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.

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  • 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.

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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….

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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:

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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.

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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.

Discussion: SELOC Chat » Russell Carr appointed Head of Design for Lotus

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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