Sport The 'anteater' nose of the Toro Rosso SRT9, likened to a sex toy by lingerie makers Ann Summers

The designs have been labelled ugly - but were introduced to improve safety

Motoring: Road Test - Extreme, as in not too bad

Malaysia's Proton are giving it some welly in the hype department to boost their entry into the hot hatch market. `Handling by Lotus,' it says here. But does their advertising campaign protest too much? Could it be that their deep-throated GTi just a lot of hot air?

Motoring - The Verdict: Plastic fantastic

The Noble M10 is feather light, frighteningly fast and a serious rival to that other quirky British sports racer, the Lotus Elise

The Verdict: Lotus blossoms

With its V8 engine and complete redesign, the Lotus Esprit no longer resembles a `doorstop on wheels'. Will our readers approve?

Motoring: The kryptonite factor

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Letter: Plea for design

Sir: I applaud the desire of Marco Goldschmied, the new president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, to convince us all of the importance of good design ("A fresh facade for British architecture", 22 March). I fear, however, that his words echo those of former presidents over the past decade.

Arrows team driven to pounds 110m sellout

THE Arrows grand prix motor racing team was sold yesterday to a consortium led by a German bank and a Nigerian prince in a deal valuing the business at pounds 110m.

Motoring: The Verdict - Noisy but nice

Loud, cramped but loads of fun - readers test the Lotus Elise. By Michael Booth. Photographs by Teena Taylor

Motor Show `98: Small specialists prove the Brits have grit

The big players may be in foreign hands, but there are still UK car makers that can deliver surprises

High Court bans Lotus directors

THREE DIRECTORS of the former Formula One outfit Team Lotus Ltd have been banned by the High Court from being company directors, the Department of Trade and Industry said yesterday.

Design: The Millennium Collection No 7: The Lotus Elise

So far, more than 200 Millennium objects have been chosen for excellent design. Each week we examine one of them . . .

Motoring: The Lotus eater

Road test Mazda MX-5

Ex-husband sees red - and white and brown

A FORMER BBC journalist who lost his nine-bedroom home and private aircraft in a divorce settlement exacted revenge on his former wife by pouring a cocktail of paint and creosote over her boyfriend's expensive sports cars.

Travel '98: January In the outback

Kick-start the year with champagne at Ayers Rock, followed by a sleepless night lying under the stars in a swag: it worked for Rosalind Russell

Motoring: British minnows shine in the big pool

The big foreign car companies keep getting bigger, yet once every two years, at the Earl's Court Show, Britain's locally owned motor industry - full of tiny makers mostly building sports cars - emerges from its slumber and dazzles with its innovation, its boldness and, perhaps most impressively, its perseverance. We have lost Austin, Triumph, Riley, Lanchester and Morris for ever. Jaguar, Rover, Land Rover, Aston Martin and Lotus are now German, American or Malaysian owned. But we still have TVR, Marcos, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, AC, Caterham and Morgan. Earl's Court is where they strut their stuff - this year more convincingly than ever.

New lightweight car can do 140mpg

It's Light, but strong. Family oriented, but not costly. Tough on smog, tough on the causes of smog. In fact, all it needs is a bit of compassion with hard edges, and it might be Tony Blair.
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