Hofmanns is an independent specialist offering servicing and repairs for Lotus cars. We are a family run business, founded in 1949 by Fred Hofmann right here in Henley on Thames and serving customers throughout Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Our workshop is walking distance to the train station or town centre, and we have easy road links to both the M4 and M40 motorways.
For over 20 years, Hofmann’s have been passionate about Lotus cars. We have successfully raced these wonderful cars for over a decade and understand all their performance attributes and occasional weaknesses. Having previously held main dealer status before Lotus re-adjusted their dealer network, we have a team of highly enthusiastic Lotus trained technicians, so whether you require a service, trackday preparation, upgrades or just some friendly advice on how to improve your car, you can rest assured you are in great hands at Hofmann’s.
To save your pocket our rates are less than the main dealer and we offer fixed menu pricing for the current range of Lotus cars. If you have a prized classic Lotus model our experienced technicians have the knowledge with general maintenance through to complete rebuilds. We use Lotus equipment and diagnostics, along with genuine Lotus parts and oils that are covered by a 2-year warranty.
We offer all the usual services you might expect from a well-equipped garage from tyres, brakes & clutch, crash repairs and diagnostics through to engine and chassis rebuilds for classic cars. We are unashamedly ‘old-school’ in that our technicians are experts and craftsman, able to conduct complex repairs and even fabricate entire new parts.
If you are short on time, we have a collection and delivery service, or you can take advantage or our fleet of modern courtesy cars. If it’s a simple job, we can offer while you wait appointments with refreshments and we will carry out a complimentary wash and vacuum after work is complete.
meet the team
James has had a lifelong passion for Motor Racing, both cars and bikes. Having been with us for 15 years he is at the core of Hofmann’s Motorsport where he excels working on Lotus cars and race cars. His fastidious approach is well suited to completing geometry setups, engine builds and race prep. Outside work he loves to race himself. On his R1 bike he competed in the New Era championship and in cars he has raced a 205 GTI, a heavily modified mini and won races alongside Chris in his Lotus Europa. Currently he is preparing a unique single seater “GRM 750” for the Formula 750 championship.
Chris has a Product Design degree from Brunel University and a lifelong passion for Lotus cars and Motorsport. He started racing as soon as he could drive and has since competed with much success in a diverse range of cars from Historic Lotus Elan 26r, MGB, various mighty Group-C sports prototype cars, Lotus Elise S1 in Britcar, Lotus Exige in British GT and LOTRDC, Lotus Europa in GT Cup and Lotus Cup as well as UK and Euro FunCup with many race and Championship wins along the way. He took over Hofmann’s in 2007 as an ailing Vintage car business and has turned it into the vibrant multi-faceted motor trade business it is today with (of course) a heavy focus on Lotus.
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Hofmann’s offers a huge selection of upgrades for your Lotus. From Supercharger’s, Suspension, Sports Exhausts, Audio, Roadster Conversions, Harness’s and Harness Bars. Contact our service team to discuss your options.
Nitron Dampers by Hofmann's
If you want the ultimate track focussed handling for your Lotus then our damper kits have to be the number one choice. Taking the damper technology developed by our immensely talented technical partners at Nitron we have then further tailored the package to work in complete harmony with the Lotus range.
Using experience gained from many years racing, and winning, with a variety of Lotus chassis in series which include British GT, Britcar, GT Cup and LOTRDC, we have arrived at this ultimate specification of damper. Our dampers with their unique damper valving are capable of transforming the cornering capability of your car and has several key advantages over the competition.
The Nitron NTR 1-way Dampers can be configured to fit the following Lotus models:
Elise: 96 - current
Exige: 00 - current
Evora: 09 - current
Nitron NTR 1-way 46mm Dampers (Hofmann's SPEC)
The Fast Road is the entry level NTR shock available as a 1-way adjustable damper. This shock is popular with predominantly road-use customers who drive hard and fast; demanding the best from the chassis but require a degree of comfort. Softer valving and springs combined with the ability to run at original ride heights (and slightly lowered if required) result in a great road shock with superb all-round capabilities. As this shock is part of the NTR range it will perform consistently during a week of blasting round the Nurburgring if required and can be rebuilt to any of the other NTR specifications in the future.
The Nitron NTR 3-way Dampers can be configured to fit the following Lotus models:
Elise: 96 - current
Exige: 00 - current
Evora: 09 - current
Nitron NTR 3-way 46mm Dampers (Hofmann's SPEC)
Our NTR 46mm Race shocks have competed in hundreds of races and benefit from a decade of evolution. Run on the original factory GT3 Exiges, these shocks have been honed to perfection and use Nitrons very best parts combined with an unrivalled development program.
Using the superior 46mm piston from the RacePro range of NTR shocks; this kit is designed for serious race use and has been adopted (where regulations permit) in almost every Lotus race series around the world. The kit comprises four 3-way adjustable dampers with fitted springs. Tailored to high-profile drivers, the NTR Race shocks performance is achieved through accurate control of its 3-way independent damping. Instant feedback is transmitted from the wheels, allowing the limits of traction to be confidently explored.These shocks are designed to run inverted for reduced unsprung mass and therefore optimum performance. Dampers are delivered preset with a full compliment of bearing spacers ready to fit to the car.
An MOT is a government requirement that needs renewing every 12 months. MOT’s are conducted in house and we have a child friendly, comfortable waiting area with fresh tea and coffee available on tap. We have a fleet of modern courtesy cars available and offer collection and delivery within the local area if you’re having your car serviced. Every MOT comes with a free car wash.
Regular servicing is imperative to sustain the reliability and performance of your car. We can cater for virtually any make or model and make use of genuine OE parts and fluids to ensure your manufacturer warranty remains intact. We appreciate that the annual car service can be an aggravation so to make your life that little bit easier we have a child friendly, comfortable waiting area with fresh tea and coffee available on tap. We have a fleet of modern courtesy cars available and offer collection and delivery within the local area. Every service comes with a free car wash.
Effective braking is fundamental to the safety of your car. We can supply discs, pads, drums, callipers, hydraulic components and more. Do your brakes cause a noise or a vibration, or has your pedal gone soft - we can advise? Electronic handbrakes pose no problem, and we are experienced with all the latest ABS systems. We supply manufacturer approved fluids and parts to ensure any manufacturer’s warranty remains intact.
We can supply most brands of tyres, from premium big-name brands through to mid -range and budget. Even OE spec tyres, track tyres and seasonal tyres are available. If you’re unsure about what type of tyre would best suit you needs our experienced tyre technicians can advise. If you’re concerned that your tyres are nearing the end of their life, please pop in and let us check the tread depths and pressures and general condition FOC and we can advise how close your tyres are to the end of their serviceable life. All used tyres are recycled, and all tyre repairs and fitment are performed by experienced tyre technicians.
We all have accidents but luckily Hofmann’s can help fix your damaged vehicle. Whether you have picked up a minor dent or scratch requiring a “smart repair”, or you need a larger insurance repair requiring body panels and paint - we can help. Complete body restorations and re-sprays are also available for those cherished classics, to the very best standards, at reasonable prices.
Modern cars are complicated machines and faults can often be tricky to effectively diagnose. To minimise the time spent fault-finding on your car we have invested in the Industry-leading diagnostics system from Autologic who employ a team of manufacturer specific Master-Technicians whose unrivalled experience is at our disposal. Additionally, we utilise a range of dealer-level manufacturer supplied equipment to assist us with specific brands. Software up-dates are available for most brands as well as component programming and upgrades.