70 years of Lotus to be celebrated at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Lotus are to celebrate 70 years of heritage with a set of special events during this years' Goodwood Festival of Speed, July 12-15

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Lotus are gearing up to mark 70 years of innovation and heritage with a planned celebration ‘like no other’ during this years’ Goodwood Festival of Speed, July 12-15.

Besides boasting status as an automotive partner to the famous event, Lotus is set to showcase their unique legacy with celebrated historics, race winning Formula 1 cars and the very latest in their line of sports offerings.

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Taking to tarmac in 1948 with the inception of Colin Chapman’s first brainchild – a re-engineered Austin Seven, Lotus has since grown into a global brand. Not bad for an original operation functioning out the back of an old stable block behind a hotel...

Now renowned for its amazing road cars and success on race tracks of the world, the company continues with its founder’s principle some 35 years after Chapman’s death, by building some of the fastest and most perfectly-balanced sports cars ever witnessed.

This years’ event will mark seven decades of Lotus with a who’s who of famous racers, including the legendary Jim Clark, amid a presentation of iconic race cars. Clark’s World Championship winning Lotus 25, Graham Hill’s World Championship winning Lotus 49, and Ayrton Senna’s first F1 race winning car, the Lotus 97T, are all confirmed.

Other famous examples, including the revolutionary Lotus Type 56 and gas turbine Indycar, will also take place in demonstration runs over the weekend. 

In a tribute to Lotus’ most successful racing driver, the official charity of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed – the Jim Clark Trust – will be making a special dedication. Marking the 50th anniversary of Clark’s tragic death while competing at Hockenheim circuit, the Jim Clark Trust will make a special unveiling – more of which we will find out about on the day.

Clark claimed the Formula 1 World Championship title in 1963 and 1965 and was the victor during the Indianapolis 500 in 1965, making 72 Grand Prix starts, clinching 25 wins and 33 pole positions - all behind the wheel of a Lotus.

Besides 2018 marking the 70th anniversary of Lotus’ birth, it’s also a milestone for some of the marque’s most iconic achievements. Denoting 50 years since Graham Hill took the championship in the Lotus Type 49, and 40 years since Mario Andretti won his World Championship in the Lotus Type 79, these feats will be recognised with themed announcements from the Festival.

As a centre point of celebration, the brand’s current line-up of contemporary sports cars will be displayed on the company’s stand in the main exhibitors’ space, with two of its highest performing models driving the hill throughout the weekend.

You can by tickets and find out more here.

Pictures courtesy of Lotus

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