LDC Calendar 2021

LDC Calendar 2021

LDC Calendar 2021

Taking pride of place on the cover of the 2021 Lotus Drivers Club calendar is a photo of the breathtakingly beautiful Evija taken by Matthew Hardwick – SFJMedia.

The A4 calendar includes provisional dates of national club events and area meetings. We hope you’ll enjoy having the calendar and selected photos on your wall.

The Lotus Drivers Club Calendar for 2021 costs £5.00 including UK delivery. Postage to EU countries will cost an extra £2.75.

Lotus Drivers Club members receive a complimentary calendar as part of your membership. 

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Further investment in Lotus Engineering consultancy with major Hethel site upgrades

Further investment in Lotus Engineering consultancy with major Hethel site upgrades

Further investment in Lotus Engineering consultancy with major Hethel site upgrades

Lotus is revealing the latest upgrades to its Hethel site, which will help drive a new era of success for Lotus Engineering, the consultancy division of the business.

The multi-million-pound investment is the latest chapter in the ongoing transformation of the Lotus company and brand. Site enhancements include the installation of numerous all-new and upgraded state-of-the-art engineering test facilities. These will be used by Lotus Engineering as it expands its portfolio of consultancy services and its client base, and will complement the Lotus Cars business as it prepares to deliver a new range of performance cars – the first of which will be unveiled next year.

Improvements include an all-new Electric Drive Unit (EDU) test cell, plus upgrades to the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) test and development cells, the Propulsion Prototype build workshop and the vehicle emissions lab.

The famous 2.2-mile Hethel test track – the scene of so much historic race and road car development since Lotus moved to the Norfolk site in 1966 – has also been upgraded.

These latest improvements are in addition to the all-new sports car factory which will be home to an all-new Lotus model starting next year, and in addition to the new assembly hall dedicated to the Lotus Evija all-electric hypercar. Both will be manufacturing new Lotus cars during 2021.

In 2020 Lotus Engineering celebrates 40 years since it was formally incorporated. The consultancy provides a comprehensive range of technical services to many of the world’s best-known automotive manufacturers and suppliers. While much of its work and list of clients remains confidential, its ‘greatest hits’ include some of the best-known and most-loved performance cars of all time such as the Lotus Cortina, the Lotus Carlton, the Lotus Sunbeam and numerous others.

Matt Windle, Executive Director, Engineering, Lotus, commented: “We see huge potential to put Lotus Engineering right at the cutting edge of automotive innovation, further building on our core competencies as well as increasing our capability in growth areas.”

He continued: “An example is electrification; the challenges around weight reduction and improved dynamics are a major factor in the quest for more efficient electric vehicles, and those link back directly to the Lotus core values. What we continue to learn on the Lotus Evija all-electric hypercar programme creates knowledge and experience which we can use to help other businesses.”

As announced in July this year, Lotus Engineering’s new home will be on the Wellesbourne campus of the University of Warwick, part of an all-new advanced technology centre for Lotus being established in the West Midlands.

The growth strategy for Lotus Engineering sees the services it offers categorised under three pillars:

EXPERIENCE: active noise, Human Machine Interface (HMI), user interface, user experience, cockpit, infotainment, driver engagement

PLATFORM: concepts, structures, architectures, propulsion, manufacturing

DYNAMICS: ride and handling, lightweighting, aerodynamics, simulation, chassis systems

Further details on the improvements at Hethel are listed below.

All-new Electric Drive Unit (EDU) test cell

An all-new facility at Lotus, it allows engineers to test EV powertrains including the motor, gearbox and supporting electronics. Lotus software can communicate with the motor control system and load the powertrain as if it were in a vehicle, to test, develop and validate its performance.

Upgraded Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) test and development cells

These are used for ICE development, calibration and durability testing, and have been upgraded to enable Lotus to deliver comprehensive world-class test data to the latest international standards. Specific improvements have been made to further improve capability and future-proofing on complex test profiles, calibration requirements, high-speed data acquisition and multiple channel configurations.

Upgraded Propulsion Prototype build workshop

This workshop allows Lotus engineers to build and test new engines, transmissions and EDUs. It has been completely redesigned and re-equipped with all-new hardware and new IT systems to improve the range of services offered. Today it is a world-class and highly efficient location ensuring high-quality prototype building.

Upgraded vehicle emissions lab

New equipment has been added to allow Lotus engineers to test and validate vehicles to the latest emissions standards, not just for the UK and Europe but in all international markets.

Upgraded Hethel test track

New additions to the famous circuit include new protective trackside barriers; new CCTV cameras to enable full track visibility; new safety systems including an upgraded entrance/exit barrier control system; and improved fire protection around the circuit.

Green power deal supercharges Lotus’ net-zero ambitions

Green power deal supercharges Lotus’ net-zero ambitions

Green power deal supercharges Lotus’ net-zero ambitions

Lotus and British Gas Business have embarked on a new green electricity deal, which sees the UK’s largest energy supplier provide renewable power to the sports car maker’s headquarters and supporting facilities. 

The contract, which began on 1 October, is REGO-backed (Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin), where the power is purchased from 100% renewable sources, ensuring the electricity used across Lotus’ UK sites is carbon neutral. As a flexible contract, Lotus can also develop its own renewable assets on sites to self-support its power needs and further its green credentials. 

In May, Centrica (the parent company of British Gas) and Lotus announced a partnership to develop a new model for electric vehicle (EV) ownership that fully integrates future mobility and energy. Together, the companies aim to redefine and integrate the relationship between consumers, cars and electricity – controlled by smart devices at home and on the move – which will result in more efficient energy usage, carbon and cost savings. 

The companies are also set to introduce a comprehensive sustainability programme across Lotus, leveraging innovative, low-carbon technologies and mitigating the impacts of key business operations from manufacturing through to sales and supporting functions.

“This is an exciting new partnership which has got off to a fast start with this new supply contract announced today. Green power supplies offer an efficient means to supercharge commercial sustainability, and there is much more to follow from Centrica and Lotus as we plot the carmaker’s course to zero carbon,” said Carl Bayliss, Vice President of Mobility at Centrica.     

“This is a huge first step for us in our commitment to becoming a 100% carbon neutral business. Next steps include working across our supply chain as part of our net-zero pledge, launching more zero-emissions vehicles as introduced with the Lotus Evija hypercar, and ensuring these vehicles are manufactured and distributed using the latest, sustainable technology and techniques,” said Uday Senapati, Lotus Cars’ Executive Director of Corporate Strategy and Product Management. 

He added: “This is a step change and the start of an exciting journey for Lotus, which is not only about decarbonisation and environmental awareness, but also about making a significant, positive contribution to the customer journey. We will integrate cars, homes and mobile devices, making our model the most efficient, convenient and connected way to utilise energy.”

New Supercar from Austria – fully loaded with the spirit of Colin Chapman

New Supercar from Austria – fully loaded with the spirit of Colin Chapman

New Supercar from Austria – fully loaded with the spirit of Colin Chapman

It’s been 20 years that Lotus unveiled their first version of the Exige, well known as one of the most agile sports cars in the world. Now, two decades later, an Austrian motorsport-engineer shows what is possible based on legendary chassis from Lotus. Always in mind: the spirit of Colin Chapman.

Martin Jung, founder of JUBU Performance, wanted to build the race-car he always desired: fast, easy to drive and easy to maintain. What he did with his team is pretty insane: “JP ZERO”, a full carbon, 610 hp race-car with only 960kg, designed to compete in the GT2 class. A 740 hp, street legal supercar will follow.

“We took the great chassis from the Exige and built an entire new car around it. Almost everything – from suspension to steering wheel was completely new designed and produced at our factory in Austria. During the development process we always kept the old principle of Colin Chapman in mind: simplify, then add lightness.” says Martin Jung, the mastermind of the project.

Easy to drive

Besides the ultra-lightweight construction the drivetrain takes a major part in the concept of JP ZERO: a special designed dual clutch transmission provides ultra-fast shifting without the downsides of a classic sequential gearbox. “This was one of our greatest achievements during the project. Our DCT is really easy to handle and can compete with any sequential gearbox on track – but if you want to relax, you can just switch from manual in automatic mode and chill.” says Jung.

100 hours on track without major maintenance

The DTC also allows a bold promise – according to the manufacturer the car allows you to be on track for 100 hours without any major maintenance or rebuild of the gearbox. Martin Jung: “We designed the car to be on track, not in the workshop. Any JP ZERO owner should be able to simply arrive on track and drive – without the need of a crew of mechanics.”

Performance on purpose

The Bi-Turbo concept also allows the driver to adjust the power provided by the engine on purpose. It’s possible to set the delivered power from 410 hp to 610 hp with a simple switch in the cockpit (up to 740 hp in ZEROstreet).

Three Versions, limited units, delivery starts 2021

JP ZERO comes in three versions, ZEROrace, ZEROtrack and ZEROstreet. The pure race-car is called ZEROrace, designed to compete in the GT2 class. ZEROtrack comes as a low-maintainance, arrive-and-drive track-tool for having fun on tracks without any effort. ZEROstreet will come as a 740 hp, street legal, luxurious supercar with bare carbon body.
First deliveries of ZEROrace and ZEROtrack will take place in spring 2021. ZEROstreet will follow in spring 2022. Inspired by the 20th anniversary of the basic Exige each version of the ZERO is limited to 20 production units, so altogether just 60 units of JP ZERO will be produced.

Prices start at EUR 249.000,— for ZEROtrack and go up to EUR 650.000,— for ZEROstreet.

Martin Jung: “The car is pure, analogue and reliable. It’s meant to be truly a car for the drivers.”

Lotus launches new Certificate of Provenance programme by honouring Colin Chapman’s last car – newly acquired by Lotus

Lotus launches new Certificate of Provenance programme by honouring Colin Chapman’s last car – newly acquired by Lotus

Lotus launches new Certificate of Provenance programme by honouring Colin Chapman’s last car – newly acquired by Lotus

Lotus is launching a new Certificate of Provenance programme, revealing the first recipient as a stunning and celebrated Turbo Esprit that was the final ‘company car’ of Lotus founder Colin Chapman. 

The 1981 model, which was also driven by UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during a visit to Norfolk, has recently been acquired by Lotus. Following a sympathetic restoration it will join the company’s collection.

The new Certificate of Provenance is designed to appeal to owners of Lotus cars from any era. They could buy one for themselves or receive it as a gift from friends or family. It is delivered in a distinctive ‘For The Drivers’ Lotus presentation box, which contains:

  • The Certificate of Provenance – printed on premium paper, this provides a summary of the car’s details including the VIN, paint colour and specification. The certificate also notes the date on which the car completed its production at the Hethel factory and was passed to the Lotus sales team.
  • The Build Specification Letter – drafted using detailed vehicle information from the Lotus archive*, this document provides more in-depth information about the car, including its engine, transmission, standard features and optional extras.
  • A personalised letter to the customer signed by Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars, thanking them for their purchase and updating them on the transformation which is taking place at Lotus.

The three documents are presented in a simple black envelope placed inside the presentation box. Beneath it is a selection of Lotus collectables, including an aluminium plaque engraved with the owner’s name and information from the Certificate of Provenance; a leather Lotus keyring; a carbon fibre bookmark featuring the brand’s nine most significant motorsport laurels; a presentation tin of four badges; and a Lotus ink pen.

The Certificate of Provenance is available worldwide through Lotus retailers. In the UK it costs £170 + postage. Prices in other markets may vary. 

The 1981 Lotus Turbo Esprit has the UK registration plate UVF 464X and was first registered to Lotus on 1 August of that year. Its own Lotus Certificate of Provenance reveals it was allocated to company founder Colin Chapman for his exclusive use. Following Chapman’s death in December 1982, it was sold by Lotus in July 1983 and has been in private hands ever since, covering just 11,000 miles and regularly maintained.

Finished in metallic Silver Diamond paint with ‘Turbo Esprit’ decals, the factory-fitted optional extras include a full red leather interior, air-conditioning and a Panasonic audio system integrated into the headliner.

However, the specification is completely unique as it has several features added at the request of Chapman to improve his own driving comfort and enjoyment. These include power steering – it was the first Esprit ever to have this technology – plus modified and lowered suspension, modified brakes and BBS Mahle lattice alloy wheels.

On 5 August 1981 the car was used by Chapman to promote the latest Lotus range to the then UK Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, when she toured Norfolk. After landing at Norwich Airport and talking to Chapman, she sat behind the wheel and drove it round the site’s private roads. Local media reported that she had said: “I was tempted to drive away in it.”

Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars, commented: “What better way to launch our Certificate of Provenance than by showing how it has validated the celebrated history of an iconic and unique Turbo Esprit. The Lotus archive is a fully catalogued database of information and can provide a wealth of insightful facts on any Lotus car from any era. It’s the perfect gift for a Lotus owner anywhere in the world.”

Speaking about the unique Turbo Esprit, he added: “This is an iconic and unique car from the Lotus back catalogue, personalised by our founder Colin Chapman and with a truly fascinating provenance. It deserves its place in our collection and we’re looking forward to showing it off.”

Park’s Lotus To Open In Hamilton This Summer For Sales And Service

Park’s Lotus To Open In Hamilton This Summer For Sales And Service

Park’s Lotus To Open In Hamilton This Summer For Sales And Service

Scotland has fantastic roads, spectacular scenery… and now an all-new Lotus retailer so performance car fans can make the most of both.

Park’s Lotus is located in Hamilton and will open its doors to sales and service customers during August. It marks the first time in 15 years that Lotus has had a retailer in the west of Scotland.

The new business is part of the long-established Park’s Motor Group, which already represents a number of sports, premium and luxury car companies from sites throughout Scotland and the north of England.

Full contact details for the new Park’s Lotus retailer are: 

Park’s Lotus

143-159 Almada St
Hamilton
Glasgow
ML3 0ET

Telephone: 01698 303770
Email: lotus@parks.uk.com
Website: www.parks.uk.com

Geoff Dowding, Executive Director, Sales and Aftersales, Lotus Cars, commented: “This new Lotus sales and service centre in Hamilton is a wonderful addition to our UK network. Despite the challenges of the last few months, we’ve worked efficiently with the team at Park’s to ensure our current and future customers in Scotland have the facilities and support they need.”

Ross Park, director of Park’s Motor Group, said: “We’re delighted to add Lotus to our portfolio of performance car brands. We know it has a proud history and an exciting future, and we’re thrilled to be part of that. Lotus is a valuable addition to the Park’s family, offering even greater choice to our customers.”

The showroom is in the town of Hamilton, to the south-east of central Glasgow. Taking pride of place will be the newest Lotus, the Evora GT410, which has been designed to be a more usable ‘everyday’ sports car. It comes with an enhanced specification over the existing GT410 Sport, providing owners with improved usability and a new level of driving comfort. Numerous features have moved from the Evora’s options list to become part of its standard specification, resulting in exceptional value for money.

Also available through Park’s Lotus are the latest versions of the Lotus Elise, a true performance icon, and the Lotus Exige, a genuine track-day car for the road.

Park’s Lotus will offer customers a full range of financial services products through FCA Bank, the new financial partner to Lotus which was announced earlier this month.

Lotus has always enjoyed a strong relationship with Scotland, through the race team’s links to legendary driver Jim Clark and our support of the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns, Scottish Borders.