Lotus Wants to Raise the Roof at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Lotus is coming to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed with a massive amount of cars. Not only it will display its current range of Elise, Exige, and Evora models, but it will also show the new Evora GT4 Concept race car and a vintage Type 25 Formula One car. On top of that, it will send eight different cars up the Goodwood hill climb.
The 2019 Lotus Evora GT410 Brings Redefined Performance to China
The Lotus Evora is already ten years old as of 2019, but it’s still going strong. Although Lotus is working on a successor, the current Evora is still being used as a base for special-edition sports cars. The latest model is called the GT410 and was unveiled in China, at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. This isn’t the first Evora to sport a "GT410" badge — a one-off was built for the Jim Clark Trust Foundation in 2018 — but it’s the first production run to feature the nameplate.
The 2020 Lotus Evora GT4 Concept Previews The Official 2020 Race Car
The Lotus Evora has been around for a fair few years, hasn’t it? It was introduced a decade ago and, since then, not much has changed about what was Evo Magazine’s Car of the Year in 2009. Now, however, Lotus tries to remind us that the Evora is yet to kick the bucket by introducing a revised GT4-spec racing version. The Evora GT4 Concept is also a way for Lotus to announce that it’s launching the Lotus Driving Academy in China and will go on a tour with its new Chinese works drivers to showcase the car’s prowess.
For starters, let me tell you this isn’t really a concept - not like, say, the Volkswagen I.D. Roomzz is a concept. I mean just look at it, for all intents and purposes it looks ready to race. It doesn’t have cartoonishly large wheels or anything that could be considered out of order on a racing car. What it is, is the updated version of the Evora Cup GT4. The Cup GT4 model was based on the 2009 Lotus Evora Type 124 Prototype that previewed Lotus’ambitions to return to GT-based endurance racing. Now, the Evora looks meaner than ever, and we may see it race Stateside too, as well as in Europe.
Lotus Flexes its Chinese Backing With a New Hypercar
Lotus made its presence felt at Auto Shanghai 2019 in the cheekiest of ways, revealing a teaser sketch of the Type 130, the automaker’s first-ever fully electric hypercar. You would have thought that Lotus would drop a bombshell in Shanghai by revealing the actual Type 130, but the British automaker is saving that for a rainy day. The actual date of the Type 130’s unveiling has yet to be finalized, but Lotus has indicated that it will take place in London “later this year.” It seems like a waste of a good auto show reveal, but we trust that Lotus has something special planned for the début of its first-ever hypercar. Expect that debut to be a spectacle, not only because of the Type 130’s stature as an EV hypercar but, just as important, its place as the first all-new Lotus model since 2008.
2018 Lotus Exige Type 49 and Type 79
The third-generation Lotus Exige is six years old as of 2018 and a bit long in the tooth. A brand-new model is underway, but the Brits are keeping things interesting for the current model by building all sorts of special editions. At the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lotus paid tribute to two of its most iconic race cars with the Exige Type 49 and Exige Type 79.
Both cars celebrate the company’s past glory in Formula One. The Exige Type 49 marks 50 years since Graham Hill won both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships in the Type 49, while the Exige Type 49 marks 40 years since Mario Andretti did the same with the Type 79. The former race from 1967 through 1970 and won two championships, while also scoring podiums in each season. The Type 79’s career was a bit shorter, from 1978 through 1979.
Both Exige models were crafted by Lotus Exclusive, the brand’s recently established bespoke division. Let’s find out more about them below.
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Lotus Celebrates F1 Glory with Custom Exige Models at Goodwood FoS
Lotus has yet to redesign any of its aging models, but it keeps coming up with exciting special-edition versions. The latest on the list are the Exige Type 49 and Type 79, which were introduced at the2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed to mark two of the company’s most important Formula One milestones.
2017 Lotus Exige Sport 350 Roadster
Lotus appears to be making a decent comeback these days. The 2016 Geneva Motor Show saw the performance automaker debut an open-top, lightweight version of its Exige Coupe, which itself made its debut near the end of 2015.
The Exige Sport 350 Roadster takes Lotus’ theme to the maximum. Despite having a removable top – something that normally adds weight – the Exige Sport 350 Roadster is a full 88 pounds lighter than its coupe counterpart thanks to a bevy of lightweight add-ons. This list includes lighter, forged alloy wheels, cross drilled and vented two-piece brake rotors, and a slew of carbon fiber body panels. Now the rear hatch, side air intakes, seats, and front access panel are made from carbon fiber. Even the battery has been replaced with a Lithium-ion unit that weights less.
“We achieved so much when developing the Exige Sport 350, reducing weight and making it even sharper and tightly focused,” says Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc. “The Exige Sport 350 Roadster takes this yet further. Yet again we’ve been able to slash weight to produce something that should be on every sports car fan’s wish list.”
Lotus hasn’t messed with the Exige’s powertrain, save for a new six-speed manual transmission that is said to provide better shifts while, of course, cutting weight. For those wanting some injected heritage, Lotus offers an optional trim pack that adds sport seats and door panels covered in classic Lotus colors.
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2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410
For many years, Lotus sports cars have been developed on the same recipe that involves creating a lightweight, agile model and then updating it by "adding" more lightness. This is how the Elise and Exige have become increasingly quicker without major power upgrades, and that’s exactly what Lotus just did to the range-topping Evora 400. For the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Brits gave the Evora a special-edition treatment that includes loads of carbon-fiber, an uprated engine, and a 0-to-60 mph sprint that makes it quicker than any non-Turbo Porsche 911 Carrera out there. It goes by the name Evora Sport 410, it will be built in limited numbers, and more importantly it will cross the pond to the United States later in 2016.
"We couldn’t help ourselves, and many may have guessed what we were planning following our recent announcements. We wanted to make the Evora even better: lighter, faster and sharper, but our team has exceeded our expectations," said Group Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales. "Lotus has distilled what makes the Evora so special into something that’s even more focused. The result is dynamically excellent and nothing short of superb."
The Sport 410 update comes only 12 months after the revised Evora 400 made its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor and is the fastest and most nimble Evora launched to date, lapping the company’s Hethel test track significantly quicker than the standard model. Of course, the Sport 410 is about more than just extra horsepower and speed, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out more about that.
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The car that claimed two Grand Prix wins for legendary triple F1 Champion Ayrton Senna will make an appearance in The Macallan Lounge at this year’s MPH Prestige & Performance Motor Show.
Six of the type 99T chassis were manufactured by Team Lotus for the 1987 season for drivers Senna and teammate Satoru Nakajima. This particular car, however, was exclusively driven by Senna and earned him the top tier of the podium at both the Monaco and Detroit Grands Prix. He raced the car in 11 GPs taking a total of six podiums that season.
The 1.5 liter Honda turbo V6 engine produces a mind-boggling 1,000 horsepower. Acceleration (0-62mph) takes an astonishing 2.5 seconds with a top speed of 205mph. During race time, engines would be replaced at a maximum of 311 miles. Super soft qualifying tires lasted 12.5 miles and harder race tires lasted up to 199 miles. You didn’t actually drive this – more like clung on for dear life. It’s these cars and drivers from the turbo era that made F1 racing so exciting – much of which is gone nowadays.
Ayrton Senna will be forever remembered for his skill both behind the wheel and in the garage, and his sheer tenacity on the circuit. Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and visit this mad machine at Top Gear Live being held at Earls Court from November 4th-7th and the NEC in Birmingham between November 11th-14th.