The plan put forth by former Lotus CEO Dany Bahar was to explode the British brand into the high-dollar sports car segment and directly challenge its marquee names. The first explosion came with the surprise introduction of five concepts at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. What has continued to surprise, though, is that the explosions haven’t stopped: parent company Proton has had troubles leading to a reworking of its Formula One involvement, its IndyCar effort has had a rough ride, Proton’s sale to Malaysian conglomerate DRB Hicom led to a production stoppage, and while the company was reassured that it wouldn’t be sold, Bahar was shown the door â€“ along with four of those Paris concepts, as far as we can tell. Yet the company is still making highly regarded cars and going racing.
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