In honor of Lotus unwrapping its new Type 125 over the weekend, we’ve decided to hit the company’s archives and quiz your knowledge on the many awesome automobiles that bore Colin Anthony Bruce Chapman’s initials and surname.
Think you know all vehicles that hailed from Hethel? Send us your best guess about the car shown above by means of the comments section below.
Did You Name Yesterday’s Lotus?
Congrats to thehummel — yesterday’s photo was indeed a closeup of the 1990 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton, which was also sold in other European markets as the Opel Lotus Omega.
Launched at the 1989 Geneva Motor Show, the Carlton/Omega was the end result of Lotus — then owned by General Motors — having its way with the large Omega/Carlton sedans. The objective, set by then-GM Europe president Bob Eaton, was for GM’s Opel and Vauxhall brands to shed their dowdy reputations.
Certainly, the Lotus-built car, dubbed by the sports car firm internally as the type 104, was anything but. GM shipped cars straight from the German assembly line to Lotus’ facilities in England, where they were transformed from mild to wild. The 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder was rebuilt and bored out to 3.6 liters, and blessed with a pair of Garrett turbochargers. Output jumped from a meager 204 horsepower to 377, while torque rang in at a walloping 419 pound-feet at 4200 rpm. Lotus mated the hopped-up engine to the ZF six-speed manual from the Corvette ZR-1, completely retuned the suspension, and added a subtle body kit.
Hot? You bet — the car was clocked on a closed circut at 176 mph, and once recorded a 0-62 mph time of 5.2 seconds. Sales, however, weren’t even close to lukewarm. Thanks to a price tag of 48,000 pounds, only 950 examples were built, shy of the 1100-car total once planned.