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.
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.
If you’ve been following TopSpeed recently, then you probably already now Lotus is about to unveil a new sports car at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. I’m talking about the 3-Eleven, which comes to take up where the 2007 Lotus 2-Eleven, a barchetta-style, Elise-based track-car, left off in 2011. With what could be only hours until the 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven breaks cover, Lotus has released the first teaser of its new sports car.
Not surprising, the photo isn’t very revealing, showing only half of the front bumper and a very small fraction of the car’s left headlamp. However, that’s enough to confirm what I suspected from the very beginning: the 3-Eleven is based on the 2012-2015 Lotus Exige S and borrows heavily from its styling from the waist down. The bumper is nearly identical to the Exige’s (except for the mesh), while the headlamps appear sport the same shape and size.
Most of the details surrounding the 3-Eleven are still under wraps, but it’s believed the barchetta will feature an aggressive aero kit and a no-nonsense interior made from aluminum and carbon-fiber. Power should come from a 3.5-liter V-6 tuned to crank out around 420 horsepower. The company claims the 3-Eleven will hit 60 mph in less than three seconds and lap the Nurburgring in just over seven minutes. If this proves to be true, the 3-Eleven will be one hot performer.
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Lotus’ new hardcore sports car, the 3-Eleven, will make its official debut at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, scheduled to commence on June 25th. The report adds that the 3-Eleven will reach its first customers sometime in 2016.
The source doesn’t mention which variant of the 3-Eleven, set to get both road and track version, will be showcased at Goodwood. However, the road-legal model is the most likely to arrive first.
As it was revealed earlier this year, the 3-Eleven is being developed as a spiritual successor to the 2-Eleven, a barchetta-style, lightweight sports car Lotus produced between 2007 and 2011. The 3-Eleven is expected to borrow its design from the Exige, but feature enhanced aerodynamics and a roll-over hoop integrated into the roll cage. A no-nonsense interior made from aluminum and carbon fiber will further contribute to the car’s track-focused nature.
Motivation will be provided by the 3.5-liter V-6 used in the Evora and Exige S, but tuned to generate around 420 horsepower. With a curb weight of less than 1,800 pounds, the 3-Eleven should be able to return supercar-like performance. Lotus claims it will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds and lap the Nurburgring track in just over seven minutes.
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In Britain, a sports car isn’t officially launched until it takes a few runs up the Goodwood Hill Climb, so Lotus had to send out their Exige S that was launched last year at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show to put it through its final test at Goodwood. This hill climb may not be anywhere near the status of the Nurburgring, but for Brits, it’s a huge deal. The video includes a few rapid launches from the start line on the legendary course as well as flybys and accelerations on track.
As a reminder, the new Exige S is powered by a 3.5 liter DOHC V6 VVI-i engine that delivers a total of 345 HP. It sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 170 mph.
Olav Glasius will be auctioning off his impressive Lotus collection on Friday, June 29, 2012 at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed. His collection includes 24 vehicles starting from 1953 to the present day and he hopes to raise an impressive £1.5million by selling them all.
His collection includes racing cars ranging from Mark VI through Marks VIII and IX, Team Lotus Le Mans Type 11s, Formula Junior Lotus 27, and ex-Formula 1/InterContinental Lotus Type 18. Next to these impressive racing cars, the collection includes road-going supercars from the Lotus Elite Series II to a Lotus Esprit Turbo, and a trio of prototype and one-off concept cars.
Doug Nye, Bonhams Motoring Historian and author of some 70 books including several on the Lotus marque, said, "There are few teams that encapsulate the romance of the ‘little guys beating the big guys’ better than Team Lotus and Olav Glasius’s remarkable collection, which he has assembled with such love and painstaking care over so many years, truly embodies the essence of what Colin and his successors have been all about."
The Hennessey Venom GT may not look the part of a Veyron-slayer, but we’ve always come to realize not to judge cars by their outward appearance.
This little monster is the perfect example of what we’re talking about.
The Lotus-derived, American-tuned supercar packs plenty of punch with its 6.2-liter LS9 V8 engine that produces an insane 800 horsepower. And if you just happen to be spending your time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, you can get a chance to see the Venom in all its glory.
As a preview of the Hennessey madness that will befall all of us come Goodwood, the American tuning company has released a video featuring the Venom GT partaking some test runs to stretch its proverbial legs leading up to the Goodwood Hill Climb in just a few days.
In this video, the Venom GT is being driven by John Heinricy as he tries to corral a traction control-disabled 800-horsepower bullet on a wet track doing some cursory track time ahead of its Goodwood appearance. Enjoy the reel and make sure to mark your calendars for this weekend’s event!