Over more than 60 years in the making, Lotus has become both a class-leading manufacturer of class-leading sports cars and a globally respected automotive engineering consultancy, working with many of the world's most prestigious car manufacturers.
From humble beginnings when Colin Chapman built his first trial car in a lock-up in 1948, motorsport was the driving force; indeed it was his desire to create competitive race cars that drove him to produce road cars in order to finance his racing ambitions! The motorsport influence has continued throughout the company's evolution. Geely, the Chinese automotive heavyweight, took a majority stake in Lotus in Spring 2017 and now owns the company.
The motorsport heritage remains at the heart of Lotus today and the strategic link to developing cars which offer superlative handling and performance for driving on the race track or on the road. Lotus Cars are designed, developed and built at their history-charged manufacturing facility in Hethel, Norfolk, where the company has been based since 1966.
Lunaz Design was founded upon a vision to establish a new tradition of classic car ownership. Put simply, Lunaz harbour a deep desire to ensure that classic cars remain on our roads for future generations to own, experience and adore.
They are a British automotive engineering company that has designed and developed an electric powertrain to breathe new life into very special classic cars. They are bringing their proprietary technology to market through some of the most celebrated classics in history.
They source a limited number of such vehicles, some that are no longer functional and create beautiful, clean and useable electric classic cars. Their cars are fully restored to ensure that all the remaining mechanical components are in excellent working order and of the highest modern safety specifications. Interior and exterior finish will be of superior design and quality. They preserve the beauty and transform the vehicles to provide both high performance and stress-free driving experience.
Their HQ in Silverstone placed them perfectly to recruit from a world-class talent pool of designers, engineers, craftspeople and electric technology specialists. Their team is comprised of senior technical talent from Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, VW, Cosworth and McLaren. Together they hand-build the finest electric classic cars in the world.
Mac Motorcycles is a company that has been involved in the design and development of motorbikes for a number of years. Based in Upton-Upon-Severn, Worcestershire, it is run and staffed by a group of five enthusiasts, who have extensive experience in engineering, design, motorcycle scrambling and other related interests.
They have recently developed a completely new motorcycle, called The Ruby, a lightweight, single cylinder machine with a very distictive design. Customer orders will start to be taken in the autumn of 2018.
Originally started over thirty years ago, Marlin Cars has now been established at its base in Crediton, Devon, under the ownership of Terry and Mark Matthews since the early 90s and has earned itself a reputation for developing, building and selling high quality specialist sports cars. As the demand for individual, affordable sports cars has increased over recent years, the company has seen fierce competition from both specialist car manufacturers and from larger, mainstream ones.
Marlin Cars has maintained its market share by simply doing what it does best - producing cars that people want. Marlin currently make two models, the Sportster and the 5EXi, the latter available in road or racing trim.
The McLaren Group has for many years been closely associated with the highest levels of motorsport, and has successfully competed in Formula1 and other great motor racing series and races such as Can-Am, Indy car and Le Mans.
In 1989 a new company, McLaren Cars, was founded by former McLaren Group Chairman Ron Dennis with the intention of designing and building the world's greatest supercar and in 1992 the McLaren F1 was launched to a stunned world press. This was in no small part due to the fact that the F1 had a top speed of 225mph, way faster than any other supercar at that time. Since then, the company now known as McLaren Automotive, joined forces with Mercedes-Benz to produce the exclusive SLR McLaren between 2003 and 2009, selling a total of 2,114 cars.
However, in early 2012 their own successor to the iconic F1, the MP4-12C, started production at the state of the art £40 million McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey. Following on from the success of the MP4-12C McLaren now make a number of supercars for both road and track under the range banners of Sports, Super and Ultimate Series. In 2018 McLaren were handed the keys to their new Composites Technology Centre in Yorkshire.