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About Lotus

Lotus Cars is a British manufacturer of sports and racing cars based at Hethel, Norfolk, England. The company designs and builds race and production automobiles of light weight and high handling characteristics.

The company was formed as Lotus Engineering Ltd. by engineer Colin Chapman, a graduate of University College, London, in 1952. The first factory was in old stables behind the Railway Hotel in Hornsey. Team Lotus was active and competitive in Formula One racing from 1958 to 1994.The company moved to a purpose built factory at Cheshunt in 1959 and since 1966 the company has occupied a modern factory and road test facility at Hethel, near Wymondham. This site is the former RAF Hethel base and the test track uses sections of the old runway.

Chapman died of a heart attack in 1982, at the age of 54, having begun life an inn-keeper's son and ended a multi-millionaire industrialist in post-war Britain. The carmaker built tens of thousands of successful racing and road cars and won the Formula One World Championship seven times. At the time of his death he was linked with the DeLorean scandal over the use of government subsidies for the production of the De Lorean DMC-12 for which Lotus had designed the chassis.

In 1986 the company was bought by General Motors. On August 27, 1993, GM sold the company, for £30 million, to A.C.B.N. Holdings S.A. of Luxembourg, a company controlled by Italian businessman Romano Artioli, who also owned Bugatti Automobili SpA. In 1996 a majority share in Lotus was sold to Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Bhd (Proton), a Malaysian car company listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.

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2-door
2+2-seat
S4 16v 2.2L DOHC M-5
119.3 kW / 160.0 hp / 160.0 hp  217.0 N·m / 160.1 lb·ft / 160.1 lb·ft
9.1 l/100km / 31.0 mpg-UK / 25.8 mpg-US  

Lotus Excel (1983)

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 2174 cm3 / 132.7 cu in / 132.7 cu in, 119.3 kW / 160.0 hp / 160.0 hp @ 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm, 217.0 N·m / 160.1 lb·ft / 160.1 lb·ft @ 5250 rpm / 5250 rpm / 5250 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 206 km/h / 128 mph / 128 mph top speed, consumption 9.1 l/100km / 31.0 mpg-UK / 25.8 mpg-US

2-door
2+2-seat
S4 16v 2.2L DOHC A-4
134.2 kW / 180.0 hp / 180.0 hp  224.0 N·m / 165.2 lb·ft / 165.2 lb·ft
   

Lotus Excel SA (1986)

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 2174 cm3 / 132.7 cu in / 132.7 cu in, 134.2 kW / 180.0 hp / 180.0 hp @ 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm, 224.0 N·m / 165.2 lb·ft / 165.2 lb·ft @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, automatic 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 200 km/h / 124 mph / 124 mph top speed

2-door
2+2-seat
S4 16v 2.2L DOHC M-5
134.2 kW / 180.0 hp / 180.0 hp  224.0 N·m / 165.2 lb·ft / 165.2 lb·ft
   

Lotus Excel SE (1985)

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 2174 cm3 / 132.7 cu in / 132.7 cu in, 134.2 kW / 180.0 hp / 180.0 hp @ 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm, 224.0 N·m / 165.2 lb·ft / 165.2 lb·ft @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 217 km/h / 135 mph / 135 mph top speed

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Beyond basic auto insurance

In addition to having enough liability protection, there are some other coverages you should consider:

Collision: Pays for damage to your car resulting from a collision with another car, an object or as a result of flipping over. It also covers damage caused by potholes. Even if you are at fault for the accident, your collision coverage will reimburse you for the costs of repairing your car, minus the deductible. If you are not at fault, your insurance company may try to recover the amount they paid out from the other driver’s insurance company though a process called subrogation. If the company is successful, you will be reimbursed for the deductible.

Comprehensive: Reimburses you for loss due to theft or damage caused by something other than a collision with another car or object, such as fire, falling objects, missiles, explosion, earthquake, windstorm, hail, flood, vandalism, riot, or contact with animals such as birds or deer. Comprehensive insurance will also reimburse you if your windshield is cracked or shattered; some companies may waive the deductible on the glass portion of this coverage.

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Reimburses you, a member of your family, or a designated driver if one of you is hit by an uninsured or hit-and-run driver. Underinsured motorist coverage comes into play when an at-fault driver has insufficient insurance to pay for your total loss. These coverages are required in 19 states, but available in all. It is important to purchase the same amount of coverage for uninsured/underinsured motorists as you have for liability to others.

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