Welcome to SELOC, The owners club for Lotus Enthusiasts. Now in our 10th year, SELOC is one of the most active Lotus forums and clubs, both online and off, with a lively forum and regular events both in the UK and abroad.
The Lotus F1 Team has announced its 2014 driver line-up, with Pastor Maldonado replacing the departing Kimi Raikkonen while Grosjean stays on for a third consecutive season with the team.
The choice of Maldonado has been a controversial one, with many hoping that the team would be able to secure the services of Nico Hulkenberg, but the Venezuelan will bring some much needed additional sponsorship to the team.
Business Secretary, Vince Cable MP, paid a visit to Hethel today as it was announced that the Regional Growth Fund had awarded £10.44m to Lotus to be invested in to product R&D, staff training and the creation of over 300 new jobs.
The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has awarded Lotus £10.44 million, which will be used for research and development of products, along with staff training. In addition Lotus is expected to create 313 new full time jobs to support production over the coming years. Continue reading →
October saw the culmination of the 2013 Championship which saw Xavier Brooke (Brooke Bond) crowned as the overall championship winner. Xav has dominated the timesheets throughout the entire season which he has waged in his budget S1. The prize this year, generously donated by Nitron, was a set of 46mm Race Pro shocks, which have already been supplied and fitted.
The 2014 Lotus Cup UK season finished in style at Snetterton this weekend, with Simon Deacon taking the SuperSport championship, while Andy Napier claimed the Production champsionship title.
Simon Deacon and Andy Napier claimed the SuperSport and Production championships respectively in an incident-packed final round of the 2013 Lotus Cup UK season at Snetterton yesterday (Sunday 27 October).
Poleman Ken Savage battled with Steve Train, Ben Hetherington and Jamie Stanley in the opening
laps, but the former two retired early on under an extended safety car period caused by Rob Fenn’s stranded Elise and then a further incident at the initial restart. This gave Deacon and Napier a boost in their title aspirations as full points were awarded after the first hour. Continue reading →
Lotus have dropped hints of possible future model variants for both the Elise and Evora in recent weeks in brochures and on social media.
First up came a teaser for the Elise Cup R in the latest Lotus Racing brochure. Details in the brochure are non-existent beyond “Coming Soon”, with even the associate image coming from a previous model. The moniker suggests be that, as with the Exige Cup R, this will purely big a track focused model build by Lotus Racing for the various Lotus Cup series run around the world in 2014, and not a road model to sit above the recently launched Elise S Club Racer.
The second piece of information is (amazingly) even less clear, with Lotus sharing a Bridge To Gantry video of a rear wing equipped Evora S running at the Nurburgring on an industry pool day on Facebook and, whilst commenting on the nature of testing at the Nurburgring, make reference to that it is “one of our latest test Evoras”.
The car appears to be one of the companies MY12 test mules, running on a ’61′ plate, and could potentially have been modified to test updates or upgrades for a future model – or it could all just be a red herring…
Lucky enough to own an Exige V6 or Evora S, but feel like it needs a little more power? Then good news, because Hangar 111 are now offering the KomoTec EX390 and EX410 engine upgrades for the supercharged Toyota 2GR-FE engined models.
If you haven’t already then this weekend is a great chance to get a first look at the Exige S Roadster at the Bell & Colvill Exige S Roadster Open Weekend.
Jamie Matthews and Scott Walker will be joined by James Haskey of Lotus Cars and former Lotus F1 driver/Lotus Ambassador Martin Donnelly for three days of talks and test drives of the current Lotus range – including the Lotus Exige Roadster.
To guarantee your test drive, contact Jamie & Scott via e-mail or call on 01483 281000. Test drives slots are filling up, so book promptly to avoid disappointment.
If you can’t make it this weekend then there will be further Exige S Roadster Open Weekends scheduled at dealers around the country in the coming weeks.
This years BTCC season has been a stormer, so if you want to make it along to this years season finale at Brands Hatch on October 13th then you’ll want to check out the latest Elise Garden Party auction raising money for the Little Havens Hospice.
The auction is for a single lot kindly donated by SES Entertainment Services/Jack Goff Racing/Team Hard and consists of two tickets to the days racing, all day hospitality, pit and garage access and a grid walk on what is sure to be an action packed weekend.
Bidding is running until 7:30pm on Wednesday 18th September, so be sure to take a look and place your bids for what is a great experience for a very worthy cause.