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Lotus to unveil F1 car early

Lotus are expecting to unveil their Formula One car for the first time in mid-February.

Lotus sign up Trulli and Kovalainen

Team principal Fernandes says constructor will be envy of F1 after securing drivers

Trulli and Kovalainen to drive for Lotus

Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen have been unveiled as the driving team for Lotus F1's maiden season on the Formula One grid.

Graham Nearn: Engineer and businessman behind the Caterham Seven sports car

Graham Nearn was the canny engineer and garage proprietor who acquired the rights to build the Lotus Seven sports car from Colin Chapman in 1973. The design of this skimpy two-seater dated from the mid-1950s and no longer fitted in with Chapman's ambitions as a maker of luxurious grand touring cars with higher profit margins.

Trulli on shortlist for Lotus drive

The new Lotus Formula One team hope to announce their drivers in the next week with the former Toyota driver Jarno Trulli high on a four-man shortlist according to principal Tony Fernandes.

MoD defends time spent on Top Gear stunts

Whether it is trying to blast a Lotus sports car off the road with an Apache helicopter, or using an RAF Typhoon to race the world’s fastest road car, no series of Top Gear would be complete without some sort of high-octane cameo from our armed forces.

Lotus collides with recession, turning profit into £14m loss

Malaysian parent company invests heavily to keep elite British marque on the road

Lotus F1 team in driver announcement delay

Lotus, which will re-enter Formula One next season under Malaysian ownership, could delay announcing its driver lineup until the end of November.

Lotus promise to bring the passion back to F1

The tycoon and team boss Tony Fernandes tells David Tremayne why motorsport needs old-style romance, not flamboyant playboys

Lotus make evocative return to F1

Team Lotus, once famous in the heyday of founder Colin Chapman for making world champions of Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jochen Rindt, Emerson Fittipaldi and Mario Andretti, are set to return after the FIA yesterday awarded them the 13th entry in next year's Formula One championship.

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The Lotus Europa SE doesn't have power steering or state-of-the-art electronics, and it's the better for it

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From the moon's surface to the Antarctic ice, when the going gets tough, you need a vehicle that can meet the challenge. By Simon Usborne

Head jailed for £64,000 car fraud

The former headmaster of a leading prep school has been jailed for 10 months after admitting stealing £64,000 from parents to buy luxury cars including a Bentley, a Jaguar and a Lotus.

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