As an owner of my FOURTH MR2 ( I now have a mint '89 supercharged version), I've done my homework on these cars and YES Lotus did indeed have a hand(be it quite small) in tuning the suspension on these cars.
My hobby car for many years was a Jensen Healey with the Lotus 907 engine, it was a free revving, high revving joy to drive with a power band above 3000 RPM that i am sure exceeded it's modest 144bhp rating. I am now driving a Pontiac Solstice GXP and had no idea that Lotus participated in it's development.
You missed another Izusu - Izusu I-Mark RS wore it's "Handling by Lotus" badges proudly. Really neat little four-door from the late 80's. 1600 cc 4-valve per cylinder, dual OHC, 125 hp with a 7500 RPM redline. Interior had Recaro seats, exterior had an aero package. A real boy-racer. I gave mine to my son at 220,000 miles. He drove it another 35,000 miles until somebody hit it and totaled the car.
Another shout out for the Isuzu I Mark RS. I test drove a used one on in the early 90’s. It was a blast to drive. I am a VW GTI and Jetta GLI enthusiast but that car got my attention. I wish I bought it.
Thanks for an informative article. As a long-time Lotus fan, I was aware of many of the Lotus affiliated projects through the years. Silly me, to avoid all confusion as to how Lotus was involved, I put a Lotus Esprit Turbo in my collection. The thing goes like a scalded dog and the handling...oh, the handling!
BTW ALL corvette since 1963 have been mid-engined so the ZR1 was a mid engined car (before you say i'm all wrong and everything look up the definition of mid-engined) C3, C4, etc... are mid front engined
Yes! I keep reading how GM "finally" made it mid-engine. To be either front- or rear-engine, the mill has to horizontally cross the centerline of the front or rear wheels. That is why the Vette always had a long hood; the wheels were always forward of the engine. So it was always a front-mid layout until the C8 when it became a rear-mid like all the Italian and other supercars. Examples of rear-engine cars would be the Fiero and MR2, besides all the early VWs. Or even the Tucker!
Other Isuzus like the ‘90s Impulse and Stylus wore handling by Lotus badges. The turbo Impulse RS engine ended up in the ‘90s Lotus Elan which would make me wonder if Lotus had something to do with that engine also. Lotus also developed the crazy Opel Omega and Lotus (Vauxhaul) Carlton 3.6 twin turbo motor.