‘What’s going on at Lotus?’ is a question that we’re asked occasionally, one that most of us here at Autocar have been unable to answer with any degree of authority.
In the two short years since the Norfolk sportscar company parted ways with Dany Bahar, details of a new long-term vision to replace the former CEO’s ill-fated plan have been notable by their absence.
According to the SMMT’s figures, Lotus registered 73 new cars in the UK in the first five months of 2014, compared with 80 in the corresponding period last year, although the company is enjoying good fortunes in export markets.
However, with new company boss Jean-Marc Gales settling in, and formulating his own strategy for the future, the stage is set for a fresh injection of impetus at Hethel.
In the meantime, last weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed provided a timely reminder of the delightful potency of the company’s current model range.
The company’s amiable chief engineer Matt Becker treated me to a ride up the hill in the Lotus Exige V6 Cup, a hardcore variant of the Exige S that’s aimed at track day enthusiasts.