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    Video: Join XCAR as it explores the history behind the Lotus Seven

    All modern Caterhams are based on the Lotus Seven – a small, lightweight roadster developed by Colin Chapman back in 1957. That car has evolved into an entire range of models, spanning from the new, affordable 160, shown below in the latest video from XCAR, to the maniacal 620R. Over the ...

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    Caterham releases Roadsport 125 Monaco

    Caterham Roadsport 125 Monaco – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Lightweight aficionados rejoice! Caterham has announced a new special edition roadster is joining its ever-expanding lineup. Allow us to introduce you to the Caterham Roadsport 125 Monaco. The brushed aluminum bodywork ...

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    Report: Lotus files patent application for new dual-clutch transmission

    "Simplify, then add lightness." Those are the famous words spoken by Sir Colin Chapman, the father of Lotus and one of the automotive world's great geniuses. Speaking of genius, the dual-clutch transmission (at a sane price point) is a major step forward. It combines the automaticness of an ...

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    Harder Core: 2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260

    2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260 - click above image for high-res gallery
    The Lotus Elise/Exige twins are quickly becoming the Porsche 911s of Britain. Or are they British Mustangs? In other words, totally fantastic sports cars with so many special variations that only the idiot savants among us can keep ...

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    Geneva 2009: Bodacious Tatas - Indian automaker debuts Nano Europa

    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Tata Nano Europa
    Uttering the word "Europa" should spark memories of the funky and fragile Lotus of the '60s and '70s, or perhaps the British sportscar company's more recent revival. What one normally doesn't tend to think of is the Tata Nano.That may ...

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    Lotus to celebrate 60th anniversary a few years early

    Lotus has always done things a little differently, so it should come as no surprise that the sportscar-maker is celebrating its 60th anniversary even though it's only 56 years old. The event that Lotus is commemorating is actually the first racing car which its founder, Colin Chapman, crafted in ...

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    SEMA 2007: Carbon Fiber Exige adds lightness

    Click image for high-res gallery from SEMAThe Lotus Elise and Exige are great little cars that personify Colin Chapman's original edict to maintain a light weight in order to allow maximum performance. Weighing in at under 2,000 pounds, they feature Toyota (or Honda) motors putting out around 200 ...

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    Geneva Auto Show: Lotus unpacks the Europa S

    If by calling its new sportscar a Grand Tourer, Lotus has you thinking of overweight luxury coupes that excite by dint of their monstrous drivetrains, Colin Chapman's corps have something they'd like to show in a Europa S. The British concern's latest 'less is emphatically more' proposition ...


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