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Esprit on
2014 tweeted pics
For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's latest we've seen.

   

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Scissor Esprit Doors
Converted Esprit in Germany
I found this picture of a lotus esprit S 3 (1983 modell, RHD), recently in germany for sale, for 15.000 EUR. Ino my opinion, (what I could see on the picture), Ihe car itself is in poor condition, and would probably need quiete a lot of work, in order to bring it back to a good and nice looking shape. But I have never seen a lotus esprit with scissor doors ( or the so called lambo doors ).

I am quiete sure, these scissor doors will not get any licence at the german TUV ( MOT ) and it would be nice to hear from the new owner (if sold), what he plans to do, to have the car back on the road again, but it looks quite interesting.

Sorry, but I only spotted one picture of the car and no further information. It would be quite interesting to get more information about the doors itself, especially the way these door hinges are made and the way there were installed.

Horst Jordan
Germany

Please contact admin@lotusespritworld.com if you have any further information.

 

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Esprit on
2014 tweeted pics
For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's latest we've seen.

 

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Lotus Esprit canned
Concept won't see the light of day
ICONIC British sports car makers Lotus have confirmed that development of its Esprit concept has ceased, with the project officially cancelled.

Previewed as a concept in 2010 (pictured), the Esprit nameplate revival was initially spearheaded by the brand’s former CEO Danny Bahar as part of an extensive long-term multi-model plan prior to his sacking. Since Bahar’s exit, the project has been in limbo until recently when newly appointed CEO Jean-Marc Gales dismissed any possibility of seeing a production version completed.

In an interview with an international motoring monthly, Gales said “I don’t want to focus on the past, but there are some technologies and supplier relationships that we can take forward from the (Bahar) projects.” Instead, he confirmed that the brand would continue to outsource engines from Toyota citing its proven reliability as the deal-sealer.

 

LEW's view
Personally we never thought we'd see the day it would go into production. The whole concept of a 'New' Esprit didn't work, both in price and competition. It was never going to happen and we detailed articles talking about it to record what people said about it, just in case it ever saw the light of day. Maybe the world has seen the Esprit name laid to rest. R.I.P. for now :-(

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Esprit on
2014 tweeted pics
For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's latest we've seen.

 

 

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1981 Lotus Esprit on Air Ride
from In motion media
A British supercar with an Italian heart; Dean's 1981 Lotus Esprit sits on air-ride suspension and features an Alfa Romeo V6 engine. The iconic Giugiaro wedge shape lends itself to the low riding destiny which Dean visualised many years ago, and looks a formidable piece of motoring engineering on any British B Road. Join us as Dean fires it up, drops it low lets it rip.
Filmed and Edited by Chris Brown @ In Motion Media :
inmotion-media.co.uk
facebook.com/pages/In-Motion-Media/110979629072443?ref=hl.

 

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Esprit on
2014 tweeted pics
For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's latest we've seen.

 

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Bye-bye tax disc
UK Vehicle Excise Duty road tax changes explained
The UK paper tax disc will be scrapped on October 1st 2014. We explain the new Vehicle Excise Duty system for taxing your car

The UK car tax disc will disappear from our cars forever on October 1st 2014. In its place comes a new system for paying your road tax, or Vehicle Excise Duty to use its proper name.

This overhaul of the road tax arrangements ends the tax disc's 93-year reign and promises to make paying your car tax easier while rendering the whole system cheaper to run.

Read more: www.autoexpress.co.uk

Who's gonna buy our Tax Disc holder now? :-(
Any idea on what we can use them for now? emails to admin@lotusespritworld.com

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Esprit on
2014 tweeted pics
For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's latest we've seen.

 

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Lotus Esprit GT3 Rolling Road – 290bhp
YouTube

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Esprit on
2014 tweeted pics
For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's latest we've seen.

 

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New Lotus CEO talks SUVs, Esprit and the future
Read more at Auto Express
New Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales wants hotter derivatives of existing cars plus an SUV by 2017

Jean-Marc Gales is the man tasked with cleaning up the mess at Lotus left behind after Dany Bahar’s failed plan to launch five new models and acrimonious departure in 2012. As we discovered, there is a firm derivative-based plan in place for the next two to three years and more ambitious products - such as an lightweight SUV and saloon – in the pipeline for 2017 and beyond.



You helped to introduce the DS brand when you worked for Peugeot Citroen – is a similar radical overhaul needed at Lotus?
It’s different because we already have an iconic brand. There are few brands that have this history, founded by Colin Chapman, and you can attach many clear values to it. I want to return to those values because I think we lost them a bit on the way. ‘Light is right’, ‘agility’, ‘pure driving’ this is basically the Lotus DNA. We want to build on this very stable foundation and the future cars you see will be consistent with that strategy. You are going to see many things in the next two years that go in that direction.

Can you confirm then that for the next two years your product plan is based on derivatives of the Elise, Exige and Evora? Absolutely. They have a lot of life left, these cars – nobody has found a better way to combine light weight, ride and handling. With derivatives there are many things we can think of, and I wouldn’t exclude anything right now because the Lotus principles apply to every segment. We think about performance enhancements of course, ride and handling enhancements and we will take further weight out of the cars without compromise – we want future Lotuses to be easier to live with and easier to get in and out.

What about in the longer term? Will you bring in completely new models beyond the existing range to expand the business? I wouldn’t exclude it, we are thinking about it. The very first priority is Elise, Exige and Evora, but after 2017 there are many things we can envisage based on our core values, so you won’t see a two-tonne animal somewhere wearing a Lotus badge! The only segment I would rule out right now are commercial vehicles, but we were joking that you could even make them more lightweight.

You could build the lightest, best-handling crossover in the world, but it would still be a crossover. Is that really a Lotus? We believe it is. Without going into detail because this is still three or four years ahead, but we believe we can combine Lotus brand values with many possible segments and crossovers as you say. Nothing has been decided, but saloons and crossovers are certainly two segments that come to mind, I would say SUV/crossover definitely. If Lotus does an SUV or a four-door saloon it will be light, performance-led and it will have outstanding looks. This is what we want and this is in line with our heritage.

Will the engine supply deal with Toyota continue? Do you have any other joint ventures planned? Absolutely. We cannot and should not develop our own engine – most small car makes that have gone that route have disappeared. We are using engines from the world’s largest car makes that are reliable, good and we can trust them. It’s a mass-market engine but we make sure it sounds and performs much better. For further joint ventures we have a company close to us – Proton. So for joint-projects that would be the first port of call.

Dany Bahar’s five model plan: Was it the right strategy, wrong execution? Do you think it has tainted the brand? Execution is the key word. If we look at all five of those projects, I don’t think they were in line with the Lotus DNA. We don’t want to be seen as trying to be someone else, or emulate another company’s success, we are unique. The good thing is we have a very strong brand and there is a huge amount of good will towards us. That good will has not gone down.

Are there any plans to revive the Esprit project, reportedly the closest to completion when Bahar left, or salvage any of the technology? If you’re asking whether we’re going to pick them up and launch these cars, the answer is no. I don’t want to focus on the past, but there are some technologies and supplier relationships that we can take forward from the projects.

You recently announced a possible 325 job cuts – is there any further clarification you can give at this stage?
There is no further news except to say that the collective consultation has started, so we have started a process that takes 45 days. It’s sad and regrettable, but unfortunately it’s necessary to safeguard the future of the company. In simple terms we need to reduce costs and increase sales, and we cannot avoid up to a maximum of 325 redundancies and we sincerely hope it’s going to be less.

How much autonomy will you be allowed to shape the brand to your own personal vision by Proton and DRB-Hicom? DRB is our ultimate shareholder and Proton is the holding company. They have supported us remarkably over the last 17 years for Proton, two years for DRB-Hicom, and very patiently. We define together our strategy and our strategy has been set in stone for the next three years, we know exactly what to do and where to go. And I’m very glad that they are fully aware of the power of the Lotus brand, so we are very close and in daily communication. After the last two or three years we had to do a lot of cleaning up and a lot of refocusing of the company on new product and selling more cars.

How are current sales figures looking and what are your short and mid-term targets? Sales are going up. The last quarter we sold 505 cars, the best for three years, and this quarter will beat that and we’re up in most areas around the world. We sold 1,220 in 2013, hope to sell 2,000 in 2014 and we want 3,000 the year after that – this is realistic given the new models we have planned and our expansion of the dealer network around the world. Of course, 3,000 is an intermediate step, we want to go beyond that, but I can’t say anymore at this stage.

Do you have a message for all the Lotus fans out there that are desperate to see the brand back to its best? Lotus is back. We never disappeared of course, but we are focusing again on what made us great. We think [Colin] Chapman would approve of what we’re doing.

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Esprit on
2014 tweeted pics
For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's latest we've seen.

 

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LEW Calendar 2015
Finalising Esprits for Calendar
You have around 2 weeks to submit your Esprit pictures for the 2015 calendar. We have a few spots yet to be rubber stamped, so you can still get in if your picture is good enough. Get out and get a pic now!

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Lotus restructuring could lead to mass job cuts
As many as 325 jobs could be lost at Lotus, thanks to cost-cutting measures at the British firm
AutoExpress.co.uk

Lotus could be cutting as many as 325 jobs at its Hethel site in Norfolk. It’s all part of a restructuring and cost-cutting exercise at the company designed to create a solid foundation for future growth.

Recently instated as CEO of Lotus, Jean-Marc Gales said: “We have worked very hard to avoid the need to make the proposal, but do believe that it is now essential. It is in no way a reflection on our employees who have shown nothing but dedication to us and have worked tirelessly to support Lotus.”

The job cuts come just over a year after Lotus announced it would create more than 100 new jobs thanks to a £100million investment by its owner, DRB-HICOM.

Nevertheless, Lotus believes the job cuts are necessary to boost future revenue, and the company is keen to build on a recent uplift in sales. That’s mainly thanks to overseas sales, which helped bring about an increase in the number of cars shifted from 963 in 2012 to 1,368 in 2013. That figure could be beaten again this year, too.

“Once the reshaping has been undertaken, and with its strong and experienced management team, Lotus should be a leaner, more competitive organisation, focusing on both producing class-leading sports cars and innovative engineering,” said Gales.

There’s a fair bit of work to do at Lotus, though, with the company making a £167million net loss in 2013. If recent rumours are to be believed then big plans are afoot – a sporting saloon and an SUV are reportedly both on the cards.

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LEW Calendar 2015
Take advantage of the last few days of summer
Make the most of the last few days of good weather and get some cool pictures of your Esprit in cool places and send them into us at admin@lotusespritworld.com. The best are likely to make it into the 2015 Esprit Calendar. So get your digital camera set on the highest settings, park your Esprits with a great backdrop and get snapping.

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Esprit on
2014 tweeted pics
For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's latest we've seen.

    

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Esprit on
2014 tweeted pics
For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's latest we've seen.

 

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Esprit on
2014 tweeted pics
For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's latest we've seen.

 

  

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Esprit on
2014 tweeted pics
For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's latest we've seen.

  

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Jodie Kidd in an Esprit
Instagram Post
FInteresting news from Model and car nut Jodie Kidd on Instagram. Seems like she's playing with a Lotus Esprit S1 for Classic Car Show.

  

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LEW Calendar 2015
Take advantage of the UK Heatwave
Make the most of the UK summer heatwave and get some cool pictures of your Esprit in cool places and send them into us at admin@lotusespritworld.com. The best are likely to make it into the 2015 Esprit Calendar. So get your digital camera set on the highest settings, park your Esprits with a great backdrop and get snapping.

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Esprit on
2014 tweeted pics
For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's latest we've seen.

  

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Esprit on
2014 tweeted pics
For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's latest we've seen.

  

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Esprit on
2014 tweeted pics
For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's latest we've seen.

   

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Type 114 Esprit GT1
Silverstone Classic, by Lotus Cars Facebook page.
This weekend this gorgeous Type 114 Esprit GT1 will be amongst thousands of beautiful classic cars on display at ‘Silverstone Classic’.

This event really does have it all going on! Over 1000 exotic, rare, and valuable race cars will be competing in more than 20 exciting races on 25th/26th/27th July. There is live rock music, track parades, auctions, aerobatic displays, a ‘Motorfair’ and ‘Super Shopping Village’ selling art, antiques, books, models, clothing, accessories and memorabilia. There will also be live streetcar shootouts and passenger experiences in the ‘Off Road Zone’, vintage funfair rides, a 40m giant wheel, village green with big screen and outdoor seating and catering and a fleet of period buses to get you from A to B.

Look out for Classic Team Lotus who are running amazing examples of the Type 22, Type 24, Type 25, Type 72, Type 76 and Type 91.

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Esprit on
2014 tweeted pics
For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's latest we've seen.

  

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Lotus Esprit Turbo Photoshoot
26 photos on Facebook
Done for advert within the upcoming article on the Esprit in Octane Magazine magazine. Click on the image below to go to Bell & Colvill's Facebook page. Enjoy!

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Esprit on
2014 tweeted pics
For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's latest we've seen.

  

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Lotus Festival 2014
17th August at Brands Hatct!
Lotus enthusiasts, including everyone who received this newsletter can purchase discounted tickets at just £12 per day or £15 for the weekend, postage & packing included.

What is the Lotus Festival?
The Lotus Festival celebrates Britain's most charismatic sportscar marque and its illustrious heritage spanning over 60 years. From coveted cars to Formula 1 glories, Norfolk's famous brand will be on display over one glorious weekend.
On track, demonstrations of Colin Chapman's famous racers, rally and road cars will be complemented by superb action from LoTRDC race series with a packed support bill.

Meanwhile trade stands and club displays presenting the very best from the iconic brand makes this a weekend to remember on a track that has provided many of the marque's most glittering moments.

Show off your Lotus - and get in for free!
The search is on to find the best-prepared Lotus at this year's festival, with entries to the annual 'Show and Shine' competition now open.

Owners of Lotus cars spanning the company's illustrious history are invited to submit their pride and joy to the contest. However you'll need to hurry, as just 40 places are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

A special team of judges will assess the cars, which will be divided into four categories: Pre 1974, 1974-1995, 1996-2008 and Post 2009. Prizes will be awarded based on overall appearance and condition, taking into account whether a car is restored or original. In addition to class trophies for the top three and most fun vehicle, there will also be an overall winner.

Entries to the competition are free and entitle the owner to two weekend passes to the event, with parking in a special display area. To enter, click here.

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Esprit on
2014 tweeted pics
For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's latest we've seen.

  
  

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Esprit on
2014 tweeted pics
For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's latest we've seen.

  

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News from 1st Half 2014

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