Here at Tingdene Lifestyle we are passionate about all things Norfolk. Lotus is a great brand and has a great heritage. When we found out you could take a tour their factory, we thought this would be a fab idea and something to do when you are holidaying or staying at your holiday home on the east coast!

Lotus cars is a British Manufacturer of sports cars famous for its Esprit, Elan, Europa and Elise sports cars. Lotus cars is based at the former site of RAF Hethel, a world war II airfield in Norfolk.  The company was founded as Lotus Engineering Ltd by engineers Colin Chapman and Colin Dare, both graduates of University College, London, in 1952.

When you visit the history-charged manufacturing facility at Hethel, Norfolk UK, you'll explore the epicenter of Lotus life, where the world class, high performance sports cars are all individually hand built.

No two tours are ever really the same at the Lotus factory, where precision manufacturing is beautifully combined with innovative engineering. Discover the history and heritage of Lotus as you follow each step in the creation of our magnificent machines and take a walk through the years that saw the company develop from a shed-based one-man operation into the automotive thoroughbred it is today, and the exciting prospects that are just around the corner.

A factory tour at Hethel, conducted through the Lotus Driving Academy, is a must for all Lotus lovers.

The tour includes:

  • Chassis assembly
  • Body Bonding
  • Paint Overview
  • Final Assembly
  • Quality Check and Buy Off