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Whilst news of new model variants has been fairly quiet of late signs are emerging of revisions being made across the Lotus model range.
First up, a camouflaged Evora was posted recently testing on the continent on AutoJunk.nl. Little is known about this car, however photographs suggest that the front bumper has been re-profiled to some extent, with the lower brake vents possibly removed and a larger vent higher in the bumper seemingly visible through some holes in the vinyl wrap.
The cars engine bay is also covered, leading some to speculate that a change of engine could be in the offing, particularly given that Euro VI engine regulations are set to come in to force in 2015.
Positive news from Lotus this week, with the company announcing their best June and First quarter international sales figures in a number of years.
Today, Group Lotus plc is pleased to announce a 31% rise in global sports car sales for the first financial quarter of 2014.
For the period 1st April-30thJune the company increased its overall sales volume by 31% to 505 units compared to 386 units for the same term last year. The results which deliver the best first financial quarter for 3 years, also show best June results in 4 years with sales of 192 units.
Key global territories that showed the highest increase in sales were France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan. The improved performance is attributed to increased demand for all three vehicles in the Lotus range being the Lotus Evora, Lotus Exige and Lotus Elise, with industry-leading residual values ensuring that a Lotus purchase is an easy decision. Continue reading →
Lotus have added a great new incentive for new owners in the UK and mainland Europe, with 3 years (or 27,000 miles) free servicing across the Elise, Exige and Evora range on top of their existing 3 year, unlimited mileage, warranty for cars ordered between now and the end of September.
With 3-year warranty and 3-year inclusive servicing offered across all 3 models in the Lotus sports car range, Lotus customers can drive away and confidently revel that from here on in, it’s pure driving enjoyment.
Sports car fans with a passion for the open road can now buy a new Lotus Elise, Exige and Evora with guaranteed peace of mind. Not only does your Lotus come with 3-year warranty as standard, the famous sports car manufacturer is now offering, for a limited time only, a 3 year service package* included on all new UK and European mainland Lotus purchases. Offer is available from 1st July until end of September 2014.
Fuelled by the excitement and anticipation of the 2014 Formula 1® season, Lotus gives its Exige S range a shot of race adrenaline with the Exige LF1 limited edition.
This summer 81 Lotus Exige S cars will receive a Lotus F1® Team inspired livery and interior trim to commemorate the number of grand prix victories held by the Lotus marque*,
Delivering race-car thrills on the road and track, the critically acclaimed supercharged 3.5l V6 Exige S is well known for its focussed dynamic performance, now, with a striking bespoke black and gold paint scheme with red accents and gold 17” front and 18” rear cast alloy wheels, the Exige LF1 leaves no doubt as to its heritage or indeed to its intention! Continue reading →
PROTON Holdings Berhad (“PROTON”) last week announced the appointment of Jean-Marc Gales as the new Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc, effective 1 May 2014. Lotus is a wholly owned subsidiary of PROTON and a member of the DRB-HICOM Group.
Gales, a Luxembourgian, holds a MSc in Management from London’s Imperial College, and a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. A known industry player, Gales has held several significant positions with numerous global automotive manufacturers. Prior to his new appointment at Lotus, Gales was Chief Executive Officer of the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (“CLEPA”) since 2012, where he played a key role in turning around the association through various strategic initiatives, including streamlining the working processes and increasing corporate members from 82 to 112. Gales also established a lobbying strategy with the European Parliament and European Commission, and helped define the Industry Research & Innovation Strategy and Roadmap for 2025. Continue reading →
Gregory Rasse got his 2014 Lotus Cup Europe campaign off to the perfect start with a pair of race victories at Germany’s Hockenheim circuit. Racing on the bill of the annual Jim Clark Revival meeting, the Belgian’s Evora held off the similarly-powered Exiges of Jon Walker and Phillippe Loup in both contests.
Poleman Walker and fellow front row starter Rasse disputed the lead throughout a pulsating opening race, and it was the Evora that just managed to squeeze ahead at the line. The result was repeated for the second encounter. Xavier Georges and Nicholas Ferrer claimed both 2-Eleven and Exige class wins respectively. Continue reading →
Romain Grosjean delivers a steady and progressive race in Sepang, whilst power issues for Pastor Maldonado forces a tough decision to retire.
Round two of the 2014 F1® season got underway yesterday, and it was a bag of mixed fortunes for the Lotus F1® Team. Starting in P15 and P16, Lotus F1® Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado made good progress off the grid until a loss of power for Pastor during the first lap, cut short the Venezuelan’s race who took the tough decision to safeguard his engine and retire.
Romain however kept the black and gold flag flying high and advanced quickly, accelerating two places and sliding into P13 during the fourth lap. He then maintained his pace, overtaking Caterham’s Kobayashi to claim P12 during lap 32. Continuing his steady fight forwards and providing valuable data for the team, he further ascended into P11 and was forced to furiously defend his place in the last laps of the race thanks to a spirited challenge from teammate of old, Kimi Räikkönen. The Räikkönen charge did not break Romain’s lock down and he successfully crossed the line, his P11 finish in hand. Continue reading →
Sports broadcaster Kiri Bloore will be joining the LoTRDC broadcasting team to bring all of the latest action to your living room this season.
Part of the new generation of sports broadcasters, Kiri is certainly one to watch and she will add the finishing touch to what is already set to be a very exciting year for LOTRDC. Joining the hugely successful Lotus Cup UK and Lotus Cup Europe, the Elise Trophy will become a championship for the first time in 2014. Meanwhile newcomers to motorsport are taking their first competitive steps in the Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship. All will be represented in Motors TV’s Lotus on Track
programme, anchored by Kiri.
Kiri’s voice will be familiar to motorsport fans from programmes on Silverstone radio, whilst she has
demonstrated sporting knowledge on screen with Golfing World News. She has grown up in the world
of motor racing and favourite driver of all time is Ayrton Senna. To keep up to date with Kiri
throughout the season check out her Twitter @kiribloore
The opening event of LoTRDC’s 2014 season took place on Sunday 16 March, with the first
round of the Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship at North Weald airfield in Essex.
Xavier Brooke won the event, and also took the Production Class from Robert Clark, with former Team Lotus Formula 1 driver Martin Donnelly posting the third fastest time in class in his sprint debut. He was locked in a close duel with son Stefan, the pair driving a borrowed 111R whilst their S1 Elise is being made ready for round two at Snetterton in three weeks’ time. Continue reading →
A tough season opener and a difficult start to the 2014 F1® season for The Lotus F1® Team down-under.
They always said it was going to be a dramatic first race in this new era of F1® and dramatic it was. Melbourne’s Albert Park 3.3 mile circuit provided the stage for top-flight motorsport entertainment that saw Lotus put up a positive assault in what was always going to be a tough race for the black and gold team.
Disappointing qualifying for both drivers meant whilst Pastor Maldonado began at the very back of the grid, Romain Grosjean began from the pit-lane and was then further slapped with a drive-through penalty for leaving the pit garage early. Never-the-less, after lights out Maldonado was soon on the march and ascended to P11 before problems with the Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic (MGU-K) hampered his fight resulting in his retirement in lap 29. Continue reading →