For the love of Lotus: The story behind the iconic Lotus type 110 bike

Tony Wybrott has made it his mission in life to track down all the Lotus 110 bikes ever made. CW headed to Brands Hatch to find out why

Chris Lanaway

The Lotus 110 is an icon of bicycle design

(Image credit: Chris Lanaway)

Some people like to dabble in genealogy, but Tony Wybrott’s ancestry project is something far more exotic.

The ‘family’ the New Zealand engineer is trying to trace are 263 Lotus type 110 bikes he helped create while working at DPS Composites, the Surrey firm that built the prototypes and the first batch for Lotus in 1993. Since he started his search two years ago Wybrott has already got 67 in his register just through word of mouth and social media.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.