The company was formed as Lotus Engineering Ltd. by engineers Colin Chapman and Colin Dare, both graduates of University College, London, in 1952. The four letters in the middle of the logo stand for the initials of company founder, Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman.
Over more than 60 years in the making, Lotus has become both a class-leading manufacturer of sports cars and a globally respected automotive engineering consultancy, working with many of the world’s most prestigious car manufacturers. From humble beginnings, when Chapman built his first trials car in a lock-up in 1948, motorsport was the driving force; indeed it was Chapman’s desire to create competitive race cars that drove him to produce road cars in order to finance his racing ambitions!
The link between Lotus race cars and road cars is a critical and powerful one. It was obviously a winning tactic; because the racing team Chapman formed, Team Lotus, went on to win seven Formula One Constructors’ Championships and six Drivers’ Championship titles, and a string of other titles and conquests.
The motorsport heritage remains at the heart of Lotus today and the strategic link to developing cars which offer superlative handling and performance for driving on the race track or on the road. The following history pages demonstrate that innovation and a single-minded desire to produce the best sports cars in the world, has always been in Lotus’ blood.
Manhattan Motorcars has a wide selection of New York Lotus to choose from in our Manhattan, New York car dealership. We understand that our customers expect the best and our lineup of Lotus new cars delivers on those expectations. Whether you are looking to lease or purchase a new 2013 Lotus, our friendly staff is available to assist you in purchasing your next Lotus from Manhattan Motorcars! We even have 2012 and older Pre-Owned Lotus cars to choose from. We look forward to the new 2013 Lotus models coming next year!
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