Is that there's actually two Lotus companies. The cliff notes version is the founder of Lotus, Colin Chapman, created two different companies which were Lotus Cars (the company that made cars), and Team Lotus (the company that raced Lotus cars). At one time they were both owned by Colin Chapman, but when he died his estate sold Lotus Cars and Team Lotus to two different owners.
Just within the last year, or two, both companies tried to run cars in F1, so you actually had two teams with different owners in F1 called Lotus, and both wanted to have Lotus on their cars, and paint their cars the Lotus green. Without me saying it you probably realize the matter ended up in court. Now there's only one Lotus team in F1, and the other team had to change their name. It's so confusing I actually started to research it, a little bit, and gave up. I've lost track if Lotus Cars or Team Lotus is the company running the Lotus engines in the IndyCar Series, and I've lost track if Lotus Cars is the team in F1 that's still called Lotus, or if it's Team Lotus in F1 that's still called Lotus.
There was recently a huge new office building built about 15 minutes south of me in Sterling Heights, MI, and I just noticed there's a huge Lotus sign on that building now, and out by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor there's an old factory that looks like it was probably built in the 1950s, or earlier, and I noticed that old factory has Lotus signs all over, and the parking lot is filled with cars everyday. Seems like overnight Lotus now has a huge presence in Michigan.
I just took a break from this post and Googled "Lotus Ann Arbor", and it comes up as a Lotus Engineering Facility. I wonder if it's owned by Team Lotus or Lotus Cars?
Now I Googled "Lotus Sterling Heights", and the only thing that comes up is a Thai restaurant in Sterling Heights called "Thai Lotus".