Lotus is a British sports activities automobile made in Norfolk. The corporate was shaped by Colin Chapman in 1952. The corporate had prompt success each on the racing tracks and as a sports activities sedan. Nonetheless, like all automobile firms within the 70s, Lotus additionally went via monetary difficulties and had many new house owners.
When Colin Chapman died in 1982, the automobile had already established itself as a premier automobile on the street racing circuit. In l986, the corporate was bought to GM after which went via a number of extra ownerships.
Lotus additionally made a reputation by offering engineering design consultancy to different automobile firms like Opal, Saab and Saturn. Lotus engineering has additionally helped produce the Cortina, Vauxhall, Dodge spirit, Tesla Roadster, Toyota supra and Europa.
Lotus archived its best success on the Method one circuit giving problem to Ferrari for the Method one championship for the previous 30 years.
Right now, the Elise has been launched to the North American market. Glossy, with a Toyota engine it’s a stylish sports activities automobile. Different fashions within the US embody the Exige which nonetheless must make a reputation.
Right now Lotus has integrated the Aluminum Efficiency Crossover for its new mid sized automobiles. These excessive powered, entrance mounted V6 engines have been obtainable for a while within the USA.
In 2007, Lotus determined to make some new fashions of automobiles within the USA. The fashions to be developed within the USA embody the Excel and the Spirit. For the longer term, Lotus engineering has devoted itself to growing a brand new era of hybrid and electrical autos. Whereas there may be lots of buzz about going inexperienced, present international downturn has put all plans on the shelf.