Elan – Restomod with 250bhp Ford Zetec
Sunbeam Lotus – The secret bargain hot hatch driven
340R – The stripped back Lotus that’s been a daily commuter and sprinter
Exile – Maidstone Sports Cars’ 550bhp GT3 bodied Elise
Great Race – Dan Gurney’s difficult 1962 Daytona International win
Formula Fords – How Lotus helped kickstart the formula
Peter Arundell – The forgotten Team Lotus driver who deserved greater recognition
Seven S3 buyers’ guide – How to bag a good one…and much more!
This Elan may look subtle, but it hides a secret in the form of a 250bhp Ford Zetec engine. Built to exacting standards by PJS Sports Cars, it’s like an Elan be if Lotus built it today. Emma Woodcock has driven it.
In a world that’s comfortable with big-bucks Peugeot 205 GTIs, is the Sunbeam Lotus an under-rated hot hatch bargain? Ian Stent takes one for a Classic Drive to find out.
This Lotus 340R has been used for everything from the daily commute to sprinting… so it’s no garage queen. We meet Gareth Richardson who has owned it for 18 years, and find out why he has no intention of parting with it.
A Lotus Elise that combines a GT3 body with a 550bhp turbocharged Honda K24 engine. The most hardcore car of its kind? We paid a visit to the team at Maidstone Sports Cars who built it to find out.
Dan Gurney put on a stellar performance in the 1962 Daytona 3 Hour… but it was almost for nothing when the car failed just before the chequered flag. That wasn’t enough to stop him, as Richard Heseltine recounts.
Lotus was instrumental in getting Formula Ford off the ground… and indeed the first grid comprised an all-Lotus line-up. Darren Banks tells the story of how the formula went from the germ of an idea to a significant force in motorsport.
Peter Arundell looked destined for greatness, until fate put a premature end to his promising career. Richard Heseltine tells the story of an oft-overlooked driver in Team Lotus history.
There are many reasons you might want a Lotus Seven S3 in your garage, but before you take the plunge make sure you read our detailed buyers’ guide.