Having dabbled in motorsport, I know the value of minimising weight and maximising power. Turbos get bigger whilst glass becomes lexan and all non-essentials end up in the bin or ebay.
In the late 2000s, then Proton-owned Lotus was in a bit of a funk. Despite the critical and commercial success it had with the Elise and Exige, debt was mounting, not helped by the failed new GT car, the Europa, that was launched in 2006.
As a Lotus owner, I have come to love the brand, and this year they celebrated their 70th anniversary with a huge event at the Lotus factory in Hethel, near Norwich.