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Richard takes to the track in a Lotus Elise 111R
Richard took a test drive in
a Lotus Elise 111R on Lotus'
Hethel test track

SOUTH NORFOLK MP Richard Bacon today put one of Britain's top sports cars through its paces during a visit to the headquarters of Group Lotus.

After meeting CEO Kim Ogaard Neilsen for a briefing on recent developments and current plans for the company, the local MP toured the firm's production facilities and then took a Lotus Elise out on the firm's challenging test circuit.

Mr Bacon said: “I was thrilled to be invited to test drive a Lotus on a proper test track. It was a real joy to be able to open up the throttle and see what the Elise is capable of - all under the watchful eye of Lotus Chief Engineer Martyn Anderson, of course”.

Earlier, Mr Bacon met managers at the company's base at Hethel, near Wymondham, to hear about the firm's expansion plans in China, and their recent success in the tough US market. Mr Bacon also got a preview of a stunning new Lotus due to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2006.

Mr Bacon added: “I was impressed by the vision of Kim Ogaard Nielsen and his team. There is a real family ethos and a sense of fun at the Lotus plant, embodied in Kim's insistence that all Lotus staff should take some time to test-drive the cars they put so much talent and energy into creating”.

“I have written to the Trade and Industry Secretary Alan Johnson, and asked him to ensure that the Government will stand up for manufacturers like Lotus, who are flying the flag for precision British engineering and craftsmanship on the world stage”.





Lotus Production Operations
Manager Luke Bennett (right)
shows Richard around the Lotus factory

21 October 2005