Lotus Cars Ltd (Lotus) is a British automobile brand founded in 1952 by Colin Chapman. Lotus have been and are involved in multiple venues of car racing, among them American Le Mans, Formula One with 7 Constructors' World Championships, GP2, GP3 & Indy Car.
Lotus produces light weight sports cars. The engineering part of Lotus have for many years worked with other automotive brands, especially on chassis and engine technology.
Among these brands are Ford in the UK with the 1963-70 Lotus Cortina, DeLorean and the 1981-83 DMC, Ecotech and Corvette LT5 engines for General Motors (GM), GT-R for Nissan and Celica for Toyota.
GM acquired Lotus in 1986 and sold the company in 1993. Proton, a Malaysian car company, acquired 64% of Lotus in 1996 and the remaining shares in 2003.