Lotus is a British manufacturer of sports cars and racing cars based at the former site of Royal Air force Base Hethel, a World War II airfield in Norfolk. The company designs and builds light weight and fine handling race and production automobiles. Proton took over Lotus after the bankruptcy of former owner Romano Artioli in 1994. Lotus with some of the most brilliant engineers in the world has manufactured some of the best luxury sports cars on the Market.
One such car is the Lotus Mark IX which was an aluminum-bodied sports race car manufactured by Lotus Engineering Ltd. and was closely related to the Mark VIII of which only about seven cars were made. These cars were largely based on the innovative Lotus Mark VI space frame. The highly aerodynamic bodies were designed by Frank Costin and Williams & Pritchard Coachwork helped produce the highly aerodynamic bodies. During this early era of 1954-1955, Lotus Engineering was still a small company, and cars were delivered in different states of completion on special orders. Similar to the Mark VIII, the Mark IX was available in various configurations and different engines including the MG, and Bristol were fitted into the car, however, the Mark IX designation is most often powered by the 1100 cc Coventry Climax engine. Two models of Mark IX were offered – the “Club” and the “Le Mans”, the latter of which had larger drum brakes fitted.
The Mark IX chassis was a new design compared to that of the Mark VIII. Both were space frames of welded steel tube. The new chassis was an advance over the Mark VIII in terms of the efficiency of its design and avoiding the VIII’s need for diaphragm stiffening of the panels. However both chassis still used an over-sized lower rail of 1.8 inch tube, a hang-over from the original design of the first Mark VI space frame. Compared to the Mark VIII, the Mark IX was shorter somewhat to a wheelbase of a little more than 7 feet (222.3 cm), and the body itself was about two feet shorter than that of the Mark VIII.
A total of about thirty of the Mark IX sports racing cars were produced in various forms and these were raced in both Europe and the US. The first two examples of the Mark IX were apparently delivered to the US with the 1100 cc Coventry Climax engine to compete in the 1955 running of the 12 Hours of Sebring race and were beaten by a Porsche Spyder. These cars were actually entered as Lotus Mark VIII models in the G class by Frank Miller of Larchmont, NY and by Bobby Burns and Norman J. Scott of Houston TX in respectively cars number 78 and 79. The Lotus Works Team entered at least one Mark IX in the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1955, driven by Chapman, which may have been equipped with disc brakes, however the car was disqualified apparently due to his reversing the car to re-enter the race track after going off course
The Lotus Evora is a sports car produced by British car manufacturer Lotus. The car, which was developed under the name Project Eagle, was launched as the Evora in 2008 at the British International Motor Show.
The Lotus Evora is based on the first all-new vehicle platform from Lotus Cars since the introduction of the Lotus Elise in 1995. The Evora is the first vehicle of three vehicles to be built on the same platform; the remaining two vehicles will be on sale by 2011.
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