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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.


Friday, 26 June 2015

Lotus News - The all new Lotus 3-Eleven
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
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 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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 elles@williamsautomobiles.com or call Elles on 01454 315112 to book in.
http://www.williamsautomobiles.com/

Friday, 6 March 2015

Club News & Events - CLUB LOTUS WEST MIDLANDS AREA MEETINGS CHANGE OF VENUE
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 m100nm69@googlemail.com
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
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 March.

 

New for 2015 – Concours D’elegance

 

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.

 

Click here to buy tickets

http://www.cpop.co.uk

 

Drag Car and Bike Demonstrations

 

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 band announcements.

 

For More Information and Tickets

http://www.cpop.co.uk


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Lotus News - Lotus Cars eBay store
Lotus Cars eBay store
Lotus Cars have an abundance of spare parts that are now being sold on eBay. Parts are being uploaded daily and at low prices and they vary from radios to cylinder heads, from the first Lotus Elise MK1 to the latest Evora.

Their eBay username is lotuscarsltd_on-line_store and the the link is http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/lotuscarsltd_on-line_store/m.html?_ipg=50&_sop=12&_rdc=1

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Lotus News - The all new Lotus Evora 400
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
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. 
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.

Can you help? If so contact Jane at Club Lotus – 01362 691144 / 694459 or jane@clublotus.co.uk and she will give you Chris’ contact details.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Club News & Events - 23rd May Castle Combe Track Day
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
12th July MLOC At Chatsworth Lotus in the Peak
The annual Midlands Lotus Owners Club Summer event. For more information go to   www.midlandslotus.co.uk

For a short video of last year’s MLOC event go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsnJH7Yzzrg&authuser=0
 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Club News & Events - Silverstone Classic and Donington Historic Festival - members' discounts
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
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
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
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
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
LoTRDC November Snetterton Sprint – open to all
LoTRDC 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 Snappyracers)

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Club News & Events - Special offer for Club Lotus members - Lotus Driving Academy, Hethel 4th October
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 track@lotuscars.com

 



Lotus News - Festival fever for Randaccio and Denman at Brands Hatch
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 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'
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 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
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
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 and www.hockenheimring.de 

Club News & Events - Snetterton set to provide a spring treat for Lotus enthusiasts
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 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
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
New 1:12 Lotus 49 model coming this summer
Some exciting news for serious Lotus motorsport collectors. This summer Automodello will be releasing its first ever 1:12 scale release - Jim Clark’s 1967 Lotus 49.
This is Automodello’s inaugural venture into 1:12 scale and it will be breathtaking. The model is being produced under a new licence with Classic Team Lotus (www.classicteamlotus.co.uk) and is of museum quality. The incredibly high level of mechanical detail at this scale will be nothing short of extraordinary. The price and exact lauch date is yet to be announced.


Thursday, 28 November 2013

Lotus News - MULTI MILLION POUND BOOST FOR LOTUS
MULTI MILLION POUND BOOST FOR LOTUS
British car manufacturer Lotus has secured a £10 million government grant which will see the firm create more than 300 new jobs.




From left to right: Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business Innovation & Skills; Mr Aslam Farikullah Group Lotus plc Chief Operating Officer: Dato’ Lukman Ibrahim, Deputy CEO of Proton & Representative of the Shareholder, DRB-HiCom

Lotus News - LOTUS ORIGINALS CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA
LOTUS ORIGINALS CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA
Its that wonderful time of year, full of joy and laughter, where sleigh bells ring and carol singers sing. We are getting in the festive spirit with a spectacular seasonal sale of up to a sledge stopping 50% discount!
There is something for everyone, from affordable stocking fillers and retro sweatshirts to iconic Lotus F1® Team replica team wear and high end collectables.
Avoid the crowds and shop online from today at www.lotusoriginals.com
Sale ends 1st February 2014
ENTER THIS CODE AT CHECKOUT
4XG6NM15SH419C44741ED9SBFW

This discount code substitutes your existing discount code from 2nd
December until 1st February 2014.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Lotus News - ARE ANY CLUB MEMBERS GOING TO THE CIRCUIT DES REMPARTS IN SEPTEMBER?
ARE ANY CLUB MEMBERS GOING TO THE CIRCUIT DES REMPARTS IN SEPTEMBER?

Tony Mitchell would be interested to know of any club members going to Angouleme, particularly if they are going from Portsmouth on the overnight ferry on Wednesday 18th September. He would like to meet up with fellow members. Please contact jane@clublotus.co.uk and I will forward your details onto Tony


Monday, 12 August 2013

Lotus News - WELCOME BACK SCOTT
WELCOME BACK SCOTT
Bell & Covill welcome the return of Scott Walker to join Jamie Matthews in our Lotus Sales Team. Many may remember Scott as a passionate enthusiast who originally joined Bell & Colvill back in 1999. Scott's passion for the Lotus marque no doubt helped maintain Bell & Colvill's number one status for new Lotus sales in the UK.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Lotus News - CALLING ALL ELISE LOVERS!
CALLING ALL ELISE LOVERS!

Elise

Top Gear magazine has shortlisted the 1996 Lotus Elise in its quest to find the greatest car of the last 20 years.  It is an online vote that will take place in the run up to the 20th anniversary edition of the magazine. If you agree that the Elise deserves to be recognised as one of the greatest cars of the last 20 years, then please go to www.topgear.com/20years and place your vote!

Since its launch in 1996, the Lotus Elise has become one of the most loved and iconic Lotus cars of all time. We have built over 30,000 Elise cars in 17 years, that's over 33% of the Lotus' entire production!

The success of the Elise is not just down to its purist dynamic characteristics or it's cool looks; you petrolheads out there will appreciate just how clever the car is too!  From its pioneering bonded and extruded aluminium chassis to it's composite crash structure, the Elise was the catalyst for a new generation of performance through light weight and enabled other premier niche vehicles to exist such as the Opel Speedster / Vauxhall VX220, all of the current Aston Martin range, the Tesla Roadster, Lotus' own  Exige, Elise 340R, Europa, 2-Eleven and even the Lotus Evora.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Lotus News - MEET LOTUS F1 TEAM DRIVERS ROMAIN GROSJEAN AND DAVIDE VALSECCHI AT THE LOTUS ORIGINALS STORE, LONDON 26TH JUNE
MEET LOTUS F1 TEAM  DRIVERS ROMAIN GROSJEAN AND DAVIDE VALSECCHI AT THE LOTUS ORIGINALS STORE, LONDON 26TH JUNE
In celebration of the start of the British Grand Prix, Scalextric and Corgi will showcase The Lotus Collection that includes Corgi’s new 1:43 scale die-cast Lotus cars and the ever popular 1:32 scale Scalextric slot cars that include the Team’s 2012 and 2013 livery. Lotus F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Davide Valsecchi will be available at the event for you to meet.  The event will take place at the Lotus Originals Store, 52 Regent Street, London W1B 5DX (Glasshouse Street entrance) on Wednesday 26th June 2013 from 16:00-17:00.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Club News & Events - JIM CLARK WEEKEND 2013
JIM CLARK WEEKEND 2013
This year we’ve organised a very special weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s and Lotus’s first Formula One World Championship at Duns on 18th and 19th May.


Monday, 29 April 2013

Club News & Events - CLUB LOTUS CASTLE COMBE TRACKDAY 25TH MAY 2013
CLUB LOTUS CASTLE COMBE TRACKDAY 25TH MAY 2013
BOOK NOW FOR OUR CASTLE COMBE TRACK DAY!
Our May trackday at Combe has always been one of the most enjoyable events of the year
. There are still a few places left so book now!


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Club News & Events - CLUB LOTUS SHOW - LATEST NEWS
CLUB LOTUS SHOW - LATEST NEWS
CLUB LOTUS SHOW - LATEST NEWS

Brian Angus will be giving technical talks on Saturday and Sunday on the 900 series engines and the Espriit. He'll also be on the Club Lotus stand on both days to answer any questions as will Brian Buckland who'll also be hosting tech talks on the Elan and twin cam engine. This is in addition to the wide range of technical advice available on the stands from the likes of Steve Fulcher, Option I Sportscars, Spyder Engineering, Hangar 111, Chris Neil, PNM, Nitron, and CTM Engineering to mention a few.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Club News & Events - CLUB LOTUS SHOW & FESTIVAL 2013
CLUB LOTUS SHOW & FESTIVAL 2013


We’re very pleased to announce April 20th/21st as the dates for our 2013 Club Lotus Show at Donington and also to be back in our traditional April slot. The hall has been completely refurbished during 2012 and as well as a new coat of paint there’s a new restaurant, bar, toilets, heating and wiring -you’ll hardly recognise the old place..!

BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW ONLINE THROUGH CLUB SHOP!


Club News & Events - CLUB LOTUS SHOW & FESTIVAL 2013
CLUB LOTUS SHOW & FESTIVAL 2013


We’re very pleased to announce April 20th/21st as the dates for our 2013 Club Lotus Show at Donington and also to be back in our traditional April slot. The hall has been completely refurbished during 2012 and as well as a new coat of paint there’s a new restaurant, bar, toilets, heating and wiring -you’ll hardly recognise the old place..!

BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW ONLINE THROUGH CLUB SHOP!


Thursday, 24 January 2013

Club News & Events - BOB CHAPMAN
BOB CHAPMAN
We were greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Chapman who died on Saturday 19th January after a brave battle with cancer.

Club News & Events - CLUB LOTUS CASTLE COMBE TRACKDAY 25TH MAY 2013
CLUB LOTUS CASTLE COMBE TRACKDAY 25TH MAY 2013
CLUB LOTUS CASTLE COMBE TRACKDAY 25TH MAY 2013







Our May trackday at Combe has always been one of the most enjoyable events of the year and we really want to re-establish this day as a great Club Lotus day out as well as a good value and safe Lotus trackday. Those of you who came to Castle Combe last year enjoyed a fantastic day in the sunshine with plenty of track time








Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Club News & Events - Lotus Parts Sale - Dec 2012
Lotus Parts Sale - Dec 2012
Please download the latest Lotus Aftersales parts sale list which has recently been released to the Lotus Dealer network. Please note the new list replaces any previously released sales list and any customer inquiries/orders need to be placed directly through the Lotus dealer network. Your local or preferred Lotus dealer will be pleased to quote prices and availability.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Formula 1 - Lotus F1™ celebrates an amazing race in Brazil and a solid season’s performance.
Lotus F1™ celebrates an amazing race in Brazil and a solid season’s performance.








The 2012 FIA Formula One™ Championship concluded in Brazil on 25th November, in a thrilling battle marking the end of another electrifying and unpredictable F1™ season.

Lotus News - Lotus Exige S voted joint winner of evo’s ‘Car of the Year, 2012
Lotus Exige S voted joint winner of evo’s ‘Car of the Year, 2012

The supercharged 3.5 V6 Exige S secured the top honour from evo magazine’s ‘Car of the Year’ test, marking the huge achievement of the entire Lotus workforce.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Club News & Events - CLUB LOTUS SHOW & FESTIVAL 2013
CLUB LOTUS SHOW & FESTIVAL 2013


We’re very pleased to announce April 20th/21st as the dates for our 2013 Club Lotus Show at Donington and also to be back in our traditional April slot. The hall has been completely refurbished during 2012 and as well as a new coat of paint there’s a new restaurant, bar, toilets, heating and wiring -you’ll hardly recognise the old place..!

BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW ONLINE THROUGH CLUB SHOP!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Lotus News - Group Lotus unveil the next generation Exige at Frankfurt 2011
Group Lotus unveil the next generation Exige at Frankfurt 2011

1080kg Lightweight Exige Chassis + 350 PS 3.5l V6 Supercharged Evora S Engine = The all NEW Exige S

Raw performance, agility, unparalleled ride and handling and mind blowing drive experience, these attributes are what people have come to expect from Lotus. And we don’t like to disappoint. After months of media speculation Group Lotus is proud to announce the latest addition to the family: the extraordinary new Exige S, the ultimate lightweight high performance sportscar.


Lotus News - The most powerful production Lotus road car ever built Evora GTE
The most powerful production Lotus road car ever built Evora GTE
The Evora GTE road car: The most powerful production Lotus road car ever built. Simple.

Producing over 444 PS from the 3.5l V6 Lotus Evora engine, the GTE is, quite simply, the most powerful Lotus road car ever built. Yet contrary to its extreme roots, the Evora GTE road car also delivers a comfortable and refined element to its high performance driving characteristics.


Lotus News - Elise Pure Lotus Nothing Less ALL Torque AND ALL Action
Elise Pure Lotus Nothing Less ALL Torque AND ALL Action

Elise S and Elise SPS option added to the iconic Elise model year 2012 range

Ask anyone to define Lotus in recent years and most people will hold up the Lotus Elise as a perfect example of exactly what makes Lotus such a firm favourite in the hearts and mind of sportscars enthusiasts.


Lotus News - Group Lotus Getting ready for Frankfurt 2011
Group Lotus Getting ready for Frankfurt 2011

More Lotus Than EVER - Getting ready for Frankfurt? Our countdown has begun:

3 new cars, 2 new options AND 1 special limited edition

Who:          Group Lotus

What:         See below and there’s a lot so we’ll keep it brief AND we’re not going to tell you everything….

Where:      Hall 5, Stand B02

When:       9.00am (CET)

Why:        Because you can’t get more Lotus than this…

3 new models


Monday, 5 September 2011

Lotus News - Evora S for the Mercury Phoenix Trust - Another One Bites The Dust
Evora S for the Mercury Phoenix Trust - Another One Bites The Dust

CALLING ALL GIRLS and boys - September 5th will see the Savoy Hotel play host to a very special celebration, the 65th birthday of THE HERO, the late, great Freddie Mercury.

DEAR FRIENDS of Freddie will unite in GOOD COMPANY at Freddie’s FLASH birthday bash which is set to be ‘a unique night of comedy and rock and roll’ as the climax to this year’s Freddie For A Day. The highlight of the night will be an auction to raise funds for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the  HIV AIDS charity set-up in his honour by band mates Brian May, Roger Taylor and Queen manager Jim Beach after the singer’s death in 1991.


Thursday, 18 August 2011

Club News & Events - Club Lotus Show and Festival 13th and 14th August 2011 - Thanks To All
Club Lotus Show and Festival 13th and 14th August 2011 - Thanks To All
Our 2011 show was a great success with good weather, lots of visitors and some fantastic cars to see in the hall. The traders and stand holders reported very good business and plenty of interest from visitors and there was a real buzz around the show all weekend.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Club News & Events - Issue 3 July 2011 CLN Online - Web and Flash Versions
Issue 3 July 2011 CLN Online - Web and Flash Versions
After a lot of work (and a few delays!) we now have Club Lotus News available through this website to members, so you can now read it whereever and whenever you like. Publishing July 2011 in an online version is the start of making the entire 50+ year back-catalog available.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Club News & Events - LoTRDC Race Preview Donington 13th and 14th August 2011
LoTRDC Race Preview Donington 13th and 14th August 2011
Ken Savage heads to Donington next weekend (13/14 August) keen to build on his lead at the top of the Lotus Cup UK Championship table. The Production class driver, who is also competing with great success in the Elise Trophy this year, has scored several class victories and leads Steve Quick by 11 points at the halfway stage of the season. With last year’s Elise Trophy round at the East Midlands circuit cancelled whilst it awaited refurbishment, only Savage has race experience here in a Lotus and will be aiming to use this to his advantage.

Club News & Events - Club Lotus Suffolk Scenic Drive Now 9th October 2011
Club Lotus Suffolk Scenic Drive Now 9th October 2011
Any Club members intending to go on the Scenic Drive the date has changed to Sunday 9th October.

Club News & Events - Silverstone Track Day - 23rd August 2011
Silverstone Track Day - 23rd August 2011
The next Silverstone Circuits run own car Track Day is on Tuesday 23 August, International Circuit based from The Wing.
 
Track Day Price £299.00 inc vat per car.
7 HOURS TRACK TIME
AFFORDABLE TUITION FROM £20 FOR 20 MINUTES

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Club News & Events - Cars Wanted for Classic and Sports Car Magazine Article 26th July 2011
Cars Wanted for Classic and Sports Car Magazine Article 26th July 2011
Russ Smith of CLASSIC & SPORTS CAR magazine is looking for a number of Lotus cars for a major feature in a forthcoming issue.

Club News & Events - Club Members offer from Octane Magazine
Club Members offer from Octane Magazine

As a Club Lotus member, you’re part of an elite group of individuals who admire and respect the traditions that Lotus motoring brings. If you have a passion for classic motoring, then look no further than Octane to give you full insight into generations past of motoring tradition.


Club News & Events - Malcolm Ricketts Workshop Open Evening July 13th 2011
Malcolm Ricketts Workshop Open Evening July 13th 2011
Malcolm will be holding his annual open evening at his Historic Lotus Racing workshop in Hertfordshire next Wednesday 13th July.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Club News & Events - Lotus Festival 2011 Snetterton Photos by Hans Bromwich Photography
Lotus Festival 2011 Snetterton Photos by Hans Bromwich Photography
Some great shots from last weekends Lotus Festival 2011 at Snetterton. Many thanks to Hans Bromwich for the links to his flickr photos.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Lotus News - Elise Trophy and Lotus Cup UK Snetterton June 25th and 26th 2011
Elise Trophy and Lotus Cup UK Snetterton June 25th and 26th 2011
The Elise Trophy and Lotus Cup UK Championship heads to Snetterton this weekend (25/26 June) for the Lotus Festival, which promises to be a very special event!

Monday, 9 May 2011

Formula 1 - Turkish GP 2011 Solid Progression
Turkish GP 2011 Solid Progression

General 
Total race laps: 58    Weather: Sunny
Max track temp: 30°    

Fastest laps 
KOV - 1:32.695, lap 55 / TRU - 1.32.862, lap 39            


Formula 1 - Turkish GP 2011 Summary LRGP
Turkish GP 2011 Summary LRGP
In a race packed full of pit stops, LRGP advanced on yesterday’s qualifying positions by finishing in P7 (Nick) and P8 (Vitaly). After scoring another 10 valuable points, Lotus Renault GP remains fourth in the Constructors Championship.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Formula 1 - Ansar Ali Caterham Buyout Full Presentation Video
Ansar Ali Caterham Buyout Full Presentation Video
The full 8 minutes or so presentation by Ansar Ali - 27/04/2011 on Club YouTube Feed

Monday, 2 May 2011

Formula 1 - Tony Fernandes Caterham Buyout Full Presentation Video
Tony Fernandes Caterham Buyout Full Presentation Video
The full 12 minutes or so presentation by Tony Fernandes - 27/04/2011 on Club YouTube Feed

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Club News & Events - Lotus Elan Required for Photo Shoot Next Week Brecon Beacons
Lotus Elan Required for Photo Shoot Next Week Brecon Beacons
Classic & Sportscar Magazine are URGENTLY looking for a nice example of an original RWD Lotus Elan (non-Sprint) for a photo shoot in the Brecon Beacons next week.

Club News & Events - Heikki Kovaleinen Donuts Tom Webb Catertham Lotus 7
Heikki Kovaleinen Donuts Tom Webb Catertham Lotus 7
Heikki Kovalainen donuts Tom Webb In Caterham/Lotus 7 at Team Lotus Buys Caterham Media Day 27th April 2011 - Club Lotus YouTube Channel

Club News & Events - Heikki Kovaleinen Goes Nuts In Caterham Lotus 7
Heikki Kovaleinen Goes Nuts In Caterham Lotus 7
Heikki Kovalainen Goes Nuts In Caterham/Lotus 7 at Team Lotus Buys Caterham Media Day 27th April 2011 - Club Lotus YouTube Channel

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Formula 1 - Team Lotus and Caterham Cars Promo Video
Team Lotus and Caterham Cars Promo Video
YouTube Promotional Video from Team Lotus and Caterham Cars

Formula 1 - Team Lotus buys Caterham Cars
Team Lotus buys Caterham Cars
Team Lotus Enterprise today announces that it has purchased British sportscar maker Caterham Cars.

The acquisition by Tony Fernandes, Kamarudin Meranun and SM Nasarudin, the men behind the Team Lotus Formula 1 squad, from the shareholder consortium led by Corven Ventures, will see the legendary lightweight sportscar manufacturer expand its brand profile and product family.


Sunday, 17 April 2011

Formula 1 - Chinese Grand Prix 2011 - Team Lotus Joins The Midfield
Chinese Grand Prix 2011 - Team Lotus Joins The Midfield

"Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart" Confucius (551 - 479 BC)

General

Total race laps: 56  

Weather: Overcast, cloudy (am), sunny (pm)

Max track temp: 32˚
 
Fastest laps

KOV - 1:42.672, lap 45 / TRU - 1.42.052, lap 53           


Formula 1 - LRGP Chinese GP 2011
LRGP Chinese GP 2011

Vitaly scored another couple of points as he finished P9 at the Shanghai International Circuit, while teammate Nick came home in P12.

• Both Vitaly and Nick ran two-stop strategies.
• Vitaly started on softs, took another set of softs on lap 17, and switched to hards on lap 37
• Nick also started on softs, took more softs on lap 18, then finally ran the hards from lap 30


Saturday, 16 April 2011

Formula 1 - LRGP Chinese GP 2011 - FP3 and Qualifying
LRGP Chinese GP 2011 - FP3 and Qualifying

A dramatic qualifying session saw Vitaly qualify in P10 and Nick in P16, after the Russian’s car lost power and halted what could have been a very strong session for the team.

• Vitaly’s car was halted when the air supply to the engine was cut off, causing the engine to lose power. At the moment we believe there is no reason to change the engine.

• Both Nick and Vitaly used one set of hard and soft tyres in Q1. Nick used two sets of softs in Q2, while Vitaly used one set.


Formula 1 - Chinese Grand Prix FP3 and Qualifying
Chinese Grand Prix FP3 and Qualifying

"The journey of 1,000 miles starts with one step" Lao Tzu

Weather

Grey, cloudy, dry

Min/max track temperature: 21˚ / 24˚  


Friday, 15 April 2011

Formula 1 - Chinese Grand Prix FP1 and FP2 Report
Chinese Grand Prix FP1 and FP2 Report
"Great acts are made up of small deeds", Lao Tzu 600BC - 531BC

Total laps

FP1
KOV - 13
RAZ - 9

FP2
KOV - 30
TRU - 32

Formula 1 - LRGP Chinese GP 2011 - FP1 and FP2
LRGP Chinese GP 2011 - FP1 and FP2
Nick and Vitaly began their Chinese quest today as free practice got underway at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Lotus News - First Motors TV Lotus on Track show airs this week
First Motors TV Lotus on Track show airs this week
The first in a new series of Lotus-motorsport based programmes airs on Motors TV from this week. Expanding on the popular transmissions featuring LoTRDC races, the new format incorporates additional content in a new magazine show. With a new presenter and much more variation in the content, the show promises a fresher and more entertaining programme than seen previously.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Formula 1 - Malaysian GP 2011 Summary
Malaysian GP 2011 Summary

Total race laps: 56  

Weather: Overcast, cloudy (am), sunny (pm)

Max track temp: 35˚   


Formula 1 - LRGP Malaysian GP
LRGP Malaysian GP

LRGP secured its second podium in as many races to give the Enstone team a flying start to the season

• Second podium in a row podium for LRGP
• Both drivers were on three stops: soft, soft, hard, hard
• Vitaly went off track on lap 52, and after his car hit the curb and took off, the steering column mount broke when landing
• LRGP is now placed fourth in the Constructors’ Championship, 26 points ahead of nearest rival.


Saturday, 9 April 2011

Formula 1 - You Better You Bet - Malaysia GP Saturday 9 April
You Better You Bet - Malaysia GP Saturday 9 April

It was a strong recovery from LRGP after the team showed improvements in final practice before both drivers qualified in the top eight.

• Nick qualified on third row (6th) and Vitaly the fourth row (8th)
• Both drivers did one run for Q1, Q2 and Q3, allowing tyres to be preserved for tomorrow’s race
• The two cars ran on option tyres (soft for the whole of qualifying) and times got faster in each of the qualifying sessions


Formula 1 - Malaysian GP - FP3 and Qualifying
Malaysian GP - FP3 and Qualifying

Total laps

FP3: KOV 19 / TRU 15

QUALIFYING: KOV 8 / TRU 8  

Fastest laps

FP3: KOV 1.39.260, lap 16 / TRU 1.39.699 lap 14

QUALIFYING: KOV 19th, 1.38.645, lap 4 / TRU 20th, 1.38.791, lap 7


Friday, 8 April 2011

Formula 1 - Maybe tomorrow - Malaysia GP Friday 8 April 2011
Maybe tomorrow - Malaysia GP Friday 8 April 2011
What we learned today?
Both cars encountered problems with their front suspension uprights in the first free practice session. After careful analysis, the team identified a material defect linked to a specific batch of components. For the afternoon session, the team reverted to a different batch and ran without any issues.

Formula 1 - FP1 & FP2 Malaysia 2011
FP1 & FP2 Malaysia 2011
Total laps  VAL - 18KOV - 4TRU - 40 (21 FP1 / 19 FP2)

Weather  Grey, cloudy, humid  Min/max track temperature: 32˚/ 49˚

Fastest laps  VAL 1.44.054 (lap 16)TRU 1.41.620 lap 1 FP1KOV 1.44.886 lap 3 FP2


Thursday, 31 March 2011

Formula 1 - Get Your Team Lotus Skin For Mobile Devices
Get Your Team Lotus Skin For Mobile Devices
You can now get your very own Team Lotus livery for your mobile phone, thanks to new team supplier Diabloskinz.

Formula 1 - Tony Fernandes Receives CBE
Tony Fernandes Receives CBE
The Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) award will serve to further facilitate the promotion of commercial and cultural ties between the United Kingdom and Malaysia, says Dato' Sri Tony Fernandes who was honoured with the award by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II here today.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Formula 1 - From Russia with love Australian GP Sunday 27 March
From Russia with love Australian GP Sunday 27 March

LRGP opened its 2011 account in fine style as Vitaly scored his first podium in just his 20th Formula 1 race.

• Both Nick and Vitaly adopted two-stop strategies: soft / soft / hard
• Nick stopped on laps 15 and 30, while Vitaly made his stops on laps 16 and 36.
• Vitaly set his best time on lap 55, while defending his third place from Fernando Alonso
• Vitaly makes history as the first Russian to stand on a Formula 1 podium


Formula 1 - Australian GP 2011 Summary
Australian GP 2011 Summary

General

Total race laps: 58  

Weather: Overcast, cloudy (am), sunny (pm)

Max track temp: 22˚   

Fastest laps: KOV - 1:35.230, lap 16 / TRU - 1.32.550, lap 52


Saturday, 26 March 2011

Formula 1 - LRGP Australian GP Qualifying
LRGP Australian GP Qualifying
It was a day of mixed fortunes for LRGP as Vitaly qualified on the third row, while Nick missed out on a place in Q1 after getting caught up in traffic.

Formula 1 - FP3 and Qualifying Melbourne 2011
FP3 and Qualifying Melbourne 2011

Weather
Grey, cloudy, dry
Min/max track temperature: 19˚ / 20˚  

Total laps
FP3:
KOV 17 / TRU 18
QUALIFYING: KOV 10 / TRU 12    


Friday, 25 March 2011

Formula 1 - LRGP Australian GP Friday 25 March 2011
LRGP Australian GP Friday 25 March 2011
Nick and Vitaly kicked off their 2011 campaigns today as free practice got underway at Melbourne’s Albert Park.

Formula 1 - Albert Park Circuit Melbourne Australia
Albert Park Circuit Melbourne Australia

General

Race laps: 58

Chassis: T128-01 / T128-03


Formula 1 - First day on track at the Australian 2011 Grand Prix
First day on track at the Australian 2011 Grand Prix

Total laps: CHA - 0, KOV - 36 (14 FP1 / 22 FP2), TRU - 23

Weather: Grey, cloudy, rain

Min/max track temperature: 19˚/ 23˚

Fastest laps: CHA n/a / KOV 1.30.829 lap 15 FP2 / TRU 1.30.910 lap 18 FP2


Monday, 21 March 2011

Formula 1 - Karun Chandhok Confirmed as Reserve Driver
Karun Chandhok Confirmed as Reserve Driver
Team Lotus has today finalised its 2011 driver line-up with confirmation that Karun Chandhok is the team's Reserve Driver, joining Race Drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli, Third Driver Luiz Razia and Test Drivers Davide Valsecchi and Ricardo Teixeira in the Anglo / Malaysian team's stable of driving talent.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Club News & Events - Discounts for Members to the Donington Historic Festival
Discounts for Members to the Donington Historic Festival

The Donington Historic Festival is a new annual event that marks the resurgence of this great British circuit and home of our own Club Lotus Show and Festival. It promises to be a fantastic weekend for enthusiasts, with superb on-track action from 300 historic racing cars from the 1930s to the 1980s.

The Festival includes Group C Le Mans sportscars, Porsche 917s and Ferrari GTO’s, pre-War Bentleys, Bugattis and Alfa Romeos and far more besides. There is free paddock access, allowing everyone to get up close to these outstanding racing machines, plus off-track displays and action, Group B rally cars, historic karts, autojumble and memorabilia stalls, cafés, bars and food outlets.


Club News & Events - Piper-Heidsieck Brings Sparkle to the Elise Trophy
Piper-Heidsieck Brings Sparkle to the Elise Trophy
Piper-Heidsieck is delighted to announce it will be the exclusive champagne sponsor of the Elise Trophy during the 2011 racing season.  The popular and vibrant champagne brand has agreed a twelve month sponsorship deal including support of the winner's podium offering first, second and third placed drivers bottles of their multi-award winning champagne.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Club News & Events - Lotus Parts Sale - March 2011
Lotus Parts Sale - March 2011

Lotus Aftersales are holding a spring sale of various classic parts and accessories and a list of these is here.

The majority of these are for Esprit, Elise S1 and S2, Elan M100, 340R and Excel but there are a few items for Elite, Elan and Europa so have a look and see if there's anything you need. You can choose to collect your parts from either Lotus Aftersales on Saturday March 19th of from your local dealer.


Saturday, 12 March 2011

Formula 1 - Team Lotus confirms Razia, Valsecchi and Teixeira in 2011 driver line-up
Team Lotus confirms Razia, Valsecchi and Teixeira in 2011 driver line-up

Team Lotus has today confirmed that Luiz Razia and Davide Valsecchi will be combining their 2011 GP2 Team AirAsia commitments with official roles in Team Lotus, with Luiz Razia as Third Driver and Davide Valsecchi as Test Driver. Ricardo Teixeira also joins as a second Test Driver to continue his long-term development program with the team.

Luiz and Davide will be taking part in a number of Friday practice sessions at selected 2011 Grands Prix and Team Lotus is also working on a number of other exciting driver-related projects which will be announced in due course.


Friday, 11 March 2011

Formula 1 - T04 Barcelona Day 4 Review
T04 Barcelona Day 4 Review

Driver: Heikki Kovalainen

Total laps: 138

Fastest lap: 1.23.437 (lap 36)

Chassis: T128-03


Formula 1 - LRGP Barcelona Final Testing Day Four
LRGP Barcelona Final Testing Day Four

Ideal weather conditions prevailed in Barcelona as Nick wrapped up the team’s pre-season preparations ahead of the Australian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

Driver: Nick
Chassis: R31-01
Fastest Lap: 1:22.073
Position: P4
Total laps: 67


Thursday, 10 March 2011

Formula 1 - T04 Barcelona Day 3 Review
T04 Barcelona Day 3 Review

Drivers: Jarno Trulli (am) / Heikki Kovalainen (pm)

Total laps: 46 (Trulli 6 / Kovalainen 40)
Fastest laps: Jarno Trulli - 1.34.490 (lap 5) / Heikki Kovalainen - 1.23.990 (lap 23)

Chassis: T128-03


Formula 1 - LRGP Barcelona Final Testing Day Three
LRGP Barcelona Final Testing Day Three

Vitaly and Nick shared driving duties again today as the team tested in sunny conditions in Barcelona.

Driver: Vitaly / Nick
Chassis: R31-01
Fastest Lap: Vitaly: 1:24.233 / Nick: 1:23.541
Position: Vitaly: P8 / Nick P6
Total laps: Vitaly: 24 / Nick: 32


Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Formula 1 - LRGP Barcelona Final Testing Day Two
LRGP Barcelona Final Testing Day Two

Vitaly remained in the R31 for day two of the Barcelona test as he clocked up 115 laps to demonstrate a clear step forward in terms of the car’s overall reliability.

Driver: Vitaly
Chassis: R31-01
Fastest Lap: 1:22.670
Position: P3
Total laps: 115


Formula 1 - T04 Barcelona Day 2 Review
T04 Barcelona Day 2 Review

Driver: Jarno Trulli

Chassis: T128-01

Total laps: 98

Fastest lap: 1.26.090(lap 79)


Lotus News - Lotus Engineering Unveils Supercharged Production Range Extender
Lotus Engineering Unveils Supercharged Production Range Extender

The new production Range Extender that has been designed by Lotus Engineering together with Fagor Ederlan will be exhibited at the 81st International Motor Show in Geneva.

The production Lotus Range Extender is an extremely compact, lightweight, low-cost engine and generator, designed specifically for hybrid electric vehicles. The initial concept engine was fitted to the Jaguar Limo Green research vehicle and this new version has been redesigned by Lotus Engineering and Fagor Ederlan to optimise performance and develop the engine for series production.


Lotus News - Concept Lotus Bespoke - Mansory Evora
Concept Lotus Bespoke - Mansory Evora
The Evora customised in collaboration with Mansory is an “Individualisation Concept Car”. It showcases the scope of future Lotus customisation projects and will act as a test-bed for a new individualisation strategy by Lotus. This strategy will result in a cutomisation programme that is largely based on customer feedback and will reflect our new market-driven approach of developing and designing cars.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Formula 1 - T04 Barcelona Day 1 Review
T04 Barcelona Day 1 Review

DRIVERS: Davide Valsecchi (am) / Luiz Razia (pm)

TOTAL LAPS: 81

FASTEST LAPS: Valsecchi - 1.25.406 (lap 45) / Razia - 1.26.723 (lap 73)

CHASSIS: T128-01


Formula 1 - LRGP Barcelona Final Testing Day One
LRGP Barcelona Final Testing Day One

The final pre-season test got underway in Barcelona today. Nick drove this morning, but was suffering with a cold, so Vitaly took over for the afternoon.

Driver: Nick / Vitaly
Chassis: R31-01
Fastest Lap: Nick: 1:24.735 / Vitaly: 1:22.937
Position: Nick P5 / Vitaly P3
Total laps: Nick: 20 / Vitaly: 27


Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Lotus News - HALOsonic: Sound Technology with Vision
HALOsonic: Sound Technology with Vision

Lotus and HARMAN create next generation intelligent pedestrian warning system, integrating the advanced HALOsonic sound synthesis system with video technology.

This cutting-edge enhanced version of the HALOsonic safety system incorporates input from imaging sensors to enhance the quality of the sound synthesis system. HALOsonic has been developed specifically for electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles, and will have its first public demonstration on the Lotus Engineering cutaway hybrid Evora 414Evolution exhibit at the 81st International Motor Show in Geneva.


Lotus News - Evora Enduro - GT Concept
Evora Enduro - GT Concept

The Evora Enduro GT concept car is an evolved version of the podium placing Evora GT4 Endurance.

The Enduro has been developed by Lotus Motorsport under the expert eye of Lead Designer Nicola Scimeca.


Monday, 21 February 2011

Formula 1 - T03 Barcelona - Day Four Review
T03 Barcelona - Day Four Review

Driver: Jarno Trulli / Chassis: T128-01

Fastest lap: 1.29.992 (lap 4)


Formula 1 - LRGP Barcelona Testing Day Four
LRGP Barcelona Testing Day Four

The final day in Barcelona saw Nick back in the R31 as the team wrapped up its third pre-season test session.

Driver: Nick
Chassis: R31-01
Fastest Lap: 1:23.657
Position: P4
Total laps: 95


Sunday, 20 February 2011

Formula 1 - LRGP Barcelona Testing Day Three
LRGP Barcelona Testing Day Three

A damp start in Barcelona turned to sunshine in the afternoon as Vitaly got back behind the wheel of the R31. Nick will be in the car for the final day of testing tomorrow.

Driver: Vitaly
Chassis: R31-01
Fastest Lap: 1:23.463
Position: P2
Total laps: 93


Formula 1 - T03 Barcelona - Day Three Review
T03 Barcelona - Day Three Review

Driver: Jarno Trulli / Chassis: T128-01

Total laps: 48

Fastest lap: 1.25.454 (lap 45)


Saturday, 19 February 2011

Formula 1 - T03 Barcelona - Day Two Review
T03 Barcelona - Day Two Review
DRIVERS: Heikki Kovalainen / Ricardo Teixeira
CHASSIS: T128-01
TOTAL LAPS: 84
WEATHER: Sunny - Min/Max track temp: 7˚/ 17˚
FASTEST LAPS: 1.26.420 (KOV lap 17) / 1.31.584 (TEI  lap 22)

Formula 1 - LRGP Barcelona Testing Day Two
LRGP Barcelona Testing Day Two

It was a more productive day at the track as Vitaly drove the R31 this morning, before Nick took over driving duties in the afternoon.

Drivers: Vitaly / Nick
Chassis: R31-01
Fastest Laps: Vitaly: 1:26.884 / Nick 1:24.242
Position: P11 Vitaly & P5 Nick
Total laps: 61 for Vitaly & 41 for Nick


Friday, 18 February 2011

Formula 1 - T03 Barcelona - Day One Review
T03 Barcelona - Day One Review
Driver: Heikki Kovalainen / Chassis: T128-01
Weather: Grey, cloudy (am) / sunny (pm)
Min/Max track temp: 6˚/ 25˚
Fastest lap: 1.30.065 (lap 37)

Lotus News - Lotus Elise Club Racer - Maximum Fun, Minimum Collateral - Geneva Motorshow 2011
Lotus Elise Club Racer - Maximum Fun, Minimum Collateral - Geneva Motorshow 2011
Anyone harbouring under the misapprehension that Lotus might be moving away from performance through lightweight only needs to take a quick ride in the new 1.6 Lotus Elise Club Racer to know that’s definitely not the case. The bright engineers at Lotus put even the lightest of Lotus’ modern cars on a diet and managed to shed a further 24kg.

Formula 1 - LRGP Barcelona Testing Day One
LRGP Barcelona Testing Day One

Nick and Vitaly got behind the wheel of the R31 today in Barcelona. Despite a problem with the KERS, which took most of the day to solve and prevented the team from completing its scheduled programme, both drivers managed some useful pit stops practice.

Drivers: Nick / Vitaly
Chassis: R31-01
Fastest Laps: Nick 1:44.324 / Vitaly: 1:35.173
Position: P13 Nick & P12 Vitaly
Total laps: 27 for Nick & 20 for Vitaly


Thursday, 17 February 2011

Club News & Events - A Tribute to Ron Hickman
A Tribute to Ron Hickman
It’s our sad duty to report that Ron Hickman died in a Jersey hospital on Thursday morning, 17th February. He was 78 and had been unwell since suffering a fall last autumn and his health sadly deteriorated in recent weeks.

Ron will probably be best known to Lotus enthusiasts as the man who created the legendary Elan but he also played a key role in designing the revolutionary Type 14 Elite. The Elite’s glassfibre monocoque was a groundbreaking piece of design and established Lotus Cars as manufacturers of world beating sports racing cars.

Formula 1 - Jody Egginton - TL Profile
Jody Egginton - TL Profile

IT'S IN THE BLOOD

My father was involved in motorsport as a Driver and Mechanic so right from an early age I spent endless weekends at race events helping out, as a result there was always a high probability motorsport engineering would become my profession.


Monday, 14 February 2011

Formula 1 - LRGP Photos from Jerez
LRGP Photos from Jerez
Some photos from testing in Jerez last week - courtesy of Lotus Renault GP

Lotus News - Is It Always Wise to CUSTOMISE?
Is It Always Wise to CUSTOMISE?

Who: Lotus

What: The multi-award winning Lotus Evora as you’ve never seen it before.

Where: The Lotus stand, Geneva Motor Show, Hall 1, Stand 1031

When: 2.15pm, Tuesday 1st March 2011


Club News & Events - Lotus Excel Motorhome - BBC Top Gear Style
Lotus Excel Motorhome - BBC Top Gear Style
If you missed this on BBC Top Gear you can watch again as this has been released on the BBC Top Gear Website (UK Internet Users Only) - James May converts a Lotus Excel into a motorhome ....

Formula 1 - T02 Jerez - Heikki In Pictures
T02 Jerez - Heikki In Pictures
A random set of pictures courtesy of Team Lotus from 2 days of testing in Jerez for Heikki Kovalainen

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Formula 1 - Jerez Test, Day 4: Mileage for Bruno
Jerez Test, Day 4: Mileage for Bruno

Bruno Senna enjoyed his first experience of the R31 today as the team gave the Brazilian mileage on the final day of testing in Jerez.

Driver: Bruno
Chassis: R31-01
Fastest Lap: 1:21.400
Position: P5
Total laps: 68


Formula 1 - T02 Jerez - Day Four Report
T02 Jerez - Day Four Report

Driver: Heikki Kovalainen / Chassis: T128-01

Total laps: 43 / Fastest lap: 1.21.632 (lap 42)


Saturday, 12 February 2011

Formula 1 - T02 Jerez - Day Three Report
T02 Jerez - Day Three Report

Driver: Heikki Kovalainen / Chassis: T128-01

Total laps: 61 / Fastest lap: 1.21.711 (lap 60)


Formula 1 - Jerez Test, Day 3: Nick goes quickest
Jerez Test, Day 3: Nick goes quickest

Nick Heidfeld got his first taste of the R31 today in Jerez and ended session at the top of the timesheets.

Driver: Nick
Chassis: R31-01
Fastest Lap: 1:20.361
Position: P1
Total laps: 86


Friday, 11 February 2011

Formula 1 - T02 Jerez - Day Two Report
T02 Jerez - Day Two Report

Driver: Jarno Trulli / Chassis: T128-01

Total test laps 11/02/11: 40
Fastest lap: 1.23.220 (lap 6)
Weather: Dry, sunny - Min/Max track temp: 11˚/ 30.6˚


Formula 1 - Jerez Test, Day 2: KERS and brake work for Vitaly
Jerez Test, Day 2: KERS and brake work for Vitaly

Vitaly remained in the R31 today as the team completed 65 laps in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

Driver: Vitaly
Chassis: R31-01
Fastest Lap: 1:22.493
Position: P9
Total laps: 65


Thursday, 10 February 2011

Formula 1 - T02 Jerez - Day One Report
T02 Jerez - Day One Report

End of first test day in Jerez.

Driver: Jarno Trulli / Chassis: T128-01

Total laps: 54 / fastest lap: 1.24.480 (lap 46)


Formula 1 - Jerez Test, Day 1: Vitaly gets things underway
Jerez Test, Day 1: Vitaly gets things underway

Vitaly was back in the R31 as the team got its second winter test underway in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

Driver: Vitaly
Chassis: R31-01
Fastest Lap: 1:23.504
Position: P8
Total laps: 57


Formula 1 - Let's Get Started in HD
Let's Get Started in HD
Team Lotus official production release on YouTube video from the final day in Valencia last week. Well worth a watch.

Formula 1 - T128 Jerez Jarno On Track at 0900
T128 Jerez Jarno On Track at 0900
Enjoy some pictures from Team Lotus from today's testing in Jerez.

More will be added during the day.

Formula 1 - LRGP Jerez Test Driver Line-Up
LRGP Jerez Test Driver Line-Up
Lotus Renault GP has revised its driver line-up for this week's test session in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain after Robert Kucia's accident at the weekend.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Formula 1 - Quotes from Valencia Testing
Quotes from Valencia Testing
RICARDO TEIXEIRA: “I want to thank Team Lotus for giving me the chance to drive the T128 today. I am really pleased I could help out with the filming this morning and after my first taste of an F1 car I can't wait to have another go.”

You can checkout some of the filming here

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Formula 1 - Robert Kubica injured in crash this morning - Source - Reuters
Robert Kubica injured in crash this morning - Source - Reuters

* Kubica crashes in rally in Italy

* Italian news agency says he is seriously injured

* Renault say he is conscious, in hospital


Formula 1 - Tony Fernandes awarded CBE by Queen Elizabeth II
Tony Fernandes awarded CBE by Queen Elizabeth II
Tony Fernandes ,Team Lotus Team Principal, AirAsia Group CEO and Malaysia's iconic entrepreneur, has been awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire honour by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Formula 1 - T128 Videos From Valencia
T128 Videos From Valencia
Some YouTube videos from Valencia - as Team Lotus release them we will keep adding them to the news story.

Formula 1 - T128 & Jarno Trulli Photos from Valencia
T128 & Jarno Trulli Photos from Valencia
More photos of the T128 in action at the hands of Jarno during his stint on day 3 in Valencia.

Formula 1 - T128 & Heikki Kovalainen Photos from Valencia
T128 & Heikki Kovalainen Photos from Valencia
Thought we'd share some photos of the T128 in action at the hands of Heikki during his short stint on day 2 in Valencia.

Lotus News - The Day of Reckoning in the IPR battle draws nearer
The Day of Reckoning in the IPR battle draws nearer
Chris Sawyer, Executive Editor of US-based website Cars In Context, reflects upon this week’s developments in the dispute over the IPRs to the Team Lotus Trade Marks in an inciteful article on AROnline. Check out what he has to say here.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Formula 1 - Valencia Test, Day 3: LRGP fastest in Valencia
Valencia Test, Day 3: LRGP fastest in Valencia

What we learned today:
- The team measured the downforce produced by the car with some aero runs this morning. This involves running the car at constant speed on the straight. Everything ties up well with the wind tunnel figures.

- Initial set-up work was very productive and the team found some good directions.


Formula 1 - T128 Jarno Trulli - Test Day 3 Valencia
T128 Jarno Trulli - Test Day 3 Valencia
JARNO TRULLI: "It has been a very positive first day, despite the fact we deliberately didn't set any meaningful laptimes as the car is missing a few parts that will be with us tomorrow. Nevertheless, the car feels great - it has good grip and today we were able to concentrate on carrying out work on the systems which we were going to have to do at some point anyway. Now we can concentrate on building up the performance levels tomorrow and in the next tests, so while it's a shame I couldn't have a full taste of the car, it was still a very positive first day in the new car."

Lotus News - Bruno Senna joins Group Lotus Family
Bruno Senna joins Group Lotus Family
Lotus Renault GP ’s latest signing takes on development role for Group Lotus

The iconic Senna name is once again united with Lotus as Bruno Senna signs with Lotus Renault GP as third driver and also becomes the latest ambassador for Group Lotus. Bruno’s test driving role with Group Lotus is very development focussed and will see him provide valuable input into all Lotus cars, both track and road.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Formula 1 - Valencia Test, Day 2: Robert's first taste of the R31
Valencia Test, Day 2: Robert's first taste of the R31
What we learned today:
- Robert ran with a new steering wheel design and felt happy with the new button layout, which makes it easier to manage the heavy workload associated with KERS and the adjustable rear wing....

Lotus News - Lotus Cup: All For One And One For All!
Lotus Cup: All For One And One For All!
Over the years, the Lotus Cup Race Series has developed into one of the most successful race series brands in the world, often with capacity grids of Elise, Exige, 2-Eleven and Europa race cars racing and jostling for position. Previously operated from several countries in Europe and Japan, the Lotus Cup has now expanded considerably to include the USA, UK and Eastern Europe.

Formula 1 - T128-01 Heikki Kovalainen - Test Day 2 Valencia
T128-01 Heikki Kovalainen - Test Day 2 Valencia
HEIKKI KOVALAINEN: “Despite the limited running today the car felt fantastic. It immediately felt like it was much better balanced than last year’s car and the grip level felt ok, but it’s a bit hard to make any real judgements as we weren’t going for performance. Today was basically our shakedown and we managed to get through most of the checks we’d aimed to – it wasn’t about pushing today, it was about checking the systems and making sure the new engine, gearbox and hydraulics are all working as we want them to. The whole team has had a very busy winter and everybody has been working flat out to make sure we could be at the first test of the season which wasn’t the case last year. This morning we were the first car out on track and that’s been the story all winter – we’ve hit all our targets and it was the same today.”

Formula 1 - R31 Pics from Valencia
R31 Pics from Valencia
Some pictures from Lotus Renault GP taken at Valencia pre-season testing day 1

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Formula 1 - Lotus Renault GP Launches R31
Lotus Renault GP Launches R31
No mix up with car numbering, model types or anything - this is an R31 (the R standing for Renault .... say no more!). For all you Lotus fans a very well designed, engineered and tested badge sits on the front.

Monday, 31 January 2011

Formula 1 - T128 / TL11 Launched Online
T128 / TL11 Launched Online
Here it is ....

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Formula 1 - Team Lotus to launch 2011 F1 Car Online 31st January 05:00 GMT
Team Lotus to launch 2011 F1 Car Online 31st January 05:00 GMT
Team Lotus will launch its 2011 car, the TL11, exclusively free and online in the Team Lotus Notes magazine at 0500 (GMT) on Monday 31st January via www.teamlotus.co.uk

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Lotus News - Murky waters stir ..... Group Lotus & Proton Also Delighted !?
Murky waters stir ..... Group Lotus & Proton Also Delighted !?
Group Lotus and Proton are delighted with the outcome of yesterday’s hearing in which the Judge ordered a full trial of this matter to be heard as soon as possible given the proximity of the start of the new 2011 Formula 1™ season in a few weeks. The trial has been fixed at the English High Court for 21 March 2011.

Formula 1 - Team Lotus delighted with Summary Judgment Application hearing 24th January 2011
Team Lotus delighted with Summary Judgment Application hearing 24th January 2011
Team Lotus is delighted that we were successful at the Summary Judgment Application hearing today and that the Judge threw out Group Lotus' application even before hearing the arguments of the barristers on either side.

Club News & Events - Seen at Brooklands ....
Seen at Brooklands ....
Seen at Brooklands .... two Lotus Elans at the Brooklands Breakfast in January 2011.

Lotus News - Lotus launches luxury lifestyle concept - Lotus Originals
Lotus launches luxury lifestyle concept - Lotus Originals

Who Says You Can't Buy Style?

February 2011 will mark the launch of new luxury lifestyle brand, Lotus Originals. Inspired by the Lotus DNA of innovation and design excellence, the debut collection is a range of performance outerwear, refined, luxury knitwear and leather goods that reflect the craftsmanship, heritage and spirit of Lotus. Lotus Originals will be exclusively available from the Lotus website (www.lotusoriginals.com) from February.


Monday, 24 January 2011

Formula 1 - Team Lotus / Group Lotus date set for full trial in F1 naming row
Team Lotus / Group Lotus date set for full trial in F1 naming row
Team Lotus / Group Lotus date set for full trial in F1 naming row - 21st March 2011 date set by Mr Justice Peter Smith

Lotus News - Mansell Back On Track with Lotus in The Lotus Type 125
Mansell Back On Track with Lotus in The Lotus Type 125
Three decades after his F1 debut in a Lotus, Former F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell OBE takes to the track in the Lotus Type 125. Lotus Motorsport are delighted to announce a new ambassador in the form of Nigel Mansell. Mansell will also complete the Type 125 test driver line-up as he joins fellow former F1 driver Jean Alesi and Lotus factory driver James Rossiter to put the F1 inspired customer race car through its paces at Yas Marina Circuit™ in Abu Dhabi this week.

Formula 1 - Fairuz Fauzy joins Lotus Renault GP for 2011
Fairuz Fauzy joins Lotus Renault GP for 2011
Lotus Renault GP is pleased to announce Fairuz Fauzy as a reserve driver for the 2011 season.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Lotus News - Lotus Type 125 Track Debut
Lotus Type 125 Track Debut
Jean Alesi and James Rossiter put the F1 inspired race machine through its paces at the Autodromo di Vallelunga
Lotus’ F1 inspired customer race car, the Type 125, had its first official run out at the Italian track earlier this week as F1 legend Jean Alesi and Lotus factory driver James Rossiter completed over 200 kilometres during the two day test.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Lotus News - Lotus Celebrates Dubai Debut & More
Lotus Celebrates Dubai Debut & More
Lotus Evora GT4 Endurance on the podium in Dubai whilst the Lotus stand at Autosport International  wins 'Best Stand' award

Lotus News - Team Elise Trophy Complete the Dubai 24 Hour Race
Team Elise Trophy Complete the Dubai 24 Hour Race
With the smallest budget, lightest and least powerful car on the grid, Team Elise Trophy finished in 46th place out of 84 starters and most importantly saw the chequered flag in the Dubai 24 Hours this weekend. The road legal 160bhp car of 2000 vintage is a regular in the club motorsport scene, having been driven by the likes of Martin Donnelly, Andy Green and Jake Humphrey.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Club News & Events - Club Lotus Show & Festival 2011 - Donington Park August 13th & 14th
Club Lotus Show & Festival 2011 - Donington Park August 13th & 14th
We've brought our 2011 show forward by one week from the date we announced last month. This is because the Elise Trophy race meeting at Donington was recently changed from 20/21 August to the weekend of 13/14 August and it therefore makes sense to similarly move the show forward one week.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Formula 1 - Team Lotus Now To Race In Green & Gold
Team Lotus Now To Race In Green & Gold
Team Lotus has decided to revert to green and gold colours in the latest twist in the ongoing dispute between themselves and Group Lotus. This is a variation on the green and yellow colour scheme they used in their debut season in 2010 when they competed as Lotus Racing .

Friday, 10 December 2010

Club News & Events - Hockenheim Historic - April 15th to 17th 2011
Hockenheim Historic - April 15th to 17th 2011
Lotus will again be the highlight at the 2011 Hockenheim Historic classic race meeting, formerly the Jim Clark Revival, on April 15 to 17 2011.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Formula 1 - Lotus Racing Announce Renault Engine Partnership For 2011
Lotus Racing Announce Renault Engine Partnership For 2011
Today's announcement by Bernard Rey, President of Renault Sport, of the engine partnership with Renault from the 2011 season and beyond finally confirms one of the most interesting stories of the 2010 Formula One™ season and is a clear sign of the strength of the Anglo & Malaysian team's ambitions to move up the grid as quickly as possible. Team Principal Tony Fernandes, Chief Technical Officer Mike Gascoyne and Chief Executive Officer Riad Asmat gave their thoughts on the announcement today.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Lotus News - Lotus Cup UK - A New Lotus Championship for 2011
Lotus Cup UK - A New Lotus Championship for 2011
Lotus on Track Racing Drivers Club ( LoTRDC ), in conjunction with Motorsport Vision Racing (MSVR), are pleased to announce the formation of a new championship for the 2011 season: Lotus Cup UK

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Formula 1 - Lotus Racing Announces Red Bull Technology Gearbox and Hydraulic Systems Partnership
Lotus Racing Announces Red Bull Technology Gearbox and Hydraulic Systems Partnership
Lotus Racing has today announced that the Anglo-Malaysian squad has agreed a deal with Red Bull Technology for the supply of gearboxes and hydraulic systems from the 2011 season and beyond. The announcement marks the next critical building block in the process of stepping up the team’s challenge for honours in the FIA Formula One™ World Championship and is a major statement of intent about their future aspirations.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Classic Team Lotus - Jim Clark Memorial Fund Donations
Jim Clark Memorial Fund Donations
Jim Clark lost his life on 7th April 1968 in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim when his car left the road and struck a tree alongside the track. Jim was Lotus' greatest driver; he won 25 Grand Prix between 1962 and 1968, was World Champion in 1963 and 1965 and won the Indianapolis 500 in 1965 as well as numerous sports and saloon car races. Many still regard Jimmy as the best racing driver the sport has seen.
There has been a rudimentary memorial at the present day Hockenheim circuit established ...

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Lotus News - Paris Motor Show 2010 - Lotus Announces 5 New Cars Plus 2 New Evora Versions
Paris Motor Show 2010 - Lotus Announces 5 New Cars Plus 2 New Evora Versions
In a world first for an automotive manufacturer, Lotus today unveiled an entire new product line up and introduced the world to the new Lotus lifestyle. At exactly 16.45 CET on September 30th 2010, via a live global webcast, surrounded by the world's press, Lotus made the ultimate statement of intent. Five new cars, two evolutions of existing models and a concept car. A flashy new website and a range of merchandise featuring not one, not two, but three separate clothing ranges. There's so much to take in that we thought we'd keep the post event words simple. We'll start by letting the man behind the vision do the talking; here's what Lotus CEO Dany Bahar had to say:

Lotus News - The New Elite - Arrives 2014
The New Elite - Arrives 2014
A New British Expression of Exclusivity
Look up elegant in the dictionary and you'll find variations on the following
1. dignified grace in appearance, movement, or behaviour
2. superb taste in design, style
3. something elegant; the ultimate refinement

Lotus News - The New Evora 'S' & 'IPS'
The New Evora 'S' & 'IPS'
Lotus announced the latest evolution of the award winning Evora at the Paris Motor Show - the Evora S and Evora IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) option.

Lotus News - The New Elise - Arrives 2015
The New Elise - Arrives 2015

Oh yes, here it is! There's still room for the Elise at Lotus but what a difference a decade or two makes. The Elise due for release in 2015 is a sexy, agile beast of a car. Finally the Elise comes of age.

Lotus News - The New Esprit - Arrives Spring 2013
The New Esprit - Arrives Spring 2013

The Icon Is Back

The most eagerly anticipated Lotus makes its return. Without doubt, this is the car that the true Lotus aficionados have been waiting for: The ultimate Lotus.


Lotus News - New Eterne - Arrives Spring 2015
New Eterne - Arrives Spring 2015

The Statement of Intent

Enter the Eterne, the four door super saloon from Lotus. If the Elite is elegance incarnate then the Eterne is elegance redefined.


Lotus News - New Elan - Arrives Autumn 2013
New Elan - Arrives Autumn 2013
The End of Compromise

As the old saying goes, you can’t have your cake and eat it. In the past we were educated to believe we can’t have it all. But that was the past. Today’s driver demands more and the Elan delivers.


Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Club News & Events - The 2010 Racing Lotus Film Festival, Eynsham Hall, November 13th & 14th
The 2010 Racing Lotus Film Festival, Eynsham Hall, November 13th & 14th
The Racing Lotus Film Festival is focused around Lotus and includes plenty of archive film to keep you entertained! We will be marking several anniversaries this year, including 40 years since Jochen Rindt's World Championship victory, 40 years of the Lotus 72 and 50 years of Lotus 18 victories.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Club News & Events - Elan M100 'A' Pillar seals still available
Elan M100 'A' Pillar seals still available
Good news for all Elan M100 owners with 'A' pillar water leaks. Lotus Cars have just taken delivery of a consignment of replacement rubber seals (part nos B100V0117F & 118F A Pillar Seals).

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Lotus Parts Sale Aug 2015

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