This is perhaps the most exciting moment in the history of Lotus car for a quarter of a centuary. The venerable Elise and associated model range of Exige and Evora have been retired and a new king is about to be proclaimed.
So we finally know the name of the all new Lotus for 2022, previously known by its code name Type 131, the Lotus Emira. To be launch in July 2022 the Lotus Emira will be the Lotus’ first all new car in over a decade.
Copper Fire is unique to Lotus, but what is its association with James Bond? Did you know my car is not the only modern Lotus to use the famous colour, so how many other cars are there with Copper Fire?
Take the roof off a Exige, just 6 simple screws, and you will see the holes for the soft top roof bars already installed! Converting to a soft top is simple, requiring just two openings to be made in the rear bulkhead.
The celebration of Lotus at 70 was a fantastic event and one everyone who attended will remember. Launched online it was sold out almost immediately and everyone on social media was buzzing about ticket availability.
When the Lotus Exige Sport 410 was launched it was met with universal praise. Although I was already very keen to buy this model, these reviews really confirmed what a great car this was going to be.
When I bought my Lotus I wanted to join a club to meet like minded enthusiasts. Lotus Drivers Club had a great website featuring lots of enticing events to meet other owners, and the best Lotus magazine money can buy.
Supercar Fest captures the Hill Climb ethos of being accessible, inexpensive, exciting motorsport fun, and then dials that up to 11! At one of the oldest motorsport venues in the world, Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb.
Goodwood 2018 was a special year for many reasons, the genesis of Bond Exige concept, the launch of Lotus Type 49 and 79 limited editions, and most importantly Lotus were back in a big way!
Those that have seen my car may think it is a bit of a show pony, but I had always intended to take my car on track. You can’t get the full Lotus experience driving on public roads, so where to start?
The Interweb is a creative place and I have seen all sorts of automotive art and image processing. Some of my favourites are the squashed mini motor cars and the optical illusion of one-wheel cars.
Most Lotus owners are also enthusiasts with a passion for the brand, which usual means they have hankered after more than one model. What Lotus models would you select for your garage? Here are mine...
One of my favourite car meets for many years has been the Queen Square Car Club, which started in 2009 and has grown to one of the UKs largest regularly car meets which can attract 500+ cars!
‘Copper Fire’, a fitting name for a dramatic colour. Like a flaming fire, it changes in different light, vivid and bright coppery orange in direct sunlight, rich moody red in the evening.
I headed for the 2010 Club House and parked in the entrance to get a couple of quick photos and a few staff came over to have a look at the car.
Lotus have taken some of the best examples of Lotus cars worldwide and featured them in a dedicated page on their website. From the Lotus Car website main menu select ‘#MYLOTUS’.
After a summer of fun with the Lotus, I decided to organise an autumn event for local Lotus owners. An early Sunday morning with some breakfast at the fabulous 57 Bridgestreet in USK.
Absolute Lotus got in touch about an article featuring Lotus Exclusive. There would be two Lotus Exclusive cars, both on a Bond theme, but compare the models, an Evora and an Exige.
Being completely new to Lotus, I wanted to meet other enthusiastic owners. A great way to meet lots of owners is to join a club and Lotus has several from which to choose.
I previously owned a gun metal grey Aston Martin Vantage, a colour that beautifully shows the perfect contours of the car, but unfortunately showed every stone chip and light swirl mark.
The original web page contained a lot of written content about the car, which focused on the stating the commonality with the Exige 430 Cup from which the specification is derived.
The legacy of Colin Chapman is enormous and cannot be underestimated in terms of motorsport and sports cars the world over. As you might expect Colin Chapman’s words were inspirational to many people.
I have always had a second car, sports car, for weekend fun, and a sensible and economical daily drive. My second cars are always second-hand, partly to keep the costs sensible and partly the fact you have great choices of interesting cars.
The Lotus Exige Sport 410 replaced the 380 in August 2018 just as Chinese automotive giant Geely were completing their purchase of Lotus Cars. The difference was a significant step forward in terms of specification, particularly the engine and suspension.
The Exige Sport 410 specification is considerable and significant value over the entry level Sport 350. It has all the additional cooling, suspension and carbon of the 430 Cup, but with a road setup.