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.
This summer the critically acclaimed Lotus Exige S loses its roof and gains a new character. As capable as its coupé counterpart, the Exige S Roadster retains all the intent of a race-bred sports car but also possesses the poise of a sleek convertible.
Sitting alongside the Exige S, Exige Cup and Exige Cup R, the Exige S Roadster completes the Exige line-up and enhances the track focussed collection by providing a new facet to the range. Powered by the same 3.5L V6 as the coupé variants and weighing in at 10kg less than the Exige S at 1166kg, none of the exhilarating performance of the phenomenal Exige range is compromised, yet the driver is only ‘two clicks and a roll’ away from cruising in open-top style thanks to the lightweight, factory-fitted soft top. Continue reading →
This weekend the LoTRDC joined the DTM series at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, with Rob Fenn taking victory in the Lotus Cup UK, while Gore and Mazza shared the honours in the Elise Trophy races.
Rob Fenn narrowly defeated Adrian Hall in round three of Lotus Cup UK as the championship supported the DTM at Brands Hatch. The pair, who both suffered poor starts to their seasons, battled
throughout the hour-long race, with the lead changing hands but two decisive moves from Fenn signalled his determination to win. Continue reading →
SELOC will be at the show with over 30 cars set to attend, and while it’s too late to sign up to display your car at the show there are still plenty reasons to attend, with Dream Rides from the Sporting Bears motor club, a Royal Navy Sea King on display, and access to tour the stunning Castle and grounds along with a range of displays from various clubs.
Last year we were unfortunate enough to lose a few prominent members, and amongst them was Kevin Harvey who passed away after suffering a heart attack in September.
For years Kev had been a firm favourite, helping to orchestrate countless trips across Europe to the Stelvio Pass and around the UK, and after his passing, with the help of Michael Hipperson, SELOC members banded together to raise money to have the Jim Clark Memorial clock tower in Chirnside restored in his memory.
It seemed only right therefore that for the May bank holiday a group of SELOC members should get together for a trip up to the Scottish borders to pay their respects to both Kevin and the man who gave Lotus their first F1 drivers and constructors championships 50 years ago.
Gregory Rasse proved to be too quick for Jon Walker in the battle of the V6 drivers as Lotus Cup Europe headed to Dijon-Prenois. The Englishman’s Exige was the class of the field in qualifying but when it came to the races, his Belgian rival was able to keep up the pressure in the Evora, taking the lead on both occasions. Continue reading →
Spring 2013 - Dave Leggett takes a look at the automotive industry
Hydrogen propulsion- Utilising and storing hydrogen
Material trends - Current trends in use of materials to reduce weight
Crashtesting a lightweight vehicle – Lotus Engineering USA discuss phase 2 of their lightweight study
Jon Shaw – Industry interview with Bombardier Transportation’s Project Director Aventra & Head of Engineering
Nathan Leeming – Interview with Lotus Cars’ head of quality
The interview with Nathan Leeming is particularly worth a read, with insights in to quality auditing, supplier relationships, causes of previous delays to the Exige S and where they need to improve with future products.
otus F1 Team is pleased to announce the promotion of Nick Chester to the position of Technical Director. Nick will replace the departing James Allison, who will leave Enstone after working with the team most recently since 2005 and previously from 1991-1992 and 1994-1999.
Nick has worked at Enstone since 2000, most recently as Engineering Director, and previously as Head of Performance Systems, Head of Vehicle Performance Group and Race Engineer. Prior to coming to Enstone, Nick worked for Arrows Grand Prix for five years. Continue reading →
Brothers Benji and Freddie Hetherington have teamed up with Maidstone Sports Cars for the remainder of 2013 to run their Honda powered Exige S1 alongside the teams existing car in the Lotus Cup UK series.
The pairing performed strongly in their second outing in the series at Silverstone, finishing 2nd in the Open class, and will no doubt be looking to challenge for both Class and Overall victories as the season progresses.
What do you do if you’re in Belgium and have a new, just run in, Exige S at your disposal? You take it around Spa of course!
SELOC member ‘jokke_vlo‘ had previously tried out the Exige V6 Cup R around the Hethel test track and now his own Exige S has been delivered he took it out for its first run around the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit. He’s asked us to remind you that this was his first time out on track in the car and he can go quicker, but we still think it’s pretty impressive!
A thrilling battle for the lead of the second round of the 2013 Lotus Cup UK Championship was fought between the Evora of Andrew Bentley and Marcus Jewell’s 2-Eleven, with the former taking the honours on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. The pair fought from the very first lap, along with Adrian Hall, until he made the first of a series of unscheduled pitstops. The lead changed several times in the closing laps, and the margin of victory was little more than a second after an hour of
racing. Continue reading →