Any true exotic car maker has a story of their unique history. At Manhattan Motor Cars in NYC, we found that even though Lotus has had a long merit of changes in the company, the quality and tradition of Lotus cars have stayed the same. Lotus is known for their high performance and sleek, lightweight racecars and sport cars. Many might not know the true history behind Lotus’ beginning. For those who in NY who are not familiar with the Exotic Lotus cars, the four letters in the middle of the logo stood for Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman. In 1948, the racing enthusiast and British Engineer built the first Lotus in old stables of Hornsey, North London. Chapin personally compete races in his Lotus cars. Lotus Cars Ltd unveiled the innovated Lotus Elite. The exotic race car was known for its featherweight status because of its fiberglass unibody construction. However for many, the use of fiberglass body wasn’t really unique. What is really unique about the Lotus Elite was that it was the first vehicle to incorporate fiberglass into its framework as well as the body. The ultra lightweight helped Lotus distinguish the car at Le Mans and other well known races around the world.
Since 1966, Lotus is located in the former RAF Hethel base in Wymondham using sections of the old runway as a test track. Lotus began expanded the Lotus line with the Elan. Its first roadster equipped with a twin-cam engine, four-wheel drive disc brakes and four-wheel independent suspension. Lotus even made its movie debut in two James Bond movies and began to compete with highline models like the Ferrari and Porsche. However due to the fuel crisis, the Lotus suffered significant loss. General Motors took control of Lotus and created Lotus Cars USA in 1987 until 1993 when Lotus was sold by GM to Bugatti. Bugatti sold Lotus to a firm in Malaysia in 1996. However, these changes did not stop Lotus from producing featherweight cars. The Elise quickly became the company’s main product and just as well saved Lotus from its financial difficulties. First Elise was imported to North America in 2004 and spawned to several racing variations such as the 349R, the supercharged Elise S and limited editions such as Jim Clark Type 25. Other Lotus models are available today to the New York shoppers. The Supercharged Exige S, Project Eagle known as Evora, 0-60 in 3.8 second car Lotus 2-Eleven and formula 1 inspired T125 Exos only available for the track.
Lotus still remains true founder Chapman’s intentions of lightweight, race oriented sports cars. For the New York enthusiast looking for world class handling and that unfiltered connection between car and driver, come see the Lotus at Manhattan Motor Cars in New York. Since our specialty is exotic cars like the Lotus, you be impressed.