Automotive heavyweight Gordon Murray has joined the Lotus Advisory Council.

The council is an outside body which advises Group Lotus on model development.

Murray will join other industry figures such as Bob Lutz, Tom Purves, Prof. Dr. Burkhard Göschel and Frank Tuch who also sit on the council.

According to Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar:

"Gordon has never been afraid to trail blaze, take risks and do things differently...With his incredible and unique motorsport and design experience he will complement the existing council line up perfectly. We're very much looking forward to working with him."

Gordon Murray, who is renowned for his designs of Formula One race cars and the McLaren F1 supercar and most recently created the T.27 electric car with his firm Gordon Murray Design, admits he's been wanting to work for Lotus every since he began his automotive career back in 1969.

Says Murray:

"For years I've been a huge admirer of Lotus, I have great respect for the legacy that Colin Chapman created. I'm really looking forward to contributing to Group Lotus during this exciting time."

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