Maidstone Sports Cars Become Official Lotus Heritage Repairer

For years Maidstone Sports Cars have been popular with enthusiasts offering servicing and Honda engine conversions. Now, following the decision by Lipscomb Group not to renew their Lotus Dealership, they joined the Lotus family as a  Lotus Heritage Repairer.

Maidstone Sports Cars have been officially appointed Kent’s only Lotus Heritage Repairer.

After news broke that the Lipscomb Group would not be renewing their Lotus Dealership, MSC have been chosen to maintain an official Lotus Heritage Repairer in Kent. The transfer has already begun, ensuring there is no disruption to the Lotus Owner.

Our technicians have received the latest Lotus training from the Hethel factory, bringing us up to date on the current Elise, Exige & Evora Range.

What does this mean for Lotus Owners? MSC now have access to the latest Lotus diagnostics and technical data, along with a better discount on Genuine Lotus Parts. We will also not be increasing our labour rate or fixed price service costs. MSC aim to provide main dealer service at independent specialist prices.

This is an exciting new venture for MSC and we look forward to working with Lotus Cars and the Lotus community

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Lotus Cars: Lotus: The speed of #LightisRight

Lotus showed the latest entries to their product range at the Geneva International Motor Show 2016 this week, with the new 3-Eleven, and lighter, more powerful Elise Cup 250, Evora Sport 410 and Exige Sport 350 Roadster models on display.

Elise Cup 250The Elise Cup 250 builds upon the foundations of the existing Elise Cup 220 model, but boosts power to a new high a factory Elise model at 243bhp.

Along with this power increase it also brings a new Carbon Fibre Aero Pack to the option list, which helps shed another 10kg, and helps make this the fastest ever road going Elise, with a 0-60mph time of just 3.9s and producing 66kg of downforce at 100mph.

Evora Sport 410Based upon the Evora 400 released last year, the Evora Sport 410 also follows the same philosophy of reducing weight and increasing power, with a modest increase to 410bhp more than matched by a hefty 70kg weight saving compared to the already lighter Evora 400.

To achieve this the Evora Sport 410 takes a significantly more hardcore approach, and will surely satisfy those who want a road racer in the vein of the Exige with the comparative ease of access of the revised Evora chassis.

That 70kg weight saving is achieved by extensive use of carbon fibre as standard, with the front splitter, front access panel, roof panel, tailgate, rear diffuser and seats made from the light weight material.

Exige Sport 350 RoadsterFinally the Exige Sport 350 Roadster was unveiled at the show, bringing the improvements and weight reduction of the coupe model across to the Roadster, along with some new options as well.

The car debuted with the optional Carbon Aero Pack, which adds carbon fibre front splitter, rear wing and rear diffuser, however as standard the car should be available without these additions. Even so other lightweight options can finally help the Exige Sport 350 Roadster dip under the 1100kg mark, and allow it to complete clock a 0-60mph time of just 3.7s.

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Lotus Cars – Fast, Faster, Lotus 3-Eleven

Lotus_3-Eleven_Road_Front_3QTRSLotus today have released finalised specs of the Exige V6 based Lotus 3-Eleven, setting out power, performance, weight, downforce and pricing for both the road and race going versions of the car.

The road going version sees a slight decrease in power from the original Goodwood announcement of 450bhp, and instead produces 410bhp, whilst the race version sees a slight increase to 460bhp.

Discussion: Lotus 3-Eleven final specs, deliveries from March

  • One of the quickest road cars in the world
  • 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, 0-100 mph in 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph (Race version)
  • Deliveries of Road and Race cars from March 2016 with production limited to 311 cars worldwide

The Lotus 3-Eleven is the most powerful road car to wear a Lotus badge and Hethel’s quickest ever road car. It joins the ranks of those rare cars that can reach 60 mph in under three seconds and 100 mph in six seconds. To complement these figures, the Lotus 3-Eleven possesses a purity of the driving experience and the benchmark handling for which all Lotus cars are renowned, enabling a lap of the challenging Hethel circuit to be completed in 1 minute 19.5 seconds for the Race version. Continue reading

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Lotus Exige 360 Cup announced

Exige 360 CupLotus announced today a new limited edition variant of Lotus Exige V6 Cup, the Lotus Exige 360 Cup. Limited to just 50 units, the Lotus Exige 360 Cup gets an eponymous 10 ps increase in power and new lightweight tailgate and front access panel.

This increase in power and reduction in weight will help improve on the Exiges already strong power to weight ratio, and makes it an even more formidable track day contender.

Discussion: SELOC Forums – SELOC Chat – Lotus Exige 360 Cup

Lotus Motorsport redefines the Exige V6 Cup with the introduction of the Exige 360 Cup. New lightweight panels and an increase in power mean the Lotus Motorsport Cup model continues to provide a benchmark in handling and performance. Continue reading

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Lotus 3-Eleven launches at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Microsoft Word - The all new Lotus 3-Eleven.docAfter 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….

Discussion: SELOC Forums – SELOC Chat – Lotus at the FOS

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Lotus announce Elise 20th Anniversary and Exige S Club Racer

Elise 20th Anniversary

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:

Discussion: SELOC Chat – Exige V6 Club Racer

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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.

Discussion: SELOC Chat – Evora 400

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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 
Discussion: SELOC Chat – Lotus Cars Celebrates 1000th Exige S

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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