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January/February 2021

  • Exige 430 Cup road trip – Retracing Jenks’ Christmas race car test
  • Elite Type 14 – Classic drive in the pioneering Lotus
  • 2-Eleven – Stripped back road racer
  • Great Race – 1961 Pau Grand Prix
  • Essex Esprit – The story of the Turbo Esprit’s lavish $1m launch
  • Elise Honda K20 – Turbocharged S2 conversion
  • Lotus Mark VI – Behind the wheel of the specials-era Lotus
  • Type 30 and 40 – Lotus’s sports racers that didn’t live up to expectation
  • Number two drivers – Team Lotus’s ‘other’ drivers
  • …and much more!

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Denis Jenkinson road trip

On Christmas Day 1957, Denis Jenkinson attempted a 100-mile road test of a Lotus 12 race car… completely illegally, on the road. While a mechanical failure meant he was unable to complete it, we retraced his steps in an Exige 430 Cup, starting from the Phoenix Inn pub where he lodged.

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Lotus Elite Type 14

The Elite Type 14 is rightly revered, but does it live up to the legend when taken on modern roads? We took one for a Classic Drive to find out.

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Lotus 2-Eleven

Is a 2-Eleven an achievable route to supercar ownership? We meet an owner who believes it is to find out what it’s like to live with one of the most extreme Lotus road cars.

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1961 Pau Grand Prix

The 1961 Pau Grand Prix might not have counted towards the world championship, but it did provide the platform for Jim Clark’s first win aboard a Formula One car. We look back at that milestone day.

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Essex Esprit

Short-lived Team Lotus sponsor Essex provided the Turbo Esprit with a lavish launch that was reputed to cost $1million. The most hype a new car has had at launch? We take a look back at how it was pulled off.

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Honda K20 Turbo Lotus Elise

With 300 Honda VTEC conversions to its name, Maidstone Sports Cars has recently switched from supercharging to turbo for its forced induction upgrades. We spotlight a recent S2 transformation.

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Lotus Type 30

The Lotus 30 sports racer wasn’t liked by those who drove it, and its successor, the 40, wasn’t much better. Richard Heseltine tells the story of a rare Lotus ‘off day’.

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Team Lotus Number Two Drivers

Plenty of drivers have made their name at the wheel of a Lotus grand prix car, but what about the fate of the number two drivers? Darren Banks takes a look at Team Lotus’s number two drivers.

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