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?
A round of applause for those who correctly called this out as being the Italdesign Lotus Etna concept car, although we do understand those who guessed it was nothing more than a second-generation Esprit Turbo.
Unveiled in 1984, the Etna was Italdesign’s take on what a second-generation Esprit (it had, after all, designed the first) could look like. The familiar wedge-like shape remained, but Giugiaro moved away from the sharp-edged, “folding paper” look he applied to the first Esprit, and blessed the Etna with smoothed edges and rounded corners. The Etna was supposed to utilize a prototype form of Lotus’ type 909 4.0-liter V-8, although such an engine wasn’t fitted until years later.
Lotus may never have pushed the Etna into production, but it was remarkably prescient. The second-generation Esprit, styled by Peter Stevens, bore a remarkable resemblance to Giugiaro’s original design. The 909 V-8 never reached an assembly line (although it was similar to the later Lotus-designed GM LT5, used in the Corvette ZR-1), but by 1996. Lotus finally had a V-8 — a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter unit — tucked into the Esprit.