rear wheel exit ports. In keeping with Lotus’ philosophy of maximising aerodynamics to match the car’s personality, the GT-class coupe generates up to 96kg of downforce, providing better handling and stability at high speeds.
Chair of The Jim Clark Trust Ben Smith commented, “Over the past five years we have been delighted to see the plans for a new Jim Clark Museum become a reality, and are extremely grateful for the support of Scottish Borders Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and thousands of public donations. The build programme for the new £1.6m museum with space for two cars began in early July and is estimated to take 12 months. We are excited to announce this new fundraising competition to win the Jim Clark Special Edition Lotus Evora, which will help to realise the vision of an extension to increase the numbers of cars on display and promote heritage, education and inspiration for future generations. Best of luck to everyone who enters.”

Friday, 10 August 2018

Lotus News - LOTUS CARS 70TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT AT HETHEL

LOTUS CARS 70TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT AT HETHEL
Please keep visiting www.lotus70.com as more news about the event and a full timetable will be published in due course






Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Lotus News - LOTUS 70TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION EVENT - HETHEL

LOTUS 70TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION EVENT - HETHEL
This brilliant news only broke in mid-July and some of the details are still being formulated by Lotus. The date is Saturday September 29th and planned attractions include a selection of Classic Team Lotus cars courtesy of Clive, demonstration drives on the Hethel track and numerous side stalls for entertainment and enjoyment. The factory will be open for visitors as will the design studios and Classic Team Lotus. Club Lotus will have a stand and the new management team from Lotus will naturally be there together with many other important Lotus personalities. As more details become available we’ll post them on our website as well as in all area bulletins and we also suggest that you all keep an eye on the main Lotus website for the latest news - www.lotuscars.com

Monday, 23 July 2018

Lotus News - BELL AND COLVILL OPEN DAY 18TH AUGUST

BELL AND COLVILL OPEN DAY 18TH AUGUST

18th August 2018 10:00am - 2:00pm

Come to our Open Day to help us celebrate
70 years of Lotus and 60 years of Subaru

(plus 48 years of Bell & Colvill and 108 years of Morgan)

Events and activities during the day include

Argentine BBQ
Giant Scalextric Track With Lotus Cars
Automotive Caricatures
Passenger Rides & Test Drives (booking required)
Static Displays
Free Vehicle Health Checks (booking required)

More still to be added, keep an eye on our Facebook for further announcements.



01483 281000

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Lotus News - WILLIAMS TRACK DAY 13TH AUGUST

WILLIAMS TRACK DAY 13TH AUGUST

Lotus News - WILLIAMS AUTOMOBILES OPEN DAY 14TH JULY

WILLIAMS AUTOMOBILES OPEN DAY 14TH JULY

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Lotus News - BOBBY BELL DIES IN ACCIDENT

BOBBY BELL DIES IN ACCIDENT
We were very shocked and greatly saddened to learn of the untimely death of Bobby Bell who founded Bell & Colvill with Martin Colvill in 1970. Bobby died on Monday 13th November in what appears to have been a tragic accident at his home in Surrey. Club Lotus sends our sincere condolences to Bobby’s widow Aline and her family as well as to Martin Colvill and all at Bell & Colvill. A full obituary will appear in Club Lotus News January 2018.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Lotus News - The new Lotus Exige Cup 430: Unlimited Edition

The new Lotus Exige Cup 430: Unlimited Edition
Full-production model is most extreme Exige ever conceived
New engine installation, delivering 430 hp and 440 Nm
New design generating 220 kg of downforce
407 hp per tonne provides unrivalled performance
0-60 mph in 3.2 secs, dry weight from 1,056 kg



Thursday, 2 November 2017

Lotus News - Geely agrees to buy majority stake in Lotus

Geely agrees to buy majority stake in Lotus
China’s largest privately-owned automotive group, Zhejiang Geely Holding, has agreed to a deal that will hand it the majority stake in Lotus.
The Chinese group – which also owns the London Taxi Company and Volvo – will also take a 49.9 per cent share in Lotus’ current parent, Malaysian company Proton. The binding heads of agreement announced on 24th May today is between Geely’s holding company and the current umbrella for Proton/Lotus, DRB-HICOM.

Club News & Events - Sevens & Classics WinterLude 2017- Saturday 30th December

Sevens & Classics WinterLude 2017- Saturday 30th December
It's nearly that time of year again! And in true Sevens & Classics form, we are holding our bi-annual open day on Saturday 30th December, 2017. The event will commence at 10:00 am and finish somewhere around 16:00 pm. We’ll have food, drink, cars, bikes and people; what’s there not to like. We have one of the largest stock of used Caterham Sevens anywhere, classic bikes including Triumphs, Yamaha’s and Ducati’s and an assortment of classic cars including Triumph’s, Lotus, Marcos and MG’s. Why not add to the show and turn up in your pride and joy for all to enjoy? All welcome, including dogs, children and well behaved husbands! Like our Facebook page for further details.


Monday, 23 October 2017

Lotus News - Lotus Elise Cup 260: sports car alchemy

Lotus Elise Cup 260: sports car alchemy
New ultra-rare edition with just 30 examples worldwide.    
Race-car derived ultimate Elise
Advanced aerodynamics generate 180 kg of downforce.    
Lightweight carbon fibre components included as standard
0-60 mph in 3.8 secs and 250 hp, dry weight from 862 kg


Thursday, 7 September 2017

Lotus News - CASTLE SPORTSCARS OPEN MORNING

CASTLE SPORTSCARS OPEN MORNING

Friday, 10 February 2017

Club News & Events - BROOKLANDS CLASSIC SPRING BREAKFAST

BROOKLANDS CLASSIC SPRING BREAKFAST
Dear Club Lotus member,
All members are invited to come along to the Brooklands Classic Spring Breakfast on May 21st 2017. This is your chance to meet up with like-minded vintage and classic vehicle enthusiasts, have breakfast and admire the cars, aircraft and motorbikes on show. The Motoring Village will open at 9.00 am and the rest of the Museum will be open as usual from 10.00 am. Subject to weather, The Brooklands Test Hill will be in action after breakfast with a briefing at 10.15 am. There's more about the day at www.brooklandsmuseum.com

Monday, 6 February 2017

Club News & Events - Invitation - 40 years of Lotus Club Holland event August 26th

Invitation - 40 years of Lotus Club Holland event August 26th
All members of the Lotus Clubs in England, Belgium, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg and other countries and all Lotus owners are invited to come to the Netherlands this summer. The Lotus Club Holland celebrates her 40th anniversary on August 26. 2017 at Classic Wings & Wheels at Gilze-Rijen Airport. 

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Club News & Events - CLUB LOTUS NORTHERN IRISH AREA TAKE PART IN DONEGAL HILLCLIMB 2016

CLUB LOTUS NORTHERN IRISH AREA TAKE PART IN DONEGAL HILLCLIMB 2016
Hello Jane, There are a few seconds of footage of our cars within "Donegal Hillclimb Highlights Programme 2016" as per this YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w3ATAe-qxc
As Martin, the local DeLorean car owner, who was with us on our weekend says -  jump to about the 24th minute! Regards, Robin Walker

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Club News & Events - STOLEN ELAN S4 1968

STOLEN ELAN S4 1968
AnneMarie
My Elan S4 1968, VUW 896G was stolen from a locked garage in Henley-on-Thames on Friday night 26th August 2016) - clearly a targeted theft, with nothing else
removed (except a motorbike). I would of course appreciate any leads, even on the appearance of suspicious parts since it might be broken (I am watching eBay). 
The engine is running well, albeit a little smokey and having a tendency to oil the plugs. Red cam cover.  I can be contacted on 07768 348 342. Noel Clothier



Monday, 11 July 2016

Club News & Events - First production Lotus Elite for sale at the Silverstone Classic

First production Lotus Elite for sale at the Silverstone Classic
The Silverstone Classic is just three weeks away and joining the Classic Car Sale, Silverstone Auctions have announced a very special entry. Bought new by jazz legend Chris Barber, and recently restored by Ant Anstead and his team for Channel 4’s For the Love of Cars (due to be screened this autumn), the 1958 Lotus Elite Series I is the very first Elite produced as a proper production vehicle rather than a pre-production prototype.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Lotus News - Hethel Edition Evora 400 Drives 50th Anniversary Home

Hethel Edition Evora 400 Drives 50th Anniversary Home
·        Limited edition Evora 400, celebrating 50 years of Hethel factory
·        Exclusive heritage colours
·        0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds; maximum speed of 186 mph

A significant anniversary requires a significant car and, Lotus is marking 50 years since the founding of its famous factory with a limited Hethel Edition of its benchmark Evora 400.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Lotus News - HEXAGON OPENS NEW LOTUS SHOWROOM AT FLAGSHIP FINCHLEY SITE

HEXAGON OPENS NEW LOTUS SHOWROOM AT  FLAGSHIP FINCHLEY SITE
  • Leading London car dealer Hexagon has opened a new Lotus showroom at its flagship headquarters in East Finchley
  • New showroom was opened by Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales
  • Hexagon is Lotus’ official London dealer selling the full Lotus range, from Elise to 3-Eleven, at its East Finchley and South Kensington sites
  • Hexagon’s flagship showroom has space for over 50 of the finest modern classic, classic and new Lotus cars http://hexagonclassics.com

Friday, 11 March 2016

Club News & Events - ESPRIT & EUROPA TRACK PARADES AT SILVERSTONE CLASSIC

ESPRIT & EUROPA TRACK PARADES AT SILVERSTONE CLASSIC
Dear Club Lotus Member and Esprit or Europa owner - Great News!
As you probably know, 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the first Europa and the 40th Anniversary of the first Esprit. We have arranged with the organisers of the Silverstone Classic for a track parade of both models on Sunday lunchtime at this years' event in July. The parade laps are free but of course you'll need to buy a ticket to the Classic as the parade will leave from our own reserved infield stand.
Full details of how to buy tickets and our special booking code are in the January issue of Club Lotus News. You'll need the code to get your generous club discount and infield pass and the best 'Earlybird' prices
are available until the end of March - so if you are going it's best to book soon.
If you've never been to the Silverstone Classic you may not know that entry is by advance ticket only - no tickets are available on the day.
Look forward to seeing you there!
With best wishes,
Alan Morgan, Chairman

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Club News & Events - Jim Clark Trust Confirms Charity Status And 3 New Patrons To Support Heritage Lottery Fund Bid

Jim Clark Trust Confirms Charity Status And 3 New Patrons To Support Heritage Lottery Fund Bid
The Jim Clark Trust has been awarded official charity status to help fund raising plans for a new Jim Clark Museum by 2018 to celebrate the life and legacy of the double Formula One champion.
The Trust was confirmed as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) to coincide with an application to The Heritage Lottery Fund by Scottish Borders Council in November to support plans for a £1.65m new museum project in Duns, Scottish Borders. Scottish Borders Council has committed £600,000 to the project and hopes to secure £700,000 from The Heritage Lottery Fund, with an additional £300,000 through fundraising with the support of The Jim Clark Trust.
The Jim Clark Trust, run by the family of Jim Clark, will focus on three themes: heritage, education and inspiration, and can now welcome support from the general public and sponsorship enquiries thanks to its official charitable status.

Lotus News - Lotus cars’ registrations in the UK are the best since 2010

Lotus cars’ registrations in the UK are the best since 2010
Lotus new car registrations up by 60% for 2015 compared to 2014
Seven new dealers appointed in 2015
New models launched with great success including the new Evora
400, Lotus Elise Sport and Elise Sport 220 and new Lotus Exige Sport 350
In 2015, 375 Lotus cars were registered in the UK compared to 235 in 2014 - the best registration figures achieved by Lotus in the UK since 2010. Seven new Lotus dealerships were appointed in 2015 in the UK including two showrooms in London, the first time Lotus has had a presence in London since 2009. Lotus now has 16 dealers in the UK with more planned over the next 12 months.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc, stated, “These are excellent sales results and prove definitively that Lotus is back! I would like to thank our excellent dealer and service network in the UK and all our staff. I would also like to thank all our customers have both passion and desire for Lotus sports cars and know what it is like to own a pure, lightweight and high performing sports car.”
The UK is not the only key market for Lotus to have seen an increase in sales, with other European markets including Germany, France and Italy also recording substantial growth in 2015. Globally, Lotus’ has increased the number of dealerships to 202 from 138 in May 2014.

Club News & Events - Footman James launches modern car insurance offer

Footman James launches modern car insurance offer
Specialist insurance broker Footman James announces a new modern car offer for club members.
Footman James is pleased to announce that it has secured a modern car ‘beat your renewal premium’ offer.
The promotion – which was launched this month – guarantees to beat club members’ current modern car insurance renewal premium if they have an existing classic car policy with Footman James.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Club News & Events - Le Mans Classic 2016

Le Mans Classic 2016
Tickets are now available from Club HQ for Club Lotus members. Telephone 01362 691144 or 01362 694459 to order them now. If there is a particular stand that you want please telephone us ASAP as many of the stands sell out very quickly.

Ticket prices:
General admission £49
General admission + paddock £64
General admission + paddock + stand: Wollek £90, Stand £100, Chinetti £120, Dunlop £120, Panorama £120 and La Chapelle £120.
Track laps £160

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Club News & Events - THE LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW - 18-21 February 2016 - ExCeL London

THE LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW - 18-21 February 2016 - ExCeL London

The London Classic Car Show 2016 will bring together an international celebration of the very best dealers, manufacturers, car clubs and products and is nearly double the size of the 2015 event. It also features an indoor driving runway where iconic classic cars are fired up and driven. See, hear and smell these beautiful classics in action!

Club News & Events - Silverstone Classic 29/30/31 July 2016

Silverstone Classic 29/30/31 July 2016
We now have our Club Lotus members booking code for Silverstone and if you want to book tickets and exclusive infield passes at special discounted prices please contact Club HQ and we’ll give it to you upon proof of Club ID. You have plenty of time to take advantage of the best ‘Early Bird’ prices as the booking deadline is not until March 31st 2016.

Club News & Events - Donington Historic Festival - Donington Park, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, April 30th, May 1st and May 2nd 2016

Donington Historic Festival - Donington Park, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, April 30th, May 1st and May 2nd 2016
We now have our unique Club Lotus booking code for members to buy tickets at discounted prices. Full details will be in our January issue of Club Lotus News but if you want to book now please contact Club HQ with your membership number and we’ll give you the code.
With close-fought racing every day, over 400 historic racing cars spanning seven decades, historic rally car and karting action and a ‘living motoring museum’ created by dozens of car clubs displays – plus a host of other attractions – exhilaration and entertainment is guaranteed, whether you buy a ticket for one, two or all three days!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Classic Team Lotus - Black-to-Black race wins for Classic Team Lotus customers

Black-to-Black race wins for Classic Team Lotus customers
Team Lotus F1 cars raced in period by Nigel Mansell and Ronnie Peterson were in pole position and on top of the podium at the American and Mexican Grand Prix. Both events featured FIA Grand Prix Masters F1 races as support events and Classic Team Lotus was running Katsu Kubota in his ex-Ronnie Peterson Lotus type 72, Greg Thornton in his ex-Nigel Mansell/Elio De Angelis Lotus type 91 and Andrew Beaumont in his ex-Ronnie Peterson Lotus type 76.


Lotus News - Hangar 111 appointed as an Official Lotus Service Centre

Hangar 111 appointed as an Official Lotus Service Centre
Well known Lotus specialists Hangar 111 have recently been appointed as an Official Lotus Service Centre. This follows many months of evaluation and inspections by Lotus and after almost 14 years of serving the Lotus community Hangar 111 are proud to become closely affiliated with the sports car maker that they have always held so dear.

What does this mean?

The main benefit is to customers. An authorised Lotus Service Centre receives full factory technical support, access to the full Genuine Parts range and the latest Technical Bulletins for newer vehicles. As a Lotus Service Centre Hangar 111 are also able to carry out those all-important warranty and recall items that may affect more recent vehicles.


Monday, 17 August 2015

Lotus News - The Lotus Exige 360 Cup

The Lotus Exige 360 Cup
Limited edition - 1 of 50 - Exige V6 Cup

Increase in power of 10 PS
New lightweight louvered tailgate and front access panel
Lotus Motorsport redefines the Exige V6 Cup with the introduction of the Exige 360 Cup. New lightweight panels and an increase in power mean the Lotus Motorsport Cup model continues to provide a benchmark in handling and performance.


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Club News & Events - Malcolm Ricketts' Workshop Open Day is on Saturday September 12th

Malcolm Ricketts' Workshop Open Day is on Saturday September 12th
Malcolm will be holding his very popular annual Workshop Open Day on Saturday 12th September at his racing workshop in Wheathampstead.

Malcolm's decided on a new format this year as the evenings will soon start to draw in and he feels that a daytime event at the weekend would be a good idea for a change. The open day will run from l2 noon until 6 pm and there will be hot refreshments and drinks available for a small charge. As usual all proceeds will be donated to the Isabel Hospice, the local charity that Jill Ricketts has supported for many years.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Club News & Events - Latest News from Hangar 111

Latest News from Hangar 111
Hangar 111 is offering a Free Geometry check with services in August and September, call them now on 01473 811811 to book!

They can also offer Rover PG-1 Gearbox Upgrades with their new, upgraded synchromesh ring sets.The original Rover synchros are prone to premature wear under stress but their uprated items feature a carbon lining to give
maximum durability, along with accurate and smooth shifting  in all conditions. Sold as a complete gearbox set, they are a direct replacement for the original parts.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Lotus News - Williams Lotus 20/20 Party on 8th August

Williams Lotus 20/20 Party on 8th August
Williams are celebrating 20 years as a Lotus dealer and the 20th anniversary of the Elise with an open day and party between 10:30 am –3.00 pm on August 8th at their showroom in Chipping Sodbury near Bristol.


Lotus Parts Sale Aug 2015

Lotus Parts Sale Aug 2015

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