Friday, 26 June 2015
Lotus News - The all new Lotus 3-Eleven
The quickest production Lotus road car ever
Dramatic, all-new lightweight composite body
Two versions, Road and Race, both developed through Lotus Motorsport
Heralding a new generation of Lotus high performance sports cars, today saw the unveiling of the company’s quickest and most expensive series production car ever, the 3-Eleven, at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Lotus News - Expansion and co-location for Lotus in the USA
Co-location of Lotus Cars USA. Inc, to Lotus Engineering. Inc, in Ann Arbor, MI to support growth
First deliveries of New Lotus Evora 400 in USA and Canada in December 2015
Expansion of the Lotus dealer network
The introduction of the Lotus Evora 400, as a 2017 North American Model Year, marks the start of a fresh period in Lotus’ presence in this vital market. The previous model Evora already received positive acclaim from media, customers and dealers alike and reaffirmed Lotus as the maker of some of the finest, purest, most lightweight and most efficient sports cars sold today.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Lotus News - Lotus Back in London
Lotus Cars is delighted to welcome Hexagon Lotus as its new brand representative in prestigious South Kensington, London.
Hexagon is not new to Lotus having been a Lotus dealer from 1964 to 1976. Their reintroduction offers customers two Lotus dealerships in London, from their Headquarters in East Finchley as well as South Kensington.
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Club News & Events - KELVEDON LOTUS - DESPERATELY SEEKING..................HELP!
Here at Kelvedon Lotus located between Spalding and Bourne in Lincolnshire, we are finding life hard. We have more products to organise, more cars to look after and more customers.
We need some help!!!
If you have some deep Lotus knowledge and want to get involved in any way, we want to hear from you. Your experience will be tested to the limits by our customers but it is fun and rewarding.
If you happen to own a few lotus cars or have owned them in the past you should fit right in.
Initially please call Paul and Richard on 01775 725457 for an exploratory chat.
Lotus News - Lotus Seven vies to be best British car ever
The iconic Lotus Seven has been shortlisted as one of the best British cars ever. The Seven is one of 10 cars on the list put together by Classic & Sports Car after consulting a jury of 100 experts including Gordon Murray, Nick Mason and many more.
Now the magazine has thrown the vote open to the public and whichever car has received the most votes by August 1 will be declared the winner and be revealed at Classic & Sports Car – The London Show at Alexandra Palace from 30 October to 1 November.
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Club News & Events - Classic Car Parade set to Smash Two Guinness World Records in Coventry
- Special event to take place in Coventry on Sunday 14th June 2015
- Aims to break Guinness World Records for the Largest Parade of Classic Cars, and the Largest Parade of Jaguar Cars
- Attempt organised by Coventry Transport Museum and Footman James, as part of Coventry Transport Museum relaunch
- 2000 classic cars needed to take part
The UK’s finest transport museum has teamed up with one of the country’s leading classic car insurance brokers, to hold a massive parade of classic cars in Coventry, in an attempt to set two new Guinness World Records this June.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Club News & Events - Jim Clark Weekend confirms a stunning line up of classic Formula One and sports cars to celebrate his unbeatable 1965 season with Sir Jackie Stewart and Allan McNish
With a month to go, The Jim Clark Weekend is delighted to confirm a stunning line up of classic Formula One cars, Touring and Sports cars in which Jim Clark raced in 1965. The 50 year anniversary will be celebrated in Duns, Scottish Borders, on Sat 16 and Sun 17 May (2015). The event is being run by Club Lotus in partnership with The Jim Clark Trust to celebrate Jim Clark’s second Formula One World Championship, his famous Indianapolis 500 victory, Formula 2 Championshuip and Tasman Championship, all in 1965. Sir Jackie Stewart and Allan McNish are joining the celebrations to raise awareness of plans for a new Jim Clark Museum by 2018.
Friday, 10 April 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 - Donington Historic Festival - Club ticket deadline is April 25th
The deadline for booking tickets using our special Club Lotus discount code is 5pm on April 25th. The booking code is in the January issue of Club Lotus News.
For all the latest information on the event go to www.doningtonhistoric.com
Thursday, 19 March 2015
Club News & Events - Silverstone Classic Early Bird ticket offer expires at the end of March
Although car club members have until the end of May to buy tickets using our unique club booking code, Early Bird tickets offer the biggest discounts and are currently on sale until the end of March for visitors wanting to join the party atmosphere at the very best prices. Early Bird tickets offer significant savings of up to 15 per cent but must be purchased before 1 April. Adult prices start at just £34 and stick to the Classic’s widely praised ‘access all areas’ policy, providing admission to both National and Wing race paddocks, trackside grandstands and the live music concerts which this year include chart-toppers Status Quo and Paul Young. Please remember there are no tickets for sale at the gate and buying your tickets using our booking code is the only way to obtain infield parking passes for our reserved Club Lotus area.
The Silverstone Classic – celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015 – is firmly established as the World’s Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival with a record 1125 race entries in 2014 watched by a record crowd of 94,000. The spectacular event – winner of the prestigious ‘Motorsport Event of the Year Award’ as judged by the International Historic Motoring Awards in 2013 – is staged at the famous Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, birthplace of the FIA Formula One World Championship and home of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. The three-day festival features the very best of historic racing covering more than eight decades of motor sport as well as live music from classic rock bands (topped by Status Quo in 2015) and a wealth of family entertainment. This includes a free fun fair, retail outlets, a host of interactive activities, a two-day classic car auction and air displays, plus huge showcases of classic cars often celebrating important milestones in automotive history.
Monday, 16 March 2015
Club News & Events - Williams Lotus Annual Open day Saturday 25th April 10am - 4pm
Series of mini talks and workshops including an exclusive talk from Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman who runs Classic Team Lotus. Clive will also be bringing Ayrton Senna's F1 championship winning historic race car. This is set to be a fabulously interesting event and please email email@example.com or call Elles on 01454 315112 to book in.
Friday, 6 March 2015
Club News & Events - CLUB LOTUS WEST MIDLANDS AREA MEETINGS CHANGE OF VENUE
With ongoing discussions we have decided to change our present venue from The Arrow Mill to the following :
All future Meetings to be held at The Stag @ Redhill, Alcester Road, Stratford-on-Avon , B49 6HQ. This is 4 miles out of Alcester on the A46. We will still meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month. If you require more information please contact us on 07946 734629 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to seeing you there, Dipak, Club Lotus Area Leader, West Midlands
Wednesday, 4 March 2015
Club News & Events - Cholmondeley Pageant of Power – 12th - 14th June 2015
Discounted tickets on sale
now as CPOP revs up for 2015. The 8th event goes back to its roots with the
theme of “Power” running through the weekend, on track, water and in the air.
There will be an ‘over 1000bhp’ class and on track we will see some of the most
powerful cars from the BTCC and Group B era battling it out for a place on the
Podium. Buy now and take advantage of early booking discounts. Adult tickets
are from £26 and child tickets and parking are free if booked before the end of
New for 2015 – Concours
A new Concours D’elegance
will be situated on the cricket pitch in the shadow of the Castle. On Friday it
will be dedicated to Lotus – following a track parade of all production Lotus
models ever manufactured. On Saturday the Concours will feature American Muscle
cars and on the Sunday those bedroom wall poster heroes – 80’s Supercars.
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Drag Car and Bike
Demonstrating burn outs on
track, we will be joined by Drag car and bike heroes Jon Morton with his
1,000bhp alcohol burning 1969 Chevrolet, Pete Le Gros on the Nitro Harley
Davidson he built himself and 21 year old Jayne Kay in her bright pink 2,000
bhp Model T capable of 230mph in 6.5 seconds. Bring your ear plugs!!
Vulcan in the Air
We are honoured to be
having the Vulcan bomber, for what may be the last chance to see this beautiful
beast in flight over Cheshire. This charity run jet powered delta wing
strategic bomber was operated by the Royal Airforce from 1956 until 1984. In
addition Red Bull will be bringing the Red Bull Matadors and our website will
be regularly updated with other air displays as they confirm.
Live Music on both Friday
and Saturday Evening
Cholmondeley Castle will
rock through the weekend, kicking off with the Friday Night Launch Party
Concert. Saturday will continue straight from Power on the track to the stage
for the Ultimate Power Ballads Concert. Head for the mosh pit or bring a picnic
and view the concerts from the Castle Lawns. Keep an eye on the website for
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Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Lotus News - Lotus Cars eBay store
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 - 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.