Lotus Antique Vintage Cars is a British car manufacturer of racing and sports cars which is located at former site of RAF Hethel, a Second World War airfield in Norfolk. The company specializes in manufacturing and designing lightweight race automobiles that offer fine handling characteristics. In the year 1994, Lotus went bankrupt which is now owned by Bugatti owner Proton. The company was found in the year 1952 by Colin Chapman, a graduate of University College, London as Lotus Engineering Limited.
The first manufacturing plant of Lotus was located behind Railway Hotel, Hornsey, North London and the first vehicle manufactured and launched by the company was Team Lotus which was spilt off later in the year 1954. In 1959, Lotus Group of Companies was formed which included Lotus Components Limited and Lotus Cars Limited which were focused on the production of customer competition and road cars respectively. In 1971, Lotus Components Limited was renamed as Lotus Racing Limited a newly entity ceased operation.
The main profit of Lotus Antique Vintage Cars was in 1990s, its engineering consultancy. In 1987 Phillip Bingham described the engineer Colin Chapman as a bloody-minded, legend, genius, a tireless human dynamo and an iconoclast.
The automotive innovations of Chapman were Grand Prix racers, monocoque construction, commercial sponsorship, ground effects and many more. For other automobile manufacturers in the market, the company also provides engineering development and acts as an engineering consultancy.
The smaller powertrain department is responsible for development and design of Ecotec four-cylinder engine which is mostly found in high-performance General Motors vehicles like Vauxhall, Saturn, Opel, Chevrolet and Saab. The Lotus is organized as Lotus Group and is divided as Lotus Engineering and Lotus Cars.
Here are some examples of Lotus Antique Vintage Cars: Lotus Mark I, II, III, IV, V, VI and VII. There are some other models like Lotus Excel, Lotus Eclat, Lotus Elite, Lotus Europa, Antique Elise Lotus and Antique Esprit Roadz Tuning Lotus.
Antique Elise Lotus is a mid-engine two-seater roadster which is available in one single trim level. The interior is quite luxurious and comfortable with features like standard air-conditioning. There are some optional packages which include Touring, Performance and Sport Packages. The Antique Elise Lotus is powered by 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine which is good for producing 133 pound feet of torque at 6800rpm and 189 horsepower at 7800rpm.
Antique Elise Lotus is equipped with six-speed manual transmission with tweaked engine controller and exhaust components. The Elise SC comes with supercharged engine that generates 218 horsepower. All models come with standard safety features such as antilock brakes and traction control system.
Antique Esprit Roadz Tuning Lotus comes with twin-turbo 3.5 liter all-aluminium V8 engine that produces 295 pound feet of torque and 350 horsepower at 6500rpm. However the engine is not that exotic as compared to other rivals in the market. The Esprit goes from 0 to 60mph in the time range of five seconds which is quite impressive. The engineers of Lotus have recalibrated the engine for providing excellent torque delivery in low range gears.
The Antique Esprit Roadz Tuning Lotus comes with standard features which include Brembo brakes, upgraded disc brakes and four-piston brake calipers. The 320mm curved-vane diameter discs are both cross-drilled and vented for improving ventilation. Overall it is known to be the best selling cars in United States.