When the world of sports cars has been dominated with fast machines loaded with hefty engines, equally high-speed cars with unbelievably lightweight body seemed to be next to impossible. But with the entry of the Lotus car in the line of sports cars, racetracks, roads and freeways have never been the same.
The Lotus Car Company traces back its roots to the ingenious engineer and car race driver Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman, who built his first car, Mark 1 in 1948. It was registered as Lotus OX9292. But it was not until 1950 when he made a Lotus car that can actually be driven on the road in 1950 and sold it to racer Mike Lawson who went on to win the Wrotham Cup. In 1951,he made Mark 3 for circuit racing and made an impression with its' lightweight aluminum body and top speed of 90 mph.
Chapman's formation of the Lotus Engineering Company in 1952 was the beginning of the existence of Lotus as a car company. It made its first series production with 100 units of space-framed Mark 6 racer.
While Lotus Cars encouraged its buyers to race their cars, they're getting into the tracks was inevitable. The company joined the Formula One in 1958 as a team. Today, it is an independent company, Team Lotus, which aims to preserve and promote the history of the trailblazing Team Lotus International.
Today, the Lotus company continues to enliven the car industry with best-selling Lotus sports car models available around the world: