has been in financial trouble for some time. The British automaker and engineering consultancy founded by Colin Chapman has, in the past few decades, bounced from GM ownership to Romano Artioli’s Bugatti
, then to Malaysian carmaker Proton before being bought by DRB-Hicom. That Malaysian company started off by firing Lotus’ chief executive and stripping its R&D budget to next to nothing. Now word has it that Group Lotus could be liquidated by the British courts.