It should be remembered that Lotus is an Exclusive Champion Heritage Racing Marque.
Colin Chapman established Lotus Engineering Ltd in 1952. Lotus achieved rapid success with the 1953 Mk 6 and the 1954 Mk 8 sports cars. There were successes in
Formula Two and Formula Junior.
A Lotus Formula One car driven by Stirling Moss won the marque's first Grand Prix at Monaco in 1960. Major success came in 1963 the Lotus 25, with Jim Clark driving, won Team Lotus their first F1 World Constructors Championship.
The road car business was also doing well with the Lotus Seven and the Lotus Elite. This was followed by the Lotus Elan in 1962. More racing success followed with the 26R. The racing version of the Elan.
Between 1962 and 1978 under the direction
of founder and chief designer Colin Chapman, Lotus was responsible for many innovative and experimental developments in motorsport, both in technical and commercial arenas.
Many of Chapman's successes came from innovation. The Lotus 25 was the first
monocoque chassis in F1. The 49 was the first car of note to use the engine as a stressed member. The Lotus 56 Indycar was powered by a gas turbine engine and was fitted with four-wheel drive. The Lotus 63 was the first mid-engined F1 car to race with four-wheel
drive and in 1972 broke new ground in aerodynamics.
The original Lotus design mantra was: 'Start with Lightness add Simplicity and Remove Weight.'
Team Lotus constructed cars won a total of 79 Grand Prix races. During his lifetime
Chapman saw Lotus beat Ferrari as the First Marque to achieve 50 Grand Prix Victories. [Beating Ferrari into Second to 50.]
Team Lotus achieved 50 Grand Prix victories despite having won their first victory nine years later than Ferrari's.
Even after Chapman's death, until the late 1980s, Team Lotus continued to be a major player in Formula One. Ayrton Senna drove for the team from 1985 to 1987, winning twice in each year and achieving 17 pole positions.
Team Lotus remained one of
the most successful racing teams of all time, winning Seven Formula One Constructors titles. Six Drivers Championships and the Indianapolis 500 in the United States.
There is no catalogue of road going Mclaren’s from the 60’s 70’s
Lotus cars remain to this day, critically overlooked and chronically undervalued.