In September 2010, then Lotus CEO Dany Bahar outlined to TopGear his detailed and comprehensive plan calling for an October 2012 launch of the Esprit. It was already designed, a mock-up was unveiled at the Paris show, and it was to have a Lexus engine with standard and 620bhp R variants and optional KERS. Then he OK’d a unique Lotus engine. A wholesale redesign of the car was needed to fit that new V8. Then Lotus’s owner Proton was sold to another Malaysian conglomerate, DRB-Hicom. And Bahar fell out with them and was fired. The new owners slashed development budgets, and, it’s rumoured, put Lotus up for sale. And it all got very messy. We just asked Lotusto comment on the new launch date. It won’t say anything about the Esprit, and won’t comment on when it will be able to say anything. Or if. Unofficially, we hear the car’s basically on ice.