Autosport Designs, Inc. dba Lotus Motorcars of Long Island Signed as Newest Addition to Expanding Lotus North American Retail Network


Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora

 

Duluth, GA, September 22, 2009

Lotus Cars USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the continued strategic expansion of its North American retail network by welcoming our newest dealer partner Lotus Motorcars of Long Island into the Lotus family. This new dealership in Huntington Station, NY, in combination with a few other recently filled points, increases Lotus’ North American retail presence to 54 outlets – 51 in the United States and 3 in Canada.

 

Lotus Motorcars of Long Island is owned and operated by Tom Papadopoulos, who has over 23 years of experience in buying, selling, servicing and restoring various makes of vintage collectable and high-end exotic and race cars through his business Autosport Designs, Inc. Autosport Designs, Inc. was founded by Papadopoulos and a former partner originally in a 2,100 square foot facility with no employees and he has grown it into its current 35,000 square foot facility with 15 employees. In the beginning, Autosport Designs, Inc. focused primarily on Porsche vehicles and was very involved in Porsche club events and prepping many customers’ cars for track events and races. As well as being a very successful businessman, Papadopoulos is also an accomplished race car driver having competed very successfully in earlier years in many Porsche Club races and in more recent years in both Grand American road racing and IMSA GT Pro Racing driving Porsche 911’s. Papadopoulos won the Ferrari 355 Challenge Series in 1997 and 1998 and has also competed in the SCCA World Challenge GT Series in an Aston Martin DBRS9.

 

Sales and service operations at Lotus Motorcars of Long Island will be housed within the existing sales/service/restoration facility where it will share space with many of the world’s other revered marques that pass through the premises – a veritable automotive paradise for car connoisseurs. Tom and his team will offer the full line of Lotus street and track-only sports cars to the sophisticated and discerning clientele of Long Island.

 

Tom Papadopoulos, sole proprietor of Autosport Designs, Inc. and Lotus Motorcars of Long Island, commented, “I strongly believe my team and I here have been successful because we have a genuine passion for what we do. Lotus has an outstanding history for producing some of the finest and most successful sports and racing cars in the world and it’s a marque we’re all extremely excited about being a part of. I am very pleased and proud that we’ve been selected by Lotus Cars USA to represent their great brand.  Having just seen the recently announced Evora Type 124 Race Car, I’d love to find a way to campaign one of those here in North America!”

 

“With the success we’ve enjoyed in recent years with our Elise and Exige range of pure and visceral sports cars and the upcoming launch of our all-new 2010 Evora, the world’s only mid-engined 2+2 sports car currently in production, Lotus is at a key growth point in the history of the company,” said Arnie Johnson, Director of Operations, Lotus Cars USA, Inc.  “It’s more important than ever for Lotus to partner with the right retailers and we’ve found in Tom Papadopoulos the best and most enthusiastic partner to represent Lotus on Long Island.”