Founded in 1948 by the creative and innovative engineer Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman, also known simply as ‘Colin’, Lotus has become synonymous with speed and quality within the automotive industry. Born in London, Chapman studied structural engineering at University College and already had dreams of becoming a motor vehicle designer. In order to make his dreams a reality, he took up residence in the garage belonging to his girlfriend's family and began building his first trials racing car. After the success of this design, he further developed it into what would later become the Austin Seven or Lotus Mark 1 which was registered under OX 9292. Two years later with even more knowledge and experience under his belt, Chapman launched another advanced trials-based car which was powered by a JAP 500 Motor. His design was so successful that it was even certified for road use in 1950 and sold to Mike Lawson who later enjoyed an impressive win at Wrotham ln 1950. Lotus have certainly had its ups and downs over the years, both on and off the track. Whilst they have seen some iconic names behind the wheel of a Lotus decorated car on the motorsport circuit, ranging from Graham Hill to Kimi Raikkonen, their presence in the sports car scene has also been remarkable. Having produced classic models such as the Esprit, Elise, Exige and Evora, they recently confirmed the release of their new electric vehicle; the Emira. This news came shortly after the 2019 launch of the Evija - heralding Lotus's full transition towards an electric future.
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    The Esprit

    While the Esprit was replaced by a more modern version in the late 80s, it remains an undeniable icon of the motoring world. Even today, its classic and muscular shape is immediately recognisable, as is its supercar engineering. In fact, Lotus offered two engines over its lifespan – the 2.0 and 2.2 litre – both of which helped to elevate it from a mere car to a work of art, making it a model that stands the test of time in spite of numerous technological advances since its launch. All this made for one of Lotus’s most popular models with over 13,000 units sold across variants during its decade on the market.

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    The Elise

    The Lotus Elise is an icon amongst Lotus enthusiasts, having over 30,000 units sold throughout its lifespan. Many of these models are still on the road today and hold their value quite well; depending on the model year and condition, they can cost upwards of £15,000. If looking to give your pre-owned Lotus a refreshed look, all Lotus number plates are standard UK size at 520mm x 111mm. Sadly, Lotus has announced that production of the Elise will cease in 2021, to be replaced by a new family of vehicles.

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    Bespoke Lotus Number Plates

    Our Lotus number plates are the perfect addition to any Lotus vehicle. Not only will they add a personal touch, but you can also design them to be truly unique. Head over to our Plate Builder and get creative! If you have any questions about the process or Lotus number plates in general, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable team. Here at Easy Number Plates, we’re passionate specialists who are always willing to help our customers find the right Lotus number plate for their cars.

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