If you have ever celebrated a winning occasion by singing "We are the Champions," then the identity of Freddie Mercury hasn’t escaped your attention. Best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen, Mercury was an iconic singer and songwriter with a flamboyant personality and inspirational talent. This year marks what would be the singer’s 65th birthday and Lotus is celebrating "one of rock’s greatest all-time entertainers" by creating a special edition Evora S that will be auctioned on September 5, 2011, with all proceeds going to the Mercury Phoenix Trust (an aids charity set up by Queen after Freddie’s death).
This special Evora S will be painted in white with a deep red stripe down the middle and will feature a yellow interior. These colors are symbolic as they were chosen to match Freddie’s 1986 "Magic tour" Wembley concert costume. Other choice features for the Evora S include a union flag on the back of the seats and the incorporation of a crown which hints at Freddie’s playful royal role-play. Finishing off the tributary Evora is an inscription on the front fenders that makes a reference to the Montreux Freddie memorial statue, stating "Lover of life. Singer of song."
The auction will take place on September 5, 2011 at the Savoy Hotel in London, where 300 friends and well-wishers will attempt to ’be Freddie for a day’ by dressing up as the famous musician.
If you don’t happen to win the car, there are a slew of other auction pieces fit for any Queen fan. Hit the jump to check them out!
The second special edition Lotus has announced as a celebration of the end of production for renowned North American bound Elise and Exige models is called the Exige Matte Black Final Edition. This model will be limited to only 25 units, and will have a price of $69,900. It will make its first appearance on the US market within the Lotus exhibit on Peter Hay Hill in Pebble Beach.
As its name suggests, the 2011 Exige Matte Black Final Edition will be offered in an exclusive matte black paint finish combined with black Alacantara sport seats. It will be powered by a supercharged and intercooled 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 275 HP. Coincidentally, this engine is the very reason why the Exige model will be discontinued. According to Lotus, the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder Toyota 2ZZ engine that powers all North American Elise and Exige models is continually unavailable. Therefore, the production of this model will cease for North America by the end of August 2011.
UPDATE 08/18/11: The Lotus Exige Matte Black Final Edition that will be exclusively sold in North America officially broke cover at Monterey, showing off its stealthy matte black finish for all the crowd to see. Much of the information we’ve already detailed about the car appears to spot on, but we did add some new information on what to expect when you place an order for any one of the 25 units that’s going to be sold.
Hit the jump for details on the 2011 Exige Matte Black Final Edition.
Understandably so, the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show has caught the attention of the entire industry. But for those that really pay attention to the calendar, another major auto event will take place this coming weekend that nobody should be sleeping on.
The 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
One model that’s expected to be in attendance is the new Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept. The car was born out of the Evora GTE race program, the very same people behind the racing pedigree of the mid-engined, 2+2 sports car with races all over the world, including the legendary 24 Hours at Le Mans.
Complete details of the Evora GTE Concept won’t be unveiled until this weekend, but from what this photo is showing us, it looks us it’s been heavily modded with an aggressive front splitter to go with a U-shaped rear spoiler and a set of forged alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires. Meanwhile, the interior is said to carry plenty of leather and carbon fiber trims, as well as composite Recaro racing seats.
As for the engine, the concept car is said to carry a race-tuned 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 420 horsepower and is mated to a sequential transmission.
That’s as much as we have for the Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept. Rest assured, we’ll have more details as soon as the car breaks cover at Pebble Beach later this week.
UPDATE 08/18/2011: Lotus has released more images of the Evora GTE Road Car ahead of its Pebble Beach debut. Check them out in the gallery provided!
The third and final vehicle of the special edition series announced by Lotus is called the Exige S260 Final Edition. This vehicle, like the two that preceded it, was created as a celebration of the end of production for renowned North American bound Elise and Exige models. It will be limited to 30 units and will carry a price tag of $67,500.
Unlike the other two special edition model - Exige Matte Black Final Edition and Elise SC Final Edition - the Exige S260 Final Edition will be offered in the full array of Lotus exterior colors, but it will be distinguished by a slew of other features that will make it stand out from the every day model.
The Lotus Exige S260 Final Edition will be powered by a supercharged and intercooled 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 275 HP. This engine is the very reason why the Exige model will be discontinued. Apparenly, the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder Toyota 2ZZ engine that powers all North American Elise and Exige models is continually unavailable. Therefore, the production of this model will cease for North America by the end of August 2011.
Details on the Lotus Exige S260 Final Edition after the jump.
Our spy photographers recently caught the new Lotus Exige hidden under a very strange looking camouflage testing, and now Lotus has announced that they will celebrate the end of production for the renowned North American bound Elise and Exige models with three special editions: the Elise SC, Exige Matte Black, and Exige S260 Final Editions. The Lotus Elise SC Final Edition will be limited to only 15 units and will carry a price tag of $57,500.
For those of you outside North America, don’t worry, both the Elise and Exige models will continue to be available in other markets around the world. The reason for the termination of production in North America is that there was a lack of continued availability for the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder Toyota 2ZZ engine that powers all North American Elise and Exige models. Therefore, the production of this model will cease for North America by the end of August 2011.
But hey, at least it can go out with a bang, so hit the jump to get full details on the 2011 Elise SC Final Edition.
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.
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.
A very strange thing happened this morning; Lotus sent a couple of "accidental" emails announcing the debut of two special Evora models at the Paris Motor Show. And after giving details on the two models, they asked the media to kindly "delete the messages" that were sent in error. Yeah, okay, like we actually believe this was an accident. If it was, then that was a giant mistake made by Lotus PR. Their loss, our gain.
The two new models, theEvora S and the Evora Auto "will be on the stand in Paris alongside the new car(s) not yet announced (let’s maintain the mystery for now!)". And the message continues: "We are aiming to send out a press release about the Evora S and Evora Auto during the last week of this month. I’ve driven a prototype of both the Evora S and the Auto and I can tell you both cars are sensational. The S will be ready for media drives almost straight after Paris, in the US this will take place early next year. We have to be careful with the timing as we have so much going on and the impact from Paris will be big. Just for you to know, and please keep this confidential, our test team will be putting both cars through their paces on the Nordschleife at the Nurburgring from tomorrow on for three days, so we should have some good feedback to work with shortly."
So we guess we’ll see Lotus at Nurburgring in the next days, huh? And, uh, nice job Lotus!
Lotus, in cooperation with Roger Becker (former Director of Vehicle Engineering for Lotus), unveiled the Lotus Elise SC and Exige S RGB Special Editions. Both models are the first in a series of special editions that will celebrate the final run of European specification 1.8 liter Elise and Exige sportscars.
The Elise SC RGB Special Edition 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 Lotus Exige S RGB Special Edition gets a supercharged and intercooled 1.8 liter engine with 257 HP and a sprint time of 4 seconds.
Both models will be offered with a choice of four colors: aspen white, starlight black, solar yellow, & carbon grey. The special editions will feature sports and touring packages as standard. They will be distinguished by a numbered interior plaque, Roger Becker’s signature on the side of the bodywork, and special monochrome Lotus nose badge.
“I am honoured that Lotus has named these two special editions after me, especially as it allows me to offer the customer my favourite specifications. The past 44 years have been an incredible journey and I’m looking forward to watching Lotus progress in the future, I have no doubt that the company will continue to go from strength to strength,”
said Roger Becker.
Press release and specifications after the jump.
Lotus Elise has just received a facelift for 2011, but before it goes on sale, Netherlands will be the first to get a special edition Elise SC. This is completely unfair in our books. The limited edition Elise comes painted in matte white with details contrasting in black (superhot). The seats receive an embroidered logo and the standard wheels have been replaced by black 12-spoke alloy wheels. Also, the rear diffuser is painted in black.
Under the hood the 4-cylinder engine remains unchanged, meaning 136 HP and a fuel consumption of 5.04 liters/100 km. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 6.5 seconds.
You know, we can’t seem to understand why everyone else is getting these special edition Lotuses. If you remember, a couple of months ago, Australia received the Lotus Elise Club Racer and last year, the UK received the Lotus Elsie Black and White Edition. Hey Lotus, we want this car too!
All eight special edition ‘Naomi for Haiti’ Lotus Evoras have been sold, raising over 1.4 million Euros for the White Ribbon Alliance, an organization that is steadfastly working on jumpstarting Haiti’s beleaguered healthcare system.
The special edition Evoras, which was co-designed by Donato Coco with the help of supermodel Naomi Campbell, were auctioned off at the Fashion for Relief charity event to a receptive crowd that made their bids with the intention of not just purchasing an Evora, but also doing their part in contributing assistance to Haiti, a country that was devastated by a deadly earthquake a month ago.
It was a great night indeed for Lotus, given that they spear-headed the whole endeavour. Lotus CEO Dany Bahar was equally grateful for the participation of Campbell and the White Ribbon Alliance. "It was a great pleasure for Lotus to work with Naomi and the White Ribbon Alliance for this excellent cause,” he said. “We are delighted that by working with Naomi, our suppliers and the generosity of the bidders, we have been able to raise such a significant sum of money to help those in need during this difficult time."
We tip our hats off to Lotus for doing their part in assisting Haiti in their most important time of need. For a country like Haiti, 1.4 million euros is not something to be taken lightly and we hope that the White Ribbon Alliance uses every last bit of it to good uses.
Press Release after the jump
In an attempt to offer a little help for the Haiti, Naomi Campbell joined forces with Lotus Car and created the special edition Evora "Naomi for Haiti" Edition. There will only be eight units produced and each of them will be put on auction, with all the proceeds directly going to relief efforts in the devastated country of Haiti.
This special edition is distinguished by a dynamic color scheme that is highlighted by cultural influences of Haiti, most notable of which is the Haitian flag emblazoned on the two doors with the words “Naomi for Haiti” accompanying it.
The auction will take place between 19 to 28 February during the London Fashion Week. The first unit was already sold for an impressive $500.000. The car two and three were also sold for an impressive $647,000.
Press release after the jump.