Did you know that the UK parliament tried to ban the Lotus Carlton?

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Yep, you heard it right, the Parliament once tried to ban the legendary Lotus Carlton.

First, a brief history lesson on the Lotus Carlton -

The Lotus Carlton, was a super saloon based on the Opel Omega. It was the perfect answer to the BMW M3's of that era. It was General Motors' super saloon.

It all began in 1990, Will Smith starred in the sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", the Soviet Union was breathing its last breaths, and GM wanted a super- saloon. The task was given to Vauxhall and Opel, and they gave it to Lotus. They took the already fast Omega GSi . Lotus increased the cylinder bore of the 3 litre inline six belonging to the Vauxhall/ Opel Omega, to 3.6 litres. They fitted the gearbox from a Corvette ZR1 into the Vauxhall, and it made 377 horsepower.

The Lotus had surprisingly good handling and could do 177 miles an hour. It was almost as fast as the Testarossa and the 911 turbo! And shifting at a certain RPM could get you to 190! That's like F40 speed. Lotus got their speed test figures wrong!

Anyway , to the ban-

On November 26, 1993, a Lotus Carlton was reported stolen from a home in the West Midlands with the plates "40RA". In the following months, a gang of thieves used the car to conduct ram raids between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. stealing around 20,000 GBP worth of liquor and cigarettes.

A local police officer, David Oliver said, "We simply haven't been able to get near the thing and it looks unlikely that we ever will". The Lotus nearly doubled the speed of the local police cars.

The ram raiders also hid their stolen Lotus Carlton during the day and no one could ever find it. The car was never recovered and its current whereabouts is unknown.

Because of these ram raids involving the Lotus Carlton, the U.K. government deemed the car "unsafe" and "unreasonable" for anyone to need to own a sedan that could go 177mph. Despite gaining traction, the campaign to ban the Lotus Carlton ultimately failed.

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