Lotus has never been a big car company, as measured by the size of its cars or the scope of its sales. This is a function of focus: Like Enzo Ferrari, Lotus founder Colin Chapman started building road cars primarily as a means of feeding a racing habit, and for many years, Lotus was one of Ferrari’s chief rivals on the racetrack. Although gone from racing’s top echelon for many years—2010 marks Lotus’s reentry after a 16-year absence from Formula 1—the company’s (occasionally uncertain) history on the street continues uninterrupted from the late ‘40s through today. What follows is a history of the world’s lightest-car company, from the very first homebuilt ambler to today’s newest sports car, the Evora.
Source: Car and Driver