Lotus Esprit Supercar May Get Reprise In Sports Car Company\'s Latest Plans

Lotus Cars is back doing what it does best: building and developing cars. Though production was temporarily halted due to financial regulations, Autocar reports that Lotus is now building about the Elise, Exige, and Evora sports cars at a rate of about 44 cars per week.

While shares of Lotus where being passed from Malaysian company Proton to DRB-Hicom, Lotus was supposed to enter a 60-day development freeze. That meant that company couldn’t build new road cars, and also couldn’t work on its new V-8 engine and automated manual transmission for the future Esprit supercar. The pause was supposed to let regulators and investors perform “due diligence” on the company. Now, however, Lotus has received enough funding that the company can proceed with work as normal.

Lotus will show off special-edition models of existing cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June — Lotus is the festival’s “chosen” marque this year, and 2012 represents both the 60th anniversary of the company and 50th anniversary of the Lotus Elan.