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  1. New Evora GT4 Concept race car makes its world dynamic debut Fans given an exclusive sneak peek of the Lotus Evija hypercar during a dramatic ‘sound and light show’ experience Emerson Fittipaldi reunited with his championship winning Lotus 72 Lotus 49, as driven by Graham Hill, united with his grandson Josh Hill (Hethel, UK – 8 July 2019) – The Goodwood Festival of Speed has finished for 2019 and Lotus had cause to celebrate throughout the four days with memorable events and activities following the theme of ‘Speed Kings – Motorsport's Record Breakers’. Highlights included: The special Lotus Type 25/R6 F1 racing car, in which Jim Clark set the record time of 1:20.4 seconds for a lap of the Goodwood circuit in 1965. The new Lotus Evora GT4 Concept race car, making its dynamic debut at the Festival set some blisteringly quick times up the hill. Behind the wheel was Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes, Lotus Cars. The full range of Lotus road cars – the Elise, Exige and Evora – on display and driven up the hill in the popular Michelin Supercar Run. The Lotus 72 (Chassis 5) was reunited with its legendary driver Emerson Fittipaldi for the first time since 1973. He had taken it to the drivers’ and constructors’ World Championship in 1972 and campaigned with it again in the 1973 season. Driving Graham Hill’s Lotus 49 (Chassis R10), was his grandson, Josh Hill (who is the son of the 1997 F1 World Champion, Damon Hill). This landmark car is the only F1 car to have won the Monaco GP twice – in 1968 and 1969 – and Josh drove it in the high-wing 1968 specification. There was one other big draw on the Lotus stand. With only eight days to go until the global debut of the new Lotus Evija electric hypercar in London, hundreds of fans caught an early glimpse during a special sound and light show experience on the Lotus stand. Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars, said: “The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 will go down in Lotus history as one of the most memorable and exciting for many years. It was great to meet so many customers and fans of Lotus, to celebrate our unique heritage and give a tantalising glimpse of the future with the Lotus Evija.” His Grace, the Duke of Richmond, and Formula 1 legend Emerson Fittipaldi also visited the Lotus stand, with the Duke commenting: “It is great to see Lotus back with such force with a fantastic stand and a very exciting hypercar tucked away in there.” Summary Eight legendary Lotus cars prepared by Lotus Cars and Classic Team Lotus drove the Goodwood Hill Climb at the 2019 Festival of Speed: Lotus 18 – chassis 912 Lotus 38 – chassis R7 Lotus 49 – Chassis R10 Lotus 72 – Chassis 5 Lotus 79 – Chassis 2 Lotus Evora GT4 Concept Lotus Exige Sport 410 Lotus Evora GT410 Sport
  2. New Evora GT4 Concept race car makes its world dynamic debut Fans given an exclusive sneak peek of the Lotus Evija hypercar during a dramatic ‘sound and light show’ experience Emerson Fittipaldi reunited with his championship winning Lotus 72 Lotus 49, as driven by Graham Hill, united with his grandson Josh Hill (Hethel, UK – 8 July 2019) – The Goodwood Festival of Speed has finished for 2019 and Lotus had cause to celebrate throughout the four days with memorable events and activities following the theme of ‘Speed Kings – Motorsport's Record Breakers’. Highlights included: The special Lotus Type 25/R6 F1 racing car, in which Jim Clark set the record time of 1:20.4 seconds for a lap of the Goodwood circuit in 1965. The new Lotus Evora GT4 Concept race car, making its dynamic debut at the Festival set some blisteringly quick times up the hill. Behind the wheel was Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes, Lotus Cars. The full range of Lotus road cars – the Elise, Exige and Evora – on display and driven up the hill in the popular Michelin Supercar Run. The Lotus 72 (Chassis 5) was reunited with its legendary driver Emerson Fittipaldi for the first time since 1973. He had taken it to the drivers’ and constructors’ World Championship in 1972 and campaigned with it again in the 1973 season. Driving Graham Hill’s Lotus 49 (Chassis R10), was his grandson, Josh Hill (who is the son of the 1997 F1 World Champion, Damon Hill). This landmark car is the only F1 car to have won the Monaco GP twice – in 1968 and 1969 – and Josh drove it in the high-wing 1968 specification. There was one other big draw on the Lotus stand. With only eight days to go until the global debut of the new Lotus Evija electric hypercar in London, hundreds of fans caught an early glimpse during a special sound and light show experience on the Lotus stand. Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars, said: “The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 will go down in Lotus history as one of the most memorable and exciting for many years. It was great to meet so many customers and fans of Lotus, to celebrate our unique heritage and give a tantalising glimpse of the future with the Lotus Evija.” His Grace, the Duke of Richmond, and Formula 1 legend Emerson Fittipaldi also visited the Lotus stand, with the Duke commenting: “It is great to see Lotus back with such force with a fantastic stand and a very exciting hypercar tucked away in there.” Summary Eight legendary Lotus cars prepared by Lotus Cars and Classic Team Lotus drove the Goodwood Hill Climb at the 2019 Festival of Speed: Lotus 18 – chassis 912 Lotus 38 – chassis R7 Lotus 49 – Chassis R10 Lotus 72 – Chassis 5 Lotus 79 – Chassis 2 Lotus Evora GT4 Concept Lotus Exige Sport 410 Lotus Evora GT410 Sport This post has been promoted to an article
  3. Celebrating the unbreakable Goodwood lap-record New Evora GT4 Concept race car world dynamic debut Legendary cars reunited with legendary drivers Prize draw to win the Jim Clark Trust Lotus Evora, signed by all 2019 F1 drivers Lotus is following this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 theme ‘Speed Kings – Motorsport's Record Breakers’ with a celebration of some of the most successful, pioneering and record-setting cars ever made, and the drivers that steered them. Goodwood is the perfect setting for Lotus to follow up on last year’s 70th anniversary celebrations with an even greater presence in 2019. The Lotus stand will house the current Lotus range of Elise, Exige and Evora, plus the recently unveiled Lotus Evora GT4 Concept race car which will be campaigning in the global GT series in 2020. Alongside the Evora GT4 Concept will be a very special Lotus Type 25 F1 car – the almost mythical 25/R6 – which is the actual car in which Jim Clark set the best ever time of 1:20.4 for a lap of the Goodwood circuit in 1965 *. This lap time has never been and never will be bettered due to changes in the original configuration of the circuit, and Lotus is grateful to the Museum Tinguely for the loan of this unique race car. Another Jim Clark record still standing is his eight “Grand Slams”: pole position, fastest lap, leading every lap and victory all in the same race, two of which he achieved in 25/R6 at the 1964 British GP and the 1965 French GP. Jim Clark is still way ahead of the next best three who are on five “Grand Slams” each. ** There will be two Evora GT4 Concept race cars at Goodwood this year – both in identical colour schemes mimicking the Lotus Type 25 livery. One will be on the Lotus stand, while the other will be driven up the Goodwood Hill Climb course by Lotus’ Director of Vehicle Attributes, Gavan Kershaw, a former winner of the British GT Championships in a Lotus Evora. Win a unique Lotus Evora Lotus is a committed supporter of the Jim Clark Trust, the Scotland-based charity that celebrates the life of one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, and who first entered the world stage driving a Lotus. Goodwood visitors have a chance to win a unique Jim Clark Lotus Evora special edition, a tribute to Jim’s 1960’s famous red and silver Elan, through a prize draw. This special Evora GT410 Sport is officially designated the 100,000th Lotus road car ever built. With it comes a spare tailgate signed by all 20 F1 Drivers from the 2019 season. This shows the global support for this worthwhile charity, and Jim Clark’s legacy 51 years after his untimely death Each ticket costs £20/€20 and the money raised goes towards supporting the Trust’s new museum in Duns, Scotland. The draw to win the Lotus Evora Jim Clark special edition will take place in mid-August 2019, so this is one of the last opportunities to win this unique and valuable car. Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars, said: “Lotus’ connection to Goodwood is long and strong, and this year, with the theme being Record Breakers, it is fitting that we remember the remarkable and unbeatable lap by Jim Clark, This heritage is our bloodline, but our focus is on the future and this will be reinforced by something new and extra special during the Festival.” Up the Hill Eight legendary Lotus cars prepared by Lotus Cars and Classic Team Lotus will head up the Goodwood Hill Climb at the 2019 Festival of Speed: Lotus 18 – chassis 912 This famous Lotus Type 18 in Rob Walker Racing colours was driven by Stirling Moss to arguably his greatest victory at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1961. It’s a race where the temperature at the circuit was so high that the side panels of this particular car were removed to allow cooler air to circulate around the cockpit, helping Moss to a spectacular win. This Lotus 18/912 will be driven by Clive Chapman, the son of Lotus founder, Colin Chapman. Lotus 38 – chassis R7 Following a painstaking restoration, this Lotus Type 38 was driven by Al Unser in 1966 and Jim Clark at the 1967 Indy 500 races. It is liveried in the striking ‘Dayglo-Rocket-Red’ STP colour scheme with white high-mounted exhausts. The car will be driven by owner Nick Fennell. Lotus 49 – Chassis R10 Chassis R10 is the only F1 car to have won the Monaco GP twice - in 1968 and 1969, both times by Graham Hill. R10 will be high-wing 1968 specification and driven by the Graham’s son Damon, the 1997 F1 World Champion. Damon is familiar with his father’s legendary Gold-Leaf red-white-and-gold car, having driven it at the 1,000th F1 World Championship race at Shanghai earlier this year. At that event, this famous Lotus 49 was given pride of place by being the only historic car invited to celebrate the landmark occasion race. Lotus 72 – Chassis 5 The Lotus Type 72 is the most successful F1 design in the history of motorsport. At Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 it will be united with its legendary driver Emerson Fittipaldi who drove it to the drivers’ and constructors’ World Championship honours in 1972 and again in the 1973 F1 campaign until it was crashed at the Dutch GP. The car has undergone a complete repair and restoration by Classic Team Lotus, using the original design drawings penned by Colin Chapman and chief engineer Maurice Phillipe to ensure it is returned to original specification. Emerson Fittipaldi considers 72/5 to be his favourite, having won his first GP in it, at Watkins Glen in 1970. Multiple Le Mans winner, Jacky Ickx, who raced a Lotus 72 in the 1974 and 1975 seasons, will also be taking the wheel of 72/5. Lotus 79/2 79/2 is one of the cars that Mario Andretti campaigned and won the F1 Championship in 1978. The Type 79 pioneered the use of ground-effect aerodynamic downforce through its Venturi profiled underbody, and recently won the ‘Innovation Category’ award at the London Concours. This car will be driven by Lee Mowle, a British GT competitor and Classic Team Lotus customer. Clive Chapman, Director of Classic Team Lotus, said: “This year’s contribution from Classic Team Lotus will be one of the most special for a long time. I am absolutely delighted that Damon, Emerson and Jacky will be reunited with the cars with which they have so much connection. And of course, I will fulfil a lifelong ambition to drive the Stirling Moss’ Lotus 18 – and if the weather is good, we can remove the side panels to recreate Monaco 1961!” Exige Sport 410 and Evora GT410 Sport In the supercar runs, a Lotus Exige Sport 410 and a Lotus Evora GT410 Sport, both in the iconic Lotus yellow colour scheme, will be driven by two of Lotus’ leading Vehicle Dynamics Engineers, Dan Peck and James Hazlehurst. Finally, there will be one last surprise at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for Lotus fans. Further details on this will be communicated nearer the event.
  4. Lotus COO Aslam Farikullah introduced Lotus F1® Team driver Romain Grosjean to the new Exige S roadster today. During a fun filled day at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lotus Cars COO proudly presented the stunning Exige S Roadster to Grosjean ahead of its first outing. Grosjean took the new soft top on the famous Goodwood hillclimb to mark its first public dynamic appearance, wowing the thousands of fans who took to the sidelines. The heat at the 20th FoS was pretty intense today but it was the Exige S roadster with its gorgeous looks and superstar driver that got the crowds hot under the collar!
  5. Festival fever is in the air as Lotus gears-up for this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. An epic year that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the now world-famous ‘FoS’ will see Lotus displaying an array of treats for the thousands of motoring enthusiasts, F1 fans and garden-party go-ers making their way to Goodwood this weekend. Lotus has chosen the Festival of Speed as the perfect backdrop for the dynamic launch of the Exige S Roadster and will also be presenting the 2013 Lotus F1® Team’s black and gold E21, the brand new Elise S Club Racer and the very same Exige S that performed high octane stunts in this summer’s eagerly anticipated blockbuster movie ‘RED 2’. This collection of superstars sits alongside a full compliment of current Lotus models for a truly exotic turnout. Beautiful, Bold, Black and Gold This year, Lotus proudly displays a replica of the 2013 Lotus F1® Team car, but just to go that extra mile (it’s Lotus after all), Lotus F1® Team driver Romain Grosjean will be making an appearance too! Romain will be driving Lotus COO Aslam Farikullah ‘up the hill’ in the brand new Exige S Roadster in it’s maiden public voyage on Saturday to mark the official launch of the fastest soft-top Lotus ever! Romain will also be busy with further runs in the Roadster on both Saturday and Sunday and of course will be taking to the hill in the real E21! Between F1® and Supercar hill climbs Romain will be making an exclusive appearance on the Lotus stand to take questions from fans and sign autographs at 3.30pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday. When Less is Definitely More… If Less Weight and More Power is Your Thing! Making its global debut at Goodwood is the brand new Elise S Club Racer. Following the hugely popular ‘Club Racer’ variant on Lotus’ entry level 1.6 litre Elise, the lighter-weight, enthusiast orientated package is now available on the supercharged 1.8 litre Elise S. The Club Racer concept comprises funky colour schemes, the innovative application of materials and enhanced driving dynamics and performance, all of which make for a compelling purchase for Lotus purists and track day enthusiasts. Achieving a maximum 20kg weight reduction over the standard Elise S, the Club Racer boasts an improved power to weight ratio delivering 240bhp per tonne, it accelerates to 60mph from standing in 4.2 seconds, and reaches a top speed on 145 mph – in short, it’s a little animal! Those in the market for a Lotus will know that what matters most is how the Elise S Club Racer feels to drive; it goes without saying that the Club Racer is developed with Lotus’ legendary dynamic performance. The Elise range, now extending to its 4th variant delivers thrilling driving dynamics thanks to Lotus’ trademark agile and precise handling. Communication is key here; the Elise S Club Racer delivers plenty of feedback so that the driver has optimum control and can intuitively deploy nimble steering and acutely accurate braking. Real enthusiasts can even manage to reduce the weight of the Elise S Club Racer a further 8kg by specifying track-use, dealer-fit options such as a TRD air box and filter element and a sports exhaust. The stripped-out, race inspired Elise S Club Racer benefits from both a weight-reduction initiative and the extra power of a supercharger, it’s a compelling proposition for sportscar fans; it is quick, goodlooking and most of all – fun to drive! A Celebrity of Epic Proportions; The Small but Mighty Exige S Holds Its Own on the Big Screen. Tipped at this summer’s smash-hit movie release ‘RED 2’, the sequel to ‘RED’ (Retired Extremely Dangerous), stars a host of brilliant performers; Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sir Anthony Hopkins and the Lotus Exige S. The action follows retired secret agents who reunite to expose an intriguing and deadly conspiracy from their past; avoiding double agents and assassins along the way! The hotly anticipated sequel features a massive A-List cast, stunning locations and a Laser Blue Exige S which undertakes high speed chases, dodges bullet storms and slides its way through London’s streets, markets and motorways. As a special exhibit for the 2013 Goodwood FoS, one of three cars used for the movie will be on display on the Lotus stand dressed in its original stunt ‘costume’. Yes, the Exige S will don its special effect bullet holes and war-wounded body panels once again exclusively for the Goodwood audience. The Exige S can be seen in ‘RED 2’ in cinemas internationally from 18th July (UK release 2nd August), but if you simply can’t wait to see Lotus Chief Engineer of Test and Development, Matthew Becker drive the Exige S in complex stunt sequences performing handbrake turns, high speed chases and some pretty full on braking then check out the trailer online: The scenes are high octane with a truly British feel, which echo the Lotus spirit and sit well remarkably well with the FoS philosophy too! Don’t Miss… Lotus will be showcasing the Evora S Sports Racer in the Supercar Paddock throughout the Goodwood Festival of Speed with The Exige S Roadster in the ‘First Glance’ exhibition. Both Lotus cars will run twice daily in the legendary ‘Goodwood Hillclimb’. Don’t miss this truly amazing spectacle! Brimming with innovation, technology, performance and power, the Lotus Evora 414E technology demonstrator shows some of the headline technologies that Lotus Engineering, one of the world’ s leading automotive engineering consultancies has developed. The Evora 414E will be on display in the ‘FoS Tech’ exhibition. Back on the Lotus stand, Lotus Originals will be open for business throughout the weekend with a selection of Lotus Originals luxury apparel, luggage, accessories, gifts and collectables as well as the Lotus F1® Team replica team wear in the iconic black and gold scheme. Further Lotus Cars displays on the main stand include: • Evora S Sports Racer • Elise S Club Racer • Elise 1.6 • Exige S Roadster • Exige S Coupe • Exige V6 Cup • Evora GT4 • F1® Show car in 2013 ‘Kimi’ livery Fuel consumption for Exige S; Urban 19.5 mpg – 14.5 litres / 100km. Extra urban 37.2 mpg – 7.6 litres / 100km. Combined – 28.0 mpg – 10.1 litres / 100km. CO2 emissions 236g CO2 / km. Fuel consumption for Elise S:urban 27.3 mpg – 10.3 litres / 100km. Extra urban 47.6 mpg – 5.9 litres / 100km. Combined – 37.5 mpg – 7.5 litres / 100km. CO2 emissions 175g CO2 / km. Ends Notes to editors: More information on the Lotus F1® Team stand appearances: Romain Grosjean will be on the Lotus stand for an open Q&A session and to sign autographs for fans on the following basis: Saturday 15.30 hrs Hosted by F1® Commentator David Croft Sunday 16.00 hrs Hosted by F1® Commentator Jonathan Legard More information on the Elise S Club Racer: • 6 paint colour options including 4 new colours to the Club Racer family all of which are exclusive to the Elise S Club Racer. Aspen White, Carbon Grey, Chrome Orange*, Toxic Green*, Daytona Blue* and Formula Red* (*exclusive to Elise S Club Racer.) • ‘Black Style’ pack as standard • Matt Black paint feature panels; Roll hoop cover, rear transom panel and mirror pods • Elise S Club Racer logos • Unique seat and interior details Pricing Prices below are an illustration of pricing structures in selected markets only. Elise S Club Racer Elise S UK (incl VAT) £35,600 GBP £36,200 GBP EU (Excl Taxes) €37,500 Euros €39,202 Euros More information on RED 2 Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses (Willis) reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. Lotus Cars Limited provided 3 cars for filming in the UK during the winter of 2012. This was a free product placement negotiated on the basis that the Exige S has dramatic looks, agile performance and overall star-quality. • Director: Dean Parisot • Writers: Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber • Stars: Mary-Louise Parker, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich and Byung-hun Lee Sample global release dates: Australia 18-Jul-2013 Belgium 31-Jul-2013 China 01-Aug-2013 France 31-Jul-2013 Germany 12-Sep-2013 Hong Kong 01-Aug-2013 Italy 08-Aug-2013 Malaysia 25-Jul-2013 Switzerland 12-Sep-2013 Switzerland 31-Jul-2013 United Kingdom 02-Aug-2013 United States 19-Jul-2013 More information on the Evora 414E A highly advanced, hybrid sports car concept developed as part of a cutting-edge collaborative R&D project funded by the UK’s Innovation Agency, The Technology Strategy Board (TSB). • 0-60 mph / 97 km/h in 4.4 seconds • 1000 Nm (738 lbft) of Torque • 414 PS (408 hp) • Top speed 130 mph (209 km/h) • Target EU emissions drive cycle of just 55 g CO2 / km • Total hybrid range of over 300 miles / 483 kilometres • Eco mode or Sports mode featuring realistic 7 speed paddle shift with energy recuperation. • Next generation of Lotus and HARMAN intelligent pedestrian warning system, integrating the advanced HALOsonic sound synthesis system with video technology. • Torque vectoring for improved dynamic stability The Evora 414E is powered by two electric motor packs driving the rear wheels with a battery pack that can be charged by the Lotus range extender engine or directly from mains electricity. The Lotus 3 cylinder engine, can run on either sustainable synthetic and bio alcohol fuels (methanol and ethanol) or petrol sits in series with the electric motor and drives a generator, which produces electrical energy to either charge the battery pack or power the electric motors directly. In normal driving, the Evora 414E will run purely on electricity stored in the battery pack for up to 35 miles (56 km). After that time, the 1.2 litre engine will run to recharge the batteries and produce just 55 g CO2 / km emissions (target EU drive cycle). Should the driver require more performance – the Evora 414E is a Lotus after all - the electricity will come from both the battery storage and the small range extender engine.
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