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Lotus is a Norfolk-based manufacturer of sports cars like the Elise, Evora and Exige. It was founded in 1948 by Colin Chapman, and is currently owned by Chinese automotive conglomerate Geely. It’s a niche brand, selling fewer than 1000 cars a year, but one that has quite a following of car enthusiasts. Each car is hand-built and tested around the brand’s Hethel test track. Without exception, Lotus cars are exceptionally fun to drive, with many owners using them as weekend toys or for track day entertainment.

Which Lotus is right for me?

The Lotus Elise offers the ultimate in soft-top sports car thrills, while the Exige is a hard-top version which appeals to the most serious of drivers. The Elise and Exige are strict two-seaters, but the Evora has enough room in the back for children (or very committed adults). If you’re after an eco-friendly supercar, the electric Evija will have a target power output of 2000PS and a top speed of more than 200mph.

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As well as working on its own models, Lotus Engineering also provides services to a number of other manufacturers. Over the years it’s worked on the Aston Martin DB9, Tesla Roadster and Sinclair C5, to name a few.

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