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Spa-Francorchamps Hot Taxi Lap: RSR Lotus 2-11

Here is a fantastic video from RSR who run a track car rental and taxi rides on both the Nordschleife and SPA in Belgium.

Watch has Ron Simons masterly takes a paying passenger around the Belgium Grand Prix circuit in an impressive 2:47.

This is incredible considering it was carrying a passenger and to get this in some sort of context a 480hp LMS GT2 Porsche 997 GT3 RSR Laps at around 2:22.

Powered with a supercharged 1.8 with 250bhp propels this car to 0-62 in around 3.8 seconds. (If its standard??)

 

If any one fancies a lap with Ron Simons please follow the Link

Mansory Lotus Evora – Confirmed Geneva

After many reports of an Evora facelift under progress from british sportscar outfit Lotus, this turns out to be false.

Instead they are partnering with Mansory who have created the usual masterpiece of automotive beauty by usage of carbon fiber the trade mark of mansory and to be on show at the 2011 Geneva Motorshow.

The UK sports car band is quite clear concerning the rumours on a new Evora facelift and the release of the Mansory Evora. Lotus states:

“Let’s be clear on this: contrary to media reports, what you’ll see in Geneva is NOT an Evora facelift. It’s a taste of the future of Lotus product customisation. Merely the first toe in the water and a showcase of the potential future.”

At last last years Geneva Motor Show Mansory revealed the Rolls Royce and Aston Martin all I can add is I am glad they ran out of blue lacquer.

No word to whether this will be on the Mansory stand or on the Lotus Stand at Geneva…

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Lotus Evora S Spotted at the Nurburgring…

The Lotus Evora S, spotted here by us at Pistonspy at the Nurburgring, will be the most powerfull version of the Evora product range.

A supercharger will be fitted to the base car’s Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre V6 engine to boost power to more than 350bhp and throw out more than 300lb ft of torque you can see additional ducting for the supercharger hidden under vent panels.

This will allow the Evora to achieve a 0-62mph time of comfortably less than 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed around 175mph.

The Evora’s engine bay has been designed to home its supercharger between the cylinder banks, so as not to obstruct rear-view mirror visibility.

External changes over the standard Evora appear minimal, apart from the addition of a rear diffuser but this is a test mule dont forget.

Lotus will take the wraps off a range-topping supercharged S variant of the Evora at the Paris motor show.

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Lotus Exige car 114 on fire at the 24h race at the Nurburgring.


EVO’s Roger Green was one of the three pilots to drive the number 114 Lotus Exige during the The 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race in Germany. Watch the dramatic video where the driver was unaware of the fire in the rear of the car.

Also it seems like the brakes was damaged hence the brave Bail out at Aremburg slowing the car down enough to bail out and escape the burning inferno.

It looks like Roger used one of his nine lives.

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Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid concept – Geneva 2010

The 80th International Geneva Motor Show sees Lotus Engineering unveil the Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid concept, a high performance technology demonstrator with a plug-in series hybrid drive system and new technologies for enhanced driver involvement.

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0-60 mph/97 kph in under 4 seconds
Total hybrid range of over 300 miles/483 kilometres
Eco mode or Sports mode featuring realistic 7 speed paddle shift with energy recuperation
HALOsonic Internal and External Electronic Sound Synthesis
Torque vectoring for improved dynamic stability
Integrated glass roof and engine cover and interior concept from Lotus Design

The Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid, so-named because this latest environmentally-focused technology demonstrator from Lotus Engineering produces 414 PS (306 kW) of power, promises breathtaking performance from a highly efficient propulsion system. The concept showcases new developments in plug-in, range-extended electric propulsion, new electronic technologies to enhance driver involvement, the adaptability of the Lotus Versatile Vehicle Architecture (VVA) that underpins the Evora 414E Hybrid and a dramatic new roof system and interior concept from Lotus Design. Through all of these aspects it ultimately demonstrates the exceptional ability of Lotus Engineering to integrate and develop advanced technologies for exciting, efficient, high performance niche vehicles.

The range extended electric drive of the Evora 414E Hybrid consists of two electric motors driving each of the rear wheels independently via single speed geartrain, integrated into a common transmission housing, thus enabling torque vectoring for stability control of the vehicle. Electrical power is stored in a lithium polymer battery pack optimised for energy density, efficiency and high power demand, mounted in the centre of the vehicle for stability and safety. Additional range is provided by the Lotus Range Extender engine, an optimised 1.2 litre, three-cylinder engine, designed specifically for series hybrid vehicles. The drivetrain is designed to combine astonishing performance with efficient, low emissions driving.

Driver involvement is enhanced by the incorporation of HALOsonic Internal and External Electronic Sound Synthesis technologies from Lotus and Harman International, which provide sound contouring within the cabin and improve pedestrian safety outside the vehicle. Integrated with the HALOsonic technology, the Evora 414E Hybrid also showcases a brand new technology from Lotus Engineering, a sports mode that simulates a 7 speed, paddle shift transmission that combines exceptional driver involvement for a hybrid sports car and optimised energy recuperation.

The Evora 414E Hybrid has been designed to highlight Lotus’ innovative electric and hybrid vehicle technology without distracting from the pure sportscar character of the Evora. The solution is innovative, instantly recognizable, beautiful and sporty. It demonstrates Lotus DNA.

Lotus T127 F1 car.

Coloured British Racing Green with yellow trim in recollection of the famous British name’s evocative history, the Malaysian-owned team launched the car in London on Friday evening.

With USF1 and Campos yet to unveil their cars, the mere presentation of the T127, shakedown debuted at Silverstone earlier this week, is a feat in itself, given that Lotus was the last outfit to be granted an entry for 2010.

“I’d just love to finish every race,” the Malaysian-owned team’s boss Tony Fernandes said.

The car’s technical chief, Mike Gascoyne, admitted the T127 was designed very quickly starting in September and has therefore been born slightly overweight.

“We know it is not going to be easy. We are running out of days  before Bahrain,” said Jarno Trulli, whose teammate this year is another established driver, Heikki Kovalainen.

“What they have achieved so far is great but for this year we have to be realistic. We know we will have troubles, but we have to be reliable, decent and show great promise,” he told the BBC.

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It will make its proper test debut at Jerez mid next week.

Lotus Evora Cup

Lotus Motorsport announces the Evora Cup race car together with a European points based race series for 2010. The race car will made its first public appearance at the Autosport International racing car show in Birmingham, UK on the 14th January 2010.

The Lotus Evora is a highly acclaimed road car that incorporates many race car elements to give it incredible handling and performance. The Evora has a mid-engine layout, high-tech, super-stiff extruded and bonded aluminium chassis and double wishbone suspension all round. These elements mean that it is a relatively easy progression from the production car to a competitive race car.

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See more of the lotus Evora in test at the Nurburgring at the Pistonspy Motorsport Gallery:- http://www.pistonspy.com/v/2009/News-2009/spyshots/Lotus-Evora

The Evora Cup race car has been developed by Lotus and is designed to offer a level of performance that would make it competitive in GT4. The race car will be eligible to compete in a number of different national and international series, with options for endurance racing and sprint racing.

The Evora Cup show car is finished in Epsom Green with a Solar Yellow stripe down the centre. It is an evocative sports car that will offer a great platform to race in high level motor sport.

At the heart of the Evora Cup race car is a new 4 litre V6 race engine that boasts more than 400 PS and a dry sump system for the high cornering forces encountered during racing. The mid mounted engine is mated to a Cima six speed sequential paddle shift dog gearbox, which is designed for international motor sport.

The efficient Evora body has received a Dallara developed aero package, which includes a number of updated carbon fibre parts and significantly improves performance for racing applications, giving greater downforce and improved cooling.

“Performance through light weight” is a Lotus philosophy and the Evora Cup race car has been pared down to less than 1200 kg, which translates into a reduction of more than 200 kgs over the production car. This weight saving has been achieved by using high performance parts and materials and deleting parts not required for motor sport

The Evora Cup race car will come with adjustable motor sport dampers and six piston front brake callipers, with two piece aluminium belled brake discs. The car has an electrical cut off, fire extinguisher, traction control and is designed to have all the relevant FIA compatible motor sport equipment to race.

The 2010 Evora Cup series will be a European event with points initially being awarded to competitors for entering races with the points values awarded relative to Evora finishing positions. There will be five points for attending any eligible national race meeting with five points awarded for the first Evora to finish down to one point for the fifth.

The series will then culminate with two Lotus Festivals, with provisional dates for Donington Park in the UK (16th & 17th October 2010) and the second at Vallelunga in Italy (21st and 22nd November 2010). All the competitors from around Europe will be invited to race at these festivals and there will be double points on offer. The championship winner will be the driver who accrues the most number of points from a maximum of 6 races over the 2010 season.

A prize fund of at least €100,000 will be available.
Drivers are invited to register their interest at the Lotus Evora Cup website: http://www.lotusevoracup.com
The Evora Cup race car will go on sale at £120,000 excluding taxes.