Articles tagged Peter Kirwan-Taylor

Page 15 of October 1966 archive issue thumbnail Page 15, October 1966

A critical look at the Lotus Elan

Colin Chapman's Lotus project has been a significant success story, from humble but enthusiastic beginnings up to World Championship Grand Prix winning and Indianapolis-victorious level. This is attributable to Chapman's genius and drive, allied to the fact that he was a genuine motoring enthusiast before he became a business tycoon—and still is. So far as the sort of Lotus cars you can buy and...

Page 54 of July 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 54, July 2010

"He could charm the birds from the trees"

Colin Chapman was a brilliant engineer and a shrewd businessman. But as a new book tells us, the Lotus boss knew how to get what he wanted from people, and it was one key to his successBy Karl Ludvigsen 'His persona is ebullient, buzzing, fast-moving, joke-cracking,’ wrote Robert Heller about Colin Chapman, ‘but for all that outwardness the personal armour is difficult to pierce and the man is...

Page 63 of September 1989 archive issue thumbnail Page 63, September 1989

Lateral thinking

If you have any business inside the Millbrook Proving Ground, you may see a Lotus prototype under test. If you have read all the "Scoop" columns in the motoring press you will recognise it, even disguised, as the new Elan. It represents a return to an earlier stage of Lotus marketing, before the Esprit Turbo supercar and before the luxury aspect of the Excel, a period when the cars were bought by...

Page 102 of August 2007 archive issue thumbnail Page 102, August 2007

Lotus Elite

Engineered by a genius, styled by a bean-counter and powered by a fire pump, this adventurous GT represented a giant leap – sideways by Richard Heseltine. Photography: Howard Simmons Never a man to settle for dull routine, every car that Colin Chapman conceived, whittled and brought to bear had a point and a purpose to it. Considered contentment was never his thing – but the Elite? As envelope-...

Page 12 of February 1958 archive issue thumbnail Page 12, February 1958

Interim report on the Lotus Elite

The Lotus Elite coupé was the sensation of the last Earls Court Motor Show and gave a merciful boost to British prestige at an Exhibition in which the majority of our cars rose very little above the mediocre. With independent suspension all round, a glass-reinforced plastic chassis/body shell with a minimum of metal bonded in, disc brakes, inboard at the rear, and an o.h.c. engine giving 75 b.h....


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Ultimate Porsche: The Most Ruthless Racer Ever Built



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