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1982 Lotus Turbo Esprit

Martin Cliffe developed the engine for the Lotus Turbo Esprit, yet he’d never owned one until recently. Today we both drive it, then compare notes on how it shapes up retrospectively.

1964 Ford Lotus Cortina vs. 1962 Lotus Elan

The late racing maestro Jim Clark is still revered and adored by many – not least IndyCar legend Dario Franchitti. Here are his experiences of two very special ex-Clark Lotuses.

Jim Clark interview In 1964, Clark talked about his Radford Lotus Elan - and your driving

In October 1964, Jim Clark spoke to Small Car magazine – which soon became CAR – about his road driving technique, his opinions on the average motorist, and his Radford Lotus Elan.

1966 Lotus Elan S3 SE FHC Jim Clark’s last road car

This Lotus Elan S3 FHC was Jim Clark’s last road car. We take to the border roads that formed him to find out why he found it so beguiling.

1964 Lotus Elan S1 1600

The Elan transformed an ambitious Lotus from bit-part player to major engineering force. We drive this rare S1 Elan 1600, fresh from restoration, to find out how.

Keith Halstead’s 1965 Lotus Cortina

Ford heritage: Keith Halstead’s 1965 Lotus Cortina was the first of only eight Mk1s ever put into service with West Sussex Police — six decades later it’s better than ever.

1972 Lotus Elan +2

Mike James always fancied the Lotus Elan +2 over a two seater so we put him in one for the day to find out why.

1971 Alpine A310 vs. 1972 Lotus Europa Special

Developed on opposite sides of the English Channel, the Alpine A310 and Lotus Europa offered supercar technology in miniature.

1964 Lotus Elan 26R that kick-started Jackie Oliver’s career

As he heads into retirement, former F1 driver and team owner Jackie Oliver recalls the Lotus 26R that kick-started his stellar career.

1970 Lotus Type 72 vs. 2022 Lotus Evija

The Lotus 72 is the most successful F1 car of all time. The Evija EV hypercar is the embodiment of new Lotus. So is there any of the old magic in the newcomer? We hit the track to find out.

1964 Lotus Elan 26R

One half of Ian Walker’s famous Goldbug duo, this Lotus Elan 26R helped forge the model’s racing legacy, being driven to victory by the likes of Jim Clark. Today it’s our turn behind the wheel

2022 Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition vs. 390 Final Edition

We take a trip to Lotus’ private test track in Hethel to drive and bid farewell to the Elise and Exige.

1997 Lotus Elise S1

It should have been so different for Lotus. Given the clear pent-up demand for small convertible sports cars in 1989, its ahead-of-the-curve Elan M100 should have cleaned up and finally provided the company with the kind of volume-seller that it could only have dreamed of during Colin Chapman’s luxury-GT era

Max Mosley’s 1961 Lotus Elite Type 14

Max Mosley’s Lotus Elite Driving the late motorsport maven’s first love. This Lotus Elite was bought new by the late one-time FIA president Max Mosley – and Octane played a small role in reuniting him with his first motoring love, six years ago.

1973 Lotus Seven GT

The short-lived conversion that made the Seven eligible for GT racing, rarer now than ever.

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