"Ok, we know. There is a twisted, byzantine history to the whole Lotus story – and when you talk about Lotus Racing and Team Lotus etc, there's even more layers of weirdness to negotiate. The quirky, idiosyncratic company history of Lotus "
The legend of Colin Chapman today is saturated in myth, claim and counter claim. The portrait of a suave cad who founded Lotus with a £25 loan and grew the marque to greatness through a combination of genius, hard work and charisma has been somewhat dented in recent times. But his mark on British motor racing remains indelible. And he reminds us of Alan Whicker with a spanner.
Through Lotus he gave life to numerous design innovations that changed the face of motor racing, piling up wins on the racing circuits, demonstrating that his fertile mind and futuristic ideas had a defined purpose.
"In 1972 F1 gained a new World Champion, one that was younger than any had been before. Emerson Fittipaldi, the wonder kid from Brazil, had won the most prestigious title in motorsport before he’d even reached his 26th birthday.
"Active aerodynamics, the automatic gearbox and side-mounted radiators are all features of the 21st Century racing machine and features that you would expect to have been first found in Formula One. In fact they emerged from just one racing team "
"Young people today would be forgiven for assuming Lotus is all about lightweight, mid-engined wedge-shaped sports cars. After all, when the current line-up consists of the Evora, Elise, and Exige, how could you possibly see Lotus going about work any "
"As Kris Kristofferson might say: ‘If it looks like a Sci- Fi bike son, then that’s what it is, a Sci-Fi bike”
The sentiment holds true in the case of this breathtaking new machine from Lotus. It looks like "
"Cosworth recently teamed up with Gordon Murray Automotive to develop a naturally aspirated, 3.9-litre V12 engine to power the GMA T.50 supercar, which will be the first ever GMA vehicle ever to go into production.
In case you didn’t "
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Look around you. McMindfulness meatheads smash their screens between Zoom calls and online pilates sessions. Anti-vax perps with cabin fever, who get their news from Call of Duty twitch "
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