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Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge

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Licensed by the classic British car company, this game featured 2 modes of play - one has you racing against 19 computer rivals (with witty names such as Alain Phosphate and Crash-Hard Banger), and the other pits you against the clock.

There are 13 different types of races, ranging from Motorways to night-time to sections punctuated by roadworks, and some are lap-based with others being simple A-B. 2 players could play on a split screen mode.

The game's crowning glory, however, was the RECS editor, which allowed you to create courses of your own, with theoretically millions possible.


Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge Genesis Running low on fuel on the future course
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge Atari ST Title screen
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge Atari ST Out in a turbo zone
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge Amiga The RECS course editor

Alternate Titles

  • "Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge for your PC" -- DOS title
  • "Lotus II: R.E.C.S." -- European Mega Drive title
  • "Lotus III: The Ultimate Challenge" -- Amiga title
  • "Lotus III" -- Post-trilogy title
  • "Lotus II" -- US Genesis title

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User Reviews

An excellent game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4364)
Less fun in practice than in theory Amiga Martin Smith (63052)
Not what it may seem... DOS Quackbal (48)

The Press Says

Amiga Action Amiga Oct, 1992 90 out of 100 90
CU Amiga Amiga Oct, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Power Play Amiga Nov, 1992 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1992 10 out of 12 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Oct, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Obligement Amiga Oct, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Power Unlimited Genesis May, 1994 7.7 out of 10 77
Amiga Format Amiga Nov, 1992 76 out of 100 76
ST Format Atari ST Dec, 1992 75 out of 100 75
Sega-16.com Genesis Oct 12, 2009 7 out of 10 70


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Bonus game

There is a hidden bonus game which was an updated version of P.O.D.. See here on how to unlock it on the DOS version of the game.


It appears that there are only three kinds of cars in the game, but there are actually five for you to choose from. The original three, the opponent's car, and the sprite car. All three were playable in early versions of the game.


The RECS track editor was originally planned as a data disk for Lotus 2.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1993 – Best Sports Game of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Sports/Racing Game in 1992 (Amiga version)
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