After weeks of teasing Lotus pulled the covers off the new Lotus 3-Eleven this morning at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The new model, built upon the Exige V6 platform, produces 450bhp from a revised version of the Evora 400’s 3.5-litre V6, and completes the 0-60mph dash in under 3 seconds in race trim. Deliveries are due to start mid-2016….
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.
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.
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
Lotus Cars – The Lotus Elise S Cup, a road-going variant of the Elise S Cup R completes testing.
After 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 →
Whilst news of new model variants has been fairly quiet of late signs are emerging of revisions being made across the Lotus model range.
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.