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70 Years Young, Lotus Celebrates Founder With Flamboyant Display

70 years ago, in 1948, Colin Chapman built his first competition car in a small London lock-up garage, following his own theories for improved performance. He formed Lotus Engineering in 1952 and from there the company continued to innovate in both road and race engineering.

Changing the very nature and intent of car design forever, Chapman was at the vanguard of a new way of thinking and his concepts are as relevant today as they were 70 years ago.

Ahead of its 70th birthday event, Lotus cars created a unique logo on the test track at its HQ in Hethel. Leaving a 70-themed mark on the test track’s skidpan.

No CGI and more than a few pairs of tyres, the precise driving required is a fitting tribute to the precision engineering that the marque is world famous for.

The Exige Cup 410 and Evora GT410 Sport models, were used to create a 70th tribute logo using just the cars’ tyre marks – to mark the genius of Lotus founder Colin Chapman.