Lotus Service & Repair

The Lotus brand’s beginnings start in 1952 London as Lotus Engineering Ltd.  Lotus was started by Colin Chapman and Colin Dare. In 1954 Team Lotus would be formed to compete in Formula One racing. They would remain active until 1994 in the Formula One racing circuit. The original Lotus cars were either sold as private race cars or as kits to be built into street cars. Lotus would eventually stop offering kit cars to the public around the late 60s and early 70s. The Lotus Elan was the first complete car offered to the buying public. By the 1970s Lotus started offering cars with seating up to four people and other options such as automatic transmissions and air conditioning. This was a move by Lotus to bring in more wealthy buyers for the brand. Lotus would eventually transition from using Renault Engines in their cars to using Ford engine blocks with Lotus Heads and valve train. Lotus would eventually design their own DOHC 4 cylinder engine known as the 900 Series and a turbocharged V8 engine that would be used in later Lotus Espirt V8 models.

The 1980s marked a difficult time for Lotus. Yearly production of vehicles dropped from over a thousand vehicles per year to a few hundred. Around 1982 Lotus had partnered with Toyota and helped with the development of several vehicles for the Japanese car maker. In a move to bring more Lotus vehicles to the United States market Lotus formed Lotus Performance Cars Inc. Colin Chapman would later die unexpectedly of a heart attack in 1982. By 1983 Lotus was near bankruptcy. Under the leadership of David Wickins, the company was brought back to good health with new investors. David Wickins is looked at as the savior of Lotus to this very day.

When you need service or repair of your Lotus you need a shop you can trust. Silver Arrow Service has helped many Lotus owning clients that live in New Hampshire and Massachusetts with their Lotus vehicles.  It’s time to help you! Be sure to give us a call today or fill out our contact form to book an appointment. We are located in Litchfield, NH just off of Interstate 93’s Exit 4 for NH-102 towards Derry/Londonderry.