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  1. MLOC AGM Minutes 2018 View File MLOC AGM Minutes 2018 Submitter Mark H Submitted 16/10/19 Category Admin only  
  2. The car is really a showcase to get the Lotus name out there and on the front covers of magazines IMHO, it showcases what they can do, people who can afford it probably wont even drive it much but just add it to their garage collection.
  3. (Nürburgring, Germany – 16 September 2019) – Belgian racer Peter Verlinde claimed his first Lotus Cup Europe victory when the FIA International Series visited Germany’s Nürburgring last weekend, defeating reigning champion Bence Balogh in the process. However, the Hungarian won the opening race of the weekend, and closed the gap to title leader Franck Laroche to just three points with one event of the season remaining. Appearing on the DTM bill for the third and final time this season, and in front of the German touring car series’ huge home crowd, Balogh was headed by 2016 champion Tamas Vizin for an all-Hungarian front row. Just 0.3 seconds covered the top four in an ultra-close qualifying session, in which Verlinde and Frenchman Xavier Georges shared the second row. A superb getaway by Balogh propelled his Evora into a lead that he would not relinquish, whilst the Exige of poleman Vizin came under increasing pressure from Verlinde in the AM Ring Evora GT4. The Belgian passed for second place on lap six, leaving his rival to fend off Georges. The Exiges swapped places, but Vizin reclaimed his place on the podium as Georges fell back to seventh place behind Britain’s Jason McInulty, Belgium’s Thierry Verhiest and France’s Laroche, who claimed the 2-Eleven class win in the process. Laroche’s title ambitions looked to be slipping after qualifying a lowly 11th, behind class rivals and compatriots Anthony Fournier and Philippe Loup. However, a gritty performance in the race saw him fight back to claim the place from erstwhile leader Loup. In the second race, Balogh repeated his earlier start to assume the lead over Vizin. But he succumbed to a stunning move from Verlinde, who took the lead and held on for thrilling victory, despite his rival’s best efforts. There was nothing between the Belgian and Hungarian Evoras and with the Production car battle to lap in the final moments, Verlinde gained a small advantage that he held to the line to defeat Balogh by just half a second. The Hungarian did, however, secure the V6 Cup class title ahead of the final rounds later this month. Vizin lost further places in this race, promoting McInulty to the podium and eventually finishing behind Georges. Verhiest took sixth place at the chequered flag. Title leader Laroche was unable to capitalise on Balogh losing out on the win, as Fournier took the class victory in seventh place overall, whilst Britain’s Ian Fenwick claimed second in class. Third for Laroche, ahead of series newcomer Ryan Savage from Britain, reduced his title lead to just three points with one event remaining, although, like rival Balogh he secured his class championship. With just a class championship to fight for, the Production runners staged two entertaining races, with Britain’s Mark Yates prevailing in both contests. In the opener, Yates passed early leader, Sweden’s Cai Cederholm to take a dominant win, with Britain’s Dan Plant completing the podium. Later on the Briton defeated Genoud-Prachex and Sweden’s Sven Pettersson, the latter now likely to relinquish his class title having suffered mechanical issues in the first race. With three rounds of the Lotus Cup Europe season remaining, the title is set to go right down to the wire at Le Mans on 29-30 September.
  4. (Nürburgring, Germany – 16 September 2019) – Belgian racer Peter Verlinde claimed his first Lotus Cup Europe victory when the FIA International Series visited Germany’s Nürburgring last weekend, defeating reigning champion Bence Balogh in the process. However, the Hungarian won the opening race of the weekend, and closed the gap to title leader Franck Laroche to just three points with one event of the season remaining. Appearing on the DTM bill for the third and final time this season, and in front of the German touring car series’ huge home crowd, Balogh was headed by 2016 champion Tamas Vizin for an all-Hungarian front row. Just 0.3 seconds covered the top four in an ultra-close qualifying session, in which Verlinde and Frenchman Xavier Georges shared the second row. A superb getaway by Balogh propelled his Evora into a lead that he would not relinquish, whilst the Exige of poleman Vizin came under increasing pressure from Verlinde in the AM Ring Evora GT4. The Belgian passed for second place on lap six, leaving his rival to fend off Georges. The Exiges swapped places, but Vizin reclaimed his place on the podium as Georges fell back to seventh place behind Britain’s Jason McInulty, Belgium’s Thierry Verhiest and France’s Laroche, who claimed the 2-Eleven class win in the process. Laroche’s title ambitions looked to be slipping after qualifying a lowly 11th, behind class rivals and compatriots Anthony Fournier and Philippe Loup. However, a gritty performance in the race saw him fight back to claim the place from erstwhile leader Loup. In the second race, Balogh repeated his earlier start to assume the lead over Vizin. But he succumbed to a stunning move from Verlinde, who took the lead and held on for thrilling victory, despite his rival’s best efforts. There was nothing between the Belgian and Hungarian Evoras and with the Production car battle to lap in the final moments, Verlinde gained a small advantage that he held to the line to defeat Balogh by just half a second. The Hungarian did, however, secure the V6 Cup class title ahead of the final rounds later this month. Vizin lost further places in this race, promoting McInulty to the podium and eventually finishing behind Georges. Verhiest took sixth place at the chequered flag. Title leader Laroche was unable to capitalise on Balogh losing out on the win, as Fournier took the class victory in seventh place overall, whilst Britain’s Ian Fenwick claimed second in class. Third for Laroche, ahead of series newcomer Ryan Savage from Britain, reduced his title lead to just three points with one event remaining, although, like rival Balogh he secured his class championship. With just a class championship to fight for, the Production runners staged two entertaining races, with Britain’s Mark Yates prevailing in both contests. In the opener, Yates passed early leader, Sweden’s Cai Cederholm to take a dominant win, with Britain’s Dan Plant completing the podium. Later on the Briton defeated Genoud-Prachex and Sweden’s Sven Pettersson, the latter now likely to relinquish his class title having suffered mechanical issues in the first race. With three rounds of the Lotus Cup Europe season remaining, the title is set to go right down to the wire at Le Mans on 29-30 September. This post has been promoted to an article
  5. Dan has previously held senior roles with Williams Advanced Engineering and Prodrive Automotive Technologies Lotus Engineering is an internationally recognised consultancy delivering design, engineering and manufacturing expertise predominantly in the automotive sector (Hethel, UK – 1 October 2019) – Lotus Engineering has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Dan Burge as Commercial Director. Dan is an experienced executive within the automotive industry, having fulfilled commercial, operational and technical roles in both development and manufacturing. He has held senior commercial and programme roles at Williams Advanced Engineering and Prodrive Automotive Technologies, as well as serving as Operations Director for a small group of engineering companies. In recent years Dan has completed an MBA, and prior to joining Lotus Engineering was running his own consultancy supporting strategic growth in technology focused SMEs. Lotus Engineering is an internationally recognised consultancy which has provided comprehensive and versatile services to many of the world's OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers for almost 40 years. Committed to driving forward technology with precision and passion, Lotus Engineering is spearheading pioneering research into areas such as advanced powertrain design and validation, lightweight advanced material research, and ride and handling optimisation. While the automotive industry is the heartland of Lotus Engineering, as a consultancy its innovative approach and problem-solving expertise has been used by clients from many other sectors. These have included elite sporting performance, aerospace, medical research, boat-building, furniture, a watch and even a shopping trolley! Dan commented: “I’m delighted to be joining Lotus Engineering at such an exciting time for the whole Group Lotus business. I will be working to further develop the structure so we can commercially exploit the strong technical capabilities within Group Lotus, creating strategic relationships to support our growth.” Dan will be co-located, spending time at Hethel – the historical home of Lotus in Norfolk – and the recently opened Lotus office in Warwick, West Midlands. Married with two children, Dan is passionate about his family, rugby and all things automotive and motorsport.
  6. Dan has previously held senior roles with Williams Advanced Engineering and Prodrive Automotive Technologies Lotus Engineering is an internationally recognised consultancy delivering design, engineering and manufacturing expertise predominantly in the automotive sector (Hethel, UK – 1 October 2019) – Lotus Engineering has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Dan Burge as Commercial Director. Dan is an experienced executive within the automotive industry, having fulfilled commercial, operational and technical roles in both development and manufacturing. He has held senior commercial and programme roles at Williams Advanced Engineering and Prodrive Automotive Technologies, as well as serving as Operations Director for a small group of engineering companies. In recent years Dan has completed an MBA, and prior to joining Lotus Engineering was running his own consultancy supporting strategic growth in technology focused SMEs. Lotus Engineering is an internationally recognised consultancy which has provided comprehensive and versatile services to many of the world's OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers for almost 40 years. Committed to driving forward technology with precision and passion, Lotus Engineering is spearheading pioneering research into areas such as advanced powertrain design and validation, lightweight advanced material research, and ride and handling optimisation. While the automotive industry is the heartland of Lotus Engineering, as a consultancy its innovative approach and problem-solving expertise has been used by clients from many other sectors. These have included elite sporting performance, aerospace, medical research, boat-building, furniture, a watch and even a shopping trolley! Dan commented: “I’m delighted to be joining Lotus Engineering at such an exciting time for the whole Group Lotus business. I will be working to further develop the structure so we can commercially exploit the strong technical capabilities within Group Lotus, creating strategic relationships to support our growth.” Dan will be co-located, spending time at Hethel – the historical home of Lotus in Norfolk – and the recently opened Lotus office in Warwick, West Midlands. Married with two children, Dan is passionate about his family, rugby and all things automotive and motorsport.
  7. Just to add this should be to an existing member not some random who signs up to the site just for this.
  8. I'll let you know when my order arrives
  9. Lotus Dubai retailer hosts VIP media and invited guests as all-electric Evija debuts in the United Arab Emirates Programme of events includes Lotus Abu Dhabi showroom presentation and private viewings Latest leg of world tour which has already included Monterey Car Week, USA, and Japan Lotus Day (Dubai, UAE – 19 September 2019) – The all-new Lotus Evija hypercar has made its debut in the Middle East as part of a series of exclusive media and VIP events. The covers came off at an unveiling at the stunning Lotus Dubai retail outlet, with Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars and Russell Carr, Director, Lotus Design, presenting the all-electric two-seater to invited guests. They were joined by Karl Hamer, CEO of Adamas Motors, Lotus’ retail partner in the United Arab Emirates, plus other members of senior management from both companies. Phil Popham commented: “It’s fantastic to be back in the UAE, and even better to be here as the Evija hypercar makes its regional debut. The Middle East is well-known for its passion for performance models, and this is an important market as we grow the Lotus brand significantly with new products.” He added: “We believe the Evija will really appeal to Gulf state customers, and we’re developing the car with them – and particularly the local climate – in mind. Real-world testing of prototype vehicles is now underway to ensure optimum performance in every market.” Karl Hamer said: “We are delighted that our customers have the opportunity to view the Evija in the UAE so soon after its global reveal. We are proud to be in one of the most forward-thinking countries in the world, and this all-electric hypercar coming to the UAE supports our nation’s objective to focus on sustainable technologies.” Opened exactly a year ago, Lotus Dubai is on the Emirate’s Sheikh Zayed Road. It’s a 5,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility capable of showcasing up to 10 models from the Lotus performance car range. The Evija is remaining in the region for several days. It will also appear at Lotus Abu Dhabi – in Sheikha Salama Building, Zayed The First Street, Al Khalidiyah – then complete a programme of private viewings. A technical tour de force, the Evija is illustrative of the innovative thinking and ingenuity that has always been part of the Lotus DNA. With a target output of 2000 PS, it is the world’s most powerful series production road car. It has been designed and engineered in the UK, and will be produced at Hethel, UK, the home of Lotus since 1966, starting next year. Exclusivity is guaranteed, with production limited to a maximum of 130 cars.
  10. Lotus Dubai retailer hosts VIP media and invited guests as all-electric Evija debuts in the United Arab Emirates Programme of events includes Lotus Abu Dhabi showroom presentation and private viewings Latest leg of world tour which has already included Monterey Car Week, USA, and Japan Lotus Day (Dubai, UAE – 19 September 2019) – The all-new Lotus Evija hypercar has made its debut in the Middle East as part of a series of exclusive media and VIP events. The covers came off at an unveiling at the stunning Lotus Dubai retail outlet, with Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars and Russell Carr, Director, Lotus Design, presenting the all-electric two-seater to invited guests. They were joined by Karl Hamer, CEO of Adamas Motors, Lotus’ retail partner in the United Arab Emirates, plus other members of senior management from both companies. Phil Popham commented: “It’s fantastic to be back in the UAE, and even better to be here as the Evija hypercar makes its regional debut. The Middle East is well-known for its passion for performance models, and this is an important market as we grow the Lotus brand significantly with new products.” He added: “We believe the Evija will really appeal to Gulf state customers, and we’re developing the car with them – and particularly the local climate – in mind. Real-world testing of prototype vehicles is now underway to ensure optimum performance in every market.” Karl Hamer said: “We are delighted that our customers have the opportunity to view the Evija in the UAE so soon after its global reveal. We are proud to be in one of the most forward-thinking countries in the world, and this all-electric hypercar coming to the UAE supports our nation’s objective to focus on sustainable technologies.” Opened exactly a year ago, Lotus Dubai is on the Emirate’s Sheikh Zayed Road. It’s a 5,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility capable of showcasing up to 10 models from the Lotus performance car range. The Evija is remaining in the region for several days. It will also appear at Lotus Abu Dhabi – in Sheikha Salama Building, Zayed The First Street, Al Khalidiyah – then complete a programme of private viewings. A technical tour de force, the Evija is illustrative of the innovative thinking and ingenuity that has always been part of the Lotus DNA. With a target output of 2000 PS, it is the world’s most powerful series production road car. It has been designed and engineered in the UK, and will be produced at Hethel, UK, the home of Lotus since 1966, starting next year. Exclusivity is guaranteed, with production limited to a maximum of 130 cars. This post has been promoted to an article
  11. Click this to send Dean a private message: https://www.midlandslotus.co.uk/forum/messenger/compose/?to=4059
  12. Hi John, I've removed your contact details off the post, probably best for people to message you on here rather than making them public. I think you will be very lucky to get one as only a few were made and there are non left to my knowledge and no intention to get any reprinted as the cost vs time taken isnt worth it for the club for something that probably no one else is going to buy now as its been so long. Good luck with your search though!
  13. David brings 25 years’ experience in luxury and performance automotive experience, including 15 years in the region Tasked with building a strong and comprehensive retail network across Asia Pacific markets and China Further evidence of Lotus’ ambition to deliver significant growth in global markets (Hethel, UK – 11 September 2019) – Lotus has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of David McIntyre as Regional Director, Asia Pacific & China. It’s further evidence of the performance car brand’s ambitious plan for significant growth in global markets. David has 25 years of luxury and performance automotive experience including roles in Germany, Latin America and the UK, working for brands such as Porsche, Aston Martin, Bentley and McLaren. For the last 15 years he has worked in the Asia Pacific region, including periods in South Korea and China. David will be based in Hangzhou, China – Lotus’ headquarters in the region. He will be tasked with building a strong and comprehensive retail network across Asia Pacific markets and China. This network will be supported by a strengthened regional sales, marketing and aftersales team to deliver significant volume growth and outstanding customer service. Outside of work, David’s passion is motorsport. He was the 2017 China GT amateur champion in GT4 racing and the following year was runner-up in the 2018 China GT series. Other interests including yacht-racing and learning to fly. David commented: “Performance cars are definitely in my blood, and Asia-Pacific and China have been my home for the last 15 years. This role presents an irresistible challenge, and I look forward to playing a part in writing a new chapter in the Lotus success story.”
  14. David brings 25 years’ experience in luxury and performance automotive experience, including 15 years in the region Tasked with building a strong and comprehensive retail network across Asia Pacific markets and China Further evidence of Lotus’ ambition to deliver significant growth in global markets (Hethel, UK – 11 September 2019) – Lotus has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of David McIntyre as Regional Director, Asia Pacific & China. It’s further evidence of the performance car brand’s ambitious plan for significant growth in global markets. David has 25 years of luxury and performance automotive experience including roles in Germany, Latin America and the UK, working for brands such as Porsche, Aston Martin, Bentley and McLaren. For the last 15 years he has worked in the Asia Pacific region, including periods in South Korea and China. David will be based in Hangzhou, China – Lotus’ headquarters in the region. He will be tasked with building a strong and comprehensive retail network across Asia Pacific markets and China. This network will be supported by a strengthened regional sales, marketing and aftersales team to deliver significant volume growth and outstanding customer service. Outside of work, David’s passion is motorsport. He was the 2017 China GT amateur champion in GT4 racing and the following year was runner-up in the 2018 China GT series. Other interests including yacht-racing and learning to fly. David commented: “Performance cars are definitely in my blood, and Asia-Pacific and China have been my home for the last 15 years. This role presents an irresistible challenge, and I look forward to playing a part in writing a new chapter in the Lotus success story.” This post has been promoted to an article
  15. Lotus Evija is star of the show at Japan Lotus Day World’s most powerful production car dazzles in front of more than 2,000 Lotus owners and fans Annual event – the biggest for Lotus anywhere in the world – celebrated its 10th year with a parade of 600 cars (Fuji Speedway, Japan – 09 September 2019) – Japan Lotus Day, staged at the iconic Fuji Speedway and the largest annual gathering of Lotus fans anywhere in the world, gave an enthusiastic welcome to the Lotus Evija on the latest leg of its world tour. The event is a car festival held in the foothills of Mount Fuji, 50 miles outside Tokyo, and is the ultimate appreciation of the Lotus brand. The festival was celebrating its 10th anniversary, with the all-electric Evija – the world’s most powerful production road car – taking centre stage in front of more than 2,000 enthusiastic Lotus owners and fans. The event culminated in a stunning parade around the Fuji Speedway circuit, featuring approximately 600 Lotus cars from across the company’s successful road and racing history. It included a 1952 Lotus Six and various race cars from the 1960s, through to numerous examples of the Lotus Elise, Exige, 3-Eleven and Evora. Also attracting attention was a Lotus 78, a championship-winning F1 car which took seven wins and nine pole positions, and through the genius of Lotus founder Colin Chapman kickstarted the pioneering ‘ground effect’ era of aerodynamic development in F1. The extraordinary number of Lotus cars on display reflects the brand's popularity in Japan, which stems in part from the 1970s when a Lotus Europa starred in a famous serialised adventure and racing ‘manga’ called The Circuit Wolf. The largest annual gathering of Lotus fans and cars anywhere in the world, Japan Lotus Day also features several races series, a concours d’elegance, circuit taxi rides and trade stands. Shigenori Ogura, F1 commentator, journalist and Japan Lotus Day fan, said: “Japanese car enthusiasts are totally in love with Lotus. The fans who come to Fuji show so much passion for the cars – both old and new – that it really blows you away.” Prior to the event the Evija was guest of honour at the BH Auction, an exclusive automotive sales event in Tokyo. Attendees were given one-to-one access to the all-electric hypercar in a private viewing area.
  16. Lotus Evija is star of the show at Japan Lotus Day World’s most powerful production car dazzles in front of more than 2,000 Lotus owners and fans Annual event – the biggest for Lotus anywhere in the world – celebrated its 10th year with a parade of 600 cars (Fuji Speedway, Japan – 09 September 2019) – Japan Lotus Day, staged at the iconic Fuji Speedway and the largest annual gathering of Lotus fans anywhere in the world, gave an enthusiastic welcome to the Lotus Evija on the latest leg of its world tour. The event is a car festival held in the foothills of Mount Fuji, 50 miles outside Tokyo, and is the ultimate appreciation of the Lotus brand. The festival was celebrating its 10th anniversary, with the all-electric Evija – the world’s most powerful production road car – taking centre stage in front of more than 2,000 enthusiastic Lotus owners and fans. The event culminated in a stunning parade around the Fuji Speedway circuit, featuring approximately 600 Lotus cars from across the company’s successful road and racing history. It included a 1952 Lotus Six and various race cars from the 1960s, through to numerous examples of the Lotus Elise, Exige, 3-Eleven and Evora. Also attracting attention was a Lotus 78, a championship-winning F1 car which took seven wins and nine pole positions, and through the genius of Lotus founder Colin Chapman kickstarted the pioneering ‘ground effect’ era of aerodynamic development in F1. The extraordinary number of Lotus cars on display reflects the brand's popularity in Japan, which stems in part from the 1970s when a Lotus Europa starred in a famous serialised adventure and racing ‘manga’ called The Circuit Wolf. The largest annual gathering of Lotus fans and cars anywhere in the world, Japan Lotus Day also features several races series, a concours d’elegance, circuit taxi rides and trade stands. Shigenori Ogura, F1 commentator, journalist and Japan Lotus Day fan, said: “Japanese car enthusiasts are totally in love with Lotus. The fans who come to Fuji show so much passion for the cars – both old and new – that it really blows you away.” Prior to the event the Evija was guest of honour at the BH Auction, an exclusive automotive sales event in Tokyo. Attendees were given one-to-one access to the all-electric hypercar in a private viewing area. This post has been promoted to an article
  17. Site upgrade complete, any problems please post in this topic. Hopefully no issues, site should hopefully be a lot more snappy to load as well
  18. If you get any errors this evening then please dont worry as the site is being upgraded.
  19. Celebration of motorsport icon Jim Clark at Bo’ness Revival Hillclimb 60 years after he competed Story of Clark’s participation told in a new film featuring a Lotus Exige Sport 350. Download it now at media.lotuscars.com Event featured unique ‘honourable run’ celebrating cars driven by Clark, plus road tour to newly redeveloped Jim Clark Motorsport Museum Sir Jackie Stewart OBE opened Jim Clark Motorsport Museum ahead of the event (Hethel, UK – 06 September 2019) – Lotus legend Jim Clark – a national hero, one of the greatest drivers of his generation and a true motorsport icon – has been celebrated at the Bo’ness Revival Hillclimb 60 years after he competed at the event. In 1959, armed with the very same Lotus Elite he had raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans weeks earlier, Clark tackled the famous West Lothian hill in a time of 37.4 seconds. Overcoming all the elements of the course, it pushed his Lotus to the limit and is still a competitive time today. Formula 1 World Champion in 1963 and 1965, and the winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 1965, Jim Clark made 72 Grand Prix starts, claimed 25 wins and 33 pole positions, all behind the wheel of a Lotus. Clark remains to this day a true icon of the sport and one of the greatest drivers of his generation. Lotus has today released a new film recreating Clark’s 1959 run. Using a Lotus Exige Sport 350 wearing Clark’s registration and racing number, and featuring insights from journalist and historian Graham Gauld, the film looks at how the driver tackled the hillclimb. The main feature at the 2019 Bo’ness Hillclimb was a ‘honourable run’, consisting of a unique category for makes of cars driven by the racing legend*. It also featured a cavalcade of cars he actually drove, plus a road tour running from the event to the newly renovated Jim Clark Motorsport Museum. The Museum, in Duns, Scotland, has recently reopened its doors following a major redevelopment and expansion. Ahead of the event, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Honorary President of The Jim Clark Trust, was on hand – alongside fellow racing driver Allan McNish – to unveil a commemorative plaque. The Museum has welcomed more than 300,000 visitors since it opened 60 years ago and boasts a unique collection of more than 100 trophies and Jim Clark memorabilia, all dedicated to the life and career of the legendary racer. Doug Niven, cousin of Jim Clark and Jim Clark Trustee, said: “Jim’s long and successful association with Lotus is one of motorsport’s great partnerships. So it’s great that this has been honoured at the Bo’ness Revival in the same week as we opened the new museum. We were delighted that Sir Jackie Stewart was able to come to Duns for the official opening. Jim and Jackie have together helped inspire a generation of success for Scottish motorsport and we hope the new museum can inspire future generations for many years to come.” A special Jim Clark Lotus Evora GT410 Sport also took pride of place at the opening. Signed by all 20 current F1 drivers, including champions Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen, it is the 100,000th Lotus road car ever built. The supercharged, 3.5-litre, six-cylinder homage model was auctioned in order to raise funds for the new museum.
  20. Celebration of motorsport icon Jim Clark at Bo’ness Revival Hillclimb 60 years after he competed Story of Clark’s participation told in a new film featuring a Lotus Exige Sport 350. Download it now at media.lotuscars.com Event featured unique ‘honourable run’ celebrating cars driven by Clark, plus road tour to newly redeveloped Jim Clark Motorsport Museum Sir Jackie Stewart OBE opened Jim Clark Motorsport Museum ahead of the event (Hethel, UK – 06 September 2019) – Lotus legend Jim Clark – a national hero, one of the greatest drivers of his generation and a true motorsport icon – has been celebrated at the Bo’ness Revival Hillclimb 60 years after he competed at the event. In 1959, armed with the very same Lotus Elite he had raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans weeks earlier, Clark tackled the famous West Lothian hill in a time of 37.4 seconds. Overcoming all the elements of the course, it pushed his Lotus to the limit and is still a competitive time today. Formula 1 World Champion in 1963 and 1965, and the winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 1965, Jim Clark made 72 Grand Prix starts, claimed 25 wins and 33 pole positions, all behind the wheel of a Lotus. Clark remains to this day a true icon of the sport and one of the greatest drivers of his generation. Lotus has today released a new film recreating Clark’s 1959 run. Using a Lotus Exige Sport 350 wearing Clark’s registration and racing number, and featuring insights from journalist and historian Graham Gauld, the film looks at how the driver tackled the hillclimb. The main feature at the 2019 Bo’ness Hillclimb was a ‘honourable run’, consisting of a unique category for makes of cars driven by the racing legend*. It also featured a cavalcade of cars he actually drove, plus a road tour running from the event to the newly renovated Jim Clark Motorsport Museum. The Museum, in Duns, Scotland, has recently reopened its doors following a major redevelopment and expansion. Ahead of the event, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Honorary President of The Jim Clark Trust, was on hand – alongside fellow racing driver Allan McNish – to unveil a commemorative plaque. The Museum has welcomed more than 300,000 visitors since it opened 60 years ago and boasts a unique collection of more than 100 trophies and Jim Clark memorabilia, all dedicated to the life and career of the legendary racer. Doug Niven, cousin of Jim Clark and Jim Clark Trustee, said: “Jim’s long and successful association with Lotus is one of motorsport’s great partnerships. So it’s great that this has been honoured at the Bo’ness Revival in the same week as we opened the new museum. We were delighted that Sir Jackie Stewart was able to come to Duns for the official opening. Jim and Jackie have together helped inspire a generation of success for Scottish motorsport and we hope the new museum can inspire future generations for many years to come.” A special Jim Clark Lotus Evora GT410 Sport also took pride of place at the opening. Signed by all 20 current F1 drivers, including champions Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen, it is the 100,000th Lotus road car ever built. The supercharged, 3.5-litre, six-cylinder homage model was auctioned in order to raise funds for the new museum. This post has been promoted to an article
  21. Lotus Evija, the world’s most powerful production car, made its public debut in Monterey this week as thousands of fans flocked to the electric hypercar’s reveal North America’s excited reception of the first all-electric British hypercar, resulted in strong double-figure orders being taken, and most of the initial production for the US market now allocated to customers (Monterey, California – 19 August 2019) – The all-new Lotus Evija hypercar has made its public debut at the world-renowned Monterey Car Week, which drew to a close at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday. Evija received plaudits from across the automotive world at Car Week, from the likes of high profile collector Jay Leno, social media star Supercar Blondie and the Petersen Automotive Museum Checkered Flag 200, gaining many new fans, friends and customers along the way. Gordon McCall, Director of Motorsports for The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, said: “Seeing the Lotus Evija debut at The Quail was fantastic – the brand has an amazing history and it is exciting to see its future unfold with the first of its new sports cars.” Lotus Cars’ CEO, Phil Popham, added: “This is exactly the start we hoped for. Evija is an outstanding and exceptional car – designed and engineered to put Lotus back on the map as the innovator and technical leader that it is. Many orders are now taken, giving us great confidence to hit our planned volume as we enter production next year.” A technical tour de force, the Evija is illustrative of the innovative thinking and ingenuity that has always been part of the Lotus DNA. With a target output of 2000 PS, it is the world’s most powerful series production road car. It has been designed and engineered in the UK, and will be produced at Hethel, UK, the home of Lotus since 1966. Exclusivity is guaranteed, with production limited to a maximum of 130 cars.
  22. Lotus Evija, the world’s most powerful production car, made its public debut in Monterey this week as thousands of fans flocked to the electric hypercar’s reveal North America’s excited reception of the first all-electric British hypercar, resulted in strong double-figure orders being taken, and most of the initial production for the US market now allocated to customers (Monterey, California – 19 August 2019) – The all-new Lotus Evija hypercar has made its public debut at the world-renowned Monterey Car Week, which drew to a close at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday. Evija received plaudits from across the automotive world at Car Week, from the likes of high profile collector Jay Leno, social media star Supercar Blondie and the Petersen Automotive Museum Checkered Flag 200, gaining many new fans, friends and customers along the way. Gordon McCall, Director of Motorsports for The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, said: “Seeing the Lotus Evija debut at The Quail was fantastic – the brand has an amazing history and it is exciting to see its future unfold with the first of its new sports cars.” Lotus Cars’ CEO, Phil Popham, added: “This is exactly the start we hoped for. Evija is an outstanding and exceptional car – designed and engineered to put Lotus back on the map as the innovator and technical leader that it is. Many orders are now taken, giving us great confidence to hit our planned volume as we enter production next year.” A technical tour de force, the Evija is illustrative of the innovative thinking and ingenuity that has always been part of the Lotus DNA. With a target output of 2000 PS, it is the world’s most powerful series production road car. It has been designed and engineered in the UK, and will be produced at Hethel, UK, the home of Lotus since 1966. Exclusivity is guaranteed, with production limited to a maximum of 130 cars. This post has been promoted to an article
  23. Lotus presents a collection of classic and current Lotus road and race cars New Evora GT4 Concept race car makes its continental debut Automobilclub von Deutschland (AvD) honours Lotus with a special award for its pioneering contribution to the automotive industry (Hethel, UK – 08 August 2019) For the Old Timers Grand Prix (OTGP) – Nürburgring 2019, Lotus will show the latest range of cars, Elise Sport 220, Exige Sport 410 and Evora GT410 Sport, together with some legendary classic road and race cars, a white Esprit S1, a rare Lotus Type 23C (one of only 6 built), Lotus Type 51 (Formula Ford single seater) and the new Lotus Evora GT4 Concept race car, which is making its debut in continental Europe. In addition, a Lotus is dedicated “Gentlemen Drivers – GT cars to 1965” race will take place on Saturday 10 August 2019 – a race category harking back to when the renowned Lotus race cars, from the late 1950s to early 1960s such as the Lotus Eleven, Elite and Type 23 would have competed around the 21 km Nordschleife (North Loops) circuit. The Automobilclub von Deutschland (AvD) (Germany’s oldest Germany’s automobile association) will present Lotus with a special award for its pioneering contribution to the automotive industry. The special award will be presented during the Lotus press conference at 12 noon on Saturday 10 August 2019 on the Lotus stand (part of the Gotcha area, opposite the “Mundorf Tank”). Lotus at the OTGP in more detail Lotus has an enviable history at the Nürburgring with legendary drives and victories over the years at the “Green Hell”. Stirling Moss won the German GP for the first time in a Lotus in August 1961 in a heavily modified Type 18/21 and the great Jim Clark won again in 1965 in a Type 33, but it was at the Nürburgring 10000 km in 1962 that Lotus and Jim Clark cemented their reputation for the future. Jim was driving a lightweight and agile Lotus Type 23 with a small 1498cc twin cam engine producing just 100 bhp; after the first lap Clark was in the lead by 27 seconds and at one point was two minutes ahead – against bigger and more powerful opposition. The new Lotus Evora GT4 Concept is also being presented at the Nürburgring Old Timers GP. The Lotus Evora GT4 Concept marks a return to the international racing arena for Lotus. Retaining the personality and natural ability of the road-going Lotus Evora, the GT4 Concept builds on the brand’s advanced lightweight engineering expertise to deliver a race car that perfectly encapsulates the company’s competitive spirit. Proving its racing credentials, the last generation of Evora GT4 won prestigious championships and races at the most famous tracks around the world, including British GT, Dubai 24hrs, Barcelona 24hrs, European GT4, Sepang 12hrs the Pirelli World Championship and most recently crowned vice-champion in the Swedish GT Series with Cyan Racing in 2018. A testament to the inherent ability of the Evora, the evolution of the new GT4 capitalises on the car’s already advanced road platform which was heavily influenced by Lotus motorsport-inspired engineering. The current Lotus model range of the Elise, Exige and Evora are all testaments to what driving is all about - Lotus is, and always has been for the drivers!
  24. Lotus presents a collection of classic and current Lotus road and race cars New Evora GT4 Concept race car makes its continental debut Automobilclub von Deutschland (AvD) honours Lotus with a special award for its pioneering contribution to the automotive industry (Hethel, UK – 08 August 2019) For the Old Timers Grand Prix (OTGP) – Nürburgring 2019, Lotus will show the latest range of cars, Elise Sport 220, Exige Sport 410 and Evora GT410 Sport, together with some legendary classic road and race cars, a white Esprit S1, a rare Lotus Type 23C (one of only 6 built), Lotus Type 51 (Formula Ford single seater) and the new Lotus Evora GT4 Concept race car, which is making its debut in continental Europe. In addition, a Lotus is dedicated “Gentlemen Drivers – GT cars to 1965” race will take place on Saturday 10 August 2019 – a race category harking back to when the renowned Lotus race cars, from the late 1950s to early 1960s such as the Lotus Eleven, Elite and Type 23 would have competed around the 21 km Nordschleife (North Loops) circuit. The Automobilclub von Deutschland (AvD) (Germany’s oldest Germany’s automobile association) will present Lotus with a special award for its pioneering contribution to the automotive industry. The special award will be presented during the Lotus press conference at 12 noon on Saturday 10 August 2019 on the Lotus stand (part of the Gotcha area, opposite the “Mundorf Tank”). Lotus at the OTGP in more detail Lotus has an enviable history at the Nürburgring with legendary drives and victories over the years at the “Green Hell”. Stirling Moss won the German GP for the first time in a Lotus in August 1961 in a heavily modified Type 18/21 and the great Jim Clark won again in 1965 in a Type 33, but it was at the Nürburgring 10000 km in 1962 that Lotus and Jim Clark cemented their reputation for the future. Jim was driving a lightweight and agile Lotus Type 23 with a small 1498cc twin cam engine producing just 100 bhp; after the first lap Clark was in the lead by 27 seconds and at one point was two minutes ahead – against bigger and more powerful opposition. The new Lotus Evora GT4 Concept is also being presented at the Nürburgring Old Timers GP. The Lotus Evora GT4 Concept marks a return to the international racing arena for Lotus. Retaining the personality and natural ability of the road-going Lotus Evora, the GT4 Concept builds on the brand’s advanced lightweight engineering expertise to deliver a race car that perfectly encapsulates the company’s competitive spirit. Proving its racing credentials, the last generation of Evora GT4 won prestigious championships and races at the most famous tracks around the world, including British GT, Dubai 24hrs, Barcelona 24hrs, European GT4, Sepang 12hrs the Pirelli World Championship and most recently crowned vice-champion in the Swedish GT Series with Cyan Racing in 2018. A testament to the inherent ability of the Evora, the evolution of the new GT4 capitalises on the car’s already advanced road platform which was heavily influenced by Lotus motorsport-inspired engineering. The current Lotus model range of the Elise, Exige and Evora are all testaments to what driving is all about - Lotus is, and always has been for the drivers! This post has been promoted to an article
  25. New logo as part of the brand revamp. Marketing chief Simon Clare said the firm "looked back at the original Lotus roundel and thought about Colin Chapman’s philosophy: to simplify and add lightness.”
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