The red carpet has been rolled out at the Gotcha Historic Racing Team: the tradition-steeped squad is hosting the Lotus brand this weekend that is represented with its models in numerous races at the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. However, at the marquee of the racing team the Britons are not only present with historic vehicles but also demonstrate that the green-yellow badge will continue to be at home on the race track going forward: the Lotus Evora GT4 is celebrating its European debut this weekend. This shows the fresh momentum that has been spurring the tradition-steeped brand following its acquisition by the Geely Auto Group. In recognition of the brand’s outstanding achievements in automotive development and, above all, its successful relaunch, Automobilclub von Deutschland (AvD) presented the Lotus representatives at the Nürburgring with a Special Award. On behalf of Lotus, Georg Prisner, Territory Manager Central Europe, accepted the award presented by AvD President Ludwig Fürst zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg and AvD Secretary General Lutz Leif Linden in the presence of numerous members of the media.
With its much-noticed appearance, the Lotus brand combines the past and modern present at the Nürburgring. For instance, a 1962 Lotus 23 is showcased here that was driven by Jim Clark at the Nürburgring at the time. Here in the Eifel, he had achieved a 23-second advantage over the rest of the field on the first race lap in the lightweight 400-kg 140-hp sportscar but was unable to finish the race later due to a defective exhaust system. It’s mythical stories like this that make Lotus immortal, just like its presence in popular culture: in the paddock, Lotus is also displaying an Esprit S1 that was featured in the James Bond film ‘007 – The Spy Who Loved me’ (with Curd Jürgens as the villain).
The environment of the AvD OGP paddock is also exactly the right place for providing a glimpse of the future with the Evora GT4. “The OGP is a tradition of driving,” said Georg Prisner, who accepted the AvD’s Special Award on behalf of Qingfeng Feng (CTO Geely Auto Group and CEO Lotus Group) and Phil Popham (CEO Lotus Cars) who were prevented from attending at short notice. “Here at the Nürburgring, sportscars and racing cars are in their element, Prisner added. “For Lotus, this is exactly the right environment because, after all, we started out on the race track. This close bond is also reflected in the fields in which Lotus is represented with numerous cars. That our motto, ‘Lotus is for the Drivers’ hasn’t been plucked from the air is also shown by the large number of Lotus cars on the grid here. Lotus is probably the brand with the largest number of car entries, measured against its market share.”