Lotus Trivia Questions and Answers

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1: Who founded Lotus Cars?
A: Enzo Ferrari
B: Colin Chapman
C: Ferdinand Porsche
D: Henry Ford
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Colin Chapman founded Lotus Cars in 1948.

2: Where is the headquarters of Lotus Cars located?
A: Cheshunt
B: Hornsey
C: Hethel, Norfolk
D: Woking
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Lotus Cars is headquartered in Hethel, Norfolk, England.

3: In what year was Lotus Cars founded?
A: 1928
B: 1948
C: 1968
D: 1988
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Lotus Cars was founded in 1948.

4: What is the current production output of Lotus Cars as of 2023?
A: 5,000 units
B: 6,970 units
C: 8,500 units
D: 10,000 units
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Production output increased to 6,970 units in 2023.

5: What is the revenue reported by Lotus Cars in 2023?
A: $500 million
B: $679 million
C: $750 million
D: $1 billion
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Lotus Cars reported a revenue of $679 million in 2023.

6: Who is the CEO of Lotus Cars as of the latest update?
A: Phil Popham
B: Jean-Marc Gales
C: Qingfeng Feng
D: Dany Bahar
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Qingfeng Feng is the current CEO of Lotus Cars.

7: Which company is the majority owner of Lotus Cars?
A: General Motors
B: Geely Holding
C: Proton
D: Bugatti
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Geely Holding owns 51% of Lotus Cars.

8: Which company holds the remaining 49% stake in Lotus Cars?
A: Etika Automotive
B: Fiat
C: Daimler AG
D: Ford
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Etika Automotive holds a 49% stake in Lotus Cars.

9: Where are the regional facilities for Lotus Tech located?
A: France, Italy, and Spain
B: United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany
C: Japan, South Korea, and Thailand
D: Canada, Mexico, and Brazil
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Regional facilities for Lotus Tech are in the UK, Netherlands, and Germany.

10: What was special about the Lotus Elan Plus Two?
A: It was the first Lotus road car to feature a monocoque design.
B: It became the first Lotus road car not offered as a kit.
C: It was designed to compete in Formula One.
D: It used a mid-mounted engine.
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Lotus Elan Plus Two was the first Lotus road car not offered in kit form.

11: During what period did Team Lotus actively compete in Formula One racing?
A: 1958 to 1978
B: 1954 to 1984
C: 1958 to 1994
D: 1962 to 1982
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Team Lotus competed in Formula One racing from 1958 to 1994.

12: What distinguishes the Lotus Esprit?
A: It is a crossover SUV.
B: It’s one of the company’s longest-lived and most iconic models.
C: It’s a compact city car.
D: It’s a commercial truck.
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Lotus Esprit is one of the company’s longest-lived and most iconic models.

13: Which engine was first utilized by Lotus in the 1960s Elan?
A: BMW engine
B: Coventry Climax engine
C: Mercedes-Benz engine
D: Toyota engine
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The early Lotus Elans used Coventry Climax engines.

14: What nationality is Lotus Cars?
A: American
B: German
C: British
D: Italian
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Lotus Cars is a British multinational company.

15: Who succeeded Colin Chapman as the owner of Lotus after his death?
A: Ford
B: General Motors
C: Daimler-Benz
D: Romano Artioli
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: After Chapman’s death, Lotus was bought by General Motors.

16: How many times did Lotus win the Formula One World Championship?
A: 5
B: 6
C: 7
D: 8
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Lotus won the Formula One World Championship seven times.

17: Where was the first Lotus factory located?
A: In an airfield
B: Behind a hotel
C: In a warehouse
D: In a barn
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The first factory was in old stables behind the Railway Hotel in Hornsey.

18: What is notable about the Lotus Evija?
A: It is a vintage model.
B: It is the company’s first electric vehicle.
C: It was designed in the 1970s.
D: It is a concept car.
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Lotus Evija is the company’s first electric vehicle.

19: What major shift did Lotus announce in April 2021?
A: Lotus will transition to hybrid cars by 2030.
B: Lotus plans to produce only electric cars by 2028.
C: Lotus will re-enter the Formula One.
D: Lotus will stop producing SUVs.
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Lotus announced plans to produce only electric cars by 2028.

20: Which car model is known for its lightweight, open two-seater design?
A: Lotus Esprit
B: Lotus Elan
C: Lotus Cortina
D: Lotus Seven
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: The Lotus Seven is known for its lightweight, open two-seater design.

21: Which model was designed to replace the ageing Lotus Eclat?
A: Lotus Evora
B: Lotus Excel
C: Lotus Elise
D: Lotus Exige
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Lotus Excel was launched to replace the Lotus Eclat.

22: What racing category did Lotus primarily aim its cars at in the early years?
A: Professional racers
B: Privateer racers and trialists
C: Street racers
D: Drag racers
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Lotus sold cars aimed at privateer racers and trialists.

23: Which company has been a partner in a joint venture with Lotus as of January 2021?
A: Honda
B: Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance
C: BMW Group
D: American Motors Corporation
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Geely announced a joint venture with Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance in January 2021.

24: What engineering technique did Lotus introduce in Formula One?
A: Use of nitrous oxide
B: Active suspension
C: Magnetic suspension
D: Hydraulic brakes
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Lotus invented active suspension in Formula One.

25: What material are the bodies of some early Lotus cars made from?
A: Aluminum
B: Fiberglass
C: Steel
D: Carbon fiber
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Some early Lotus cars featured bodies made from fiberglass.

26: What was a notable design feature of the Lotus 23?
A: It had rear-wheel steering.
B: It had a mid-engine layout.
C: It used hover technology.
D: It was made entirely of carbon fiber.
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Lotus 23 was notable for its mid-engined design.

27: Which car did Lotus collaborate with Ford to create?
A: Lotus Cortina
B: Lotus Focus
C: Lotus Escort
D: Lotus Mustang
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Lotus collaborated with Ford to create the Lotus Cortina.

28: What innovative chassis design did Lotus introduce?
A: Space frame chassis
B: Monocoque chassis
C: Ladder frame chassis
D: Tube chassis
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Lotus introduced the monocoque chassis design.

29: What is the designation of the first Lotus production car to be named Elite?
A: Type 10
B: Type 14
C: Type 38
D: Type 46
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The first Lotus production car named Elite was designated Type 14.

30: In what year did Lotus move to its modern factory at Hethel?
A: 1960
B: 1966
C: 1972
D: 1980
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Lotus moved to its modern factory at Hethel in 1966.

31: Who designed the Lotus Eleva?
A: Pininfarina
B: Giugiaro
C: Colin Chapman
D: Peter Stevens
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Giugiaro designed the Lotus Eleva.

32: When did Lotus and Toyota come to an agreement for intellectual exchange?
A: 1965
B: 1982
C: 1990
D: 2000
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Lotus and Toyota agreed to an intellectual property exchange in 1982.

33: What high-performance electric SUV did Lotus introduce?
A: Lotus Exige
B: Lotus Emira
C: Lotus Eletre
D: Lotus Evora
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The Lotus Eletre is a high-performance electric SUV.

34: Which notable driver won the first Grand Prix for Lotus in 1960?
A: Jim Clark
B: Stirling Moss
C: Graham Hill
D: Mario Andretti
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Stirling Moss won the first Grand Prix for Lotus in 1960.

35: How many employees did Lotus have in 2021?
A: 902
B: 1,385
C: 1,800
D: 2,100
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Lotus had 1,385 employees in 2021.

36: Which of the following is a major car developed by Lotus?
A: Lotus Seven
B: Lotus Cortina
C: Lotus Elite
D: All of the above
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Major cars developed by Lotus include the Seven, Cortina, and Elite.

37: What year did Geely take a controlling stake in Lotus?
A: 2015
B: 2017
C: 2019
D: 2021
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Geely took a 51% controlling stake in Lotus in 2017.

38: Which Lotus model is known for breaking speed records for Vauxhall?
A: Lotus Carlton
B: Lotus Exige
C: Lotus Cortina
D: Lotus Elise
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The Lotus Carlton is known for being the fastest roadgoing Vauxhall car.

39: In what type of competition was the Lotus 12 first used?
A: Endurance racing
B: Formula Two
C: Rally racing
D: Drag racing
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Lotus 12 was first used in Formula Two competition.

40: Which crisis did Lotus face in 1980?
A: Loss of technical partners
B: Severe financial trouble and recession impact
C: Major recall of all models
D: Leadership legal issues
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: By 1980, Group Lotus faced severe financial trouble and recession impact.

41: Which Lotus car was notably featured and received critical acclaim in the 1960s?
A: Lotus Exige
B: Lotus Elan
C: Lotus Elise
D: Lotus Europa
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Lotus Elan received critical acclaim in the 1960s.

42: Which car did Lotus design for DeLorean?
A: DMC-15
B: DMC-12
C: DMC-10
D: DMC-18
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Lotus designed the chassis for the DMC-12 from DeLorean.

43: What did Lotus engineer help develop with Toyota in the early ’80s?
A: Toyota MR2
B: Toyota Supra Mk2
C: Toyota Celica GT
D: Toyota Land Cruiser
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Lotus helped Toyota develop the Toyota Supra Mk2 in the early ’80s.

44: How was Lotus involved in the DeLorean Motor Company scandal?
A: Provided financial investment
B: Designed the chassis
C: Made unauthorized parts
D: Raced under the brand
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Lotus was involved because it designed the DeLorean DMC-12 chassis.

45: What is the Lotus Eclat model known for?
A: Having a V8 engine
B: Four-seater design
C: Being the first Lotus SUV
D: Being the last Lotus car offered in kit form
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Lotus Eclat was a four-seater model aimed at prosperous buyers.

46: Name the first Lotus car to feature in the James Bond films.
A: Lotus Elan
B: Lotus Esprit
C: Lotus Elise
D: Lotus Evija
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Lotus Esprit featured in the James Bond films as a spy car.

47: Which significant investor helped save Lotus from bankruptcy in 1983?
A: David Wickins
B: John DeLorean
C: Enzo Ferrari
D: Ratan Tata
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: David Wickins, founder of British Car Auctions, helped save Lotus from bankruptcy.

48: What car utilized the Lotus 911 engine?
A: Honda Civic
B: Ford Mustang
C: Jensen Healey
D: Mazda MX-5
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The Jensen Healey sports car utilized the Lotus 911 engine.

49: In which modern Formula One team was the Lotus name revived in 2010?
A: Mercedes F1
B: Renault F1 Team
C: Lotus Racing
D: Williams F1
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The Lotus name was revived in Formula One under Lotus Racing in 2010.

50: What improvement did Lotus contribute to IndyCars?
A: Using all-wheel drive
B: Implementing wind tunnel testing
C: Popularizing the mid-engined layout
D: Introducing electric engines
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Lotus popularized the mid-engined layout in IndyCars.

51: What technology did the 2024 Lotus Eletre include that was a first for Lotus?
A: Solar panels
B: LiDAR
C: Hydrogen fuel cells
D: Solid-state batteries
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The 2024 Lotus Eletre included LiDAR technology.

52: What type of chassis did Team Lotus first develop in Formula One?
A: Ladder frame chassis
B: Backbone chassis
C: Space frame chassis
D: Monocoque chassis
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Team Lotus first developed the monocoque chassis for Formula One.

53: Which Lotus car was widely regarded as “the wedge” due to its design?
A: Lotus 61
B: Lotus Esprit
C: Lotus Europa
D: Lotus Elise
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The Lotus 61 Formula Ford car was often called “the wedge” because of its design.

54: Who was Lotus’ main driver in winning their first Constructors’ Championship?
A: Stirling Moss
B: Graham Hill
C: Jim Clark
D: Mario Andretti
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Jim Clark was the main driver for Lotus’s first Constructors’ Championship win.

55: When did Lotus establish Classic Team Lotus?
A: 1988
B: 1992
C: 1996
D: 2000
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Classic Team Lotus was established in 1992 to maintain historical F1 cars.

56: What does Lotus Engineering primarily focus on today besides manufacturing cars?
A: Space exploration technology
B: Marine vessel design
C: Engineering consultancy and development
D: Dental equipment manufacturing
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Lotus Engineering focuses on providing engineering consultancy and development services.

57: Which Lotus model was the fastest version of a Vauxhall car?
A: Lotus Tempo
B: Lotus Carlton
C: Lotus Escort
D: Lotus Acclaim
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Lotus Carlton is known as the fastest version of a Vauxhall car.

58: What is the name of Lotus’s electric sports car limited to 130 units?
A: Lotus Emira
B: Lotus Exige
C: Lotus Eletre
D: Lotus Evija
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: The Lotus Evija is a limited 130-unit production electric sports car.

59: After how many years did Lotus win the Constructors’ championship after Jim Clark’s death?
A: 1 year
B: 2 years
C: 3 years
D: 4 years
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Lotus won the Constructors’ Championship the same year Jim Clark died (1968), with Graham Hill driving.

60: What main powertrain feature is the new Lotus Emira known for as of its latest production?
A: Electric drivetrain
B: Turbocharged V6
C: Diesel engine
D: Hydrogen propulsion
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The new Lotus Emira is known for featuring a Turbocharged V6 as its main powertrain.

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