Lotus Engineering is an automotive engineering consultancy with a a clear advantage; not only do we design and develop engineering solutions, we also manufacture and sell our own cars to very enthusiastic customers worldwide.
All Lotus cars embody our engineering ethos: to produce enthralling vehicles notable for their excellent driving dynamics and efficient performance. It is the purity of the Lotus driving experience which captivates our customers and inspires the press to shower accolades on our cars.
Lotus is a truly global business. We sell our sports cars in 40 countries around the world and they areengineered to meet the many different market and legislative requirements that each country demands.
This global presence is reflected in Lotus Engineering’s consultancy business. Our clients include all the major automotive manufacturers, with newer companies from the emerging markets such as China, Russia and India forming an increasingly substantial part of our business.
Although Lotus’ cars are created for pure-bred performance, our clients often want help in other areas where our services and technologies are world leading. Lotus Engineering focuses on four core engineering competencies:
We can tackle projects within each individual area or combine them to give us an unmatched ability to deliver anything from a component or system to a complete powertrain solution or whole vehicle programme. It is what we do.
The automotive industry is our heartland, but we do not constrain ourselves to this arena. During our long history, our innovative engineering approach and problem-solving expertise has been used by our clients from many other industries.
Lotus Engineering is based at Hethel in the UK and has centres in USA and China. View locations.
In addition Lotus Lightweight Structures based at Worcester in the UK manufactures low volume lightweight components.
Lotus was founded by Colin Chapman who built his first car the Mark 1 in 1948 and founded the Lotus Engineering Company in 1952. Many other cars soon followed, including the seminal Lotus 7 of 1957, the essence of which still forms the basis of many lightweight, dynamic handling sports cars today.
Since then, Lotus has created some of the world’s most iconic sports cars; each and every one has reflected his philosophy of performance through lightweight.
On track, Lotus has a rich history across many four-wheeled disciplines, while in Formula 1, Lotus has competed in more than 500 Grand Prix, with 81 race victories, seven manufacturer’s championships and six drivers’ championships.
Chapman died in 1982, but his thinking has been the bedrock of all of our successes on road and track and we continue to reflect his relentless passion and innovation.
We believe the ideals he represented are more important and relevant in today’s global automotive industry than ever before. It is his legacy to us and it is embedded in everything we do here at Lotus Engineering.
Lotus has a fine heritage of building exciting, desirable cars, such as the Esprit, Elan, Elise, the Exige and now the Evora. We bring together our world-renowned engineering expertise to create cars with a unique character that communicate with the driver and, above all, are fun to drive.
Our skills are not just reserved for sports cars. We can apply the lessons we have learned from the last 60 years of engineering to any conventional car for our clients. And this is where our sensitivity to brand and character helps because we live by it with every car that carries our badge and the initials of our founder, Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman.
From creating the template for the modern Formula 1 car to spearheading 4-valve technology, from pioneering active suspension to bringing bonded aluminium structures to vehicle production, Lotus has thrust breakthrough after breakthrough into the automotive arena. Click to view Lotus Heritage on Lotus Cars website.
Lotus Engineering has created a number of demonstrators over the years to showcase new technologies and our engineering capabilities.
A series hybrid technology demonstrator, showcasing a range extended electric powertrain, active sound technologies and enhanced user involvement. More information >
Demonstrating flex-fuel capability, running on gasoline, ethanol and methanol. More information >