Race car design legend Gordon Murray has joined Group Lotus as part of the Lotus Advisory Council.

During his career in design Murray worked for both the Brabham and McLaren teams in Formula One, a leading member of the team that designed some of the most successful (and occasionally controversial) cars in the history of the sport.

However, it is reportedly only by a twist of fate that the South African born Murray joined Brabham after a chance meeting with the team's designer Ron Tauranac. He actually began his career in motorsport aiming to work for Lotus, something which he has only accomplished with this appointment.

“For years I've been a huge admirer of Lotus,” said Murray. “I have great respect for the legacy that Colin Chapman created and I think what Dany and the team are doing is a really good thing for the brand. He's taking the strength from Chapman's principals and taking the business to the next level whilst still keeping the general ethos – not an easy task! I'm really looking forward to contributing to Group Lotus during this exciting time.”

His position on the Lotus Advisory Board will find him as part of a team Рwith other automotive industry icons Bob Lutz, Tom Purves, Prof. Dr. Burkhard G̦schel and Frank Tuch Рhelping to from the current and future development of several aspects of Group Lotus' business, from marketing and distribution to technology and brand.

“Gordon has never been afraid to trail blaze, take risks and do things differently, these are attribute that we are very familiar with and very proud of at Lotus,” said Group Lotus Chief Executive Dany Bahar. “With his incredible and unique motorsport and design experience he will complement the existing council line up perfectly. We're very much looking forward to working with him.”