Lotus sprout another special Exige: we say why not?!

Lotus anounced another variant of their pocket rocket Exige today: the S Type 72. Its raison d’être is to recall the 1972 all conquering Formula 1 car, presumably as a reminder of Lotus’ heritage before their return to F1 in 2010. It follows the black with gold piping colour scheme that was John Player Special’s [...]

Lotus Exige S Type 72

Lotus Exige S Type 72

Lotus anounced another variant of their pocket rocket Exige today: the S Type 72. Its raison d’être is to recall the 1972 all conquering Formula 1 car, presumably as a reminder of Lotus’ heritage before their return to F1 in 2010. It follows the black with gold piping colour scheme that was John Player Special’s trademark rather than the earlier Gold Leaf red, white and gold, but then Lotus have already used that scheme for another Elise special. Still, we don’t care how many specials Lotus wheels out, because they are all fabulous cars, deserving every spare column inch available. Fortunately they haven’t overdone the gold piping thus saving it from the narrow boat naff look! And guess what, it’s not pandering to the now ubiquitous matt black of tuner specials, but wears it’s gloss with pride.

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2009 IAA Frankfurt Auto / Motor Show – Lotus Evora, 124 Racer and Exige Cup 260

Lotus displayed their new Evora type 124 Endurance Racer, destined to be a factory entry in a few key endurance races over the next year. Continuing the racing theme: there was a special trackday type version of the Exige called the Cup 260. This is a 2010 update from previous models. With very strong rumours [...]

Lotus displayed their new Evora type 124 Endurance Racer, destined to be a factory entry in a few key endurance races over the next year. Continuing the racing theme: there was a special trackday type version of the Exige called the Cup 260. This is a 2010 update from previous models.

Lotus Evora type 124 Endurance Racer

Lotus Evora type 124 Endurance Racer


Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora


Lotus Evora first customer delivery at Hethel factory

Lotus Evora first customer delivery at Hethel factory

With very strong rumours that Lotus will re-enter Formula 1 motor racing next season, with Malaysian backing, it’s good to see them pushing the race versions of their cars out to the general public. The memory of Lotus founder and enthusiastic race designer Colin Chapman’s racing heritage is still alive in the minds of car enthusiasts.

The standard Evora is now in full production and deliveries have started. Here’s a photo of the first customer car to be handed over at the Hethel factory in Norfolk, UK at the beginning of September 2009.

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Lotus Exige yellow racer

Yellowwheels talks and rides with Lotus Exige racer Mark Funnell. Castle Combe 12th June: Mark is testing and practicing for the weekend’s Sportscar GT race. Time’s precious, but he kindly gives Castle Combe longtime commentator Dave George, a few full tilt laps in the passenger seat. He’ll end up with some seat of the pants [...]

Yellowwheels talks and rides with Lotus Exige racer Mark Funnell.

Castle Combe 12th June: Mark is testing and practicing for the weekend’s Sportscar GT race. Time’s precious, but he kindly gives Castle Combe longtime commentator Dave George, a few full tilt laps in the passenger seat. He’ll end up with some seat of the pants experiences to weave into his race commentary and no doubt a few expletives to omit!

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Lotus Exige - the number plate will be removed before racing to assist engine cooling. The size of the diffuser is impressive and honed by trial and error

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