LOTUS - Everything You Need to Know | Up To Speed

  • Published: 05 December 2019

    Lotus has been dedicated to building cars for the pure driver since 1948! Lotus has created some of the best handling road cars like the famous Lotus Elise, Exige, Esprit, and Evora. When it comes to the track, well Lotus has a rich history in F1with its innovative Type 25 and track dominating chassis technology. This is the history of a small British brand that helped redefine what a driver's car should be.

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Comments • 2 684

  • Donut Media
    Donut Media   2 months back

    I shot this video like 5 hours before I had a heart attack. Can you tell? lol


    • John Paul
      John Paul  3 weeks back

      Donut Media do 240sx Again PLEASEEEE

    • Jan Käberlein
      Jan Käberlein  4 weeks back

      Not really no but i hope you're getting better and don't ever scare us like that again we need you!

    • Roy .gmail
      Roy .gmail  4 weeks back

      Live well, praise God, go to church please.

    • Dillpickle Xp5
      Dillpickle Xp5  4 weeks back

      I'm just glad you're ok and back! My mom had an aortic valve transplant about 6 years ago actually almost lost her. Take care of your heart we love you!⚡⚡⚡

    • A gaming toast
      A gaming toast  4 weeks back

      Geese, sorry to here that..

  • Charles Adams
    Charles Adams  23 hours back

    Why would they of thrown Collin in jail for what delorean did he only invested money right? That means he would've got fucked over when all that shit happened unlesss... Theirs more... You aren't telling us... You keeping secrets?? Huh pumphrey

    • Richard harris
      Richard harris  2 days back

      Soooooo lotus sucks

      • Thomas Denton III
        Thomas Denton III  2 days back

        So Ford made a v8 then cosworth tuned it then lotus used it for f1 racing it's like musical engine's

        • Lightning
          Lightning  4 days back

          This blonde dude is stealing money from everyone with his shitty jokes and ignorant jokes.

          • Lightning
            Lightning  4 days back

            You have NO idea what Lotus really is besides your stupid youtube video. Congrats on looking at wiki for history. You channel has NO idea what Lotus really is.

            • Josh Damsma
              Josh Damsma  4 days back


              • Josh Damsma
                Josh Damsma  4 days back

                What’s with the Hers-pers?

                • Iburiedpaul 9
                  Iburiedpaul 9  4 days back

                  Miss my Elise

                  • Poison Kiss
                    Poison Kiss  5 days back

                    Thank you for this episode. Lotus are probably the biggest underdog of the car industry.

                    If you wanna go ahead and do an episode on the Exige, that'd be great.

                    • Jordan Olsen
                      Jordan Olsen  5 days back

                      Way more history than expected

                      • khvidtube1617
                        khvidtube1617  6 days back

                        Yes, he did. He did tell why he has chosen the name "Lotus". He was a buddhist. Buddha sits on a lotus (https://depositphotos.com/255132148/stock-video-buddha-statue-water-lotus-buddha.html). That was why.

                        • willis2117
                          willis2117  6 days back

                          Up to speed on Jim Clark? Dude was a beast and an amazing story

                          • Kj16V
                            Kj16V  6 days back

                            *I need to get Up To Speed on that puppy NOW*

                            • Raw and Uncensored
                              Raw and Uncensored  1 weeks back

                              If we were at a bar and cars were alive, who would the Evora, Esprit, and Elise be?

                            • Angus Taylor
                              Angus Taylor  1 weeks back

                              2:44 - As a Lotus employee; the story goes that Colin Chapman named his automobiles Lotus after the companies humble beginnings, ie; "There are all these other, big, sports cars manufacturers then there is us lot" (Us Lot = Lotus).

                              • Dreamy
                                Dreamy  1 weeks back

                                How Lotus manages to make the Toyota engines they borrowed unreliable is beyond comprehension.

                                • 先生CherryPepsi
                                  先生CherryPepsi  2 weeks back

                                  I fucking love Lotus and it's such an underrated car company

                                  And it's always about to be bankrupt

                                  • Leroy B Stankin
                                    Leroy B Stankin  2 weeks back

                                    Post Malone is or needs to mentioned in every video! Lol

                                    • rafaymago1
                                      rafaymago1  2 weeks back

                                      Wait, what happened, I haven't seen their videos in a while, did I miss something? 🤔🤔🥺🥺🥺

                                      • mike b
                                        mike b  2 weeks back

                                        Fun fact the evija has more power to each wheel than lotus' previous most powerful car

                                        • Black Conservative Patriot

                                          It's a shame that you skipped their volume seller before the Elise, the Steven's re-designed Esprit. You never even touched upon the 4 cylinder Turbo models or that they eventually got highly efficient 3.5L turbo V8s and that they are arguably the sexiest wedgiest exotic mid-engine sports/super cars ever produced. (Of course I am biased having owned one for years and highly modifying it plus I've driven several several others.) But you did mention the lower volume M100 Elan, the best handling FWD Zcar I have EVER driven in my life! Otherwise a good segment.

                                          • Chay Bonnington
                                            Chay Bonnington  2 weeks back

                                            It’s not like lotus returned to f1 🏎 and won with non other then kimi

                                            • 3dgar 7eandro
                                              3dgar 7eandro  2 weeks back

                                              7:42 so accurate 😂😂😂👌👌👌

                                              • 3dgar 7eandro
                                                3dgar 7eandro  2 weeks back

                                                5:16 they did 😂😂😂😂😂👌👌👌

                                                • Aaron Timm
                                                  Aaron Timm  2 weeks back

                                                  did.. did you say..

                                                  • Victor Giannelli
                                                    Victor Giannelli  2 weeks back

                                                    -Reduce weight ]
                                                    -Nah bruh, add lightness ]

                                                    • pickatchew
                                                      pickatchew  2 weeks back

                                                      So... is no one going to address that the 2ZZ-FE does not exist?

                                                      • ClarkGamingPlays
                                                        ClarkGamingPlays  2 weeks back

                                                        Bruh, I'm still waiting for a Ferrari Up To Speed video.

                                                        About the brand, not just one car.

                                                        • Lance Hondrade
                                                          Lance Hondrade  2 weeks back

                                                          The MR2 never died, it just changed name to Evora and moved to England.

                                                          • Katriel Floyd
                                                            Katriel Floyd  2 weeks back

                                                            I cried at that intro.#mopowahbabuh
                                                            Also I want to own and drive a lotus for a day and my life will be complete . Also James pleaseeeeee take care of yourself.

                                                            • C.Zas/AZD
                                                              C.Zas/AZD  2 weeks back

                                                              I can't believe how underrated lotus is

                                                              • Ryan Stinnett
                                                                Ryan Stinnett  3 weeks back

                                                                Just discovered your channel, great vid, makes me miss my old Isuzu Impulse w/ “Handling by Lotus” :)

                                                                • Jyt
                                                                  Jyt  3 weeks back

                                                                  Lotus: The replacement for displacement.

                                                                  • Elias YT Watcher
                                                                    Elias YT Watcher  3 weeks back

                                                                    Abd ferrari

                                                                    • KleozNK
                                                                      KleozNK  3 weeks back


                                                                      • Erick S
                                                                        Erick S  3 weeks back

                                                                        0-60 in 8 secs 💀

                                                                        • Richard Martin
                                                                          Richard Martin  3 weeks back

                                                                          Didn’t lotus win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2012

                                                                          • Gethin Jones
                                                                            Gethin Jones  3 weeks back

                                                                            I remember the first time I drove a LOTUS 7 I thought how can things get better than this???? years later I drove the ELICE and subsequently the EXIGE and thought this is motoring perfection but sadly I cant afford to buy an EXIGE :-( but I can rent one for track days :-)

                                                                            • Thomas Smith
                                                                              Thomas Smith  3 weeks back

                                                                              Hearse-pers !

                                                                              • Anodyne Melody
                                                                                Anodyne Melody  3 weeks back

                                                                                *LIGHTNESS!* 🍃 *LIGHTNESS!* 🍃 *LIGHTNESS!* 🍃

                                                                                • Nur Izzuan Shahidan
                                                                                  Nur Izzuan Shahidan  3 weeks back

                                                                                  My car PROTON go tuned by Lotus Ride n Handling.. So beat that bro

                                                                                  • Carl Sagan
                                                                                    Carl Sagan  3 weeks back

                                                                                    Fun fact: The old Caterham showroom is now an old people's home because it was too small and tiny to keep up and running, so they moved to Luton or something.

                                                                                    I walk past it every now and then on the way to the shops.

                                                                                    • Carl Sagan
                                                                                      Carl Sagan  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Fun fact: The old Caterham showroom is now an old people's home because it was too small and tiny to keep up and running, so they moved to Luton or something.

                                                                                      I walk past it every now and then on the way to the shops.

                                                                                      • John Paul
                                                                                        John Paul  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Do 240sx Again

                                                                                        • Fayzal fay
                                                                                          Fayzal fay  3 weeks back

                                                                                          Yes tan sri yahya( proton) the one who bought lotus..at that time with cash money..n the sad story is...yahya n his wife were killed in helicopter..

                                                                                          • Luke Skywalker
                                                                                            Luke Skywalker  3 weeks back

                                                                                            The lotus omega is still expensive af 🤯

                                                                                            • Sqwerpo!
                                                                                              Sqwerpo!  3 weeks back

                                                                                              The lotus m100 elan burnout was actually the kia elan when kia bought the design rights to the elan m100