Lotus Evora Sport 410 GP Edition

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Continuing the runaway success of Lotus’ return to North America, the legendary British Sportscar maker has unveiled a unique Evora Sport 410 in one of the company’s most famous liveries, as order books open for the sensational sports car in the US and Canada.

Available in the new GP Edition colour scheme, as well as Lotus’ standard array of paint options, the new Lotus Evora Sport 410 for North America is the lightest and most focused iteration of the Evora, and joins the benchmark Evora 400 in the company’s line-up as a fully type approved model. It is also the fastest road-going Lotus ever sold in the US, clocking 0-60 mph in 3.9 secs and a top speed of 190 mph. A literal translation of Lotus’ simplify then add lightness manifesto, this new 2017 MY Federal version has undergone considerable development to meet the specific demands of the North American market, and minimising mass has remained a priority.

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Lotus Evora Sport 410

Bond Lotus Esprit S1

Anyone who’s a fan of James Bond will remember the iconic Lotus Esprit casually driving onto the beach after a little underwater adventure. I think it was one of the classic movie moments of my youth, so much so that I even had a model replica of said car, complete with real firing missile launchers above the engine bay that fired tiny orange missiles that were lost to the naked eye of an 8 year old within about 10 minutes of first use.

Evora 410 Sport James Bond

Anyway, it appears I’m not the only one with fond memories of that car, as Lotus has released the Evora Sport 410 decked out in a very similar fashion to that old Esprit. Below is all the official words from the press release, but the important part is that it will come to the US! 🙂

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Lotus 3-Eleven and The Nurburgring

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Marking the anniversary of its landmark lap times when testing at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, two new videos of the Lotus 3-Eleven in full flight have been released, allowing enthusiasts to experience the car’s visceral, white-knuckle ride around the “Green Hell” for themselves.

Since the car’s appearance at the Nürburgring, deliveries of the hypercar-humbling Lotus have begun with the first lucky owners finding out what this road-legal racer is truly capable of. Speaking about the car’s Nordschleife debut, Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer, Group Lotus plc said, “The 3-Eleven’s time on the track gave us the perfect opportunity to demonstrate its phenomenal pace. It’s the fastest, most focused production road car to ever leave the Lotus factory, and remains true to our values of intelligent and efficient engineering. However, you don’t need to be a professional racing driver in order to tap its potential, and it will embarrass so-called hypercars with six-figure price tags. It remains the perfect template for how we will approach the design of all Lotus sports cars in the future”

With lightweight carbon composite bodywork as standard, the Lotus 3-Eleven has a dry weight of 890 kg and maximum power of 460 hp (Race version). This provides an enviable power-to-weight ratio of 517 hp per tonne, and the car is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds ahead of a maximum speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). The Road version with a dry weight of 925 kg and a maximum power of 410 hp reaches 60 mph in 3.3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h).

The videos also show how driver Marc Basseng had to deal with other cars also on the Nordschleife circuit during the evening public sessions. In what was its first turn of a wheel outside of Lotus’ Hethel HQ, Marc was one of three different drivers helping to develop the car – each one with individual areas of expertise and focussing on aerodynamics, engine calibration, chassis tuning and suspension geometry.

Lotus Exige Sport 350

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In cars  you won’t see in road going form in the US, please add the tartan interiored (???) Lotus Exige Sport 350 – a lot like the last S version, but now with less (weight, time to 60mph, that sort of thing). Full details below, including some pics of that fantastic interior decoration.

  • 51 kg lighter than previous Exige S
  • 345 hp and in excess of 300 hp/tonne
  • 0-60 mph in 3.7 Seconds and top speed of 170 mph
  • Heritage Tartan interior and new colour and trim options

As the ultimate incarnation of the world famous Exige, Lotus has revealed the Sport 350, the latest version of the class-leading and award winning sports car, that’s lighter and faster than ever before.

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The new Exige Sport 350 is the next model in the range to mark the reintroduction of the renowned ‘Sport’ naming designation. It joins the recently announced Lotus Elise Sport and Elise Sport 220 –delivering a lighter and even more performance-focused driving experience.

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Track Time in Pueblo with the local BMW Club

I’m lucky enough to have joined the local BMW club here in Denver a few years ago. One of the best things has been the track days – they offer a full day of classroom and track time to get everyone from beginners up to more seasoned drivers around the track that little bit safer and quicker. I’ve attended most of the other local car club driving days (Porsche being the major one I haven’t done yet), and have to say the BMW one is head and shoulders above the others.

Of course, I got totally addicted to this immediately, and proceeded to do very school they had for the next few years (they normally do 3 or 4 days per year). A couple of years ago, I was asked if I’d like to be an instructor – despite the feeling I wasn’t really experienced enough to be qualified, I said yes. The Instructor Training School (ITS) was probably one of the more stressful (but fun) things I’ve done in a while, but I passed, and now have the pleasure of helping others get faster in the same way I was helped. Which brings me to the weekend of September 22nd. Pueblo Motorsports Park, home of my first ever venture on a race track in a car, was the destination for the Fall Driving School. Pueblo had fallen out of favor in the past few years with the newly developed High Plains Raceway taking a lot of drivers attention – however, a brand new surface had brought the track back up to spec, and gave everyone a fresh challenge without eating a set of tires every day (which is what the old surface seemed to do). I had a great couple of students who kept me safe and entertained, and hopefully they realized how much they had improved over the course of the day. The next two are planned for Spring 2013 back out at HPR, so if you’re in Colorado (or somewhere else close) and fancy trying out your car on the track (it doesn’t have to be a BMW – we have lots of different makes out there) check out the site and get ready to sign up next year. As an aside, the fastest I went around the track that weekend wasn’t at my own hands (no surprise there). I had the pleasure of being a passenger in the Lotus Exige pictured above and driven by one of my friends and fellow instructors, Ross. Apart from being super lightweight (although with me in there, it’s obviously weighed down a little), it was also sporting a set of slicks for the weekend, meaning the g’s we were pulling through the corners were pretty impressive. It was a lot of fun.

Beginning of the end for Lotus?

Lotus has had it’s ups and downs over the years, probably more so than most other car companys, but current 50% owner Proton is going through some serious changes back in it’s native Malaysia which has put a halt to all development of the new Lotus models. No official word on the final outcome of this just yet, but I have my fingers and toes crossed that it doesn’t mean the end for the best handling cars on the road these days.

(via Carbuzz)

How To Confuse An Englishman

In the ever changing world of Formula 1, it’s sometimes hard to keep up. But how about this one – Team Lotus and Team Renault are both changing their names. What’s worse, Team Lotus will now become Team Caterham, and Team Renault will now become Team Lotus. Or something.

(via Pistonheads)

Lotus Karting Program

The John Player colors on a Lotus always brings back memories from childhood. And now Lotus has tried to influence those said children a little more by sponsoring a karting team in an effort to discover new talent. Maybe I can get the little guy signed up in a few years…….

(via Lotus Press)

Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch

I have been lucky enough to get to visit Spring Mountain, and sample a couple of their driver education courses over the past few years. I started off doing the advanced Lotus courses, and spending 2 days blasting around in an Elise (and a couple of laps in an Exige before I broke it) wasn’t what you call boring. The second was just last year, when I upgraded to something with a little more power (Corvette Z06’s) for the Level 3 Class at the Ron Fellows School. They’re the official Corvette school, and the level of instruction has always been fantastic. Not only that, but they’re also some of the funnest and friendliest bunch of people to hang out with, so if you ever get the chance to join a school (in any of the cars they offer – Radicals are pictured below), I’d suggest you jump at the chance.

I’m about to head down there for my third school in a few weeks. I signed up to re-do the Level 3 Corvette school with the hope of being slightly less intimidated by all the power (500bhp is a little step up over the 330bhp I’m used to driving on a normal basis), and getting smoother. Another added benefit in recent years is the on-site condos – there’s something pretty special about waking up with your head about 30 yards from Turn 1 while they give a few cars some warm up laps.

New Lotus Exige S

Announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Lotus have followed up with a (pretty strange) promo video for the new Exige. Despite the new one being a little heavier than the outgoing models, it does have a super-charged 3.5 liter V6 under the bonnet, pushing out 346 bhp and probably more importantly to the overall driving feel, 295 lb-ft of torque.