Five years after the debacle set into motion by then CEO Dany Bahar, Lotus is finally beginning to find its footing again. Bahar stood in front of a crowd of journalists at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and introduced five new models, all of which ended up as vaporware. Soon after, Bahar was politely asked to leave and Lotus has been pretty stagnant ever since.
Current Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has been at the helm for about nine months now, and during a recent chat with our friends at Top Gear, he laid out long- and short-term plans for Lotus that offer good reason to be optimistic about the future of the company.
In the short term, and on the heels of the recently unveiled Evora 400, Gales says Lotus will introduce an Evora Roadster, which should be sales booster, in about two years. The Evora’s sophisticated aluminum platform still has plenty of life left in it, and it will also spawn a few new track-oriented derivatives. "The Evora tub meets regulations until 2020 and we will likely stay with aluminum beyond that,” Gales told Top Gear. “It’s similar weight and strength to carbon fiber but one-third of the cost."
Gales says there’s also been a decent amount of demand for a successor to the 2-Eleven track-day car. He promises the new car will be both lighter and more powerful. Using the same 400 horsepower V-6 from the Lotus 400 and weighing less than 2,000 pounds, he promises it will be the fastest road car around the Nürburgring. You definitely can’t accuse the guy of not being ambitious.
Continue reading to learn more about Lotus’ future models.
There aren’t a lot of things we enjoy more than a race car being introduced to the Nurburgring. Whether it’s a Formula One racer or even a pair of Lotus 2-Elevens and an Evora racing in the FIA GT4 Championship, the mere sight – and sound, don’t forget that – of a high-action race car blasting along one of the world’s most fabled circuits is enough to raise those little goose bumps all over our body.
Fortunately, PistonClash Productions seem to share our fascination and they were cool enough to share these videos of Lotus racers getting a first-hand look at what the Nurburgring is all about. Add a few elements of rain, the shrill sound of race exhaust, and some commentary from the drivers, and you have the perfect recipe on how to spend the next 15 minutes of your life without regretting it afterward.
Trust us, these videos are must-watches, even if you don’t consider yourself a fan of the Lotus Racing Team.
More videos after the jump
With 252 HP under the hood and a weight of 1,477 lbs you would say that the Lotus 2-Eleven is not a difficult car to handle. However, on a race track like the Nurburgring, things are a little bit different.
While there are no details on what exactly happened, the video is more than explicit. Apparently, the driver was driving too fast and lost control while trying to take a corner. The car ended in a bulwark, but luckily, the driver was able to get out of the car on his own two feet, and with little injury. The car, on the other hand, saw the short end of this destructive stick.
The 2-Eleven makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 3.6 seconds and can hit a top speed of 155 mph, so it’s apparent that the power under this hood is just too much for some of its owners!
Lotus Sport revealed today the 2-Eleven GT4 Supersport race car that will compete in the European SRO GT4 Supersports category. It comes with a lightweight composite body, full rollcage, an advanced aerodynamic package, and increased power.
The four-cylinder engine is increased from the standard 255 hp and 179 lb-ft. engine to 270 hp and 182 lb-ft. The increases in power and torque have been gained through improved induction and exhaust systems, and with a high ratio supercharger drive system for increased levels of boost. To maximize the upgrades to the engine the engine management system has been remapped and optimized. The engine is mated to a six-speed racing sequential gearbox.
There no announced plans of getting this car on U.S. tracks yet.
Press release after the jump.
Lotus unveiled today the the entry level 2-Eleven and extensive range of Lotus Sport performance options. The new 2-Eleven is priced at 34,695 euro.
The new entry-level 2-Eleven weights only 720 kg and is powered by a naturally aspirated, high revving 189 hp engine from the Elise R. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 3.8 seconds and can hit a top speed of 150 mph.
The addition of the Aero Pack gives the ability to change the high speed balance of the car through adjustment of the rear wing angle: with the wing set at maximum attack over 10 % of the vehicle’s weight is generated in downforce at 100 mph (160 kph). The Aero Pack consists of a race proven adjustable carbon fiber rear wing and to provide front to rear aerodynamic balance, a lengthened composite front splitter is incorporated. Even in SVA trim with the road legal aerodynamic aids the 2-Eleven produces 60 kg (132 lbs) of downforce at 100 mph (160 km/h)
The full Lotus paint palette including Lifestyle colours, Metallic colours and Premium colours is available to further customise the 2-Eleven. The Launch colour scheme along with the Red Scorpion, Orange Bobcat, Yellow Hornet and Green Dragon schemes are all available as a cost option.
Press release after jump.