Lotus cars

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Lotus has been a hot topic in the news ever since their astounding resurgence into the sports-car world. The company has decided to move its racing ambitions further along as it has unveiled the Evora Enduro GT Concept car at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. It was interesting to learn that last year the company had struck a deal with Renault Renault to back its racing team and help with development. Lotus joining F1 racing may be more than a few years off, but this company clearly has big plans. After being rather lethargic during the 1990’s and almost fading away into the night with the Esprit dying out – the company has made drastic changes behind its fearless new leader and is poised to offer several new models within the coming years. With such an emphasis on road-going performance, it was only a matter of time before a racing car was developed.

More details on the Lotus Evora Enduro GT Concept after the jump.

The biggest international auto show of the 2011 calendar year is getting closer and closer to opening its doors when the event kicks off on March 1st, 2011. Unlike recently concluded auto shows we’ve had since the calendar turned to 2011, the Geneva Motor Show is always the one that gets our juices flowing. Not that those other events weren’t any good, but Geneva brings out all the goods. All the big boys come out to play at this event, so much so that making this preview took more days than we expected because everyday, a new model was being announced as attending the event.

Now that the Geneva Motor Show is less than two weeks away, we feel like it’s time to give you a sneak peek on what cars to expect at the event. A lot of brands that routinely skip other auto shows will all be in attendance at the Geneva Motor Show, proving that without a shadow of a doubt, this Swiss spectacle is one of the most important - if not the most important - events in the automotive calendar.

Hit the jump to check out just who will be in attendance when the show opens its doors on March 1st, 2011.

The Lotus Elise has never been a car accused of being overweight, but that still hasn’t stopped Lotus from putting the sportscar on another diet to lose a few pounds. The result of that weight loss is the new Club Racer model which is 53 lbs lighter than the standard production model. In order to obtain reduction in weight for the lighter model, Lotus has opted for a stripped-to-the-bare-bone approach, meaning lighter seats, a lightweight battery, and the deletion of noise insulation.

Wolf Zimmermann Chief Technical Officer Lotus Cars said: "The traditional Lotus approach of reduction and purity has lead to one of the most zeitgeist and contemporary sports cars around. For over 15 years the Lotus Elise has become an icon in the sports car market, carving out a niche market with a dedicated following of lightweight fans. The new Club Racer will definitely give these people something extra to get their teeth stuck into. This car epitomizes everything that’s cool about the Elise – it’s fast, raw, responsive and a huge amount of fun to drive."

More details on the Lotus Elise Club Racer after the jump.

Everyone in the auto industry is anxiously awaiting the Geneva Motor Show due to the growing number of cool cars and concepts being displayed for the approval of the beauty- and function-seeking car aficionados everywhere. One of the cars waiting for its time to shine is a unique vehicle that will surely steal the spotlight from all of the other cars on the show floor. No, we are not talking about another special edition from Lotus or the expected Evora facelift, but a - dare we say - tuned-up version of the Lotus Evora . The lucky one chosen to perform such a never-before-seen feat is the well-known and extravagant tuning firm, Mansory .

There was no way Lotus or Mansory were going to allow any official details to be leaked out ahead of the Geneva debut, but what they did provide is a couple of images that reveal a carbon fiber extravaganza. Not only is there a carbon fiber hood, a new front bumper with carbon fiber air inlays, new side skirts, and a carbon fiber rear diffuser, but there are also carbon fiber exterior mirrors, a carbon fiber rear wing, and a new set of wheels rounding off the the look.

What’s hiding under the hood is still unknown in our part of the world so we’ll just have to wait and see what’s in store for all of us when the Geneva show doors open. In the teaser press release provided, Lotus says that this project is "merely the first toe in the water and a showcase of the potential future." Well, Lotus, consider our interest piqued. Just make sure you’ve got something under that hood that is worthy of such a dramatic preview. We’d hate to be as disappointed in Lotus’ future as we were with the new Ferrari FF .

With the growing number of Ferraris and Lamborghinis cruising their way through our streets, it’s refreshing to see a Lotus taking its worthy turn at showing off. It’s even better when this particular Lotus has taken part in a little tuning project of its own. Tecnocraft has taken a couple of Lotus models, including the Exige and the Elise , and has molded and shaped a good amount of carbon fiber for a product worthy of a little attention.

No official details have been given on the final product just yet, but these pictures show a classy combination of yellow and black for the exterior and the interior of the sports car. Considering carbon fiber was the way to go for these Lotus models, we imagine that a weight reduction is definitely in order. Just how much weight has been schlepped off is anyone’s guess at this point.

The carbon fiber sports seats being used in the Lotus model have already been showcased in Tecnocraft’s version of the C63 AMG , but another new addition for the sport cars will be a news set of wheels to further decorate the exterior.

As a refresher, the standard Elise is powered by a supercharged 1.8 liter engine that develops a total of 217 hp and rockets the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. The Exige gets a supercharged and intercooled 1.8 liter engine with 257 HP and a sprint time of 4 seconds.

The Lotus-Renault team became the fourth Formula One team to present their 2011 race cars to the media. The R31, as it’s being called, was presented at the pit lane of the Valencia race track ahead of its first pre-season test session that’s been scheduled for next Tuesday at the same circuit.

In addition to the presentation of the black-and-gold R31, Lotus-Renault also presented their 2011 driver line-up, featuring Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov. Together with technical director James Allison, team principal Eric Boullier, and chairman Gerard Lopez, Kubica and Petrov personally pulled the covers off of the R31, marking the return to partnership of two companies - Lotus and Renault - that last worked together in the 80s.

“Words like ‘aggressive’ and ‘innovative’ are very much in vogue in Formula One at the moment, but where the R31 is concerned we feel those adjectives are appropriate,” Allison said.

“It’s true to say that the car has been designed in an ambitious manner and a quick glance at the layout will confirm that its entire concept differs considerably, not just from last year’s car, but from any car this team has ever produced.”

Details on the Lotus Renault R31 after the jump.

Last week, we brought forth details on Lotus’ "Ultimate Consumer Track and Race Car" not knowing that the Lotus 125 would make a pre-appearance at the Mazda Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during this past weekend’s events. All that means is that we did not have to wait as long to get specific details on the lightweight, 650-kilogram F1-inspired limited edition race car. The Lotus Exos 125 features a a carbon fiber monocoque platform, ceramic brakes, and a carbon fiber suspension.

The new Lotus Exos Type 125 race car is powered by a 3.5-liter Cosworth V8 engine that delivers a total of 650 HP and has a 10,300 rpm redline. The engine is mated to a F1-style semi-automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

At the car’s official launch, Stephen Wright said: "The reality is though, it is a very easy car to run and maintain. You don’t actually need to have a big group of people to run the car, if you want to go to the track and have a track day yourself."

There will only be 25 units built each priced at one million dollars. The first 10 units will be delivered in the spring of 2011 and the other 15 units in the summer of the same year. Lotus also said that it will develop a training and racing program around the 125 model.

UPDATE 01/19/11: We’ve waited a long time for this day to come and now we’re finally getting closer and closer. Word from Lotus is that the Exos Type 125 is finally ready to hit the track and will be making its test debut this week at the Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi in Italy. After it’s test run in Italy, the car will then jet over to Abu Dhabi where it will be put through the paces by lucky customers at the Yas Marina Circuit. For a car that’s limited to 25 units at $1 million a pop, we sure hope that all the hype behind it is worth the price of owning one.

Take a look at the video after the jump.

Think of James Bond and it’s likely that the only car you’ll imagine him in is an Aston Martin, but Bond aficionados may remember that the star in "For Your Eyes Only" was a Lotus Esprit . Last year, the Lotus connection grew by one more car as a Lotus Evora was spotted filming in the French Alps for what people thought was the 23rd installment in the Bond movies. Now it seems that rumor is coming crashing down as Lotus Silverstone - a UK Lotus dealership - is selling a one-offLotus Evora that happens to have been the star in those French Alp videos cruising the ’net a year ago.

According to Lotus Silverstone, those rumors about the Lotus and the 23rd Bond movie are not true. They also said that Lotus only built the car for marketing purposes, including a tour of dealerships and various other promotional activities. Now that the car has finished its marketing stint, the Silverstone dealership is selling the Evora . And if you expected it to come cheap then you would be sadly mistaken. This is the only James Bond Evora and it’s priced at £44,995 (or around $71,500 at the current exchange rates).

Hit the jump to read more about the Lotus Evora James Bond Edition.

Time and again, we’ve all been thrust into the same unflattering scenario of driving over the speed limit on a highway without a care in the world - at least until a police car begins to give chase. That’s where we start quaking in our boots. In some instances, we make a break for it, hoping that our trusty steed can outrun the galloping highway patrol car as it tries to keep pace. Unfortunately for the residents of the West Midlands in the UK, trying to outrun the new highway patrol car just became a more difficult task. As a donation by Lotus and presented at the Autosport International Motor Show, the UK police force will be getting a Lotus Evora police car to facilitate the chase..

Oh yes, dear criminals. A 280 horsepower sports car will be stuck in your rear view mirrors until you cry ‘uncle!’ and pull over on the shoulder of the highway. The Evora police car will be given a two-week trial run on a stretch along the West Midlands highway that covers 450 miles, together with a number of major routes, including the M5, M6, and M2 motorways.

So the next time you find yourselves in these areas, you might want to keep watch of the speed limit because you know never know when the Evora police car will jump out of the bushes and give you chase. Most likely, you wouldn’t’ even stand a chance.

Details on the Lotus Evora Police Car after the jump.

At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, Lotus impressed the entire world with a totally revised line-up with a few debuts in the next few years. However, before we actually get a chance to see the second generation Evora launched on the market, the company has announced that a revised version will be launched in 2012. This just so happens to be the year Lotus plans on revealing a convertible version.

While there will be no major changes made to the exterior, the interior will get a completely redesigned cabin and a new version to go along with the newest S trim level. The cabin will be designed by German firm, CSI, who have also engineered cabins for the Audi R8, Mercedes Mercedes SLS, and Porsche Panamera. The engine will also remain unchanged, but it will be mated to an all-new paddle-shift gearbox.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Lotus Evora.

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