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Lotus and the "E"

Discussion in 'Other Off Topic Forum' started by kev 355, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. kev 355

    kev 355 Formula Junior

    Jul 26, 2005
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    So I asked this to a bunch of F-car enthusiats, but they had no answer.

    Why are all of Lotus's cars named beginning with an "E?"

    Elan, Esprit, Elise, Exige...etc.


    Hey, wait a minute...how about the Lotus Etc? :)
     
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  3. Der Meister

    Der Meister Formula Junior

    Aug 16, 2005
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    "E" for England??? dont know... and google didnt help much either....
     
  4. ross

    ross Three Time F1 World Champ
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    wasnt it for somebody in colin chapmans life whose name started with E ?
     
  5. Webby

    Webby F1 Veteran

    Sep 12, 2004
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    The Lotus Eleven dominated racing in the late 1950's, it won 1st, 2nd, and 4th place at the 1957 Le Mans. This was the first Lotus where they dropped the "Mark" and spelled out the number (as opposed to Mk 9, Mk 8). Also around that time, one of the first Lotus production cars came out, the Elite GT, which sold very well. Probably because of the coincidence with the names, and because it sounds so good, they kept up the tradition with the Elan and Espirit, and "Elise" worked out perfectly because it was the name of the granddaughter of Romano Artioli, who took over around 1993. Exige, Etc. you get the idea :)
     
  6. AMDBMan

    AMDBMan Karting

    Jun 21, 2005
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    Aston Martin uses "V" quite a bit. Vantage, Virage, Vanquish, Volante, etc...
     
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  8. masermartin

    masermartin Formula Junior

    Apr 18, 2004
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    Oddly enough, Ford uses E a lot too in their current SUV line up.

    Excursion
    Explorer
    Expedition
    Escape


    And who can forget the classic Escort.
     
  9. jungathart

    jungathart Guest

    Jun 11, 2004
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    ...or the explosively fun Pinto!
     
  10. rammsteinmatt

    rammsteinmatt Formula Junior

    Jul 26, 2005
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    the cosworth escort isn't something to bat an eye at though. but i think they dropped the stupid escort name (cause it makes it sound like a hooker)
     
  11. Der Meister

    Der Meister Formula Junior

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    HAHAH
     
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  13. Kram

    Kram Formula Junior

    Jul 3, 2004
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    They chose ‘E’s out of ease.

    Then again it could be the other way 'round.
     
  14. bostonmini

    bostonmini Formula 3

    Nov 8, 2003
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    porsche has used 911 consistently for about 40 yrs LOL.
     

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