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  • Published: 05 December 2019
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    Lotus has been dedicated to building cars for the pure driver since 1948! Lotus has created some of the best handling road cars like the famous Lotus Elise, Exige, Esprit, and Evora. When it comes to the track, well Lotus has a rich history in F1with its innovative Type 25 and track dominating chassis technology. This is the history of a small British brand that helped redefine what a driver's car should be.

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Comments • 2 666

  • Donut Media
    Donut Media   1 months back

    I shot this video like 5 hours before I had a heart attack. Can you tell? lol


    -Pumphrey

    • John Paul
      John Paul  2 weeks back

      Donut Media do 240sx Again PLEASEEEE

    • Jan Käberlein
      Jan Käberlein  3 weeks back

      Not really no but i hope you're getting better and don't ever scare us like that again we need you!

    • Roy .gmail
      Roy .gmail  3 weeks back

      Live well, praise God, go to church please.

    • Dillpickle Xp5
      Dillpickle Xp5  3 weeks back

      I'm just glad you're ok and back! My mom had an aortic valve transplant about 6 years ago actually almost lost her. Take care of your heart we love you!⚡⚡⚡

    • A gaming toast
      A gaming toast  3 weeks back

      Geese, sorry to here that..

  • Angus Taylor
    Angus Taylor  20 hours back

    2:44 - As a Lotus employee; the story goes that Colin Chapman named his automobiles Lotus after the companies humble beginnings, ie; "There are all these other, big, sports cars manufacturers then there is us lot" (Us Lot = Lotus).

    • Dreamy
      Dreamy  1 days back

      How Lotus manages to make the Toyota engines they borrowed unreliable is beyond comprehension.

      • 先生CherryPepsi
        先生CherryPepsi  5 days back

        I fucking love Lotus and it's such an underrated car company



        And it's always about to be bankrupt

        • Leroy B Stankin
          Leroy B Stankin  5 days back

          Post Malone is or needs to mentioned in every video! Lol

          • rafaymago1
            rafaymago1  5 days back

            Wait, what happened, I haven't seen their videos in a while, did I miss something? 🤔🤔🥺🥺🥺

            • mike b
              mike b  7 days back

              Fun fact the evija has more power to each wheel than lotus' previous most powerful car

              • Black Conservative Patriot

                It's a shame that you skipped their volume seller before the Elise, the Steven's re-designed Esprit. You never even touched upon the 4 cylinder Turbo models or that they eventually got highly efficient 3.5L turbo V8s and that they are arguably the sexiest wedgiest exotic mid-engine sports/super cars ever produced. (Of course I am biased having owned one for years and highly modifying it plus I've driven several several others.) But you did mention the lower volume M100 Elan, the best handling FWD Zcar I have EVER driven in my life! Otherwise a good segment.

                • Chay Bonnington
                  Chay Bonnington  1 weeks back

                  It’s not like lotus returned to f1 🏎 and won with non other then kimi

                  • 3dgar 7eandro
                    3dgar 7eandro  1 weeks back

                    7:42 so accurate 😂😂😂👌👌👌

                    • 3dgar 7eandro
                      3dgar 7eandro  1 weeks back

                      5:16 they did 😂😂😂😂😂👌👌👌

                      • Aaron Timm
                        Aaron Timm  1 weeks back

                        12:32
                        wait...
                        did.. did you say..
                        SUPRA!?

                        • Victor Giannelli
                          Victor Giannelli  1 weeks back

                          -Reduce weight ]
                          -Nah bruh, add lightness ]

                          • pickatchew
                            pickatchew  1 weeks back

                            So... is no one going to address that the 2ZZ-FE does not exist?

                            • ClarkGamingPlays
                              ClarkGamingPlays  1 weeks back

                              Bruh, I'm still waiting for a Ferrari Up To Speed video.






                              About the brand, not just one car.

                              • Lance Hondrade
                                Lance Hondrade  1 weeks back

                                The MR2 never died, it just changed name to Evora and moved to England.

                                • Katriel Floyd
                                  Katriel Floyd  1 weeks back

                                  I cried at that intro.#mopowahbabuh
                                  Also I want to own and drive a lotus for a day and my life will be complete . Also James pleaseeeeee take care of yourself.

                                  • C.Zas/AZD
                                    C.Zas/AZD  1 weeks back

                                    I can't believe how underrated lotus is

                                    • Ryan Stinnett
                                      Ryan Stinnett  1 weeks back

                                      Just discovered your channel, great vid, makes me miss my old Isuzu Impulse w/ “Handling by Lotus” :)

                                      • Jyt
                                        Jyt  2 weeks back

                                        Lotus: The replacement for displacement.

                                        • Elias Epelbaum
                                          Elias Epelbaum  2 weeks back

                                          Abd ferrari

                                          • KleozNK
                                            KleozNK  2 weeks back

                                            e

                                            • Erick S
                                              Erick S  2 weeks back

                                              0-60 in 8 secs 💀

                                              • Richard Martin
                                                Richard Martin  2 weeks back

                                                Didn’t lotus win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2012

                                                • Gethin Jones
                                                  Gethin Jones  2 weeks back

                                                  I remember the first time I drove a LOTUS 7 I thought how can things get better than this???? years later I drove the ELICE and subsequently the EXIGE and thought this is motoring perfection but sadly I cant afford to buy an EXIGE :-( but I can rent one for track days :-)

                                                  • Thomas Smith
                                                    Thomas Smith  2 weeks back

                                                    Hearse-pers !

                                                    • Anodyne Melody
                                                      Anodyne Melody  2 weeks back

                                                      *LIGHTNESS!* 🍃 *LIGHTNESS!* 🍃 *LIGHTNESS!* 🍃

                                                      • Nur Izzuan Shahidan
                                                        Nur Izzuan Shahidan  2 weeks back

                                                        My car PROTON go tuned by Lotus Ride n Handling.. So beat that bro

                                                        • Carl Sagan
                                                          Carl Sagan  2 weeks back

                                                          Fun fact: The old Caterham showroom is now an old people's home because it was too small and tiny to keep up and running, so they moved to Luton or something.

                                                          I walk past it every now and then on the way to the shops.

                                                          • Carl Sagan
                                                            Carl Sagan  2 weeks back

                                                            Fun fact: The old Caterham showroom is now an old people's home because it was too small and tiny to keep up and running, so they moved to Luton or something.

                                                            I walk past it every now and then on the way to the shops.

                                                            • John Paul
                                                              John Paul  2 weeks back

                                                              Do 240sx Again

                                                              • Fayzal fay
                                                                Fayzal fay  2 weeks back

                                                                Yes tan sri yahya( proton) the one who bought lotus..at that time with cash money..n the sad story is...yahya n his wife were killed in helicopter..

                                                                • Luke Skywalker
                                                                  Luke Skywalker  2 weeks back

                                                                  The lotus omega is still expensive af 🤯

                                                                  • Sqwerpo!
                                                                    Sqwerpo!  2 weeks back

                                                                    The lotus m100 elan burnout was actually the kia elan when kia bought the design rights to the elan m100

                                                                    • James Glen Car Sales
                                                                      James Glen Car Sales  2 weeks back

                                                                      Hey guys, that’s out green Lotus Elsie S1 in your video. We sold that car in 2019 with only 8k miles. Really appreciate you using our footage. Quite honoured actually!! 🍻 Stephen and the Team at JimmyGlen 👍

                                                                      • Focke
                                                                        Focke  2 weeks back

                                                                        So my opel corsa 1.4 is powered by lotus engine?

                                                                      • Alex Wickins
                                                                        Alex Wickins  2 weeks back

                                                                        I purposely watched this video to see if they mentioned my grandfather david wickins as he helped saved lotus and they did and I was so happy 😂😂😀

                                                                        • TG 343
                                                                          TG 343  2 weeks back

                                                                          Evija - Pronounced Ee Vay Ya

                                                                          • TheChosenThree
                                                                            TheChosenThree  2 weeks back

                                                                            So technically lotus was the underrated mechanical superpower that didnt receive the credits it deserved?

                                                                            • grax Pye
                                                                              grax Pye  2 weeks back

                                                                              Rainy London gets about 22 inches of rain per year. New York City gets 50", Dallas 38" and Miami gets about 62".

                                                                              • Rice Pot
                                                                                Rice Pot  2 weeks back

                                                                                My PE teacher has that Casio

                                                                                • DT DT
                                                                                  DT DT  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Driving through Santa Fe, I saw a thiccccy thicccc beauty driving an Elise with a broken lip, I was turning, she smiled and waved, I decided to flip a u-ey and holla, I caught a red light, when I realized the moment was past, speeding ticket, cop said "I didn't see any Lotus". -smh

                                                                                  • Jac Ng
                                                                                    Jac Ng  2 weeks back

                                                                                    do a everything you need to know about proton

                                                                                    • Fung HoKin
                                                                                      Fung HoKin  2 weeks back

                                                                                      under geely, Lotus will make their first SUV base on volvo XC90

                                                                                      • quetzalcueyatl
                                                                                        quetzalcueyatl  3 weeks back

                                                                                        The 72 and 79 are gorgeous. I was wondering when did f1 cars start to look like jets.

                                                                                        • Massautobot
                                                                                          Massautobot  3 weeks back

                                                                                          The Carlton would’ve done much better if it was priced a little higher than a 5.0 mustang or even around the price of a Vette

                                                                                          • King Louie
                                                                                            King Louie  3 weeks back

                                                                                            You have to do genesis coupe

                                                                                            • Jdm Flash
                                                                                              Jdm Flash  3 weeks back

                                                                                              Great reminder of how much of a heavyweight Lotus has been.