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Lotus Cars FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about Lotus cars

This FAQ about Lotus cars was compiled and written by esprit@netcom.com (Alan F. Perry) with numerous contributions by others.

As with most FAQs, this is a list of questions that are frequently asked, in this case about Lotus Cars. Alan F. Perry (esprit@netcom.com) wrote the first version of this document and is currently maintaining it. Send mail to esprit@netcom.com for questions or updates.

Special thanks to Mike Causer, Patrick Peal of Group Lotus, K.C. Babb, Bob Bandera, Bill Castellano, Noel Chiappa, Phil Ethier, Jon Fairhurst, Doug Fraser, Mike Galos, Andrew Huang, Ken Landaiche, John O'Connor, Ian Peters, Michael Sands and Dave Van Horn for their help in preparing this FAQ.

NOTE: This document was created and maintained by owners and enthusiasts of Lotus-built or -inspired vehicles and is not in any way connected with Group Lotus Limited, Team Lotus Limited, Lotus Cars USA or any other subsidiaries or related companies.

-A1. Who makes Lotuses?
When someone asks me what kind of car I own and I say Lotus, ...
-A2. Who owns Lotus?
Actually, this depends on what you mean by Lotus. Here is a ...
-A3. What is the history of Lotus?
A complete history of Lotus will not fit in the short space ...
-A4. Who was Colin Chapman?
Colin Chapman is NOT a lesser known member of the comedy group ...
-A5. What is the relationship between Lotus Cars, the road car company, and Team Lotus, the Formula One racing team?
Team Lotus was split off from the Lotus Engineering Company in ...
-A6. Why are the cars called "Lotus"?
The real answer is known by a small number of people, including ...
-A7. Where were/are Lotuses built?
The current Group Lotus factory is located at Hethel, a former ...
-A8. What films and television series have featured Lotus cars?
Brothers In ...
-A9. What books are available about Lotus?
There are far too many Lotus books available to try to list them ...
-A10. How can I contact a Lotus Car club in my area?
It depends on where you live....
-A11. What Internet resources are available on Lotus cars?
There is an electronic mailing list for discussion of Lotus cars....
-A12. Who has the Lotus Cars Mailing List map of Britain?
The Lotus Cars Mailing List has a map of Britain with various ...
-A13. What is the plural form of "Lotus"?
The preferred plural form is Lotuses....
-B1. How can I contact Lotus Cars?
Group
-B2. What does Group Lotus currently sell?
According to Patrick Peal:...
-B3. What kind of Lotus might I see on the street?
Seven (Types 7, 60)...
-B4. Why were Lotuses sold as kits?
From John O'Connor (jpoc@strat-sys.bt.co.uk):...
-B5. Is the DeLorean a Lotus?
The DeLorean (also known as the DMC-12) was designed by DeLorean. ...
-B6. Is the Jensen-Healey a Lotus?
The Jensen-Healey was the first production car to use the Lotus ...
-B7. Is the first-generation Toyota MR2 a Lotus?
The first-generation MR2 was introduced during a period of ...
-B8. Is the Corvette ZR-1 a Lotus?
Lotus designed the LT5 engine used in the Corvette ZR-1 in ...
-B9. Is the [insert car name here] a Lotus?
Many people have asked about a variety of other cars that Lotus ...
-B10. Is Lotus making bicycles?
Lotus is responsible for the LotusSport Olympic Pursuit ...
-C1. How can I contact Team Lotus?
Team Lotus is currently defunct. In early 1995, they entered into ...
-C2. How well has Team Lotus done in Formula One?
Team Lotus has won seven Constructors' Cups - 1963, 1965, 1968, 1970,...
-C3. Has Team Lotus won more Constructor's Cups than Ferrari?
Unfortunately, no....
-C4. What famous names are associated with Team Lotus?
Innes
-C5. Were Nigel Mansell and Mario Andretti ever teammates at Team Lotus?
Yes. Mansell's first year at Lotus was 1980, which was Andretti's ...
-C6. Who have been major sponsors of the Team Lotus?
The name sponsors of Team Lotus have been:...
-C7. Who is currently sponsoring Team Lotus?
Team Lotus is currently not fielding cars in Formula One....
-C8. What is Classic Team Lotus?
This a company formed in 1994 by the Chapman Family to ...
-D1. What should I pay for a Lotus/What is my Lotus worth?
This can vary so much that it is difficult to give an ...
-D2. Where can I get parts for my Lotus?
Most Lotus parts are still available from a Lotus dealer, though,...
-D3. What problems might I expect from a Seven?
From Michael Sands (sands@kaleida.com):...
-D4. What problems might I expect from a Type 14 Elite?
From Mike Causer (mike@setanta.demon.co.uk):...
-D5. What problems might I expect from an Elan?
From Bob Bandera (rbandera@apsc.com):...
-D6. What problems might I expect from a Plus 2?
From Ian Peters (ianp@vsl.com.au):...
-D7. What problems might I expect from a Renault-Europa?
From Ken Landaiche (macorp!ken@uu4.psi.com):...
-D8. What problems might I expect from a TwinCam-engined Europa?
From Dave Van Horn (davevh@microsoft.com):...
-D9. What problems might I expect from a Elite/Eclat?
None reported....
-D10. What problems might I expect from a Esprit S1/S2?
From Alan Perry (esprit@netcom.com):...
-D11. What problems might I expect from a Turbo Esprit?
From Douglas Fraser (Douglas.Fraser@Dartmouth.EDU):...
-D12. What problems might I expect from a Excel?
From Mike Causer (mike@setanta.demon.co.uk):...
-D13. What problems might I expect from a M100 Elan?
From Mike Causer (mike@setanta.demon.co.uk):...
-D14.What Renault engines can be used in a Europa-Renault (S1/S2)?
A 1470cc and a 1565cc version of the Renault R16 were ...









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