Supercar firm Spyker said to be interested in Norfolk car maker
15 March 2007

Pretty much every sports car enthusiast would like to own a Lotus at some time in their life, and it seems that car manufacturers feel the same.

Dutch supercar firm Spyker is the latest firm rumoured to be interested in buying Norfolk-based Lotus, having already recently acquired the former Midland F1 team.

Lotus has already previously been owned by GM and a one-time Bugatti boss, and is currently owned by Proton. Spyker owner Victor Muller is also said to have held early talks with Proton.

Matters are confused further because Volkswagen is in lengthy discussions with the Malaysian government to buy Proton. And while it was previously thought that VW wanted to keep Lotus, recent management changes at the German car maker mean it may not be so interested any more.

That would be good news for Spyker, which would be able to benefit from Lotus’s extensive engineering know-how and manufacturing facilities if it bought the firm. Indeed Spyker is planning an SUV (the oddly named D12 Peking-to-Paris, pictured) which could well be built at Lotus’s Hethel plant.

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However, as it’s just spent around £50m on Midland F1, we’re not sure if Spyker has the cash to buy Lotus as well. Assuming it’s for sale, of course.

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