Testing Done Right: Lotus CEO Risks License & Receives 102MPH Ticket

For something to be done right, you sometimes have to do it yourself. In this case, the “right” might have been wrong, but we still think it’s rather justified. Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales was pulled over in a lotus last January for hitting 102 MPH in a 70 zone. Apparently the defense his lawyer put together declared it “vital” that Gales continues test driving cars himself, and that his client should not receive any points on his license. See, where the Lotus headquarters in Norwich, the sentencing guidelines recommend “six points or [for the driver] disqualified for between seven and 56 days.” Ouch, that could feel like an eternity for someone helping run a company which makes sports cars.

The real issue lies in some violations which Gales collected in previous years. He has “earned” eight points on his license so far, with five of them being on the same road he just clocked in at 102 mph on (apparently didn’t learn). Adding in even more points would push him past 12, which would make for a very long six months of no driving (the recommended sentencing guidelines). The Telegraph reports that Gales “likes to test drive cars himself” (No offense to them, but they probably had to dig a bit to find out that nugget of truth) and his lawyer pushed for a short driving ban instead of additional points. Apparently it was “in everyone’s interest” and vital that the CEO drive the cars. Sure Lotus has some engineers to take new cars out on the road, but being the head of Lotus, enjoyed taking them out personally to see how they handled.

Either way, Gales ended up with a rather mild slap on the wrist with a few fines, and a 30 day driving ban. There was an alleged warning to Gale’s lawyer that his client heavily consider keeping vehicle testing on the track.

Moral of the story next time you’re pulled over? Sorry officer, I had to. For science.

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Charles Pages

With an ever growing passion for cars, trucks and things that go fast, Charles is always seeking new information and ways to increase vehicle performance and handling. With experience among diverse vehicles, Charles gives an enthusiastic "YES" to anything performance.
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