40 Buyers Will Get A Special Caterham To Celebrate 40 Years Of Fun

The limited edition pack is a free upgrade for the fastest forty buyers available for all Seven models, and includes getting the best ignition key ever. I would buy one just for that. » 5/09/13 1:37pm 5/09/13 1:37pm

Colin Chapman’s simple and chilling definition of a Formula One race car

To see the most interesting document at the Frankfurt Motor Show, one had to get a particular stool at Lotus then not sit down on it. Beneath a layer of glass was a page from Colin Chapman’s notebook from the summer of 1975 which contains many of his iconic quotes about Formula One cars. Some are simple, some are… » 9/16/11 1:30pm 9/16/11 1:30pm

Performance through lightweight explained

This photo of the Team Lotus pits at the 1970 British Grand Prix finally reveals what Lotus founder Colin Chapman (background, with stopwatch) meant by performance through lightweight. It’s nothing to do with pencil-thin suspension pieces or cross-drilled aluminum parts and all to do with having British supermodel… » 8/09/11 2:30pm 8/09/11 2:30pm

The tangled paternity of Lotus Racing, simplified

This year's Formula 1 grid features Team Lotus racing against Lotus Renault GP, with both sides hiring as many lawyers as engineers. At his Grand Prix blog, Joe Saward constructed this handy chart showing the complicated peerage. Although I think Peter's is a bit more simplified, this tells an entirely different… » 2/04/11 10:30am 2/04/11 10:30am

Lotus Returns To Formula One Yet Again

For the 2011 season, a Malaysian team in black and gold livery named Lotus will be joined by a Malaysian team in black and gold livery named Lotus. Don't panic, we've got the org chart. » 12/08/10 9:30am 12/08/10 9:30am

Lotus Explains Its New-Found Love Of Fatties

Last week, Lotus CEO Dany Bahar explained how the Proton-owned automaker is increasing the size of its cars in a new, polarizing mass-market strategy. It was, as expected, met with contempt by Lotus fan-boys. Now, Lotus responds. » 11/22/10 6:15pm 11/22/10 6:15pm

Lotus Wants To Build Fatter Cars

We wanted to hear from Lotus about why their new lineup appears to contradict Lotus tradition of lightweight sports cars. Instead, Lotus CEO Dany Bahar told us Lotus was making its cars fat because it wants to. » 11/19/10 10:00am 11/19/10 10:00am

Aging Paint, Timeless Whoosh

The dash of the ex-Emerson Fittipaldi, Pratt-and-Whitney-engined 1971 Lotus 56B turbine Indy car at last weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed. Tachometers with percentage rings = 100 percent win. Photo Credit: F1Fanatic » 7/08/10 8:30am 7/08/10 8:30am

Brabham BT46B Fan Car: Making Lemonade From Lemons

The BT46B—also known as the Fan Car—was a cunning Gordon Murray racer, designed to one-up the dominant Lotus 79 in the 1978 Formula One season. » 1/07/10 1:30pm 1/07/10 1:30pm

The 12 Brits Who've Won Their Home Grand Prix

A dozen men have walked on the Moon—and twelve Brits have won the British GP since first held in 1950 at Silverstone. Meet the men whose shoulders Jenson Button is set to stand on this Sunday. » 6/20/09 1:30pm 6/20/09 1:30pm

Jalopnik Presents The Se7en Se7en Se7en Awards

To recap: About 55 Se7ens from USA7s descended on the idyllic hamlet of Deal's Gap to beat the bejesus out of the Dragon. Naturally, Jalopnik was there. You can read all about the exploits in yesterday's Se7en, Se7en, Oh My Se7en! . Today we're going to focus on some of the individual cars that piqued our fancy and… » 7/12/07 12:00pm 7/12/07 12:00pm

Making Things With Aerodynamics: Wings Hit GP Competition

Mitch Yelverton over at The Truth About Cars has a brief history of late-Sixties/early-Seventies downforce packages and their consequences re: the future of Formula 1 motorsport competition. And guess what? It involves Colin Chapman. Interestingly, there's no mention of Texas Jim Hall, without whom no discussion of… » 11/20/06 4:15pm 11/20/06 4:15pm

Mr. Chapman Goes to Indianapolis: The Lotus-Ford Story

In 1961, after witnessing Jack Brabham's 9th-place finish in the Indy 500 in a mid-engined Cooper, Dan Gurney hooked up Colin Chapman and the Ford Motor Company to build a car for the '63 Indy 500 that would truly change the face of American open-wheel motorsports. But it was hardly a cakewalk. While Gurney felt it… » 11/17/06 12:15am 11/17/06 12:15am

Indy Retroness: The Cosworth DFX

An Indyfied variant of Cosworth's DFV (Double Four-Valve) F1 mill, the DFX was the motor that finally ended decades of Offenhauser dominance at the Brickyard. Ken Duckworth had been a gearbox engineer at Lotus, but had left to found Cosworth with Mike Costin when he was approached by Colin Chapman with the idea for a… » 5/27/06 12:58pm 5/27/06 12:58pm