The lotus flower holds profound spiritual power in millennia-old cultures from Hinduism to Egyptian. For Buddhists the blossom—which every day elevates its stalk from the murky pond bottom to bloom on top of the water—represents divine perfection. And perhaps more importantly, rebirth. Fitting it is then that one of the most storied automotive underdogs of the 20th century, Lotus Cars, is soon to be born again.

Lotus was spiritually birthed in 1947 when an English engineer named Colin Chapman built his first race car in his then girlfriend’s parents’ garage. By 1958 Team Lotus was competing at the apex of

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