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Lotus Cars Managing Director Matt Windle last month visited the company's North American operations, met with dealers and attended the 41st annual Lotus Owners Gathering at a racetrack in West Virginia.

His visit comes as Lotus expands its dealer network and readies for the biggest onslaught of new models in company history. Windle, 51, spoke with Staff Reporter Richard Truett. Here are edited excerpts.

Q: You met with Lotus owners on this trip. Managing directors of car companies don't usually do that. What do you get from hanging out with the enthusiasts who buy Lotus cars?

A: I always think of myself as quite an open person. It's what I want to do with the culture of the business as well. It's really important for us to keep eye contact with the customers. So, as we grow over the next five years, it's obviously going to be more difficult to do that. But coming along to these events, we learn. And one of the interesting things that we do at a big event — like Goodwood or Monterey — is we always man those stands with our people and volunteers. Everybody wants to get out and do it because it's really good for customers. They get honest, direct feedback about the products and the company from people that know what they're talking about.

Lotus has never really had a quick cadence of new products.

Well, you're going to see five new cars in six years that Lotus was completely underinvested in. There was no direction and no strategy. And that's completely changed now with us under majority ownership of Geely. They've made the investments. I mean, in the U.K., we spent £100 million at Hethel (Lotus headquarters) in a new factory. We've got a new factory in Norwich, where we do all our chassis manufacturing, semiautomated production and now a fully automated paint shop.

Chinese-built cars have not had an easy time in many Western markets. MG, for example, got off to a really slow start, but is finally beginning to sell some cars. And now the first Lotus, the Eletre SUV, is coming from China. How will the faithful receive a Chinese-built Lotus?

Oh, I think it'll be good. It is Chinese-built, yes. But it's designed in the U.K. The attributes were defined in the U.K. The engineering has been done between the U.K., Germany and China. So, it's European. A Chinese-manufactured car is the best-quality Lotus you're ever going to see. It is a huge step up in quality for us and is the next step up. That's where we want to get to. You know, we want to be seen as a quality performance brand. And that's what we're working toward.

BMW, Mercedes-Benz and other expensive cars are being built in the United States, and consumers don't seem concerned about the origin of those vehicles. But Lotus is not a mass-market brand. It's always been made by a real hardcore group of dedicated sports-car guys. Chinese auto brands don't really have that kind of image.

Geely understands the importance of the brand. They understand the importance of the DNA. And so the Eletre will drive well, performance will be great, and it's got all new technology. So I'm going to make no apologies about where it is built.

How will the Eletre be launched?

It goes on sale first in the European markets that tend to be the most mature. So Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, the U.K. — where the incentives are the highest and the infrastructure is at its best. Obviously, we're going to market in China, too, because it is the biggest EV market in the world and also it's the place where it's built. So, the first deliveries will happen in those markets. That's where the rollout begins from next year. In 2024, the first cars will come into the U.S. The dealers are taking deposits now, but on the basis that those customers will need to wait two or three years for the cars to come.

Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini are other sports-car companies that recently launched their first SUVs. What do you take away from their experiences that will help you?

The takeaway is there's a market for it and there's a demand and it's now a kind of well-trodden path really for these traditional sports-car manufacturers to be going into those areas. It's good because it's a high-volume product, but it can drive innovation back into the sports cars that you wouldn't normally be able to afford. We're looking really closely at how we can commonize systems, technologies and things like that because it makes sense.

As Lotus' volume grows, will the company leverage Volvo's parts and service infrastructure to help handle it?

To be fair, there are some areas that we're looking at with Volvo, such as roadside assistance. But parts and service, we can do ourselves.

What potential annual volume is Lotus expecting in the U.S. once you get all your vehicles launched?

The potential is huge. I think we could be doing 10,000 cars a year over here. So, I mean, we've seen it already. We've got 10,000 deposits for Emira, globally. The U.S. is the biggest market for that. There's been good uptake on the Eletre already even though it's not going to be here for a few years. The U.S. has always been a very, very important market for Lotus.

How will Lotus' dealer network change with the influx of new vehicles and expected volume increase?

We've got 36 dealers in the U.S. and we've got 10 that are under contract now, signed and coming on line. We're probably looking at adding about 10 new dealers a year for the next three years. So we know we've got to grow the representation. It's really important for those dealers that start with us as well.

We've been very careful with respect to dealer areas. We don't want our customers to be driving four hours to get to us to have their car serviced. So we're just trying to pick out those areas of representation. Dealers will have an opportunity to get good volume. So there's a lot going on.

Early in your career you spent seven years at Tesla. What did you learn there that helps you as you steer Lotus into the EV era?

I was there 2005, so it was a very different company from what it is now, I'm sure. I suppose my management style has probably been influenced a bit. Quick decision making. Be confident in what you're doing. Building the right team as well. That's taken a long time, but we're there now.

So what's keeping you awake at night in these stressful times of the lingering pandemic, chip shortages and transitioning to EVs?

The ramp-up of production has been the hardest thing. The Shanghai lockdown. The war in Ukraine. The price of logistics makes planning very difficult. There are a lot of things that you can't control. But the interest in the cars that are coming is really strong. We're looking to get these products out there and definitely support the market more than in the past. The Lotus brand is loved.

Sun, 16 Oct 2022 12:23:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : Lotus Evija is now the world's most powerful production car

The Lotus Evija is now in production, and the final specs are even wilder than what Lotus originally promised.

The electric hypercar was confirmed on Friday with a combined output from its four-motor powertrain of 2,011 hp, making it the most powerful car in production. The setup is also said to deliver 1,256 lb-ft of torque.

The output is higher than Lotus' originally promised figure of 1,973 hp. Importantly, the revised figure is now higher than the 1,984 hp of the Aspark Owl, another electric hypercar that was previously regarded as the world's most powerful production car.

With such an output, Evija owners can expect 0-62 mph acceleration in under three seconds and 0-186 mph acceleration in under nine seconds. The top speed is a governed 217 mph.

The Evija should also handle like a proper Lotus. The car boasts race-inspired suspension featuring three spool-valve dampers per axle—one at each corner and an inboard-mounted third to control heave. It has magnesium wheels to help control weight, but even between those and the carbon-fiber monocoque and body, the Evija is still on the heavy said. Lotus said its target weight for the car is 4,160 lb.

Most of the weight is due to the battery, a 93-kwh unit (up from 70 kwh previously) that is claimed to deliver up to 250 miles of range with normal driving. Charging the battery to 80% will take 18 minutes using a 350-kw DC fast charger, Lotus said.

Lotus Evija Fittipaldi

Lotus Evija Fittipaldi

Lotus Evija Fittipaldi

Lotus Evija Fittipaldi

Lotus Evija Fittipaldi

Lotus Evija Fittipaldi

To mark the start of production and celebrate 50 years since Emerson Fittipaldi piloted a Lotus Type 72 to five victories in the 1972 Formula 1 season, winning himself the Drivers' title and Lotus the Constructors' title, Lotus has unveiled the special-edition Evija Fittipaldi.

The car was presented this week during a private event at Lotus' headquarters in Hethel, U.K., with Fittipaldi on hand to help reveal it and drive it on Lotus' Hethel test track, as well his championship-winning Type 72. Another F1 champion, Jenson Button, was also present.

“I’ve really enjoyed being a part of this project and it’s been a wonderful experience revealing the car to some of the new owners,” Fittipaldi said in a statement. “Having the opportunity to drive both the Evija Fittipaldi and my championship-winning Type 72 Formula 1 car on the test track at Hethel has been an incredible experience.”

Emerson Fittipaldi

Emerson Fittipaldi

Just eight examples will be built, the number representing the remaining Type 72s in existence (as well as the number Fittipaldi raced under in the 1972 F1 season), and each will feature the famous black and gold livery that Fittipaldi raced with, as well as decals highlighting some of the races he won.

The cars, all of which have been sold, will also feature a rotary dial on the center stack made from aluminum taken from an original Type 72 race car. Other details will include Fittipaldi's signature hand-stitched on dashboard and an arial view of the Type 72 painted on the inside of the exposed carbon-fiber roof.

Lotus said the first Evijas will be delivered in 2023. The company plans to build a total 130 examples, including the eight Evija Fittipaldis.

Fri, 14 Oct 2022 21:27:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : How Lotus plans to expand and electrify as it enters a new age

If you’ve never driven a car made by Lotus, you’re not alone — they’ve always been a small manufacturer, and even spotting one in public is a rarity — but you’re missing out. Their exotic good looks are far surpassed by their dedication to connecting man to machine to pavement above all else. But like every other automaker these days, big changes are afoot. Yes, Lotus is going electric. But it’s also going big, and in more ways than one. We recently sat down with Lotus Group VP & Managing Director Matt Windle and Chief Brand Officer James Andrew to talk about how the storied brand will pay service to its past as it aims its headlights toward the future.

We’ve already seen the Lotus Evija (formerly referred to by internal codename Type 130), a low-volume, all-electric hypercar that represents the small automaker’s first big step into electrification. With 1,500 kilowatts (about 2,000 horsepower) coming from four electric motors, you can forget 0-60; it’ll do 0-186 miles per hour in 9.1 seconds. It starts at over $2 million, and production will be capped at 130 units. Flashy numbers to make a big splash, before going bigger in both size and production volume.

Next will come the Lotus Eletre (formerly Type 132), an electric SUV that represents the (currently) small automaker’s desire to cater to every lifestyle rather than to be pigeonholed by purists and luddites. To reach big volumes, Lotus needs to be a truly global company, and it needs to create cars that more customers can use, and at prices they can afford.

And even though an SUV isn’t what we’re used to seeing from Lotus, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised — and not just because seemingly every other exclusive, top-shelf brand is now offering an SUV or will be soon. James Andrew reminded us that the appreciation has always been there, and that Lotus founder Colin Chapman had two parking spots at the office: one for his Lotus Esprit, and the other for a Range Rover he’d often drive to work. Don’t expect a rock-crawling luxury off-roader to wear the Lotus badge, though. The gents assured us that the brand’s focus remains on performance.

And a crucial part of that performance is in driving dynamics that connect the driver to the car. Certain EV advantages — like flexibility in powertrain packaging or the lack of an exhaust system and the heat protection that requires — mean that its electric cars can retain that cab-forward, mid-engine-style layout. Ride and handling remain a focus, along with a balanced weight distribution. Aerodynamics continue to be an important part of the formula — it wouldn’t be Lotus, otherwise. The Evija uses Venturi tunnels to reduce drag — “air going through a car is easier than air going over a car,” Windle told us — and the Eletre has a grille that opens and closes “like a piece of art.” Finally, a familiar design element Lotus calls “Becker corners” (named after longtime Lotus Director of Vehicle Engineering Roger Becker) allow drivers to see the exterior corners to aid in precision car placement. 

Eco-friendly materials work with the brand’s focus on performance, luxury and sustainability. Recyclable materials and natural materials like wool blends not only help lend credence to the brand’s environmental pursuits, but save weight by about 50% compared to traditional leather interiors. Like a lot of brands, Lotus is also going to offer many animal-free interiors as well. Another feather in Lotus’ green cap is simply the number of its cars that are still on the road: 75%. Lotus notes that that will undoubtedly change as its scale increases, but it’s also researching second-life uses for when the batteries in its new stable of offerings are retired from the road.

Lotus is also making advancements in technology to go along with its new focus on electrification. For instance, the Eletre will be equipped with lidar, and will be hardware-ready for Level 4 autonomous driving. Windle says it’s a bit of “balancing act” to provide such high-level driver assistance alongside a driver-focused dynamic experience. But even the new kit will tip its hat to the old. For instance, the Eletre’s lidar will pop out from and retract into the fenders, not unlike how the Lotus Esprit’s headlights emerged from its hood.

As a traditionally small brand, Lotus intends to maintain that personal relationship with its customers and fans. Lotus prides itself on the fact that their people “always man our stand” at car shows and events. When we spoke to them just before the Detroit Auto Show, Windle and Andrew were preparing to head to West Virginia for a Lotus Owners Gathering. Lotus will continue forward with small-venue tours to personally connect with the public. You’ll also find them at events like Goodwood, and Lotus promises big things for next year’s Monterey and Quail events.

The Lotus Emira will be the last of the series-production internal-combustion cars for the brand, but that doesn’t mean Lotus is done with gas-powered cars altogether, as its Lotus Advanced Performance (LAP) division will develop and offer ICE cars in limited quantities. In addition to bespoke and racing vehicles, it will also create high-spec limited editions and “ultra-exclusive” halo cars, both electric and gasoline-powered. Don’t expect any hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from Lotus in the future, though. Lotus is “fully committed to battery-electric,” Windle told us.

Moving beyond the Emira in 2023 and Evija and Eletre in 2024, some Lotus machines will be even more affordable. The Eletre starts in the $100,000 range. The Type 134 — which is the internal designation for the D-segment SUV coming in 2025 or 2026 — will be even lower, but we’re told not to expect Lotus prices to dive too deep. The Type 135 sports car will arrive in ’26 or 27, and, through what’s sure to be some fantastical exercise in design and engineering, will be about the same height and weight as the Emira. It’s being called "a spiritual successor of the Elise." We can’t wait to see that one.

Lotus aims to produce 100,000 cars a year from 2027 on, a far cry from the 1,700 cars it sold last year. Of those future vehicles, Lotus expects about 10% to be sports cars, while lifestyle vehicles will make up the vast remainder. Of course, transforming into a much larger carmaker requires some global moves. That includes manufacturing in China, the home country of Lotus’ majority owner as of 2017, Geely. That’s where lifestyle vehicles like the Eletre will be assembled, while Lotus’ U.K. manufacturing will be responsible for its sports cars. Lotus will also grow its dealer presence throughout the world, including adding about 10 dealers a year in North America, while also placing a greater focus on Latin America.

Indeed, Lotus will soon look like a much different brand than before. But, not entirely unfamiliar. Sure, a lot’s changing, with growth in size and scale, and the adoption of new technologies, powertrain and otherwise. Still, Lotus cares enough about its own rich history and hard-earned reputation that it will still cater to its current owners and loyal fans. They’ll just have many thousands of new ones, too.

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Tue, 11 Oct 2022 05:18:00 -0500 en text/html Killexams : The Lotus Evija Fittipaldi Edition Uses Recycled Aluminum From an F1 Car

Lotus on Friday revealed a special limited edition variant of its all-electric, 2000-hp Evija hypercar. Simply called the Evija Fittipaldi, it pays tribute to Brazilian F1 driver Emerson Fittipaldi, who won the championship behind the wheel of a Lotus 50 years ago.

The Evija Fittipaldi sports a host of cosmetic changes to honor Fittipaldi's success with the brand and set it apart from the normal car. The most obvious is the black and gold color scheme you'll find both inside and on the exterior, a nod to the iconic John Player Special livery worn by Fittipaldi's Type 72 during his dominant 1972 season. There's also a top-down drawing of the Type 72 etched into the carbon fiber roof, and Fittipaldi's signature hand-stitched into the dashboard, among other touches.

Perhaps the coolest add-on of all is the metal from the floating instrument panel. It's a hand-crafted piece made from aluminum taken from an original Lotus Type 72. That means all Evija Fittipaldis will have an real piece of the iconic F1 car with them at all times. Pretty cool stuff.

"I’ve really enjoyed being a part of this project and it’s been a wonderful experience revealing the car to some of the new owners," Fittipaldi said in a statement. "Having the opportunity to drive both the Evija Fittipaldi and my championship-winning Type 72 Formula 1 car on the test track at Hethel has been an incredible experience.”

The Evija Fittipaldi will be limited to eight units, mirroring the total number of Type 72s built. Unsurprisingly, all have already been sold, with customer deliveries expected to begin in 2023.

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Fri, 14 Oct 2022 12:43:00 -0500 Brian Silvestro en-US text/html


Full cream milk ¾ cup

Egg 1

Caster sugar 2 and ½ tbsp.

All-purpose flour 1 cup and 2 tbsp.

Salt ¼ tsp

Baking powder 2 tsp

Butter (melted) 2 and ½ tbsp.

Lotus spread (microwave for 15 seconds) ¼ cup

Lotus spread 1/3 cup

Caramel biscuits (crushed)


* In a bowl, add milk, egg, caster sugar and whisk well.

* Add all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder and whisk until well combined.

* Add melted butter, lotus spread and whisk well.

* Grease non-stick frying pan with butter, pour 2 tbsp. of prepared batter and cook on low flame until bubbles appears on the surface, flip and cook until done (makes 18-20).

* In a bowl, add lotus spread and microwave for 30 seconds then mix well and transfer to a squeeze bottle.

* On serving plate, place lotus pancakes, drizzle lotus spread, sprinkle crushed caramel biscuit, almonds and serve!

Courtesy: Food Fusion Recipe by Seema Hanif 

Mon, 10 Oct 2022 16:21:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : Lotus’s New Ultra-Limited Evija Pays Tribute to Emerson Fittipaldi Using Recycled Aluminum From His F1-Winning Racer

Lotus is using its all-electric Evija hypercar to honor a Formula 1 legend.

The British marque has just unveiled the Evija Fittipaldi, a special edition of its boundary-pushing EV meant to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Emerson Fittipaldi’s 1972 F1 driver’s championship. The ultra-exclusive model features a throwback livery as well as recycled aluminum from the driver’s Type 72 race car.

The Brazilian was racing for the Lotus-Ford team when he won his first F1 World Championship of Drivers title that season. The Brazilian won five of the 12 races held that year, finishing on the podium at an additional three. Just as noteworthy as his performance on the track was his age. Fittipaldi was just 25, making him the youngest champion in the sport’s history at the time, a distinction he’d hold for 25 more years.

Lotus Evija Fittipaldi Lotus

Appropriately, the special Evija wears the same livery as Fittipaldi’s Type 72 car did that season, only without the giant John Player Special branding. The EV’s aerodynamic body is finished in a base of gloss black, with gold piping and accents on the wheels. It also has decals celebrating the championship and each of the driver’s first-place finishes from that season on the rear wing. The black and gold color scheme carries over the vehicle’s futuristic interior. The pedals are finished in gold, and the driver’s signature has been stitched into the dashboard in the same color.

The most impressive detail is almost certainly the car’s rotary dial on the floating central instrument panel. It’s an element most people don’t pay much attention to, but the dial is made from recycled aluminum taken from one of the driver’s Type 72 race cars. That’s right, part of the original vehicle made it into the EV.

The rotary dial is made from recycled aluminum from Fittipaldi’s Type 72 race car Lotus

The rest of the Evija appears to have been left untouched, but that’s a good thing as far as we’re concerned. Lotus’s first EV is a true technical marvel, powered by a quad-motor drivetrain capable of producing an absolutely monstrous 1,972 horses and 1,254 ft lbs of twist. Thanks to all that power, the car has a sub-three-seconds zero-to-62 mph time and a top speed of more than 200 mph.

Lotus will produce just eight examples of the Evija Fittipaldi, which is the number of Type 72 race cars that were built. Unfortunately, the entire production run is already sold out. No price was announced, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it costs more than the standard Evija’s more than $2 million sticker price. We also won’t be shocked if one or more of the EVs eventually makes its way to auction.

Click here for more photos of the Lotus Evija Fittipaldi.

Lotus Evija Fittipaldi in Photos
Fri, 14 Oct 2022 05:45:00 -0500 Bryan Hood en-US text/html
Killexams : Emerson Fittipaldi’s 1972 title win honoured by Lotus with ‘Evija’ hypercar

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50 years on from Emerson Fittipaldi’s Drivers’ Championship win with Lotus, the carmaker has revealed their stunningly rare tribute to the F1 Champion.

Lotus have unveiled the ‘Evija’ hypercar, which commemorates Emerson Fittipaldi’s 1972 Drivers’ Championship win, to become the world’s most powerful production car.

Racing the Lotus Type 72 50 years ago, Fittipaldi won five of the 11 races that year and clinched the title as Lotus wrapped up the Constructors’ trophy.

To mark the anniversary, Lotus have shown off the Evija two-seater, of which just eight examples of the all-electric two-seater will be built by hand in Norfolk in the UK.

The car features the black and gold colour scheme as raced by Fittipaldi on the Type 72, with the exterior hand-painted and some special nods to the F1 car included.

For example, a hand-tinted plan view of the Type 72 is etched into the carbon-fibre roof, while Fittipaldi’s signature has been stitched into the dashboard.

Aluminium that was used on the Type 72 has been recycled, with the rotary dials of the instrumental panel crafted from the metal. The car is capable of 0-60mph in less than three seconds and reaches 186mph in nine seconds. The limited maximum speed is 217mph.

Fittipaldi himself was in attendance at the launch of the car, where he had the chance to drive his Type 72 on track before taking the wheel of the Evija.

The Lotus Evija, honouring 1972 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi. © Provided by PlanetF1 The Lotus Evija, honouring 1972 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi.

All eight surviving Type 72s were rolled out on track as well – the reason for why just eight Evijas will be built.

“Emerson Fittipaldi and my father enjoyed a very special relationship, and their spectacular success was a brilliant team effort by the dedicated designers and mechanics at Team Lotus,” said Clive Chapman, Managing Director.

“One of motorsport’s most admired drivers, it is always emotional whenever Emerson is reunited with the Lotus Type 72, which he describes as the greatest car he ever raced.”

Jenson Button carries out Lotus test drive

2009 F1 World Champion headed to Lotus HQ ahead of the launch, driving the Evija and the Type 72 on their test circuit.

“It sounds like a jet engine! You think of an EV as quiet but it’s not,” he said after jumping out.

“The torque is astronomical. It’s amazing, it puts a big smile on your face. It feels like a spaceship, the drivability and direction in the steering certainly lets you know you are driving a Lotus; I am amazed by the agility of it. It is a Lotus of the future and I can’t wait to drive my own Evija.”

More information and the technical specifications of the Lotus Evija can be viewed on the Lotus website.

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Sun, 16 Oct 2022 08:30:00 -0500 en-ZA text/html
Killexams : Team Lotus' Essex Formula 1 Sponsorship Collapsed in the Wake of Financial Scandal

Elio de Angelis drives the Essex Team Lotus Cosworth 88 with hydropneumatic suspension during practice for the 1981 United States Grand Prix West.
Photo: Don Morley (Getty Images)

If you were to imagine the consummate playboy of the late 1970s and early 1980s, there’s a good chance you might picture someone like David Thieme. Show up to any elaborate Team Lotus party during a Formula 1 weekend, and you would inevitably find Thieme holding court with his goatee, black fedora, and square sunglasses. He and his company, Essex Overseas Petroleum Corporation, seemed impossibly good at making money and spending it on racing. And then he was arrested.

(Editor’s note: This week marks the release of Racing with Rich Energy: How a Rogue Sponsor Took Formula One for a Ride by Elizabeth Blackstock and Alanis King. To celebrate a book that began as a blog on Jalopnik, co-author Blackstock is covering the history of some of F1's other questionable sponsors. These sponsors are touched on in the book, but not in depth. Racing with Rich Energy is available via McFarland, Amazon, Kindle, and Eurospan for international buyers.)

The Lotus team is one of the most storied in Formula 1 history. Colin Chapman had spent several years perfecting his groundbreaking road cars before he hit the Grand Prix circuit for the first time at Monaco in 1958, and the team’s first victory came three years later at the 1961 United States Grand Prix. Of its 489 starts spanning several decades, Lotus took 79 wins, seven Constructors’ Championships, and six Drivers’ Championships. The team fielded legends like Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Pedro Rodriguez, Jochen Rindt, and Mario Andretti.

It was also the team that effectively invented modern sponsorship as we know it, with Colin Chapman accepting Gold Leaf Tobacco money in exchange for painting his cars in the brand’s colors. It was a significant departure from the past, where cars were painted a specific shade to represent a country. It enabled teams to operate on larger budgets — but it also created the potential for sponsorship money to come from questionable places.

One of those places was Essex Overseas Petroleum Corporation, owned by American designer David Thieme.

David Thieme at the track.
Photo: Keystone/Hulton Archive (Getty Images)

Thieme had made his fortune first from his own design firm when he took on ownership of oil trading company Essex Overseas Petroleum Corporation. Essentially, Thieme took advantage of political instability in the Middle East by buying oil when demand was low and selling it at a huge mark-up when countries started battling. In 1977, he even managed to nab some extra money from Credit Suisse to make larger trades and, in turn, make more money.

As part of an oil company, Thieme had been involved in the development of certain cars and jets, which gave him his introduction to the racing world. With former driver turned sponsorship guru François Mazet, Thieme struck up a friendship with the legendary Colin Chapman in the late 1970s. By the end of April in 1979, Essex logos adorned Team Lotus’ cars — and Thieme was so inspired that he also sponsored Porsche factory entries at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

What started out as a sponsorship quickly became more. From the Colin Chapman Museum:

In December 1979 he launched Essex Team Lotus at the Paradis du Latin cabaret in Paris, with feather-clad dancers and a Lotus in Essex colours descending from the roof, with Mario Andretti, clad in a dinner jacket, descending with it. In 1980 Thieme took the title sponsorship of Team Lotus, with a flashy new red, blue and silver livery for Andretti, Elio de Angelis and later Nigel Mansell. Everything that Thieme did was extravagant, with the 1981 launch at the Royal Albert Hall, with 900 guests and his double-decker hospitality bus parked outside with Thieme’s helicopter (in Essex colours, of course) on top. Ray Charles and Barbara Dickson sang for the guests (including Margaret Thatcher) and an Essex-liveried Lotus Esprit was raffled and much Dom Perignon was drunk. The 1981 season proved to be difficult with the twin-chassised Lotus 88 causing controversy when it was introduced in Long Beach.

Thieme wasn’t afraid to spare any expense. Journalist Maurice Hamilton remembers Thieme hiring Michelin-starred chef Roger Vergé to cook for Lotus in the team motorhome and hearing rumors that Thieme hired his own 747 specifically to fly in enough bougainvillea for one party to make it feel like the venue was in the French Riviera.

While few would turn down a party, Thieme’s money also helped out with the massive expenses that came with building a new car — in this case, the legendary Lotus 88.

This specific vehicle was made entirely of carbon fiber and introduced a groundbreaking “twin chassis” technology. After the FIA banned moveable skirts, which teams used to generate greater downforce in the ground effect era, some teams began looking into ways to circumvent the rules with hydropneumatic suspension. Essentially, when stationary, those vehicles seemed to comply with ride-height regulations — but get them moving on track, and the suspension enabled the car to suck right down to the ground. It was uncomfortable for drivers, but the pace it created was immense.

Alongside designers Peter Wright and Tony Rudd, Chapman transformed the former Lotus 86 into the Lotus 88, which featured two chassis, one inside the other. The inner chassis contained the driver’s cockpit and was independently sprung, so the driver wouldn’t feel the buffeting impact of ground effect. That meant the outer chassis could totally get rid of its wings, since it essentially became one large ground effect system that created obscene amounts of downforce.

The FIA quickly banned the car, which Chapman argued was totally legal — but that wasn’t the only problem to take place in 1981.

On April 14, 1981, UPI reported that Thieme was arrested upon arriving at the Kloten airport in Zurich, Switzerland on allegations of fraud. According to Credit Suisse, he had fraudulently acquired $7.6 million of the bank’s money, which resulted in many of Thieme’s belongings being impounded. After spending two weeks in jail, he was released on $150,000 bail thanks to Saudi Arabian businessman and Williams sponsor Mansour Ojjeh and subsequently disappeared. With him fell the Essex empire.

Thieme had joined up with the Lotus team just after it secured the Constructors’ Championship in 1978, and he was rewarded with a handful of podiums during his time as team sponsor — but the ever-evolving technology of the early 1980s left the team with a string of retirements and only a handful of points-paying finishes during Thieme’s tenure. Winning, though, seemed to mean less to Thieme than did the act of being seen flaunting his wealth at the race track.

The arrest, too, coincided with the banning of the Lotus 88. In The Tuscaloosa News, Chapman responded to a question about whether or not he’d pull out of racing with, “I have to. I haven’t got any cars now and I don’t know about my sponsorship.”

The team did manage to finish the year with a seventh place overall in the 1981 Constructors’ Championship.

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Lotus didn’t fold in the immediate wake of Thieme’s arrest; instead, Colin Chapman’s death in 1982 preceded a period of chaos that was eventually resolved as the team hired a slew of new visionaries to design its cars. By 1984, Lotus was regularly performing well, and with Ayrton Senna as part of the team, the crew secured seven wins in three years between 1985 and the conclusion of the 1987 season.

Unfortunately for the team, though, Lotus began to decline soon after, and as the 1990s kicked off, it was a rare sight to see a Lotus machine in the points. Its final points were scored at the 1993 Belgian Grand Prix, and, at the conclusion of the year, finances were so tight that there wasn’t enough money left over to to develop a new machine for 1994. The team struggled on with old machinery until the fifth race of the season, but soon after, Lotus applied for an Administration Order that would protect it from creditors.

Before the end of the year, the team had been sold off to David Hunt, brother of 1976 World Champion James Hunt, but development of the car stopped by the start of the 1995 season. Lotus’ last race was the 1994 Australian Grand Prix.

Was the team’s decline directly caused by David Thieme? It would be very hard to make a compelling argument in that regard. Instead, though, Thieme’s fall from financial grace did likely contribute to Lotus’ eventual dissolution, as it was one in a series of unrelated events that took place in the early 1980s that ultimately changed the direction of Lotus. Without Thieme’s presence, it’s entirely likely Lotus could have folded, anyway. But as we’ve seen time and again, the very fact that a team falls victim to a fast-talking moneyman has only been a black mark in its history.

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Killexams : Lotus Evija Fittipaldi limited edition unveiled

Lotus Evija Fittipaldi

Lotus has announced a limited edition version of their Evija, the Lotus Evija Fittipaldi and the car celebrates 50 years since race legend Emerson Fittipaldi and Team Lotus won F1 Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships.

The Lotus Evija Fittipaldi comes with a range of upgrades over the standard car, just 8 cars are being built and they are all sold.

Lotus Evija Fittipaldi

Exactly 50 years on, the Lotus Evija Fittipaldi is a fitting celebration of that partnership. Just eight examples of the all-electric two-seater are being hand-built at Hethel in Norfolk, UK – the global HQ of Lotus sports car design and manufacturing – and all are sold. Customer deliveries will begin early next year. It is the latest project from Lotus Advanced Performance, the bespoke design and experiential division of the business launched earlier this year.

Showcasing the world-famous black and gold colour scheme – also 50 years old in 2022 – the hand-painted exterior and numerous other unique design features have been created to commemorate this amazing collaboration. They include a hand-tinted plan view of the Type 72 etched into the exposed carbon fibre roof, and Fittipaldi’s signature hand-stitched into the dashboard.

Lotus Evija Fittipaldi

And perhaps the most emotive detail of all is the rotary dial on the floating central instrument panel. It has been hand-crafted from recycled original Type 72 aluminium, ensuring a genuine piece of the iconic F1 racer is part of each Evija Fittipaldi.

You can find out more details about this limited edition Lotus Evija Fittipaldi over at the Lotus website at the link below.

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Killexams : Lotus Honors Emerson Fittipaldi With Limited-Edition Evija EV Hypercar

In case the Lotus Evija wasn’t rare enough for you, the British marque has just unveiled its next masterpiece — the limited-edition Emerson Fittipaldi Evija.

Restricted to just eight units — which have all been sold — the Evija Fittipaldi harks back to Lotus‘ days of Formula 1 with a black and gold colorway drawn from the iconic Lotus Type 72 race car. Here, the livery adorns not just the lightweight, futuristic body, but also the wheels and the interior, a place where recycled original Type 72 aluminum has been used to create rotary dials for the driver’s use.

The exterior has been hand-painted while special touches, including a hand-tinted plan view of the Type 72 etched into the exposed carbon fiber roof and Fittipaldi’s signature hand-stitched into the dashboard, also make this Evija particularly special. Aside from the unique touches, Lotus’ electric car maintains its “most powerful car in the world” credentials with 2,000 PS being delivered from the EV motors, which is good enough to ensure a 0-62 MPH time of under three seconds and a limited top speed of 217 MPH.

Speaking on the car, Jenson Button said: “It sounds like a jet engine! You think of an EV as quiet but it’s not. The torque is astronomical. It’s amazing, it puts a big smile on your face. It feels like a spaceship, the drivability and direction in the steering certainly lets you know you are driving a Lotus; I am amazed by the agility of it.”

Take a look at the Lotus Evija Fittipaldi above.

In case you missed it, check out what happened when Hypebeast got behind the wheel of the roofless, windowless McLaren Elva.

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