I'm in a Lotus-y mood this afternoon thanks to that video of 1980s Lotus car club meets. Few small companies have had as many ups and downs and have continued to struggle on the way Lotus has. You can't keep a good sports car down!

This 1998 MotorWeek clip highlights Lotus' offerings from the post-GM (Yes, GM owned Lotus for a while, no one likes to talk about it) era in which they were owned by Proton. And Mr. John Davis and his crew put two of the most iconic Lotuses through their paces: the twin-turbo V8 Esprit and the then-relatively new Elise.

They're very different animals, but they're both incredible machines. Let's hope that Lotus can bounce back again soon.

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