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Lotus announce Elise 20th Anniversary and Exige S Club Racer

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Lotus have announced a pair of new model derivatives this week, with the Elise 20th Anniversary special edition and the Exige S Club Racer.

The Elise 20th Anniversary special edition celebrates 20 years since the Elise was first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1995, and combines the specifications of the Elise S Club Racer with special edition colour schemes, the optional matt black exterior trim and forged alloy wheels, and 20th Anniversary badging.

The Exige S Club Racer takes the standard Exige S model and combines it with the weight saving features of the Elise Club Racer, with a modest 15kg weight reduction, Matt Black exterior detailing, lighter doors, seats and battery and the standard fitment of the Race Pack.

Both full press releases can be found below:

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Lotus Cars – The all new Lotus Evora 400

Evora 400 Front 3/4Lotus this morning announced the Lotus Evora 400 ahead of its showing next month at the Geneva Motor Show.

This heavily revised car brings a huge number of visual and mechanical changes, and replaces the Evora and Evora S as the only car in the current range.

  • Power increased to 400bhp with a larger supercharger and charge-cooler. Lower CO2 emissions.
  • Tweaks to both the manual and automatic gearboxes, including a Limited Slip Differential fitted as standard to the manual gearbox.
  • Heavily revised exterior styling, with redesigned front and rear bumpers, new door mirrors and wheel designs.
  • New interior design and chassis modifications to ease entry and egress, with lower and narrower sills.
  • Reduced weight (22kg lower) and increased downforce (32kg at 150mph).

The full press release is included below.

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Lotus Cars – Lotus sales up 54% world-wide for the first nine months of the financial year

Elise S Cup RNews from Lotus that sales have continue to improve world-wide, with new announcements planned for Geneva Motor Show in March.

Source: Lotus sales up 54% world-wide for the first nine months of the financial year
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  • 81% sales increase EU overall
  • 88% increase in UK
  • 143% increase in France
  • 139% increase in Germany
  • 29% up USA; 50% up Canada
  • 24% up Asia and Middle East
  • 130% sales increases in China; 125% in Japan
  • Lotus Motorsport shows 19% increase
  • 163 dealers, 25 more than nine months ago, 50 more in pipeline by the end of 2015.
  • Exciting reveal in Geneva

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Lotus Cars – New Chief Engineer, Vehicle Test and Development for Lotus

Lotus today announced that Dave Marler has been appointed Chief Engineer, Vehicle Test and Development for the companies cars.

Marler will certainly have some large shoes to fill – replacing Matthew Becker who is leaving Lotus after 26 years at the company and who together with his father Roger Becker, who retired in 2010 after 44 years at the company, helped perfect the ride and handling of countless Lotus models.

Discussion: SELOC Chat – Dave Marler appointed to Chief Engineer

Group Lotus plc has announced the appointment of Dave Marler as Chief Engineer, Vehicle Test and Development for Lotus Cars

Dave, who has been with Lotus for 17 years, previously held the role of Chief Engineer, Development and CAE (Computer – Aided Engineering) for Lotus Engineering. He brings to his new role a depth of knowledge and experience in vehicle development, testing, durability and quality, gained on a number of high profile and confidential projects within Lotus Engineering and Lotus Cars. As an engineer, Dave has worked on all Lotus cars since the Lotus Elise S2 in 2001. Continue reading

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Lotus Cars – Lotus Cars Celebrates 1000th Exige S

Exige S 1000th Car 061114Lotus announced last week that they had built their 1000th Exige V6, with this milestone car destined for the Lotus Test and Development team for sign off of the new automatic gearbox option.

Source: Lotus Cars – Lotus Cars Celebrates 1000th Exige S 
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The 1000th Exige S has just rolled off the Lotus production line marking a key milestone for the British sports car and is testament to the skill and dedication of the workforce based at Hethel, Worcester, Wellingborough and North Norwich.

Since its launch in 2012 the Exige S and its Roadster sibling has achieved critical acclaim for its agility and handling performance, receiving praise from the international media and high profile accolades. The Exige has been impressing customers too, particularly in Japan where the car has received most of its orders followed by the UK, Switzerland, Australia, Hong Kong and Belgium. Continue reading

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Lotus Cars – Lotus Expands Exige Product Range with Introduction of Exige S Automatic

Exige S AutomaticFollowing it being spotted recently testing at the Nurburgring, Lotus have today announced the latest addition to the Exige range – the Exige S Automatic.

Although specs haven’t yet been given the Exige S Automatic likely shares its drivetrain with the Evora S IPS, with the gearbox calibration suitably altered to match the Exiges more aggressive driving characteristics.

The Automatic gearbox takes 0.1s off the Exiges 0-100kph time, bring it down to just 3.9 seconds, and is a £2,000 option for both the Exige S coupe and Roadster.

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Lotus Cars – Russell Carr appointed Head of Design for Lotus

News today that Lotus Head of Design, Donato Coco, will be leaving the company at the end of October, to be replaced by Evora designer and 24-year Lotus veteran Russell Carr.

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Group Lotus plc announces the appointment of Russell Carr as Head of Design for Lotus. Russell joined Lotus in 1990 and in that time has worked on many of the designs produced by Lotus. Russell replaces Donato Coco who leaves Lotus on the 31st of October 2014.

Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc said, “I would like to welcome Russell to the role. Russell has a proven track-record of producing distinctive and compelling designs for Lotus over the years and is perfectly positioned to lead the Lotus design team in the future.” Continue reading

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Lotus Cars – The Lotus Elise S Cup, a road-going variant of the Elise S Cup R completes testing.

Following on from it being spotted undergoing testing at the Nurburgring recently, Lotus have announced the road going version of the Elise S Cup R racer – the Elise S Cup. You can find the full press release below…

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Lotus Cars – The Lotus Elise S Cup, a road-going variant of the Elise S Cup R completes testing.

Elise S Cup 03_09_14_HEROAfter a successful first season of racing the Elise S Cup R completes the next stage of its development and is evolved with a road focus to bring a touch of motorsport to the road-going Elise. To ensure its race car pedigree is not lost, the Lotus Test and Development team has been putting the newest version of the Elise through its paces on the Lotus test track and the famous ‘ring’. Continue reading

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Evora, Exige and Elise prototypes spotted in the wild

Whilst news of new model variants has been fairly quiet of late signs are emerging of revisions being made across the Lotus model range.

Evora

Source: http://www.autojunk.nl/2014/08/lotus-19

Source: http://www.autojunk.nl/2014/08/lotus-19

First up, a camouflaged Evora was posted recently testing on the continent on AutoJunk.nl. Little is known about this car, however photographs suggest that the front bumper has been re-profiled to some extent, with the lower brake vents possibly removed and a larger vent higher in the bumper seemingly visible through some holes in the vinyl wrap.

The cars engine bay is also covered, leading some to speculate that a change of engine could be in the offing, particularly given that Euro VI engine regulations are set to come in to force in 2015.

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