HAPPY AN­NIVER­SARY

70 YEARS MILE­STONE YEAR WITH 100,000TH CAR STO­RIED BRI­TISH SPORTSCAR MAKER MARKS

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This year sees the sto­ried Bri­tish sportscar firm Lo­tus reach a mile­stone few other man­u­fac­tur­ers can claim.

2018 marks 70 years of low-vol­ume hand-made man­u­fac­tur­ing for the mar­que, a point that Ferrari reached last year, and some­thing Lam­borgh­ini will have to wait an­other 15 years for.

To mark the oc­ca­sion, Lo­tus’ 100,000th car – a Spe­cial Edi­tion Evora GT410 Sport – has rolled off the pro­duc­tion line in bright red hue as a trib­ute to Team Lo­tus’s his­toric racer Jim Clark.

The spe­cial Evora was com­mis­sioned to sup­port the Jim Clark Trust, and was given the tick of ap­proval by Hazel Chap­man, wi­dow of Lo­tus founder Colin Chap­man.

“70 years ago, I never dreamt that there would be a 100,000th Lo­tus. I’m im­mensely proud of the com­pany and Colin’s legacy,” she said.

“To­day Lo­tus still builds such fan­tas­tic sports cars and I’m touched to be able to see the 100,000th car.”

The Lo­tus Evora GT410 Sport was hand-built on the same fac­tory site that Hazel Chap­man helped es­tab­lish and, while a pro­duc­tion mile­stone of 100,000 cars may pale in com­par­i­son to larger man­u­fac­tur­ers, Lo­tus has long been a small firm ded­i­cated to be­spoke hand-built light­weight sportscars.

De­signs such as the the Seven, Europa and the Bond movie star Es­prit rose to lev­els of fame that de­fied their mod­est sales.

Lo­tus, and its mo­tor­sport arm Team Lo­tus boast an al­most un­matched mo­tor­sport legacy – par­tic­i­pat­ing in For­mula One, For­mula Two, For­mula Ford, IndyCar as well as Sports Car rac­ing. It re­mains one of the most suc­cess­ful marques in his­tory, with seven For­mula One con­struc­tors’ cham­pi­onships, six drivers’ cham­pi­onships and wins at the Indy 500.

The height of Lo­tus mo­tor­sport promi­nance came in the 1960s and 1970s. Stir­ling Moss was among its stars, record­ing an im­pres­sive string of grands prix wins in 1960.

Lo­tus too has had its hands in the ca­reers of nu­mer­ous iconic rac­ing drivers, in­clud­ing Jim Clark, Mario An­dretti, Ron­nie Peter­son, Nigel Mansell, Mika Hakki­nen, Jacky Ick x and even Ayrton Senna.

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