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Mark H
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Competition to win 100,000th Lotus launches at Goodwood Festival of Speed

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• Unique Jim Clark special edition Evora GT410 Sport created to raise
funds for the Jim Clark Trust
• Based on Clark’s famous Lotus Elan road car with matching colour
scheme and trim
• Unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018
• The 100,000th Lotus sports car built
• Enter the competition now at www.jimclarklotus.com  
 

In a fitting tribute to one of the most successful racing drivers of all time, the Jim Clark Trust has
launched a competition to win the 100,000th Lotus sports car built - a one off Jim Clark special
edition Lotus Evora GT410 Sport.   
 

Commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1968 and unveiled at the world famous
motoring event in the presence the Duke of Richmond, Group Lotus’ Chief Executive Officer Mr.
Feng Qingfeng and Trustees of the charity, the unique vehicle will be offered as the ultimate prize
for enthusiasts in a competition organised by the Jim Clark Trust - the official charity of this years’
Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The charity competition, which can be entered at www.jimclarklotus.com, gives participants the
chance to own a truly landmark Lotus while raising funds to help complete the new Jim Clark
Museum.
Proudly supporting the Trust, the British sports car manufacturer has designated the Jim Clark special edition its 100,000th car, and production of the unique model coincided with Lotus’ 70th
anniversary celebrations at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.  
The Jim Clark Trust is marking the 50th anniversary of Clark’s tragic death while competing at
Hockenheim. Formula 1 World Champion in 1963 and 1965, and the winner on the Indianapolis
500 in 1965, Clark made 72 Grand Prix starts, took 25 wins and 33 pole positions - all behind the
wheel of a Lotus. Today Clark is recognised as not only the greatest driver of his generation but
also one of the sport’s true icons, and the Jim Clark Trust is currently working on the new and
expanded museum in the racer’s home town of Duns, due to open in 2019.

Inspired by the red Lotus Elan driven by Clark in the 1960s, registration number 997 NUR, the new
Evora GT410 Sport has been hand built at Lotus’ Hethel site – the home of the company for the
last 50 years. Echoing the original car’s colour scheme, with red paintwork, a silver roof and silver
wheels, plus tartan upholstery, it commemorates the legacy of the one of motorsport’s most
enduring figures. The car also carries Clark’s signature on each rear buttress.

Entrusted to the Formula 1 World Campion by Lotus founder Colin Chapman, the first production
Lotus Elan (Type 26, Chassis 001) was Clark’s company car, and he regularly made the commute
from the racing team’s then base is in Cheshunt, just outside London, to his family home in Duns,
in the Scottish Borders. A trip of roughly 350 miles each way, Clark clocked up around 15,500
miles in a year, leaving the car with the team when he was away racing.   
His Grace the Duke of Richmond commented, “It’s fantastic to see the crowds here at Festival of
Speed so engaged and excited to remember Jim Clark and celebrate his achievements in our
Silver Jubilee year. The stunning Jim Clark special edition Evora is a fitting tribute to a legendary
man and his iconic Elan. Clark’s exploits on track were very special indeed and we are proud to
launch this competition here at Goodwood.”

Launched in Lotus’ 70th year, the Evora GT410 Sport is a winning blend of raw ability and style.
Drawing from its more potent stablemate, the Evora GT430, it incorporates many high
performance elements yet retains a subtler, understated profile. The Evora GT410 Sport is
powered by a specially calibrated and tuned higher-output version of Lotus’ supercharged, 3.5-litre
6-cylinder engine. With an integrated water-to-air charge cooler, it produces 410 hp at 7000 rpm
and 420 Nm of torque from 3500 rpm, allowing the Evora GT410 Sport to sprint from 0-60 mph in
just 3.9 seconds.

Continuing a linage of lightweight car design, that can trace its roots back to Clark’s 1960’s Elan S2
and beyond, the development of the Evora GT410 Sport allowed Lotus the opportunity to optimise
mass, resulting in a lightest possible dry weight of just 1,256 kg. Standard carbon fibre composite
components include the front access panel, roof panel and a one-piece louvered tailgate with
integrated spoiler, as well as the elements within the front air blade system and rear wheel exit
ports.
 

In keeping with Lotus’ philosophy of maximising aerodynamics to match the car’s personality, the
GT-class coupe generates up to 96kg of downforce, providing better handling and stability at high
speeds.

Lotus at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018
Lotus celebrated its 70th anniversary at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 as an Automotive
Partner of the event. This year’s Festival allowed visitors to see outstanding cars from the
marques’ past running the Hill. This included Jim Clark’s World Championship winning Lotus Type
25, Graham Hill’s World Championship winning Lotus Type 49, Ayton Senna’s first F1 race winning
car, the Lotus 97T, and the revolutionary Lotus Type 56 gas turbine Indycar.  
Acting as the centre of the celebrations, Lotus’ current line-up of sports cars were displayed on the
company’s stand in the main exhibitors’ space. This included the Celebration Exige Type 79, which
appeared with a Type 79 racing car campaigned by Mario Andretti as part of his Championship
winning year. The second of two Celebration cars for Goodwood, the Exige Type 49, featured in
the First Glance paddock and drove the Hillclimb route all weekend. Competing in the timed
shootout on Saturday afternoon, the Exige Type 49 set an impressive 53.51 seconds.
 
 

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