Lotus has been through many highs and lows since it was founded by engineer Colin Chapman back in 1952. These days the firm is owned by Malaysian giant Proton, and it focuses on selling a small but sharply focused range of lightweight sports cars.
The biggest-selling model in the Norfolk-based firm's line-up is the Elise, a two-seat convertible that weighs as little as 850kg and is offered with either a 1.6- or a 1.8-litre engine. The Elise name is 20 years old now but the car is still known for key Lotus traits - agility and fine handling.
There's also the Exige, a hard-top with a 3.5-litre V6 motor, and the Evora, which offers the novel combination of a mid-engined layout and a 2+2 seating configuration. The most extreme Lotus currently on sale, meanwhile, is the 3-Eleven, a track day-focused creation with a supercharged V6 and no windscreen to speak of, let alone a roof.
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