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Welcome to Sage Lotus

Sage Lotus is the premiere retailer, dealer and distributor for Lotus in the United States. Our customers are at the forefront of every decision we make. With retail locations in the greater Los Angeles area, including Lotus of West Covina, and Lotus of the Desert at the exclusive Thermal Club racetrack in the Coachella Valley.  We are the ultimate Lotus destination for southern California and beyond. Offering a unique Lotus Experience for all our Customers we have recently opened the first ever Lotus dealership on a racetrack. We have a full service and parts department offering street and motorsport preparation, maintenance, and repairs.
Lotus Heritage-

Introduction 1949-1959

Engineer and inventor Colin Chapman's deep passion for motor racing drove him to fulfill his vision of designing and building faster and lighter sports cars, creating an enormous impact on the automotive world. Lotus Cars became a class-leading manufacturer of sports cars and globally respected consultancy in the automotive market over the past sixty years. Working with many top manufacturers, Lotus has truly helped to define the racing industry today




Lotus Eleven

  • In 1948, Colin Chapman created the Mark 1 Lotus trials racing car, using only a power drill and some elementary panel beating tools.
  • Chapman created his second trials car in 1950. This car was considered state of the art and was Lotus' first car to be able to drive on the road.
  • In 1951 and 1952 the Mark 3 & 4 were created. The Mark 3 could go 0-50 in 6.6 seconds and led the way for the Mark 4 which sparked the Lotus Engineering Company.
  • Team Lotus that was founded in 1954.
  • The 1956 Lotus Eleven started the "E" name that is seen in Lotus today and was offered in 3 various models. Under the 1954 Team Lotus that was founded in 1954.
  • In 1957 The Lotus Seven was launched as a "no frills" sports car. The car was in production till 1973 when rights were given to Caterham, where the car is still in production today.

 


Lotus Type 29

  • In 1960 Chapman focused on his mid-engine designed and refined it in the type 18. They Type 18 was actually so competitive it made up much of the Formula 1 brackets.
  • 1961 was a year of firsts for the Lotus Team. The type 21 was designed and built in 6 weeks and was the first F1 car that the driver was in a reclined position. It was also Team Lotus' first win in the world championship grand prix.
  • The Type 25 in the 1960s was another first for the Formula 1 industry. It used the first monocoque chassis and it won all four F1 races in its first year.
  • The 60s Also produced the Lotus Elan and Lotus Cortina. A partnership with Ford Motors allowed Ford to win the British Saloon Car Championship.
  • In 1966, Lotus enjoyed another first, making the engine in its Formula 1 car a part of the structure, instead of bolting the engine directly on the frame.
  • In 1968, Lotus was the first car in Formula 1 history to place a Cosworth Ford V8 engine in their race car. The Type 49 dominated the racing scene for over a decade.
 
  
Lotus Esprit: James Bond - The Spy Who Loved Me

  • The 70s launch two more firsts for Lotus. Lotus was the first to use side-mounted radiators in their Type 72 Formula 1 car and the was the first to use a multi-lever rear wing for downforce.
  • In 1971, Lotus debuts the Esprit concept car, which was later shown in the James Bond classic, The Spy Who Loved Me.
  • In 1978, the John Player Edition Formula 1 car accounted for 8 wins and 12 pole positions with racing legend Mario Andretti in the drivers seat.
  • In 1979, the "Wingless Wonder" was created as the Type 80, which used ground effects kits under that car to suction the car to the road. After poor results, it was later retired.

 

Lotus Type 97T

  • In 1980, the Esprit Turbo was born, the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that launched the car to 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds, which was in a class of its own at the time.
  • Lotus experiments with the Type 86. The previous Lotus Type 78 was banned from racing because Lotus had a suspension setup that did not absorb shock for drivers. Lotus refused to soften suspension because it compromised handling.
  • Lotus founder Colin Chapman dies at age 54 from a sudden heart attack on December 16, 1982.
  • In 1983, Lotus announced active suspension on their Formula 1 car. Using computer controls, the system allows better stability in cornering, braking and acceleration. Testing was also conducted on the Type 92 Formula 1 car.
  • In 1985, the Type 97T, the first car to have aerodynamic bargeboards, won in Portugal.
  • In 1986, General Motors acquired 100% of shareholding for Lotus Motors plc.
  • The Lotus Elan was launched with the first ever patented wishbone suspension, allowing superior handling for a front wheel drive car.

 

Lotus Elise

  • The 1990 Lotus Carlton was released and made an astounding 377 hp from the twin turbo straight 6 engine.
  • In 1993 another change of company ownership took place. Bugatti, a fairly young automotive company, bought Lotus Motors from General Motors.
  • In 1995 costs spiralled, so the Lotus racing team disbanded at the beginning of the F1 season.
  • In 1996, the first generation Lotus Elise was born, built from the world's first epoxy-bonded aluminum chassis.
  • In 1996, Lotus was then taken over by Proton as the majority shareholder, providing manufacturing benefits, engineering and patents.
 

Lotus Exige

  • In 2000, the Exige is born. Based on the Elise road car, the Exige was sportier and designed to provide extreme performance on the track, as well.
  • In 2001, Lotus began engineering operations in Malaysia due to the expansion of the Asian market.
  • 2003 was the final year of the Esprit, the Italian design sports coupe.
  • In 2004, Lotus launched the new Elise and Exige models. These body styles offered aggressive styling, and added power from an optional supercharged engine.
  • In 2008, the Evora is reborn. As a 2+2 or 2+0 seat design, the Evora combined luxury and class, while still offering the enthusiast a performance-focused car.
  • In 2009, CEO Mike Kimberley resigned due to health issues at age 71. Kimberley was responsible for reviving the award-winning Evora as it is today.
 

 Lotus Concept

  • A new Elise is Born in 2011. The new Elise used a smaller engine, which increase fuel economy. The smaller engine also generated the same power as the previous model, so performance was not affected.
  • At the Paris Motorshow, Lotus announced its plans to release a new 5-car lineup.
  • Lotus Engineering receives two awards from "The Engineer." It earns first place in Automotive, Marine, Rail sector, as well as Taxi Hybrid technology.
  • Lotus returned to Formula 1 to compete in the 2011 season.
  • 2011 led to the renovation of Lotus' own Hethel Test racetrack for engineering and events.
  • The Exige was redefined in 2012, and for the first time did not follow the design of the Elise. The Exige S received the joint winner of the Evos "Car of the year 2012."
  • In 2012, Lotus received 4th place during the Formula 1 season.