Lotus is a private company that is associated with automotive industry. It is a British manufacturer of auto parts and automobiles like racing and sports cars. Brand Lotus is interested in designing and manufacturing of lightweight vehicles. It has the ownership of Lotus engineering, an engineering consultancy, having facilities in Malaysia, United States, United Kingdom and China.
Automobile company Lotus was founded in year 1952 by Colin Chapman and it had its headquarters in Hethel, England. At present ownership of brand Lotus is in hands of a subsidiary company Proton, whose parent company is DRB-HICOM.
In its earlier days Lotus began selling cars to trialists and privateer racers. Its cars could easily be purchased as kits, but this era ended in late 1960s. First Lotus was manufactured and used by its brand for competing in races. In 1957, company unveiled Lotus Elite, an innovative and light coupe that owed its status to unibody-construction with fibreglass. This vehicle became the first to use fibreglass for its skin and skeleton. Resultant light and reduced weight enabled Elite to make a mark of its own at notable racing circuits around the globe.
1960s saw expansion of product line from brand Lotus with launch of Elan. It was first offered to its customers as a roadster and had twin-cam engine, four-wheel independent-suspension, backbone chassis, fibreglass body, and four-wheel disk-brakes. Later hardtop versions were also available. Elan Plus 2 was added to its line-up in 1967 and it was a sporty car with bigger cabin and extra twin-jump seats. Another vehicle of early 70s was Lotus Europa that had mid-mounted Renault-engine, lightweight body and backbone chassis.
Although the brand stopped production of Elite in 1972 but it revived its name in 1974. New and trendy Elite were a modified version with four-passenger seating’s and 160-horsepower engine. 1976 saw a new addition with launch of Esprit. It was recognizable because of its trademark wedge-shaped exterior and its appearance in Bond movies. This Sports car had two seats and a lightweight design.
In 1996, flyweight Elise was manufactured by Lotus that became its financial saviour. Weight of this model was just 901 kg and it had incorporated several engineering innovations like composite body-shell and aluminium frame. Its racing variant included 340R that had an open-body design. Elise was launched in US markets with Toyota engine. Later Lotus Exige S was introduced with supercharged V6 3.5-litre engine and 345 horsepower. Lotus Evora was introduced in 2008 and had V6 3.5-litre transverse engine to provide powerful performance.
Lotus engineering was dedicated to produce electric and hybrid versions. It created its first hybrid Evora 414E, a concept car that had range of three hundred miles and in 4.4 seconds, 0-60 mph. It also joined Caparo, MIRA Ltd and Jaguar cars to manufacture a luxury-hybrid sedan. This project was funded by UK government and was named Limo-Green.
Brand Lotus with British origins is a special outfit that has race and sports cars under its belt with high performance values and sleek and impressive designs. Its vehicles are prized by enthusiasts because of brands desire to produce best vehicles with sporty style, reasonable price and comfy ride.
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