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  1. Sad news - Howard Hartley

    Some sad news, I received the following from Ruth his wife. Howard was a great guy and will be very much missed for all the help and support he gave MLOC, he loved Lotus and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
  2. Group Lotus plc is delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Popham as Senior Vice President – Commercial Operations for Group Lotus and CEO – Lotus Sports Cars, effective from 01 October 2018. Phil will report to Group Lotus plc CEO, Mr Feng Qingfeng. Phil joins Lotus from Sunseeker International where he held the role of CEO for four years. Prior to Sunseeker, he was part of the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) executive team for 9 years with global responsibility for commercial operations. The arrival of Phil Popham is the latest in a series of high level appointments at Lotus, from both the global automotive industry and from within Lotus. A new business and operating structure has been put in place and the Lotus business is now set for the next stage of its future growth and global expansion. Mr Feng Qingfeng welcomes Phil to Lotus, “I am delighted that Phil has joined Lotus at this important time in our 70 year history. We are growing the Lotus business not only at our Headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk but also worldwide so the foundations are laid to become a globally competitive brand and a well recognised leader in the sports car market.” Phil Popham said, “I have spent my career working with, and have a passion for famous British luxury, high tech and pioneering brands and Lotus, with its amazing history, definitely fits into that category. I am looking forward to being part of the team that will drive the substantial future growth of the Lotus business.”
  3. Group Lotus plc is delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Popham as Senior Vice President – Commercial Operations for Group Lotus and CEO – Lotus Sports Cars, effective from 01 October 2018. Phil will report to Group Lotus plc CEO, Mr Feng Qingfeng. Phil joins Lotus from Sunseeker International where he held the role of CEO for four years. Prior to Sunseeker, he was part of the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) executive team for 9 years with global responsibility for commercial operations. The arrival of Phil Popham is the latest in a series of high level appointments at Lotus, from both the global automotive industry and from within Lotus. A new business and operating structure has been put in place and the Lotus business is now set for the next stage of its future growth and global expansion. Mr Feng Qingfeng welcomes Phil to Lotus, “I am delighted that Phil has joined Lotus at this important time in our 70 year history. We are growing the Lotus business not only at our Headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk but also worldwide so the foundations are laid to become a globally competitive brand and a well recognised leader in the sports car market.” Phil Popham said, “I have spent my career working with, and have a passion for famous British luxury, high tech and pioneering brands and Lotus, with its amazing history, definitely fits into that category. I am looking forward to being part of the team that will drive the substantial future growth of the Lotus business.”
  4. • Unique Jim Clark special edition Evora GT410 Sport created to raise funds for the Jim Clark Trust • Based on Clark’s famous Lotus Elan road car with matching colour scheme and trim • Unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 • The 100,000th Lotus sports car built • Enter the competition now at www.jimclarklotus.com In a fitting tribute to one of the most successful racing drivers of all time, the Jim Clark Trust has launched a competition to win the 100,000th Lotus sports car built - a one off Jim Clark special edition Lotus Evora GT410 Sport. Commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1968 and unveiled at the world famous motoring event in the presence the Duke of Richmond, Group Lotus’ Chief Executive Officer Mr. Feng Qingfeng and Trustees of the charity, the unique vehicle will be offered as the ultimate prize for enthusiasts in a competition organised by the Jim Clark Trust - the official charity of this years’ Goodwood Festival of Speed. The charity competition, which can be entered at www.jimclarklotus.com, gives participants the chance to own a truly landmark Lotus while raising funds to help complete the new Jim Clark Museum. Proudly supporting the Trust, the British sports car manufacturer has designated the Jim Clark special edition its 100,000th car, and production of the unique model coincided with Lotus’ 70th anniversary celebrations at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Jim Clark Trust is marking the 50th anniversary of Clark’s tragic death while competing at Hockenheim. Formula 1 World Champion in 1963 and 1965, and the winner on the Indianapolis 500 in 1965, Clark made 72 Grand Prix starts, took 25 wins and 33 pole positions - all behind the wheel of a Lotus. Today Clark is recognised as not only the greatest driver of his generation but also one of the sport’s true icons, and the Jim Clark Trust is currently working on the new and expanded museum in the racer’s home town of Duns, due to open in 2019. Inspired by the red Lotus Elan driven by Clark in the 1960s, registration number 997 NUR, the new Evora GT410 Sport has been hand built at Lotus’ Hethel site – the home of the company for the last 50 years. Echoing the original car’s colour scheme, with red paintwork, a silver roof and silver wheels, plus tartan upholstery, it commemorates the legacy of the one of motorsport’s most enduring figures. The car also carries Clark’s signature on each rear buttress. Entrusted to the Formula 1 World Campion by Lotus founder Colin Chapman, the first production Lotus Elan (Type 26, Chassis 001) was Clark’s company car, and he regularly made the commute from the racing team’s then base is in Cheshunt, just outside London, to his family home in Duns, in the Scottish Borders. A trip of roughly 350 miles each way, Clark clocked up around 15,500 miles in a year, leaving the car with the team when he was away racing. His Grace the Duke of Richmond commented, “It’s fantastic to see the crowds here at Festival of Speed so engaged and excited to remember Jim Clark and celebrate his achievements in our Silver Jubilee year. The stunning Jim Clark special edition Evora is a fitting tribute to a legendary man and his iconic Elan. Clark’s exploits on track were very special indeed and we are proud to launch this competition here at Goodwood.” Launched in Lotus’ 70th year, the Evora GT410 Sport is a winning blend of raw ability and style. Drawing from its more potent stablemate, the Evora GT430, it incorporates many high performance elements yet retains a subtler, understated profile. The Evora GT410 Sport is powered by a specially calibrated and tuned higher-output version of Lotus’ supercharged, 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine. With an integrated water-to-air charge cooler, it produces 410 hp at 7000 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 3500 rpm, allowing the Evora GT410 Sport to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Continuing a linage of lightweight car design, that can trace its roots back to Clark’s 1960’s Elan S2 and beyond, the development of the Evora GT410 Sport allowed Lotus the opportunity to optimise mass, resulting in a lightest possible dry weight of just 1,256 kg. Standard carbon fibre composite components include the front access panel, roof panel and a one-piece louvered tailgate with integrated spoiler, as well as the elements within the front air blade system and rear wheel exit ports. In keeping with Lotus’ philosophy of maximising aerodynamics to match the car’s personality, the GT-class coupe generates up to 96kg of downforce, providing better handling and stability at high speeds. Lotus at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 Lotus celebrated its 70th anniversary at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 as an Automotive Partner of the event. This year’s Festival allowed visitors to see outstanding cars from the marques’ past running the Hill. This included Jim Clark’s World Championship winning Lotus Type 25, Graham Hill’s World Championship winning Lotus Type 49, Ayton Senna’s first F1 race winning car, the Lotus 97T, and the revolutionary Lotus Type 56 gas turbine Indycar. Acting as the centre of the celebrations, Lotus’ current line-up of sports cars were displayed on the company’s stand in the main exhibitors’ space. This included the Celebration Exige Type 79, which appeared with a Type 79 racing car campaigned by Mario Andretti as part of his Championship winning year. The second of two Celebration cars for Goodwood, the Exige Type 49, featured in the First Glance paddock and drove the Hillclimb route all weekend. Competing in the timed shootout on Saturday afternoon, the Exige Type 49 set an impressive 53.51 seconds.
  5. • Unique Jim Clark special edition Evora GT410 Sport created to raise funds for the Jim Clark Trust • Based on Clark’s famous Lotus Elan road car with matching colour scheme and trim • Unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 • The 100,000th Lotus sports car built • Enter the competition now at www.jimclarklotus.com In a fitting tribute to one of the most successful racing drivers of all time, the Jim Clark Trust has launched a competition to win the 100,000th Lotus sports car built - a one off Jim Clark special edition Lotus Evora GT410 Sport. Commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1968 and unveiled at the world famous motoring event in the presence the Duke of Richmond, Group Lotus’ Chief Executive Officer Mr. Feng Qingfeng and Trustees of the charity, the unique vehicle will be offered as the ultimate prize for enthusiasts in a competition organised by the Jim Clark Trust - the official charity of this years’ Goodwood Festival of Speed. The charity competition, which can be entered at www.jimclarklotus.com, gives participants the chance to own a truly landmark Lotus while raising funds to help complete the new Jim Clark Museum. Proudly supporting the Trust, the British sports car manufacturer has designated the Jim Clark special edition its 100,000th car, and production of the unique model coincided with Lotus’ 70th anniversary celebrations at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Jim Clark Trust is marking the 50th anniversary of Clark’s tragic death while competing at Hockenheim. Formula 1 World Champion in 1963 and 1965, and the winner on the Indianapolis 500 in 1965, Clark made 72 Grand Prix starts, took 25 wins and 33 pole positions - all behind the wheel of a Lotus. Today Clark is recognised as not only the greatest driver of his generation but also one of the sport’s true icons, and the Jim Clark Trust is currently working on the new and expanded museum in the racer’s home town of Duns, due to open in 2019. Inspired by the red Lotus Elan driven by Clark in the 1960s, registration number 997 NUR, the new Evora GT410 Sport has been hand built at Lotus’ Hethel site – the home of the company for the last 50 years. Echoing the original car’s colour scheme, with red paintwork, a silver roof and silver wheels, plus tartan upholstery, it commemorates the legacy of the one of motorsport’s most enduring figures. The car also carries Clark’s signature on each rear buttress. Entrusted to the Formula 1 World Campion by Lotus founder Colin Chapman, the first production Lotus Elan (Type 26, Chassis 001) was Clark’s company car, and he regularly made the commute from the racing team’s then base is in Cheshunt, just outside London, to his family home in Duns, in the Scottish Borders. A trip of roughly 350 miles each way, Clark clocked up around 15,500 miles in a year, leaving the car with the team when he was away racing. His Grace the Duke of Richmond commented, “It’s fantastic to see the crowds here at Festival of Speed so engaged and excited to remember Jim Clark and celebrate his achievements in our Silver Jubilee year. The stunning Jim Clark special edition Evora is a fitting tribute to a legendary man and his iconic Elan. Clark’s exploits on track were very special indeed and we are proud to launch this competition here at Goodwood.” Launched in Lotus’ 70th year, the Evora GT410 Sport is a winning blend of raw ability and style. Drawing from its more potent stablemate, the Evora GT430, it incorporates many high performance elements yet retains a subtler, understated profile. The Evora GT410 Sport is powered by a specially calibrated and tuned higher-output version of Lotus’ supercharged, 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine. With an integrated water-to-air charge cooler, it produces 410 hp at 7000 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 3500 rpm, allowing the Evora GT410 Sport to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Continuing a linage of lightweight car design, that can trace its roots back to Clark’s 1960’s Elan S2 and beyond, the development of the Evora GT410 Sport allowed Lotus the opportunity to optimise mass, resulting in a lightest possible dry weight of just 1,256 kg. Standard carbon fibre composite components include the front access panel, roof panel and a one-piece louvered tailgate with integrated spoiler, as well as the elements within the front air blade system and rear wheel exit ports. In keeping with Lotus’ philosophy of maximising aerodynamics to match the car’s personality, the GT-class coupe generates up to 96kg of downforce, providing better handling and stability at high speeds. Lotus at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 Lotus celebrated its 70th anniversary at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 as an Automotive Partner of the event. This year’s Festival allowed visitors to see outstanding cars from the marques’ past running the Hill. This included Jim Clark’s World Championship winning Lotus Type 25, Graham Hill’s World Championship winning Lotus Type 49, Ayton Senna’s first F1 race winning car, the Lotus 97T, and the revolutionary Lotus Type 56 gas turbine Indycar. Acting as the centre of the celebrations, Lotus’ current line-up of sports cars were displayed on the company’s stand in the main exhibitors’ space. This included the Celebration Exige Type 79, which appeared with a Type 79 racing car campaigned by Mario Andretti as part of his Championship winning year. The second of two Celebration cars for Goodwood, the Exige Type 49, featured in the First Glance paddock and drove the Hillclimb route all weekend. Competing in the timed shootout on Saturday afternoon, the Exige Type 49 set an impressive 53.51 seconds.
  6. • Elisa Artioli returns to Lotus 22 years after launch of Elise • Lotus Elise named after Elisa • Surprise reunion with the first ever production line built Lotus Elise • Lotus visit includes her first-ever track laps in a Lotus Reunited with the iconic car that bears her name, Elisa Artioli paid tribute to one of the most renowned and lightweight sports cars ever made, the Lotus Elise, and drove her first ever laps of the Hethel test track. Returning to the home of Lotus in Hethel, Elisa was reunited with the second Elise ever built, and the first built down the production line, a car with which she was photographed 1996. As well as the surprise reunion with the Elise, she took to the famous Hethel test track for a series of laps behind the wheel in a Lotus Exige Sport 410 and Evora GT410 Sport. The granddaughter of Lotus’ then Chairman, Romano Artioli, Elisa was the original inspiration for the car’s name, and was present for its launch in 1995.
  7. • Elisa Artioli returns to Lotus 22 years after launch of Elise • Lotus Elise named after Elisa • Surprise reunion with the first ever production line built Lotus Elise • Lotus visit includes her first-ever track laps in a Lotus Reunited with the iconic car that bears her name, Elisa Artioli paid tribute to one of the most renowned and lightweight sports cars ever made, the Lotus Elise, and drove her first ever laps of the Hethel test track. Returning to the home of Lotus in Hethel, Elisa was reunited with the second Elise ever built, and the first built down the production line, a car with which she was photographed 1996. As well as the surprise reunion with the Elise, she took to the famous Hethel test track for a series of laps behind the wheel in a Lotus Exige Sport 410 and Evora GT410 Sport. The granddaughter of Lotus’ then Chairman, Romano Artioli, Elisa was the original inspiration for the car’s name, and was present for its launch in 1995.
  8. The latest in a series of high profile appointments, Group Lotus is pleased to announce that Uday Senapati joins the iconic British sports car marque. Uday joins Lotus as the company undergoes the next stage of its growth and return to prominence, under the leadership of Group Lotus’ Chief Executive Officer, Feng Qingfeng. Further confirming the Norfolk brand’s commitment to excellence, and attracting new talent to Hethel. Well-known and respected within the industry, Uday will take responsibility for Product Strategy and Management for all current and future product lines, including digital products and services. Prior to joining Lotus, Uday started his career as an automotive engineer, specializing in automotive refinement, aerodynamics and vehicle engineering. Moving quickly into technical management roles at both GM and JLR he most recently held senior management positions at Bentley Motors Ltd, based in Crewe, England. Speaking of the announcement, Feng Qingfeng welcomed Uday to the team, “With a wealth of experience in the automotive sector Uday has a proven record of leading successful teams in premium segment automotive companies. At Lotus he will take the lead in developing and delivering our product plans and he will play a vital role as Lotus continues to challenge conventions and innovate as it looks to the future.” Uday Senapati said, “Lotus has a tremendous sporting and racing heritage and is in the enviable position of having produced some of the world’s most iconic sports cars. To be able to work closely with some of the best people in the industry on bringing the next generation of advanced high-performance vehicles to market is immensely exciting and I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead.” Uday Senapati holds a BEng (Hons) - Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Pune, India, an MSc – Acoustics degree from Southampton University and an MBA from Manchester Business School.
  9. The latest in a series of high profile appointments, Group Lotus is pleased to announce that Uday Senapati joins the iconic British sports car marque. Uday joins Lotus as the company undergoes the next stage of its growth and return to prominence, under the leadership of Group Lotus’ Chief Executive Officer, Feng Qingfeng. Further confirming the Norfolk brand’s commitment to excellence, and attracting new talent to Hethel. Well-known and respected within the industry, Uday will take responsibility for Product Strategy and Management for all current and future product lines, including digital products and services. Prior to joining Lotus, Uday started his career as an automotive engineer, specializing in automotive refinement, aerodynamics and vehicle engineering. Moving quickly into technical management roles at both GM and JLR he most recently held senior management positions at Bentley Motors Ltd, based in Crewe, England. Speaking of the announcement, Feng Qingfeng welcomed Uday to the team, “With a wealth of experience in the automotive sector Uday has a proven record of leading successful teams in premium segment automotive companies. At Lotus he will take the lead in developing and delivering our product plans and he will play a vital role as Lotus continues to challenge conventions and innovate as it looks to the future.” Uday Senapati said, “Lotus has a tremendous sporting and racing heritage and is in the enviable position of having produced some of the world’s most iconic sports cars. To be able to work closely with some of the best people in the industry on bringing the next generation of advanced high-performance vehicles to market is immensely exciting and I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead.” Uday Senapati holds a BEng (Hons) - Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Pune, India, an MSc – Acoustics degree from Southampton University and an MBA from Manchester Business School.
  10. • Widow of Lotus founder joins sports car company’s celebrations • Helping mark the 70th anniversary of Colin Chapman’s first car • 100,000th Lotus built in tribute to Team Lotus racer Jim Clark • Commissioned to support the Jim Clark Trust • Enter the competition to win the car at www.jimclarklotus.com Joining the celebrations for one of the world’s most iconic sports car manufacturers, the widow of company founder Colin Chapman has personally approved the 100,000th Lotus, as part of the marque’s 70th anniversary celebration. Hand built on the same site that Hazel Chapman helped establish, the Jim Clark Trust special edition Lotus Evora GT410 Sport is the 100,000th Lotus built and a milestone in the iconic British company’s history. Reviewing the car for the first time with her son Clive Chapman, Hazel Chapman said: “70 years ago, I never dreamt that there would be a 100,000th Lotus. I’m immensely proud of the company and Colin’s legacy. Today Lotus still builds such fantastic sports cars and I’m touched to be able to see the 100,000th car.” The Evora continues a lineage of lightweight car design that can trace its roots back the very first Lotus - an ethos that drives the company to optimise mass and aerodynamics in order to maximise performance and handling. In 1948 Colin Chapman built his first competition car, following his own theories for improved performance. He formed Lotus Engineering in 1952 and from there the company continued to innovate in both road and race cars. Changing the very nature and intent of vehicle design forever, Chapman was in the vanguard of a new way of thinking and his principles remain as relevant today as they were 70 years ago. Hazel was the first investor in Lotus. Loaning her then boyfriend Colin the £50 he needed to establish Lotus Engineering in a lock-up borrowed from Hazel’s parents. Colin Chapman re imagined and re-engineered an Austin Seven to create the first Lotus – the Mark I. Built by hand, and with Hazel helping where needed, Colin completed the car in the spring of 1948 and immediately entered it in competitive trials. With Hazel in the passenger seat and Colin behind the wheel, they picked up two class awards in the Mark I’s first events. From that small garage on the outskirts of London sprang a global brand and Hazel worked alongside Colin as the business grew and found fame. She was even instrumental in establishing the company’s current site in Hethel, working on the layout and design, as the old airbase was rebuilt as the Lotus headquarters and manufacturing facility. A fitting tribute to one of the most successful racing drivers of all time, the 100,000th Lotus Evora GT410 Sport is a one-off produced in collaboration with the Jim Clark Trust, which has launched a competition to win the landmark Lotus while raising funds to help complete its new museum. Inspired by the very first Lotus Elan, driven by Clark in the 1960s, the new Evora was conceived and constructed at the famous Hethel site – the home of the company for the last 50 years. Commissioned to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Clark’s tragic death while competing at Hockenheim in 1968, the 100,000th Lotus was unveiled at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Echoing the original Lotus Elan’s colour scheme, with red paintwork, a silver roof and silver wheels, plus tartan upholstery, it commemorates the legacy of the one of motorsport’s most enduring figures. About the Evora GT410 Sport Launched in Lotus’ 70th year, the Evora GT410 Sport is a winning blend of raw ability and style. Drawing from its more potent stablemate, the Evora GT430, it incorporates many high-performance elements yet retains a subtler, understated profile. Forged though a process of continual evolution, the Evora GT410 Sport incorporates specifically designed composite front and rear body panels and advanced aerodynamics, so that the GT-class coupe generates up to 96kg of downforce. As with all high performance Evoras, visible-weave carbon fibre plays a considerable role in the car’s construction, enabling a lightest possible dry weight of just 1,256 kg. The Evora GT410 Sport is powered by a specially calibrated version of Lotus’ supercharged, 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine. With an integrated water-to-air charge cooler, it produces 410 hp at 7000 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 3500 rpm, allowing the Evora GT410 Sport to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds As an alternative to Lotus’ slick, six-speed manual gearbox, with a Torsen type limited slip differential (LSD), the Evora GT410 Sport can be ordered with an automatic transmission, which is slightly quicker through the gears. The six-speed auto gearbox utilises an optimised ECU for ultra-fast changes and gear selection is made via lightweight aluminium paddles mounted to the steering wheel.
  11. • Widow of Lotus founder joins sports car company’s celebrations • Helping mark the 70th anniversary of Colin Chapman’s first car • 100,000th Lotus built in tribute to Team Lotus racer Jim Clark • Commissioned to support the Jim Clark Trust • Enter the competition to win the car at www.jimclarklotus.com Joining the celebrations for one of the world’s most iconic sports car manufacturers, the widow of company founder Colin Chapman has personally approved the 100,000th Lotus, as part of the marque’s 70th anniversary celebration. Hand built on the same site that Hazel Chapman helped establish, the Jim Clark Trust special edition Lotus Evora GT410 Sport is the 100,000th Lotus built and a milestone in the iconic British company’s history. Reviewing the car for the first time with her son Clive Chapman, Hazel Chapman said: “70 years ago, I never dreamt that there would be a 100,000th Lotus. I’m immensely proud of the company and Colin’s legacy. Today Lotus still builds such fantastic sports cars and I’m touched to be able to see the 100,000th car.” The Evora continues a lineage of lightweight car design that can trace its roots back the very first Lotus - an ethos that drives the company to optimise mass and aerodynamics in order to maximise performance and handling. In 1948 Colin Chapman built his first competition car, following his own theories for improved performance. He formed Lotus Engineering in 1952 and from there the company continued to innovate in both road and race cars. Changing the very nature and intent of vehicle design forever, Chapman was in the vanguard of a new way of thinking and his principles remain as relevant today as they were 70 years ago. Hazel was the first investor in Lotus. Loaning her then boyfriend Colin the £50 he needed to establish Lotus Engineering in a lock-up borrowed from Hazel’s parents. Colin Chapman re imagined and re-engineered an Austin Seven to create the first Lotus – the Mark I. Built by hand, and with Hazel helping where needed, Colin completed the car in the spring of 1948 and immediately entered it in competitive trials. With Hazel in the passenger seat and Colin behind the wheel, they picked up two class awards in the Mark I’s first events. From that small garage on the outskirts of London sprang a global brand and Hazel worked alongside Colin as the business grew and found fame. She was even instrumental in establishing the company’s current site in Hethel, working on the layout and design, as the old airbase was rebuilt as the Lotus headquarters and manufacturing facility. A fitting tribute to one of the most successful racing drivers of all time, the 100,000th Lotus Evora GT410 Sport is a one-off produced in collaboration with the Jim Clark Trust, which has launched a competition to win the landmark Lotus while raising funds to help complete its new museum. Inspired by the very first Lotus Elan, driven by Clark in the 1960s, the new Evora was conceived and constructed at the famous Hethel site – the home of the company for the last 50 years. Commissioned to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Clark’s tragic death while competing at Hockenheim in 1968, the 100,000th Lotus was unveiled at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Echoing the original Lotus Elan’s colour scheme, with red paintwork, a silver roof and silver wheels, plus tartan upholstery, it commemorates the legacy of the one of motorsport’s most enduring figures. About the Evora GT410 Sport Launched in Lotus’ 70th year, the Evora GT410 Sport is a winning blend of raw ability and style. Drawing from its more potent stablemate, the Evora GT430, it incorporates many high-performance elements yet retains a subtler, understated profile. Forged though a process of continual evolution, the Evora GT410 Sport incorporates specifically designed composite front and rear body panels and advanced aerodynamics, so that the GT-class coupe generates up to 96kg of downforce. As with all high performance Evoras, visible-weave carbon fibre plays a considerable role in the car’s construction, enabling a lightest possible dry weight of just 1,256 kg. The Evora GT410 Sport is powered by a specially calibrated version of Lotus’ supercharged, 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine. With an integrated water-to-air charge cooler, it produces 410 hp at 7000 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 3500 rpm, allowing the Evora GT410 Sport to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds As an alternative to Lotus’ slick, six-speed manual gearbox, with a Torsen type limited slip differential (LSD), the Evora GT410 Sport can be ordered with an automatic transmission, which is slightly quicker through the gears. The six-speed auto gearbox utilises an optimised ECU for ultra-fast changes and gear selection is made via lightweight aluminium paddles mounted to the steering wheel.
  12. • Celebrating 70 years of innovation at VIP reception at heart of Goodwood • Great British brand marked occasion in English garden party splendour at Festival of Speed • 70th birthday weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed continues with Hillclimb spectacles, heritage racers and new Celebration car launches Proudly celebrating 70 years of innovation and a pure driving experience that’s second to none, Lotus has marked the anniversary of its inception with a birthday cake and Champagne reception with the Duke of Richmond and Gordon at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Joining His Grace was Group Lotus’ recently appointed chief executive officer, Mr. Feng Qingfeng, and Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman and Director of Classic Team Lotus. A number of VIPs were also part of the festivities, surrounded by the company’s latest line-up of cars as well its racing heritage, on the company’s stand at the Festival. The entirely appropriate celebration of the thoroughly British brand heralds a new chapter for Lotus, as the company marks its impact on the world of sports and competition cars. From humble beginnings in 1948, it has grown to a global brand, producing iconic road cars and World Championship winning race cars. The current range of Lotus cars is the brands strongest ever line up, and perfectly encapsulates its core principles of founder Colin Chapman’s obsession with innovation through weight reduction and aerodynamics. Lotus’ unconventional approach and entrepreneurial spirit ensures that the brand remains as agile, fast and responsive as its cars. Lotus continues its founder’s principle by building some of the fastest and best handling sports cars available. With the son of the founder, Clive Chapman, representing the heritage of Lotus, and its racing success, it marks the start of a new chapter for the manufacturer. Speaking at the event Mr. Feng Qingfeng said: “Colin Chapman had a clear vision for how cars should be engineered and developed. Over the last seven decades we have innovated and influenced the development of sports cars. Colin Chapman’s philosophy of efficiency and effective car design is as relevant today as it was in 1948, and the next 70 years presents us with an amazing opportunity for the marque as it develops the market leading cars of the future.” Lotus at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 Lotus is celebrating its 70th anniversary at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 as an Automotive Partner of the event. This year’s Festival will allow visitors to see some outstanding cars from the marques’ past running the Hill. This includes Jim Clark’s World Championship winning Lotus 25, Graham Hill’s World Championship winning Lotus 49, Ayton Senna’s first F1 race winning car, the Lotus 97T, and the revolutionary Lotus Type 56 gas turbine Indycar. Acting as the centre of the celebrations, Lotus’ current line-up of sports cars are proudly displayed on the company’s stand in the main exhibitors’ space. This includes the Celebration Exige Type 79, which is appearing with a Type 79 racing car campaigned by Mario Andretti as part of his Championship winning year. The second of two Celebration cars for Goodwood, the Exige Type 49 can be found in the First Glance paddock, and will be driving the Hillclimb route until Sunday. In a fitting tribute to Lotus’ most successful racing driver, the British manufacturer is a proud supporter of the Jim Clark Trust, the official charity of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Working with Lotus, the Trust will be making a special dedication at this year’s Festival with an unveiling that recognises the legacy of the one of motorsport’s most enduring figures.
  13. • Celebrating 70 years of innovation at VIP reception at heart of Goodwood • Great British brand marked occasion in English garden party splendour at Festival of Speed • 70th birthday weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed continues with Hillclimb spectacles, heritage racers and new Celebration car launches Proudly celebrating 70 years of innovation and a pure driving experience that’s second to none, Lotus has marked the anniversary of its inception with a birthday cake and Champagne reception with the Duke of Richmond and Gordon at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Joining His Grace was Group Lotus’ recently appointed chief executive officer, Mr. Feng Qingfeng, and Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman and Director of Classic Team Lotus. A number of VIPs were also part of the festivities, surrounded by the company’s latest line-up of cars as well its racing heritage, on the company’s stand at the Festival. The entirely appropriate celebration of the thoroughly British brand heralds a new chapter for Lotus, as the company marks its impact on the world of sports and competition cars. From humble beginnings in 1948, it has grown to a global brand, producing iconic road cars and World Championship winning race cars. The current range of Lotus cars is the brands strongest ever line up, and perfectly encapsulates its core principles of founder Colin Chapman’s obsession with innovation through weight reduction and aerodynamics. Lotus’ unconventional approach and entrepreneurial spirit ensures that the brand remains as agile, fast and responsive as its cars. Lotus continues its founder’s principle by building some of the fastest and best handling sports cars available. With the son of the founder, Clive Chapman, representing the heritage of Lotus, and its racing success, it marks the start of a new chapter for the manufacturer. Speaking at the event Mr. Feng Qingfeng said: “Colin Chapman had a clear vision for how cars should be engineered and developed. Over the last seven decades we have innovated and influenced the development of sports cars. Colin Chapman’s philosophy of efficiency and effective car design is as relevant today as it was in 1948, and the next 70 years presents us with an amazing opportunity for the marque as it develops the market leading cars of the future.” Lotus at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 Lotus is celebrating its 70th anniversary at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 as an Automotive Partner of the event. This year’s Festival will allow visitors to see some outstanding cars from the marques’ past running the Hill. This includes Jim Clark’s World Championship winning Lotus 25, Graham Hill’s World Championship winning Lotus 49, Ayton Senna’s first F1 race winning car, the Lotus 97T, and the revolutionary Lotus Type 56 gas turbine Indycar. Acting as the centre of the celebrations, Lotus’ current line-up of sports cars are proudly displayed on the company’s stand in the main exhibitors’ space. This includes the Celebration Exige Type 79, which is appearing with a Type 79 racing car campaigned by Mario Andretti as part of his Championship winning year. The second of two Celebration cars for Goodwood, the Exige Type 49 can be found in the First Glance paddock, and will be driving the Hillclimb route until Sunday. In a fitting tribute to Lotus’ most successful racing driver, the British manufacturer is a proud supporter of the Jim Clark Trust, the official charity of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Working with Lotus, the Trust will be making a special dedication at this year’s Festival with an unveiling that recognises the legacy of the one of motorsport’s most enduring figures.
  14. With a pedigree and heritage like no other, Lotus has today unveiled two unique Celebration cars, the Exige Type 49 and 79, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 to pay homage to some of the most recognisable racers in the British brand’s history and its 70th birthday. • Lotus Celebration Exige Type 49 and 79 unveiled at Goodwood • Marking anniversaries of World Championship winning F1 race cars • Part of Lotus’ 70th birthday activity at the Festival of Speed • Lotus Exige Type 49 debuts on the famous Hillclimb • Celebrations show bespoke nature of Lotus Exclusive With a pedigree and heritage like no other, Lotus has today unveiled two unique Celebration cars, the Exige Type 49 and 79, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 to pay homage to some of the most recognisable racers in the British brand’s history and its 70th birthday. The Exige Type 49 and 79 Celebration cars have been hand crafted by Lotus Exclusive in a salute to Lotus’ 70th birthday, and the victory anniversaries of two historic race cars that helped define the brand as one of the all-time great automotive marques. On display and in action over all four days of the Festival of Speed weekend, with the Exige Type 49 competing in the timed supercar runs on the Saturday, they’re a fitting tribute to one of the pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit of Lotus’ founder. In 1948 Colin Chapman built his first competition car, in a small London lock-up garage, following his own theories for improved performance. He formed Lotus in 1952 and from there the company continued to innovate in both road and race engineering. Changing the very nature and intent of car design for ever, Chapman was at the vanguard of a new way of thinking and his concepts are as relevant today as they were 70 years ago. Speaking of the unveiling, and the company’s 70th anniversary, Group Lotus’ chief executive officer, Mr. Feng Qingfeng, said: “Lotus is an iconic British brand and its contribution to both the world of motorsport, and development of sports car as we know them today, is undeniable. To be able to unveil our Celebration Exiges at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is truly historic, especially as the cars that inspired them are also here on display and in action. These Celebration cars are a fitting tribute to our past, but they reflect our future and show that we’re still true to our principles in building the very best luxury sports cars.” In addition to 2018 marking the anniversary of Lotus’ birth, it’s a milestone for two historic racers. With the two one-off cars containing the marque’s DNA, the Exige Type 49 marks the 50 years since Graham Hill clinched both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championship in the Lotus Type 49. The Exige Type 79 salutes the 40 years since Mario Andretti won his World Championship, and Lotus the Constructors’ Championship, in the Lotus Type 79. The Type 49 and 79 are just two of the cars that helped forge Lotus’ reputation in competition. In Formula 1 alone it has more than 500 Grand Prix starts, complete with 81 victories and 13 World Championships. As well as the laurels gained in Grand prix racing, Lotus has successfully competed in Rally, Le Mans, Indy and saloon car classes around the world. A Celebration of Cups Far from being just for show, the Exige Type 49 and 79 Celebration cars by Lotus Exclusive pack phenomenal performance into one of the all-time great chassis designs. Based on the wildest ever incarnation of the Exige the Cup 430, the Type 49 and 79 set the fastest lap time for a road car around Lotus’ hallowed Hethel test track, covering the 2.2 miles in just 1 minute 24.8 seconds. Showing its potential, the Exige Type 49 is taking to the Hill for the Festival weekend, with demonstration runs over all four days and a sprint against the clock in the timed Supercar run on the Saturday afternoon. Employing a supercharger and chargecooler designed specifically for the potent engine, both the Exige Type 49 and 79 possess 430 hp at 7,000 rpm and 440 Nm (325 lbft) of torque from 4,000 rpm. 0-60mph is demolished in just 3.2 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds) before they reach a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). As the leader in lightweight sports cars, the Type 49 and 79 maximise the benefits of the latest technologies and advanced materials to weight just 1,056 kg in their lightest configuration, bestowing the Celebration cars with a power to weight of 407 hp / tonne. In addition to cutting mass, the carbon composite body panels also deliver the cars’ distinctive styling and aerodynamic set up. The high-gloss visible weave components include the front splitter, front clam, air blades, unique bargeboards, roof panel, rear tailgate, straight-cut wing and diffuser surround. Aerodynamically evolved, the cars deploy up to 220 kg of downforce through the careful management of airflow under and over the car. Air curtain elements and louvers in the front clam panel efficiently regulate turbulence and drag, and reduce pressure within the front wheel arches, increasing downforce. The cut-out sections behind the rear wheels also reduce wheel arch pressure, while the high mounted straight rear wing and rear diffuser plant the cars to maximise traction and stability at high speeds. With Nitron three-way adjustable dampers (tuning rebound, as well as low-speed and high-speed compression) and Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars, as standard, the cars use Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (215/45 ZR17 front and 285/30 ZR18 rear), fitted on ultra lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels. Superior stopping power is provided by forged, four-piston AP Racing brake calipers and race-derived two-piece, J-hook brake discs - provide improved bite and consistent stopping power after high-intensity track work. A Celebration of Lotus Exclusive These two unique Celebration cars perfectly demonstrate the appeal of Lotus Exclusive, which offers Lotus buyers a unique ownership proposition by combining traditional British craftsmanship with modern design. Developed by the in-house Design team, the Exclusive scheme has been conceived to inspire customers to further personalise the character of their Lotus cars. With the ability to tailor vehicles to their taste, it provides an alluring alternative to an off-the-peg sports car - covering everything from colour coding through to race car preparation. Establishing itself with new buyers, roughly one third of all new Lotus cars built feature some form of personalisation. Both the one-off Celebration Exige Type 49 and 79 appearing a Goodwood Festival of Speed have been curated by Lotus Exclusive to provide a bespoke yet tasteful interpretation of the marque’s two iconic race cars. Inspired by the famous racing colours schemes of their namesakes, they connect the brand to its past but anchor it to the present, with the formidable Exige Cup 430. Respectively finished in solid red and motorsport black, the 49 and 79 augment subtle but sharp contrasting pinstripes on the front splitters, front access panels, bargeboards, roof panels and rear wings in Championship Gold. Comprehensively composite in nature, both incorporate carbon fibre front splitters, air curtains, front access panels, side intakes, hard top roof panels, lightweight full tailgate panels, straight rear wings and rear diffuser finishers into their design. Ultra-lightweight gold painted wheels with diamond cut rims, and red brake calipers, seal their appeal along with unique Type decals on each rear buttress. Inside, each cars’ racing colours are referenced, with Lotus’ in-house manufactured carbon race seats trimmed in black Alcantara®, and finished with colour keyed red and gold, or black and gold, contrast double stitching. This is echoed by the door panels and face-level vents, transmission console, and complemented by the cabin’s anodised aluminium and carbon fibre elements - including door sills and an instrument binnacle cover. Topping off Lotus’ acclaimed open-gate manual gearbox, designed specifically for fast and fluid shifts, is a wooden gear knob. With every single Lotus Sports hand built by a team of skilled craftsmen and women, the Lotus Exclusive scheme draws on the collective to create something exceptional for the customer. Including everything from non-standard paint colours, stand-out roof panels, tasteful colour decals, as well as contrast brake calipers, the same level of attention can be centred on the cabin, with bespoke upholstery and finish options available. Lotus Exclusive is available on all Lotus cars, from the entry level Elise to the range topping Evora, with a full range of performance options making it truly made to measure. A Celebration of Champions – the Lotus Type 49 and 79 As two cars that cleared the field before them and dominated the sport, the Lotus Type 49 and 79 F1 single seaters are as memorable for their design and colours schemes as they are for their race victories. Part of Lotus’ unrivalled motorsport legacy, they are exemplars or the brand DNA as defined by company founder Colin Chapman. Designed to accommodate the new Cosworth DFV engine, the Lotus Type 49 won its first race with Jim Clark at the wheel in Zandvoort 1967. The following year, resplendent in the Gold Leaf colours, it powered Graham Hill to his second World Championship, and Lotus to the Constructors' Championship, and It continued to win races until 1970. Its four-year reign at the front of the grid marks the Lotus 49 as one of the most significant racing cars of all time. Equally as inspiring, the Lotus 79 is regarded as one of the most visually stunning F1 cars ever built - especially in the John Player Special livery. With the underside of the car designed as an inverted wing, the resulting reduction in air pressure beneath the body dramatically boosted aerodynamic downforce. In the 1978 season the Lotus Type 79 proved almost unbeatable, helping Mario Andretti to the F1 Drivers' Championship and Lotus to the Constructors' Championship. Lotus is proudly celebrating its 70th anniversary at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 as an Automotive Partner of the event. This year’s Festival will allow visitors to see some outstanding cars from the marques’ past running the Hill. This includes Jim Clark’s World Championship winning Lotus 25, Graham Hill’s World Championship winning Lotus 49, Ayton Senna’s first F1 race winning car, the Lotus 97T, and the revolutionary Lotus Type 56 gas turbine Indycar. Acting as the centre of the celebrations, Lotus’ current line-up of sports cars will be proudly displayed on the company’s stand in the main exhibitors’ space. This includes the Celebration Exige Type 79, which is appearing with a Type 79 racing car campaigned by Mario Andretti as part of his Championship winning year.
  15. With a pedigree and heritage like no other, Lotus has today unveiled two unique Celebration cars, the Exige Type 49 and 79, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 to pay homage to some of the most recognisable racers in the British brand’s history and its 70th birthday. • Lotus Celebration Exige Type 49 and 79 unveiled at Goodwood • Marking anniversaries of World Championship winning F1 race cars • Part of Lotus’ 70th birthday activity at the Festival of Speed • Lotus Exige Type 49 debuts on the famous Hillclimb • Celebrations show bespoke nature of Lotus Exclusive With a pedigree and heritage like no other, Lotus has today unveiled two unique Celebration cars, the Exige Type 49 and 79, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 to pay homage to some of the most recognisable racers in the British brand’s history and its 70th birthday. The Exige Type 49 and 79 Celebration cars have been hand crafted by Lotus Exclusive in a salute to Lotus’ 70th birthday, and the victory anniversaries of two historic race cars that helped define the brand as one of the all-time great automotive marques. On display and in action over all four days of the Festival of Speed weekend, with the Exige Type 49 competing in the timed supercar runs on the Saturday, they’re a fitting tribute to one of the pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit of Lotus’ founder. In 1948 Colin Chapman built his first competition car, in a small London lock-up garage, following his own theories for improved performance. He formed Lotus in 1952 and from there the company continued to innovate in both road and race engineering. Changing the very nature and intent of car design for ever, Chapman was at the vanguard of a new way of thinking and his concepts are as relevant today as they were 70 years ago. Speaking of the unveiling, and the company’s 70th anniversary, Group Lotus’ chief executive officer, Mr. Feng Qingfeng, said: “Lotus is an iconic British brand and its contribution to both the world of motorsport, and development of sports car as we know them today, is undeniable. To be able to unveil our Celebration Exiges at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is truly historic, especially as the cars that inspired them are also here on display and in action. These Celebration cars are a fitting tribute to our past, but they reflect our future and show that we’re still true to our principles in building the very best luxury sports cars.” In addition to 2018 marking the anniversary of Lotus’ birth, it’s a milestone for two historic racers. With the two one-off cars containing the marque’s DNA, the Exige Type 49 marks the 50 years since Graham Hill clinched both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championship in the Lotus Type 49. The Exige Type 79 salutes the 40 years since Mario Andretti won his World Championship, and Lotus the Constructors’ Championship, in the Lotus Type 79. The Type 49 and 79 are just two of the cars that helped forge Lotus’ reputation in competition. In Formula 1 alone it has more than 500 Grand Prix starts, complete with 81 victories and 13 World Championships. As well as the laurels gained in Grand prix racing, Lotus has successfully competed in Rally, Le Mans, Indy and saloon car classes around the world. A Celebration of Cups Far from being just for show, the Exige Type 49 and 79 Celebration cars by Lotus Exclusive pack phenomenal performance into one of the all-time great chassis designs. Based on the wildest ever incarnation of the Exige the Cup 430, the Type 49 and 79 set the fastest lap time for a road car around Lotus’ hallowed Hethel test track, covering the 2.2 miles in just 1 minute 24.8 seconds. Showing its potential, the Exige Type 49 is taking to the Hill for the Festival weekend, with demonstration runs over all four days and a sprint against the clock in the timed Supercar run on the Saturday afternoon. Employing a supercharger and chargecooler designed specifically for the potent engine, both the Exige Type 49 and 79 possess 430 hp at 7,000 rpm and 440 Nm (325 lbft) of torque from 4,000 rpm. 0-60mph is demolished in just 3.2 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds) before they reach a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). As the leader in lightweight sports cars, the Type 49 and 79 maximise the benefits of the latest technologies and advanced materials to weight just 1,056 kg in their lightest configuration, bestowing the Celebration cars with a power to weight of 407 hp / tonne. In addition to cutting mass, the carbon composite body panels also deliver the cars’ distinctive styling and aerodynamic set up. The high-gloss visible weave components include the front splitter, front clam, air blades, unique bargeboards, roof panel, rear tailgate, straight-cut wing and diffuser surround. Aerodynamically evolved, the cars deploy up to 220 kg of downforce through the careful management of airflow under and over the car. Air curtain elements and louvers in the front clam panel efficiently regulate turbulence and drag, and reduce pressure within the front wheel arches, increasing downforce. The cut-out sections behind the rear wheels also reduce wheel arch pressure, while the high mounted straight rear wing and rear diffuser plant the cars to maximise traction and stability at high speeds. With Nitron three-way adjustable dampers (tuning rebound, as well as low-speed and high-speed compression) and Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars, as standard, the cars use Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (215/45 ZR17 front and 285/30 ZR18 rear), fitted on ultra lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels. Superior stopping power is provided by forged, four-piston AP Racing brake calipers and race-derived two-piece, J-hook brake discs - provide improved bite and consistent stopping power after high-intensity track work. A Celebration of Lotus Exclusive These two unique Celebration cars perfectly demonstrate the appeal of Lotus Exclusive, which offers Lotus buyers a unique ownership proposition by combining traditional British craftsmanship with modern design. Developed by the in-house Design team, the Exclusive scheme has been conceived to inspire customers to further personalise the character of their Lotus cars. With the ability to tailor vehicles to their taste, it provides an alluring alternative to an off-the-peg sports car - covering everything from colour coding through to race car preparation. Establishing itself with new buyers, roughly one third of all new Lotus cars built feature some form of personalisation. Both the one-off Celebration Exige Type 49 and 79 appearing a Goodwood Festival of Speed have been curated by Lotus Exclusive to provide a bespoke yet tasteful interpretation of the marque’s two iconic race cars. Inspired by the famous racing colours schemes of their namesakes, they connect the brand to its past but anchor it to the present, with the formidable Exige Cup 430. Respectively finished in solid red and motorsport black, the 49 and 79 augment subtle but sharp contrasting pinstripes on the front splitters, front access panels, bargeboards, roof panels and rear wings in Championship Gold. Comprehensively composite in nature, both incorporate carbon fibre front splitters, air curtains, front access panels, side intakes, hard top roof panels, lightweight full tailgate panels, straight rear wings and rear diffuser finishers into their design. Ultra-lightweight gold painted wheels with diamond cut rims, and red brake calipers, seal their appeal along with unique Type decals on each rear buttress. Inside, each cars’ racing colours are referenced, with Lotus’ in-house manufactured carbon race seats trimmed in black Alcantara®, and finished with colour keyed red and gold, or black and gold, contrast double stitching. This is echoed by the door panels and face-level vents, transmission console, and complemented by the cabin’s anodised aluminium and carbon fibre elements - including door sills and an instrument binnacle cover. Topping off Lotus’ acclaimed open-gate manual gearbox, designed specifically for fast and fluid shifts, is a wooden gear knob. With every single Lotus Sports hand built by a team of skilled craftsmen and women, the Lotus Exclusive scheme draws on the collective to create something exceptional for the customer. Including everything from non-standard paint colours, stand-out roof panels, tasteful colour decals, as well as contrast brake calipers, the same level of attention can be centred on the cabin, with bespoke upholstery and finish options available. Lotus Exclusive is available on all Lotus cars, from the entry level Elise to the range topping Evora, with a full range of performance options making it truly made to measure. A Celebration of Champions – the Lotus Type 49 and 79 As two cars that cleared the field before them and dominated the sport, the Lotus Type 49 and 79 F1 single seaters are as memorable for their design and colours schemes as they are for their race victories. Part of Lotus’ unrivalled motorsport legacy, they are exemplars or the brand DNA as defined by company founder Colin Chapman. Designed to accommodate the new Cosworth DFV engine, the Lotus Type 49 won its first race with Jim Clark at the wheel in Zandvoort 1967. The following year, resplendent in the Gold Leaf colours, it powered Graham Hill to his second World Championship, and Lotus to the Constructors' Championship, and It continued to win races until 1970. Its four-year reign at the front of the grid marks the Lotus 49 as one of the most significant racing cars of all time. Equally as inspiring, the Lotus 79 is regarded as one of the most visually stunning F1 cars ever built - especially in the John Player Special livery. With the underside of the car designed as an inverted wing, the resulting reduction in air pressure beneath the body dramatically boosted aerodynamic downforce. In the 1978 season the Lotus Type 79 proved almost unbeatable, helping Mario Andretti to the F1 Drivers' Championship and Lotus to the Constructors' Championship. Lotus is proudly celebrating its 70th anniversary at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 as an Automotive Partner of the event. This year’s Festival will allow visitors to see some outstanding cars from the marques’ past running the Hill. This includes Jim Clark’s World Championship winning Lotus 25, Graham Hill’s World Championship winning Lotus 49, Ayton Senna’s first F1 race winning car, the Lotus 97T, and the revolutionary Lotus Type 56 gas turbine Indycar. Acting as the centre of the celebrations, Lotus’ current line-up of sports cars will be proudly displayed on the company’s stand in the main exhibitors’ space. This includes the Celebration Exige Type 79, which is appearing with a Type 79 racing car campaigned by Mario Andretti as part of his Championship winning year.
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