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Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Club News & Events - NEC CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW 2020 CANCELLED

NEC CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW 2020 CANCELLED
A message from Lee Masters, Show Director:

It is with great sadness that I announce to you today (21st September 2020) that we have decided there is no alternative but to postpone the 2020 edition of the show, despite pulling out all the stops to try and make the annual season finale happen.

Having been given the greenlight by government for organised events to resume from 1 October, we were so excited at the prospect of bringing the community back together, with all our COVID-secure measures in place to create a safe and controlled environment for all involved.

Although the latest government update hasn't changed this possibility, it is currently under review and has created uncertainty for both our exhibitors and visitors. Add to this the prospect of local lockdowns still being in place and the communities' understandable concern about what an indoor event experience will be, even with all the precautions we're putting in place, we have taken this difficult decision.

As a team, we are extremely disappointed having done everything within our power to try and make the show happen. We want to thank all our partners, clubs, exhibitors, visitors and suppliers who have supported our endeavours to bring the show to you this year.

While we won't be coming together as a motoring community this year within the halls of the NEC, to celebrate the classics we love, we will continue to share stories, memories and news across our digital platforms.

Silverstone Auctions will also continue as scheduled with what is due to be their biggest and best sale yet.

Those who have bought tickets to the show have a number of options available including transferring their tickets to next year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show or the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show in March 2021. Visit the FAQ page for more details: https://www.necclassicmotorshow.com/faq

We also will be honouring our commitment to help the Sporting Bears Motor Club raise funds for their chosen charities and hope the community will continue to support them as you have done so generously in past years.

We understand that this will be a disappointment to many people who eagerly await the Classic Motor Show each year and we look forward to when we can get together again.

We would particularly like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the clubs and their members who, despite the current situation, were willing to support the show this November. To be fair to everyone, we will be inviting all clubs to reapply to be a part of the Classic Motor Show 12-14 November 2021. Further details will be issued later in the Autumn by Alison Judge, our club coordinator, but please get the dates in your diaries and start thinking about how to make next year a bumper show!

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Club News & Events - VIP TRACK DAY EXPERIENCE AT GOODWOOD 9TH OCTOBER

VIP TRACK DAY EXPERIENCE AT GOODWOOD 9TH OCTOBER
In association with Motor Sport Magazine, Peter Best Insurance is hosting a VIP Track Day Experience at Goodwood Motor Circuit on Friday 9th October.
With everything you need from a track day to thrill your senses - from racing around the historic track, to the bespoke Goodwood buffet menu - this will be an amazing day, hosted in one of the iconic venue's original circuit buildings.
Places are strictly limited so please book early.
For further information and to book your place please visit https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/shop/motor-sports-own/events/july-goodwood-track-day

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Lotus News - LOTUS DRIVING ACADEMY REOPENS ON 7TH AUGUST

LOTUS DRIVING ACADEMY REOPENS ON 7TH AUGUST
The Lotus Driving Academy has announced it will reopen its driver training programme at Hethel on the 7th August. In collaboration with Lotus Cars, The Lotus Driving Academy (LDA) has instigated a number of robust measures and controls to allow the popular driving training to reopen at the test track at the heart of Lotus' historic home.

Alongside familiar protection measures in place such as the introduction of hand sanitiser stations and regular cleaning of the cars, the LDA has sought to go further whilst doing all it can to maintain the personal coaching experience it is renowned for. Customers will be given their own full-face helmet to use exclusively all day. New balaclava and gloves will be given to every participant for them to keep. With guests and instructors required to wear a helmet and gloves at all times in the car, a new intercom system to enhance communication has been adopted.

Visits to the Classic Team Lotus workshops, a popular element of a visit to the LDA remains, whilst the Lotus Cars factory tour will switch to a virtual format. To highlight all the changes made, it has gone as far as to publish the risk assessment and subsequent health and safety policy on its website.

"We have made every effort to ensure we can open safely, providing a safe and pleasant experience that retains the very personal communication and coaching that differentiates the Lotus Driving Academy ," says Simon Poole, manager of the LDA. "We've worked hard to ensure we retain the special elements that customers enjoy the most whilst going beyond the government recommendations to ensure we offer the safest environment we can."


Also new for 2020 is the addition of the latest Lotus Exige Sport 410. The new Exige Sport 410 will feature on Exige Experience days and Gold and Platinum events, the latter where participants can learn how to use data logging to improve track driving.

Despite the additional measures, the LDA has held its 2020 prices, starting at £149 for the Scare Yourself Sensible experience. For those not yet ready to visit, 2020 voucher expiry dates have automatically been extended for a further three months. All reservations can be made on the Lotus Driving Academy website – www.lotusdrivingacademy.com

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Lotus News - LOTUS APPOINTS NEW RETAILER FOR PERFORMANCE CAR SALES AND SERVICE IN SCOTLAND

LOTUS APPOINTS NEW RETAILER FOR PERFORMANCE CAR SALES AND SERVICE IN SCOTLAND
• Park’s Lotus to open in Hamilton this summer for sales and service
• New Lotus retailer in the west of Scotland for the first time in 15 years
• Lotus Evora GT410 – the latest model for everyday driving – takes centre stage in the showroom


(Hethel, UK – 29 July 2020) – Scotland has fantastic roads, spectacular scenery… and now an all-new Lotus retailer so performance car fans can make the most of both.

Park’s Lotus is located in Hamilton and will open its doors to sales and service customers during August. It marks the first time in 15 years that Lotus has had a retailer in the west of Scotland.

The new business is part of the long-established Park’s Motor Group, which already represents a number of sports, premium and luxury car companies from sites throughout Scotland and the north of England.

Full contact details for the new Park’s Lotus retailer are:

Park’s Lotus
143-159 Almada St
Hamilton
Glasgow
ML3 0ET

Telephone: 01698 303770
Email: lotus@parks.uk.com
Website: www.parks.uk.com

Geoff Dowding, Executive Director, Sales and Aftersales, Lotus Cars, commented: “This new Lotus sales and service centre in Hamilton is a wonderful addition to our UK network. Despite the challenges of the last few months, we’ve worked efficiently with the team at Park’s to ensure our current and future customers in Scotland have the facilities and support they need.”

Ross Park, director of Park’s Motor Group, said: “We’re delighted to add Lotus to our portfolio of performance car brands. We know it has a proud history and an exciting future, and we’re thrilled to be part of that. Lotus is a valuable addition to the Park’s family, offering even greater choice to our customers.”

The showroom is in the town of Hamilton, to the south-east of central Glasgow. Taking pride of place will be the newest Lotus, the Evora GT410, which has been designed to be a more usable ‘everyday’ sports car. It comes with an enhanced specification over the existing GT410 Sport, providing owners with improved usability and a new level of driving comfort. Numerous features have moved from the Evora’s options list to become part of its standard specification, resulting in exceptional value for money.

Also available through Park’s Lotus are the latest versions of the Lotus Elise, a true performance icon, and the Lotus Exige, a genuine track-day car for the road.

Park’s Lotus will offer customers a full range of financial services products through FCA Bank, the new financial partner to Lotus which was announced earlier this month.

Lotus has always enjoyed a strong relationship with Scotland, through the race team’s links to legendary driver Jim Clark and our support of the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns, Scottish Borders.

Monday, 27 July 2020

Club News & Events - RESCHEDULED PETER BEST INSURANCE DRIVE-IT DAY CANCELLED

RESCHEDULED PETER BEST INSURANCE DRIVE-IT DAY CANCELLED
With deep regret Peter Best Insurance have decided to cancel the (rescheduled) Peter Best Insurance Drive-it Day, due to have been held on Sunday 27th September 2020.
Visitor safety is their prime concern and with the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, they do not feel happy going ahead with a social event of this nature.
They do, however, look forward to welcoming you and your members to a new 2021 event to be held at Braxted Park Estate on Sunday 16th May 2021. (Details to follow),
For anyone who registered for this year's event there is no need to register again for next year's event, we'll simply transfer existing details and confirm attendance nearer the time.
Anyone that has purchased a VIP Ballroom Breakfast or Ballroom Afternoon Tea experience for the cancelled September event will be contacted shortly with refund details.
In the meantime they are running a Facebook activity:
Show us what you’ve been up to in Lockdown!
Upload your motoring related images, improvements, restorations and stories to facebook.com/groups/pbisclassics
Mention which Car Club you are a member of and they will donate £100 to that Club if yours is a favourite post.


Monday, 20 July 2020

Club News & Events - ESPRIT MAKE THE FINAL 21 SUPERCARS IN THE WORLD'S FIRST VIRTUAL CONCOURS

ESPRIT MAKE THE FINAL 21 SUPERCARS IN THE WORLD'S FIRST VIRTUAL CONCOURS
Peter Boita's Esprit Turbo makes the final 21 Supercars (and the only Lotus) in the World's first "Virtual Concours"!
His Esprit is in the final worldwide group of 21 cars contending "Class I", in the worldwide virtual concours class Poster Cars Of The 60's, 70's And 80's
Accordingly, it would be great if we can help him to at least win his class...so, what we need are as many votes from as many as possible Lotus devotees worldwide.
To vote go to https://concoursvirtual.com/cars/1984-lotus-turbo-esprit/
And for Peter's YouTube video of his beautiful Esprit go to https://youtu.be/hmzLFuVsOGE



Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Lotus News - TWENTY YEARS YOUNG: LOTUS CELEBRATES THE EXIGE WITH SENSATIONAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION

TWENTY YEARS YOUNG: LOTUS CELEBRATES THE EXIGE WITH SENSATIONAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION
● Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary celebrates two decades of the critically acclaimed and thrilling two-seater
● Uprated models feature enhanced exterior and interior spec, with a higher level of standard specification
● Unique ‘20th Anniversary’ black silhouette logo showcases the original car from the year 2000
● Retro-inspired colours and design features also pay tribute to the original Exige Series 1
● More details and images can be found at media.lotuscars.com

(Hethel, UK – 23 June 2020) – An exclusive new 20th Anniversary edition of one of the world’s most exhilarating and dynamic sports cars, the Exige Sport 410, has been unveiled by Lotus.

Finished in a choice of vibrant new retro-inspired colours, the thrilling two-seater boasts higher levels of standard equipment and an enhanced interior package. The Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary is the perfect way to celebrate this sensational model’s impact on the sports car world.

All versions come with upgraded exterior features commemorating the Exige Series 1 from the year 2000. These are the body-coloured roof, side air intake pods and rear wing, plus the black ‘shark fin’ stone chip protector ahead of the rear wheel. The nostalgia is carried over to the interior, where there’s a choice of different coloured Alcantara trims, and each seat is decorated with panelled stitching which echoes that of the original car.

Monday, 15 June 2020

Club News & Events - KEEP MADEIRA DRIVE OPEN – PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION

KEEP MADEIRA DRIVE OPEN – PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION
Brighton Council closed Madeira Drive during the Covid 19 pandemic to allow people to use it for exercise.

Now a small minority are lobbying to ban all motor vehicles permanently. This would mean the end of all motor events on Madeira Drive and would mean the end of the Frosts Brighton Speed Trials as well as other events.

Please SIGN the petition to keep Madeira Drive Brighton open to vehicle access. If it’s not kept it open we will lose the venue for the London to Brighton Veterans Run, the Frosts National Speed Trials, Ace Cafe Reunion meet and a number of other car and motor cycle events that have been held there for up to 115 years! It would also mean no vehicles being able to access Brighton & Hove Motor Clubs Headquarters and members would not be able to drive to the clubhouse on a Wednesday night which would present all sorts of problems!

Brighton and Hove has suffered enormous economic damage owing to lockdown and needs all the help it can get to recover. Please sign the petition to stop this madness and ensure the future of the club and its activities.

This ePetition runs from 07/06/2020 to 22/07/2020 and you can find it at:


https://present.brighton-hove.gov.uk/mgEPetitionLogon.aspx?Id=694&RPID=35440385

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Club News & Events - PAUL MATTY SPORTS CARS TO REOPEN ON 1ST JUNE 2020

PAUL MATTY SPORTS CARS TO REOPEN ON 1ST JUNE 2020
June Matty has told us that Paul Matty Sports Cars will reopen again on the 1st June, after the Prime Minister announced further easing of the lockdown and allowing car showrooms to reopen.

12 Old Birmingham Rd, Lickey End, Bromsgrove B60 1DE
Tel: 01527 835656
enquiries@paulmattysportscars.co.uk
www.paulmattysportscars.co.uk

Club News & Events - SILVERSTONE CLASSIC 2020 CANCELLED

SILVERSTONE CLASSIC 2020 CANCELLED
We received this today (26th May) from the organisers of the Silverstone Classic giving notice that the 2020 event has been cancelled:

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We promised you an update before the end of May... and it is with a heavy heart that we bring you news that the 2020 Silverstone Classic will not be going ahead.

Following the latest Government advice, we have reached the inevitable conclusion that we will need to cancel this year's event. Given the current circumstances and the outlook on timescales, a postponed event - which was our original back-up plan - in a way that enables us to run the Classic in the manner that you know and love isn't a feasible option. Our priority at all times is the safety and wellbeing of those attending our events as well as our own team and we know that you'll understand why this step has been necessary. Our heartfelt thanks must go to all of you for your patience throughout this period of uncertainty.

As an independent events company passionate about what we do, we are proud to have developed the Silverstone Classic into an internationally renowned historic motorsport festival enjoyed across generations of car enthusiasts, families, racing drivers, and petrolheads. In times of difficulty, communities tend to come together and we're incredibly grateful for your continued support. It means a lot. All of you are what makes the event the success that it is and we hope to celebrate our 30th anniversary with you next year instead.

2020 tickets

Anyone who has a ticket will have the option to roll their tickets over to the 2021 event or request a full refund. There are a number of measures we need to put in place first, but we will be back in touch with all ticket buyers in June with details of the next steps. In light of the current situation, we have a reduced team who are dealing with a high number of enquiries, so please do bear with us.

We'll be in touch soon. In the meantime, and above all else, stay safe and healthy.

With our best wishes,

The Silverstone Classic Team

ENDS

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Lotus News - THE LOTUS EVIJA AERO STORY: "A FIGHTER JET IN A WORLD OF KITES" EXCLUSIVE Q&A WITH LOTUS' AERODYNAMICIST RICHARD HILL

THE LOTUS EVIJA AERO STORY:
• New airflow animation explains the Evija all-electric hypercar’s unique porosity and phenomenal downforce
• Highly experienced senior engineer with 30+ years at Lotus details philosophy of the Evija’s sophisticated aerodynamics


(Hethel, UK – 12 May 2020) – The unique porosity and phenomenal downforce of the Evija all-electric hypercar has been brought to life in a new animation from Lotus.

For the first time, Richard Hill, the highly experienced senior engineer who has guided this critical element of the 2,000 PS car’s design, details the philosophy of the Evija’s sophisticated aerodynamics.



Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Lotus News - ICONIC LOTUS RACE CAR LIVERIES INSPIRE ALL-NEW CLASSIC HERITAGE EDITIONS OF THE ELISE

ICONIC LOTUS RACE CAR LIVERIES INSPIRE ALL-NEW CLASSIC HERITAGE EDITIONS OF THE ELISE
• Four new Lotus Elise Classic Heritage Editions
  pay tribute to the company’s pioneering racing history

• All feature instantly recognisable Lotus motorsport
  colour schemes

• Enhanced exterior and interior equipment list delivers
  exceptional value for money

• Production limited to just 100 cars in total

(Hethel, UK – 6 May 2020) – Lotus has launched four new limited-edition versions of the Elise, each with a vibrant and distinctive colour palette which pays tribute to the company’s pioneering and highly successful racing history.



Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Club News & Events - COVID-19 AND CLUB LOTUS UPDATE - 25/03/2020

COVID-19 AND CLUB LOTUS UPDATE - 25/03/2020
Dear Club Lotus member,

The rapid spread of COVID-19 and recent directives from the UK government are affecting all our lives. We're in dangerous and uncertain times and I wanted to update everyone on how this is impacting our spring events.

We've cancelled our Jim Clark Weekend and our Castle Combe trackday in May. If the situation in the UK improves over the summer we'll look at the possibility of holding these in the autumn. Those of you who have booked places at Castle Combe will be contacted personally over the next few days and we'll be offering either a full refund or a credit for 2021.

MotorsportUK (the governing body for motorsport in the UK) yesterday extended its suspension of all motorsport events until at least 30th June. Consequently the Donington Historic and Classic Nostalgia at Shelsley Walsh have been postponed until further notice but both organisers have told us they hope to be able to find an alternative date later in the year. If you've booked tickets for either event you should go to the respective websites for the latest information regarding refunds.

The HLC Lotus Summer Drive-in on June 7th has been re-arranged and is now scheduled for Sunday 13th September.

As of now, Le Mans Classic and Silverstone Classic are still on but of course this may change in the coming weeks/months. We'll keep you updated as and when we hear more from either organiser but obviously look out for any news yourself.

We've temporarily closed the Club office and AnneMarie, Jane and myself are working from home. We've redirected our telephones and email and you can still contact us as normal for membership renewals, club shop orders and anything else - except toilet rolls... Our office hours are 09.00 to 17.00 Monday to Thursday and 09.00 to 15.30 on Friday.

All monthly area meetings in pubs/restaurants have naturally been temporarily halted.

We're still intending to publish the April issue of Club Lotus News on April 25th but this will be impossible if our printers are forced to close. The issue might also be smaller than usual due to restrictions on paper supply.

We're all in uncharted waters and I implore you to follow government advice and keep yourself and your loved ones safe. This chaos will pass and we look forward to coming out the other side in the not too distant future.

Very best regards,

Alan

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Club News & Events - PBIS Drive-It-Day Postponed to September

PBIS Drive-It-Day Postponed to September

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Club News & Events - DRIVE YOUR LOTUS ON THE LEGENDARY TT TRACK AT ASSEN!

DRIVE YOUR LOTUS ON THE LEGENDARY TT TRACK AT ASSEN!
Club Lotus Holland are organising a Lotus Driver's Day on March 18 2020 and all Club Lotus members are invited to take part.

What do they offer?
5 hours of free driving on the fantastic moto GP circuit, open pit lane; We welcome you to our pit box from 9am.
From 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm: driving time in half-hour blocks for experienced drivers and less experienced drivers.
Catering: coffee, lunch and drinks before and after the event.
Supervision of the track from the TT circuit.
First-aid team is present as well as a professional towing service.
Petrol station present on the circuit
A collective insurance against damage to third parties.
Any damage to the track is covered.
Possibility to receive instruction during the entire day.

What do they ask from you?
A Lotus is mandatory as a participating car.
Wear a helmet (compulsory) while driving on the circuit.
To indemnify the organisation from liability to material and persons if you do not keep the car on the track or cause damage or have a collision with another participant.
The noise standard is 98db static and you ensure that your car does not exceed this.
Adhere to circuit rules.

What are the costs?
The costs for this day are €195.00 for the car with driver, a co-driver costs €17.50 extra (costs for catering throughout the day).
Optional instruction €80.00 per participant.

Date and times:
Wednesday March 18 2020, from 9am you can visit the pit-box of the event for registration and coffee.
Being present for briefing at 09.30.
Starting at 10am use of the circuit, open pit lane, divided into 2 groups in sessions of 30 minutes.
The track closes at 4pm, there is a drink and all your experiences can be exchanged.

The organisation is in the hands of this days' initiator, Jan van Dijk and Lotus Club Holland. The organisation also includes Lotus Import van der Kooi.

If you are interested in this event, please register before 15th February 2020 via the registration form on https://www.lotusclubholland.nl/nl/evenementen/aankomende-evenementen/vrij-rijden-assen#EN

For any questions please go to https://www.lotusclubholland.nl/nl/bestuur/contact

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Lotus News - LOTUS ENGINEERING RETURNS TO WORLD-CLASS TRACK CYCLING WITH NEW BIKE TO DELIVER OLYMPIC SUCCESS

LOTUS ENGINEERING RETURNS TO WORLD-CLASS TRACK CYCLING WITH NEW BIKE TO DELIVER OLYMPIC SUCCESS
• Innovative new bike meticulously designed and engineered to deliver outstanding track performance

• Lotus Engineering has created the unique front forks and handlebars, with Hope Technology developing the frame

• Will be on show in London from Thursday, and makes competitive track debut with the Great Britain Cycling Team at the weekend


(Hethel, UK – 30 October 2019) – Lotus Engineering and Hope Technology have unveiled their exciting bicycle collaboration – an innovative new track bike designed to deliver medals for the Great Britain Cycling Team at next summer’s Olympic Games.



Lotus News - LOTUS NAMED AS 'LUXURY BRAND OF THE YEAR' AT PRESTIGIOUS LUXURY BRIEFING AWARDS 2019

LOTUS NAMED AS 'LUXURY BRAND OF THE YEAR' AT PRESTIGIOUS LUXURY BRIEFING AWARDS 2019
• Award given to Lotus for having “revolutionised and disrupted its sector” during the last year

• Ongoing enhancements to the brand, including new corporate identity and ‘For the Drivers’ tagline, singled out for praise

• Lotus CEO Phil Popham paid tribute to employees working tirelessly to take the brand to new levels of success

(Hethel, UK – 29 October 2019) – Lotus has won the prestigious ‘Luxury Brand of the Year’ award at the annual Luxury Briefing Awards 2019. The car maker was honoured at a gala ceremony staged at The Savoy, London in front of more than 350 VIP guests.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Club News & Events - SILVERSTONE CLASSIC 2020

SILVERSTONE CLASSIC 2020
If any Club Lotus members are teaming up to book a hotel / B&B near Silverstone for the Silverstone Classic 2020 please get in touch with us and let us know the hotel's name. Club Lotus members would love to know and join you! Email jane@clublotus.co.uk

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Lotus News - NEW PARTNERSHIP SEES LOTUS ENGINEERING AND HOPE TECHNOLOGY COLLABORATE ON BICYCLE DESIGN

NEW PARTNERSHIP SEES LOTUS ENGINEERING AND HOPE TECHNOLOGY COLLABORATE ON BICYCLE DESIGN
New joint venture champions a commitment to push the boundaries of what’s possible on two wheels

Collaborative programme of research and development, data analysis and knowledge-sharing

Topics will include lightweight engineering, aerodynamics and advanced material manufacturing

The joint venture has been established to explore new ways to push the boundaries of bicycle design and technology. At its heart will be a collaborative programme of research and development, data analysis and knowledge-sharing, covering topics such as lightweight engineering, aerodynamics and advanced material manufacturing.

Lotus Engineering is the internationally recognised automotive consultancy division of Group Lotus, best known globally for its iconic British performance cars. The current range – the Elise, Exige and Evora – are the spiritual successors to legendary Lotus models such as the Esprit, Elan and Elite, still much-loved around the world. Earlier this year Lotus revealed the Evija, an all-electric two-seater that will go on sale next year. With a target figure of 2,000 PS, it will be the world’s most powerful series production road car ever. Other new Lotus models will follow.

Group Lotus is based in Hethel, Norfolk, where it employs more than 1,000 people. The innovative engineering approach and problem-solving expertise of Lotus Engineering consultancy has covered sectors ranging from aerospace and medical research to furniture, boat-building and many other aspects of industrial design.

While Lotus is best known as a car company, it has a proud and highly successful history in cycling through its Lotus Engineering division. In the Nineties, Lotus was instrumental in the design and development of bikes for cycling legend Chris Boardman at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, where he won gold, and in the 1994 Tour de France, where he won the prologue time trial to the famous yellow jersey. The Lotus Sport bike – instantly recognisable for its aerodynamic design – remains to this day an iconic symbol of outstanding British sporting success.

Hope Technology is a well-established and highly regarded British brand that’s fully ensconced within the cycling industry and has always built its business and its reputation on making top-quality products. It has been designing, creating, manufacturing and testing innovative components for bikes at its Lancashire HQ for 30 years. Countless British bikes and riders have benefitted from Hope products and today the business exports around half of its output. After years of success in racing, it has recently moved into making complete, ready-to-ride bikes.

Phil Popham, CEO, Group Lotus, said: “Lotus is thrilled to be back in cycling for the first time in 25 years. Innovation and ingenuity have always been part of the Lotus DNA, and working in collaboration with Hope is a fantastic illustration of how the Lotus Engineering consultancy can support projects outside of the automotive sector.”

Ian Weatherill, Managing Director, Hope Technology, said: “When we started making innovative, highly-spec’ed disc brakes, back in the late Eighties, we didn’t imagine that Hope Technology would evolve into what it is today – a company with more than 150 employees hand-crafting components for both mountain and road bikes, 24-7. We are proud to have stuck rigidly to our philosophy, relentlessly pursuing only the best possible products. To be partnering with Lotus is certainly a great place to find ourselves in 2019, and it’s an exciting time for us all.”

Monday, 9 September 2019

Lotus News - BIG IN JAPAN – EVIJA STUNS 2,000 LOTUS FANS ON LATEST LEG OF WORLD TOUR

BIG IN JAPAN – EVIJA STUNS 2,000 LOTUS FANS ON LATEST LEG OF WORLD TOUR
  • •Lotus Evija is star of the show at Japan Lotus Day on September 9th
  • •World’s most powerful production car dazzles in front of more than 2,000 Lotus owners and fans
  • •Annual event – the biggest for Lotus anywhere in the world – celebrated its 10th year with a parade of 600 cars

Japan Lotus Day, staged at the iconic Fuji Speedway and the largest annual gathering of Lotus fans anywhere in the world, gave an enthusiastic welcome to the Lotus Evija on the latest leg of its world tour.

The event is a car festival held in the foothills of Mount Fuji, 50 miles outside Tokyo. The festival was celebrating its 10th anniversary, with the all-electric Evija – the world’s most powerful production road car – taking centre stage in front of more than 2,000 enthusiastic Lotus owners and fans.

The event culminated in a stunning parade around the Fuji Speedway circuit, featuring approximately 600 Lotus cars from across the company’s successful road and racing history. It included a 1952 Lotus Six and various race cars from the 1960s, through to numerous examples of the Lotus Elan, Elise, Exige, 3-Eleven and Evora.

Also attracting attention was a Lotus 79, a championship-winning F1 car which took seven wins and nine pole positions, and through the genius of Lotus founder Colin Chapman kick-started the pioneering ‘ground effect’ era of aerodynamic development in F1.

The extraordinary number of Lotus cars on display reflects the brand's popularity in Japan, which stems in part from the 1970s when a Lotus Europa starred in a famous serialised adventure and racing ‘manga’ called The Circuit Wolf. Japan Lotus Day also features several races series, a concours d’elegance, circuit taxi rides and trade stands.

Shigenori Ogura, F1 commentator, journalist and Japan Lotus Day fan, said: “Japanese car enthusiasts are totally in love with Lotus. The fans who come to Fuji show so much passion for the cars – both old and new – that it really blows you away.”

Prior to the event the Evija was guest of honour at the BH Auction, an exclusive automotive sales event in Tokyo. Attendees were given one-to-one access to the all-electric hypercar in a private viewing area.



Lotus News - JIM CLARK TRIBUTE AT BO’NESS HILLCLIMB

JIM CLARK TRIBUTE AT BO’NESS HILLCLIMB
  • •Celebration of motorsport icon Jim Clark at Bo’ness Revival Hillclimb 60 years after he competed
  • •Story of Jim’s participation told in a new film featuring a Lotus Exige Sport 350. Download it now at media.lotuscars.com
  • •Event featured unique ‘honourable run’ celebrating cars driven by Clark, plus road tour to newly redeveloped Jim Clark Motorsport Museum
  • •Sir Jackie Stewart OBE opened Jim Clark Motorsport Museum ahead of the event

Lotus legend Jim Clark – a national hero and one of the greatest drivers of his generation and a true motorsport icon – has been celebrated at the Bo’ness Revival Hillclimb 60 years after he competed at the event.


Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Lotus News - LOTUS BLOSSOMS AT MONTEREY CAR WEEK WITH EVIJA PUBLIC DEBUT AND SIGNIFICANT SALES SUCCESS FOR ELECTRIC HYPERCAR

LOTUS BLOSSOMS AT MONTEREY CAR WEEK WITH EVIJA PUBLIC DEBUT AND SIGNIFICANT SALES SUCCESS FOR ELECTRIC HYPERCAR
Lotus Evija, the world’s most powerful production car, made its public debut on the 19th August at the world-renowned Monterey Car Week, which drew to a close at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday. Thousands of fans flocked to the electric hypercar’s reveal.
North America’s excited reception of the first all-electric British hypercar, resulted in strong double-figure orders being taken, and most of the initial production for the US market now allocated to customers.

Monday, 12 August 2019

Lotus News - LOTUS EVIJA TO START WORLD TOUR AT MONTEREY CAR WEEK

LOTUS EVIJA TO START WORLD TOUR AT MONTEREY CAR WEEK
The all-new Lotus Evija hypercar will make its North American debut later in August as it takes centre stage at Monterey Car Week.
The world’s first all-electric British hypercar made its global debut in July, and the popular and influential west coast festival of motoring is the first stop on a high-profile world tour.
The news comes as Lotus confirmed it took the first Evija order from a North American customer on the day the car was revealed.

Lotus News - LOTUS DRIVES PREMIER PERFORMANCE AS OFFICIAL PARTNER OF NORWICH CITY FOOTBALL CLUB

LOTUS DRIVES PREMIER PERFORMANCE AS OFFICIAL PARTNER OF NORWICH CITY FOOTBALL CLUB
Lotus and newly promoted Premier League team Norwich City Football Club have today announced a new multi-year global partnership.
The collaboration sees the state-of-the-art training facility renamed The Lotus Training Centre, and the all-new Academy building renamed The Lotus Academy. Lotus branding will feature on the first-team ‘walk-out’ jackets, on all Academy shirts from the Under-23s squad through to the Under-9s, and on pitch-side branding at the Carrow Road stadium.
The partnership is announced on the eve of the Canaries’ first game of the 2019-20 Premier League season against Liverpool at Anfield. The agreement sees two long-standing Norfolk brands coming together as they each enter a new and exciting phase on the global stage, and with the local community at the heart of their ambitions.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Club News & Events - HLR SUMMER DRIVE-IN AND LUNCH AT SILVERSTONE - AUGUST 10TH

HLR SUMMER DRIVE-IN AND LUNCH AT SILVERSTONE - AUGUST 10TH
The Historic Lotus Register have invited all Club Lotus members to their Summer Drive-in and Lunch on August 10th at the prestigious British Racing Drivers' Clubhouse at Silverstone Circuit. The BRDC Clubhouse overlooks Luffield and Woodcote corners and is a wonderful place to visit. The day starts at 10.30 with coffee and a pay bar and a 3-course plated lunch will be served at 1.00pm followed by coffee and a guest speaker. Carriages (Lotus!) at 5.00pm. There's plenty of parking for Lotus cars in the grounds and tickets cost £65.00 per person. To book please send a cheque payable to 'Historic Lotus Register' to John Watson at Flitcroft, 13 Astons Road, Moor Park, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 2LE or email him for more information at john@jwwatson.net

Monday, 17 June 2019

Club News & Events - 20 YEARS OF LOTUS AT SELVIO

20 YEARS OF LOTUS AT SELVIO
20 Years Lotus at Stelvio – Road trip to the hairpin heaven from 12 - 14 September
The party is on on 13th September 2019! It has been 20 years then since a Lotus meeting took place for the first time at the famous Stelvio pass, where the Lotus Elise was tested and adjusted to absolute perfection. A large-scale Lotus party is therefore being organised.

Monday, 15 April 2019

Club News & Events - 2019 Bosch Hockenheim Historic Jim Clark Revival

2019 Bosch Hockenheim Historic Jim Clark Revival
Dear friends and supporters of Lotus
The countdown is on for the 2019 Bosch Hockenheim Historic Jim Clark Revival – to take place at Hockenheim April 26th to 28th. The Lotus Historic Register Germany, in cooperation with Lotus friends Böblingen will be present with a dedicated Lotus area. All friends and supporters of Lotus are invited to join them and they are very much looking forward to welcoming everybody.
For more information go to https://www.hockenheim-historic.de/en/

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Club News & Events - BICESTER HERITAGE - SUNDAY SCRAMBLE "DRIVE IT DAY" 28TH APRIL

BICESTER HERITAGE - SUNDAY SCRAMBLE
Held on ‘Drive It Day’, the April Scramble is historically the busiest of the year at Bicester Heritage. Club Lotus are attending  - book your tickets with our special club discount code - please contact Club HQ on 01362 691144 / 694459 or email annemarie@clublotus.co.uk or jane@clublotus.co.uk for the code. (Click Read more for all the information)


Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Club News & Events - TIMETABLE FOR THE 2019 DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL

TIMETABLE FOR THE 2019 DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL


The timetable for the 2019 Donington Historic Festival has been announced, and it's definitely action-packed! New grids join the line-up this year and we see the return of an old favourite, the HGPCA Grand Prix cars. (Click Read more for the timetable)

For more information and to book tickets go to www.doningtonhistoric.com

Monday, 12 November 2018

Club News & Events - THE LOTUS 70TH MERCHANDISE IS NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY FROM CLUB LOTUS

THE LOTUS 70TH MERCHANDISE IS NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY FROM CLUB LOTUS
The Lotus 70th merchandise is available from our online shop - go to http://shop.clublotus.co.uk/ and can also be ordered by post or over the phone

(Club Lotus, 58 Malthouse Court, Dereham, NR20 4UA    01362 691144 / 694459)



Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Lotus News - Lotus paints Hethel green and yellow at 70th anniversary party

Lotus paints Hethel green and yellow at 70th anniversary party
Marking its 70th anniversary, Lotus held a spectacular event to commemorate the significant milestone of founder Colin Chapman’s first Lotus, built in 1948.
The home of Lotus in Hethel hosted 8,000 Lotus owners and enthusiasts from all over the world, as well as 1,600 Lotus cars of all eras. From the Team Lotus F1 race cars to the rally Sunbeam Lotus, Lotus Cortina all the way to the present line-up of Evora, Exige and Elise, there were Lotus road and competition cars of all ages present.
Group Lotus Plc’s CEO Mr. Feng Qingfeng presented the company’s vision to the crowds present and viewers online. As well as leading the anniversary track procession, he also personally revealed two bespoke Lotus Exclusive Evora GT410s, both in heritage livery.Speaking at the event, Group Lotus Plc’s CEO, Mr. Feng Qingfeng said: “Today has been an amazing day of celebration. To have met so many Lotus owners and enthusiasts, and understand their passion for our brand is truly inspiring. We are committed to our home in Norfolk, and there’s no place better to gather and remember what Lotus stands for and what makes it so special as a leading automotive marque. To have so many of our cars return home has really made the day, and I’d like to thank everyone for their help and
support, both now and in the future, as we grow and develop the business.”


Lotus News - LOTUS UNVEILS DESIGN FOR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE CENTRE, HERITAGE CENTRE AND MUSEUM

LOTUS UNVEILS DESIGN FOR  CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE CENTRE, HERITAGE CENTRE AND MUSEUM
As the company prepares for the culmination of its 70th celebrations, Lotus has unveiled the latest stage in its investment plan, which will see the 100 acre site undergo extensive development and renovation work.
With a new Customer Experience Centre, Heritage Centre and Museum designed by architects Feilden+Mawson and submitted for planning, the British marque has outlined a bold vision for its future at the famous Hethel facility, its home for over 50 years. The plans were unveiled just ahead of the company’s 70th celebrations in Norfolk, marking the anniversary of the founding of Lotus by engineering genius Colin Chapman.

Lotus News - FINDING THE VERY FIRST – HELP LOCATE THE LOTUS MARK I

FINDING THE VERY FIRST – HELP LOCATE THE LOTUS MARK I
Calling on enthusiasts, collectors and car hunters worldwide, Lotus needs your help in tracking down the long-lost Lotus Mark I, the first car built by company founder Colin Chapman.
As the British marque continues its 70th celebrations, it wants fans from around the world to pick up the trail of the most elusive Lotus ever – the competition car that the young engineer hand-built in a small London garage owned by his then girlfriend’s parents. Overcoming the standard car’s limitation Chapman applied innovative approaches to improve its performance in challenging trials competitions.
Despite its existence being well documented, the current whereabouts of the Mark I remain a mystery. Built by Chapman, with the help of friends and his girlfriend (who later became his wife), Hazel, he entered a number of events in 1948 with immediate success. However, Colin was constantly innovating, and was soon hard at work on the Mark II. The first car was sold in November 1950 but, from there, the car’s trail goes cold. Despite much research over the years, its whereabouts have never been established.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Lotus News - LOTUS 70TH 29TH SEPTEMBER - ORDER A SIGNED COPY OF "A LIFE IN CAR DESIGN" BY OLIVER WINTERBOTTOM

LOTUS 70TH 29TH SEPTEMBER -  ORDER A SIGNED COPY OF
An Opportunity to order a copy of the book
A Life in Car Design
Jaguar Lotus TVR
By Oliver Winterbottom

Signed by the author

A copy will be available to inspect at the Lotus 70 Anniversary at Hethel on the Club Lotus stand where orders will be taken.
Oliver will be in attendance during the day at the Club Lotus stand (exact attendance times will be available on the day).

The books will be mailed out and payment taken within 14 days

Oliver was with Lotus from 1971 to 1998
(with a couple of short absences & time at JCL Marine)

The book covers:
Lotus Europa Twin Cam, Lotus Elite, Eclat & Esprit, Lotus M90, X100, M100 Elan
Lotus Esprit S4, Esprit Sport 300, Esprit V8. Lotus Elise


Monday, 17 September 2018

Lotus News - Lotus appoints Phil Popham as Senior Vice-President - Commercial Operations

Lotus appoints Phil Popham as Senior Vice-President - Commercial Operations
Group Lotus PLC is delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Popham as Senior Vice-President – Commercial Operations for Group Lotus and CEO – Lotus Sports Cars, effective from 01 October 2018. Phil will report to Group Lotus plc CEO, Mr Feng Qingfeng. Phil joins Lotus from Sunseeker International where he held the role of CEO for four years. Prior to Sunseeker, he was part of the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) executive team for 9 years with global responsibility for commercial operations.

The arrival of Phil Popham is the latest in a series of high level appointments at Lotus, from both the global automotive industry and from within Lotus. A new business and operating structure has been put in place and the Lotus business is now set for the next stage of its future growth and global expansion.

Mr Feng Qingfeng welcomes Phil to Lotus, “I am delighted that Phil has joined Lotus at this important time in our 70 year history. We are growing the Lotus business not only at our Headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk but also worldwide so the foundations are laid to become a globally competitive brand and a well recognised leader in the sports car market.”

Phil Popham said, “I have spent my career working with, and have a passion for famous British luxury, high tech and pioneering brands and Lotus, with its amazing history, definitely fits into that category. I am looking forward to being part of the team that will drive the substantial future growth of the Lotus business.”

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