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2018 Lotus Exige Cup 430 revealed

The Lotus Exige Cup 430 has been revealed this week, tipped as the "most extreme" example of the British sports car ever produced. Unlike most of the company's recent new models, the Exige Cup 430 is a series-production variant - so no, this isn't just another Lotus special. Headlining the upgrades is a reworked 3...

2018 Lotus Elise Cup 260 revealed - UPDATE

Lotus has added another lightweight special edition to its lineup, in the form the Elise Cup 260. Just 30 examples of the lighter, more powerful Elise will be built to celebrate the British marque’s long history in motorsport. The eye-catching new aero package on the 260 takes inspiration from the Evora GT430, with louvred front wheel arches and a massive rear wing...

Geely completes Lotus takeover

China’s largest privately-owned automotive group, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding) has completed a takeover of British sports car marque, Lotus. Geely Holding now owns a majority stake of 51 per cent in Lotus Advance Technologies Sdn Bhd (Lotus) with a minority 49 per cent being held by Malaysia’s Etika Automotive...

2018 Lotus Evora GT430 Sport revealed - UPDATE

Update (30 October): Lotus Cars Australia has confirmed a 'Fire Red' Evora GT430 Sport is available to the Australian market, with a starting price of $239,990 before on-road costs. See bottom of article for details. Following in the footsteps of the regular Lotus Evora GT430 – the British brand's most powerful road-going model ever – Lotus has added a newer, even faster, variant to its ranks: the 2018 Lotus Evora GT430 Sport...

2017 Lotus Evora GT430: Most powerful road-going Lotus revealed - UPDATE

Update (30 October): Lotus Cars Australia has confirmed it has secured an Evora GT430 for our market, with a starting price of $259,990. See bottom of article for details. The limited-edition Lotus Evora GT430 has been revealed, and is said to be the company's most powerful road-going car yet. As its name suggests, the Evora GT430 features a retuned 3...

Lotus Elise Cup 250: Featherweight sports car gets track tune, Australian pricing revealed

The Lotus Elise Cup 250 has been revealed this week, adding yet another special model to the British sports car company's line-up. Sitting above the Elise Sport 220, the Cup 250 is pitched as the "fastest, most focused" four-cylinder Lotus sports car ever, and is very much a race car for the road. Powering the Elise Cup 250 is the same 1...

Meet Jeff Morton: defying the odds to tackle the tarmac

Seven years ago, Jeff Morton didn't know if he would ever be able to race again, let alone win the Country Club GT Sports Trophy at Targa Tasmania in his 2017 Lotus Exige Sport 350. In 2010, Morton was diagnosed with brain cancer and was facing a long road to recovery after an operation to remove the tumour...

China's Geely takes majority stake in Lotus, shares in Proton

China's largest privately-owned automotive group, Zhejiang Geely Holding, has agreed to a deal that will hand it the majority stake in famed British sports-car brand Lotus. The Chinese group - which also owns Volvo Cars and the London Taxi Company - will also take a 49.9 per cent share in Lotus' current parent, Malaysian company Proton...

2017 Lotus Elise Sprint unveiled with less weight, changes for rest of range

The new Lotus Elise Sprint has had 41kg of weight stripped out of it, bringing its dry weight down to 798kg. Reviving the Sprint name, previously used on the Elan, the new variant sits above the Elise Sport, but below the Cup 250. Part of the savings are attributed to the Sprint's lithium-ion battery (9kg reduction), carbon race seats (6kg), forged alloy wheels (5kg), and polycarbonate rear windscreen...

Geely, PSA to bid for Proton and Lotus takeover this week - report

Malaysian car maker Proton and its subsidiary Lotus were reported last year to be up for sale, with a number of car makers said to be keen on a purchase. In September, business paper Reuters reported Peugeot and Citroen parent PSA Group as one suitor, while Renault and Suzuki were also believed to be considering bids of their own...

2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410: one-off special remembers iconic James Bond Esprit S1

Remember the amphibious Lotus Esprit S1 from the 1977 Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me? Well, the bods at Lotus Exclusive – the UK brand's in-house personalisation department – have tried to recreate the iconic model in celebration of the original car's on-screen debut, some 40 years ago...