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Monday, 17 August 2015

Lotus News - The Lotus Exige 360 Cup

The Lotus Exige 360 Cup
Limited edition - 1 of 50 - Exige V6 Cup

Increase in power of 10 PS
New lightweight louvered tailgate and front access panel
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.


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Club News & Events - Malcolm Ricketts' Workshop Open Day is on Saturday September 12th

Malcolm Ricketts' Workshop Open Day is on Saturday September 12th
Malcolm will be holding his very popular annual Workshop Open Day on Saturday 12th September at his racing workshop in Wheathampstead.

Malcolm's decided on a new format this year as the evenings will soon start to draw in and he feels that a daytime event at the weekend would be a good idea for a change. The open day will run from l2 noon until 6 pm and there will be hot refreshments and drinks available for a small charge. As usual all proceeds will be donated to the Isabel Hospice, the local charity that Jill Ricketts has supported for many years.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Club News & Events - Latest News from Hangar 111

Latest News from Hangar 111
Hangar 111 is offering a Free Geometry check with services in August and September, call them now on 01473 811811 to book!

They can also offer Rover PG-1 Gearbox Upgrades with their new, upgraded synchromesh ring sets.The original Rover synchros are prone to premature wear under stress but their uprated items feature a carbon lining to give
maximum durability, along with accurate and smooth shifting  in all conditions. Sold as a complete gearbox set, they are a direct replacement for the original parts.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Lotus News - Williams Lotus 20/20 Party on 8th August

Williams Lotus 20/20 Party on 8th August
Williams are celebrating 20 years as a Lotus dealer and the 20th anniversary of the Elise with an open day and party between 10:30 am –3.00 pm on August 8th at their showroom in Chipping Sodbury near Bristol.


Friday, 26 June 2015

Lotus News - The all new Lotus 3-Eleven

The all new Lotus 3-Eleven
The quickest production Lotus road car ever
Dramatic, all-new lightweight composite body
Two versions, Road and Race, both developed through Lotus Motorsport

Heralding a new generation of Lotus high performance sports cars, today saw the unveiling of the company’s quickest and most expensive series production car ever, the 3-Eleven, at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.


Thursday, 25 June 2015

Lotus News - Expansion and co-location for Lotus in the USA

Expansion and co-location for Lotus in the USA
Co-location of Lotus Cars USA. Inc, to Lotus Engineering. Inc, in Ann Arbor, MI to support growth
First deliveries of New Lotus Evora 400 in USA and Canada in December 2015
Expansion of the Lotus dealer network


The introduction of the Lotus Evora 400, as a 2017 North American Model Year, marks the start of a fresh period in Lotus’ presence in this vital market. The previous model Evora already received positive acclaim from media, customers and dealers alike and reaffirmed Lotus as the maker of some of the finest, purest, most lightweight and most efficient sports cars sold today.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Lotus News - Lotus Back in London

Lotus Back in London
Lotus Cars is delighted to welcome Hexagon Lotus as its new brand representative in prestigious South Kensington, London.
Hexagon is not new to Lotus having been a Lotus dealer from 1964 to 1976. Their reintroduction offers customers two Lotus dealerships in London, from their Headquarters in East Finchley as well as South Kensington.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Club News & Events - KELVEDON LOTUS - DESPERATELY SEEKING..................HELP!

KELVEDON LOTUS - DESPERATELY SEEKING..................HELP!
Here at Kelvedon Lotus located between Spalding and Bourne in Lincolnshire, we are finding life hard. We have more products to organise, more cars to look after and more customers.

We need some help!!!

If you have some deep Lotus knowledge and want to get involved in any way, we want to hear from you. Your experience will be tested to the limits by our customers but it is fun and rewarding.
If you happen to own a few lotus cars or have owned them in the past you should fit right in.
Initially please call Paul and Richard on 01775 725457 for an exploratory chat.

Lotus News - Lotus Seven vies to be best British car ever

Lotus Seven vies to be best British car ever
The iconic Lotus Seven has been shortlisted as one of the best British cars ever. The Seven is one of 10 cars on the list put together by Classic & Sports Car after consulting a jury of 100 experts including Gordon Murray, Nick Mason and many more.
Now the magazine has thrown the vote open to the public and whichever car has received the most votes by August 1 will be declared the winner and be revealed at Classic & Sports Car – The London Show at Alexandra Palace from 30 October to 1 November.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Club News & Events - Classic Car Parade set to Smash Two Guinness World Records in Coventry

Classic Car Parade  set to Smash Two Guinness World Records in Coventry
  • Special event to take place in Coventry on Sunday 14th June 2015
  • Aims to break Guinness World Records for the Largest Parade of Classic Cars, and the Largest Parade of Jaguar Cars
  • Attempt organised by Coventry Transport Museum and Footman James, as part of Coventry Transport Museum relaunch
  • 2000 classic cars needed to take part

 The UK’s finest transport museum has teamed up with one of the country’s leading classic car insurance brokers, to hold a massive parade of classic cars in Coventry, in an attempt to set two new Guinness World Records this June.


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Club News & Events - Jim Clark Weekend confirms a stunning line up of classic Formula One and sports cars to celebrate his unbeatable 1965 season with Sir Jackie Stewart and Allan McNish

Jim Clark Weekend confirms a stunning line up of classic Formula One and sports cars to celebrate his unbeatable 1965 season with Sir Jackie Stewart and Allan McNish

With a month to go, The Jim Clark Weekend is delighted to confirm a stunning line up of classic Formula One cars, Touring and Sports cars in which Jim Clark raced in 1965.  The 50 year anniversary will be celebrated in Duns, Scottish Borders, on Sat 16 and Sun 17 May (2015).  The event is being run by Club Lotus in partnership with The Jim Clark Trust to celebrate Jim Clark’s second Formula One World Championship, his famous Indianapolis 500 victory, Formula 2 Championshuip and Tasman Championship, all in 1965. Sir Jackie Stewart and Allan McNish are joining the celebrations to raise awareness of plans for a new Jim Clark Museum by 2018.


Friday, 10 April 2015

Club News & Events - 23rd May Castle Combe Track Day

23rd May Castle Combe Track Day
Our annual May trackday at Castle Combe is always one of our most enjoyable events of the year. It’s a great Club Lotus day out as well as a very good value and safe Lotus-only trackday.


 

Club News & Events - Donington Historic Festival - Club ticket deadline is April 25th

Donington Historic Festival - Club ticket deadline is April 25th
The deadline for booking tickets using our special Club Lotus discount code is 5pm on April 25th. The booking code is in the January issue of Club Lotus News.
For all the latest information on the event go to www.doningtonhistoric.com

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Club News & Events - Silverstone Classic Early Bird ticket offer expires at the end of March

Silverstone Classic Early Bird ticket offer expires at the end of March

Although car club members have until the end of May to buy tickets using our unique club booking code, Early Bird tickets offer the biggest discounts and are currently on sale until the end of March for visitors wanting to join the party atmosphere at the very best prices. Early Bird tickets offer significant savings of up to 15 per cent but must be purchased before 1 April. Adult prices start at just £34 and stick to the Classic’s widely praised ‘access all areas’ policy, providing admission to both National and Wing race paddocks, trackside grandstands and the live music concerts which this year include chart-toppers Status Quo and Paul Young. Please remember there are no tickets for sale at the gate and buying your tickets using our booking code is the only way to obtain infield parking passes for our reserved Club Lotus area.

The Silverstone Classic – celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015 – is firmly established as the World’s Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival with a record 1125 race entries in 2014 watched by a record crowd of 94,000. The spectacular event – winner of the prestigious ‘Motorsport Event of the Year Award’ as judged by the International Historic Motoring Awards in 2013 – is staged at the famous Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, birthplace of the FIA Formula One World Championship and home of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. The three-day festival features the very best of historic racing covering more than eight decades of motor sport as well as live music from classic rock bands (topped by Status Quo in 2015) and a wealth of family entertainment. This includes a free fun fair, retail outlets, a host of interactive activities, a two-day classic car auction and air displays, plus huge showcases of classic cars often celebrating important milestones in automotive history.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Club News & Events - Williams Lotus Annual Open day Saturday 25th April 10am - 4pm

Williams Lotus Annual Open day Saturday 25th April 10am - 4pm
Series of mini talks and workshops including an exclusive talk from Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman who runs Classic Team Lotus. Clive will also be bringing Ayrton Senna's F1 championship winning historic race car. This is set to be a fabulously interesting event and please email elles@williamsautomobiles.com or call Elles on 01454 315112 to book in.
http://www.williamsautomobiles.com/

Friday, 6 March 2015

Club News & Events - CLUB LOTUS WEST MIDLANDS AREA MEETINGS CHANGE OF VENUE

CLUB LOTUS WEST MIDLANDS AREA MEETINGS CHANGE OF VENUE
With ongoing discussions we have decided to change our present venue from The Arrow Mill to the following :
All future Meetings to be held at The Stag @ Redhill, Alcester Road, Stratford-on-Avon , B49 6HQ. This is 4 miles out of Alcester on the A46. We will still meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month. If you require more information please contact us on  07946 734629 or via m100nm69@googlemail.com
I look forward to seeing you there, Dipak, Club Lotus Area Leader, West Midlands

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Club News & Events - Cholmondeley Pageant of Power – 12th - 14th June 2015

Cholmondeley Pageant of Power – 12th - 14th June 2015

Discounted tickets on sale now as CPOP revs up for 2015. The 8th event goes back to its roots with the theme of “Power” running through the weekend, on track, water and in the air. There will be an ‘over 1000bhp’ class and on track we will see some of the most powerful cars from the BTCC and Group B era battling it out for a place on the Podium. Buy now and take advantage of early booking discounts. Adult tickets are from £26 and child tickets and parking are free if booked before the end of March.

 

New for 2015 – Concours D’elegance

 

A new Concours D’elegance will be situated on the cricket pitch in the shadow of the Castle. On Friday it will be dedicated to Lotus – following a track parade of all production Lotus models ever manufactured. On Saturday the Concours will feature American Muscle cars and on the Sunday those bedroom wall poster heroes – 80’s Supercars.

 

Click here to buy tickets

http://www.cpop.co.uk

 

Drag Car and Bike Demonstrations

 

Demonstrating burn outs on track, we will be joined by Drag car and bike heroes Jon Morton with his 1,000bhp alcohol burning 1969 Chevrolet, Pete Le Gros on the Nitro Harley Davidson he built himself and 21 year old Jayne Kay in her bright pink 2,000 bhp Model T capable of 230mph in 6.5 seconds. Bring your ear plugs!!

 

Vulcan in the Air

 

We are honoured to be having the Vulcan bomber, for what may be the last chance to see this beautiful beast in flight over Cheshire. This charity run jet powered delta wing strategic bomber was operated by the Royal Airforce from 1956 until 1984. In addition Red Bull will be bringing the Red Bull Matadors and our website will be regularly updated with other air displays as they confirm.

 

Live Music on both Friday and Saturday Evening

 

Cholmondeley Castle will rock through the weekend, kicking off with the Friday Night Launch Party Concert. Saturday will continue straight from Power on the track to the stage for the Ultimate Power Ballads Concert. Head for the mosh pit or bring a picnic and view the concerts from the Castle Lawns. Keep an eye on the website for band announcements.

 

For More Information and Tickets

http://www.cpop.co.uk


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Lotus News - Lotus Cars eBay store

Lotus Cars eBay store
Lotus Cars have an abundance of spare parts that are now being sold on eBay. Parts are being uploaded daily and at low prices and they vary from radios to cylinder heads, from the first Lotus Elise MK1 to the latest Evora.

Their eBay username is lotuscarsltd_on-line_store and the the link is http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/lotuscarsltd_on-line_store/m.html?_ipg=50&_sop=12&_rdc=1

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Lotus News - The all new Lotus Evora 400

The all new Lotus Evora 400

*   All new supercar from Lotus

*   Fastest and most powerful production Lotus ever

*   Lighter and more efficient than before

The new Lotus Evora 400 is the latest pure and focused supercar from Lotus, combining high performance with the legendary Lotus benchmark handling. It is faster and dynamically more capable than the previous Lotus Evora leading to greater agility and a more involving drive.


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Club News & Events - HORNSEY CARNIVAL JULY 4th 2015, 2-4pm

HORNSEY CARNIVAL JULY 4th 2015, 2-4pm

Chris Arnold (Graham Arnold’s son) has been in discussions with the organisers of this historic carnival and suggested that they need something more to relate it back to the history of Hornsey. He has suggested adding to the parade a range of old Lotus cars to celebrate Hornsey as the birthplace of Lotus Cars and early home of Colin Chapman.

He is therefore looking for owners would like to drive in the parade in North London on Sat 4th July, 2-4pm. 
Ideally he’d love to get a Patrick McGoohan lookalike in a 7 and a Emma Peel lookalike in an Elan and would also like to have a range of other Lotus cars too.

Can you help? If so contact Jane at Club Lotus – 01362 691144 / 694459 or jane@clublotus.co.uk and she will give you Chris’ contact details.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Club News & Events - 23rd May Castle Combe Track Day

23rd May Castle Combe Track Day
Our annual May trackday at Castle Combe is always one of our most enjoyable events of the year. It’s a great Club Lotus day out as well as a very good value and safe Lotus-only trackday.
 

Club News & Events - 12th July MLOC At Chatsworth Lotus in the Peak

12th July MLOC At Chatsworth Lotus in the Peak
The annual Midlands Lotus Owners Club Summer event. For more information go to   www.midlandslotus.co.uk

For a short video of last year’s MLOC event go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsnJH7Yzzrg&authuser=0
 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Club News & Events - Silverstone Classic and Donington Historic Festival - members' discounts

Silverstone Classic and Donington Historic Festival - members' discounts
We now have the Club Lotus discount codes for members to book tickets to the above events at special rates. Full details will be in the January issue of Club Lotus News but if you want to book now please contact Club HQ with your membership number or other identification and we will be happy to give them to you.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Lotus News - New Chief Engineer, Vehicle Test and Development for Lotus

New Chief Engineer, Vehicle Test and Development for Lotus
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. 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Club News & Events - MEET SIR STIRLING MOSS AT THE NEC CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW

MEET SIR STIRLING MOSS AT THE NEC CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW
Just a reminder to all Club Lotus members that Sir Stirling Moss will be on the Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance Stand in Hall 20 throughout Saturday 15th November at the NEC Classic Motor Show meeting and greeting visitors and signing autographs. Club Lotus has an excellent relationship with Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance and would happily recommend their services to you.  Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance will also be bringing Sir Stirling Moss to the Club Lotus Stand

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Club News & Events - Specialist insurance broker Footman James has announced the launch of a new competition

Specialist insurance broker Footman James has announced the launch of a new competition

All those who enter will be in with a chance of winning a unique, one of a kind, V8 engine table. The competition – which was launched this week – will run until the 31 January 2015. To enter for free*, Footman James is encouraging people to :

                                                                                                         



Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Lotus News - Russell Carr appointed Head of Design for Lotus

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.


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Lotus News - LoTRDC November Snetterton Sprint – open to all

LoTRDC November Snetterton Sprint – open to all
LoTRDC November Snetterton Sprint – open to all LoTRDC will be holding a standalone sprint at Snetterton on Saturday 1 November, on the final day of its 2014 season.  The sprint will form part of a special Lotus day at the Norfolk circuit, which is situated less than 15 miles from the Hethel factory. The final round of the Lotus Cup UK and Elise Trophy championships will also take place on the day, with the Lotus Cup UK SuperSport and Production titles both being decided under cover of darkness at the climax of an extended two-hour race.  The sprint is open to all Lotus cars, with three classes running on the day. In addition to the Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship’s SuperSport and Production classes, there will be an invitation category for other Lotus cars.  The sprint course will run on the Snetterton 300 circuit, from the start line on the Senna Straight and ending at two-thirds distance of the Bentley Straight. The combination of fast and slow corners will provide a thrilling challenge to enthusiastic drivers.  Entrants can enjoy parade laps and a pitwalk on the day, and, of course, the chance to perform in front of a crowd of Lotus enthusiasts. There will be the opportunity for everyone who attends in a Lotus to take part in a parade lap around the circuit.  Drivers will have two practice runs in the morning, followed by three timed runs after lunch. Entries cost just £110 per driver and can be made by visiting www.lotrdc.com/forms/lotus-cup-uk-speed-championship-fees-forms-2014-11544/






A one-off LoTRDC sprint has been added to the bill at Snetterton on 1 November (photo courtesy of Derek Partridge)



Lotus owners are invited to take part in this low-cost form of motorsport (photo courtesy of Derek Partridge)



The sprint joins the bill at the LoTRDC finals meeting, which includes a two-hour Lotus Cup UK race into the night (photo courtesy of Snappyracers)

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Club News & Events - Special offer for Club Lotus members - Lotus Driving Academy, Hethel 4th October

Special offer for Club Lotus members - Lotus Driving Academy, Hethel 4th October
We’ve arranged an exclusive bespoke Level 1 day for members including a 10% discount saving £50 on the usual cost of £499 plus there’s some unique extras. Martin Donnelly will be running the day and over lunch will give a talk including many of his stories about his time in F1. We’ll also have some special Lotus names such as Nick Adams and Martyn Anderson as instructors and there will also be a special Lotus gift for everyone. The maximum number is 16 and when you consider that individually the factory tour would cost £69 and the Classic Team Lotus tour £39 the total price of £449 is very good value for a very special day. To book your place or for more information please contact John Lamb on 01953 608401 or track@lotuscars.com

 



Lotus News - Festival fever for Randaccio and Denman at Brands Hatch

Festival fever for Randaccio and Denman at Brands Hatch
Fabio Randaccio and Craig Denman shared the race wins at the Lotus Festival on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. The event included Formula 1 and rally demonstrations, club displays and a trade village.

Lotus News - Lotus appoints Jean-Charles Lievens for Network Development in Southern Europe

Lotus appoints Jean-Charles Lievens for Network Development in Southern Europe
Lotus is delighted to announce that Jean-Charles Lievens has joined the Cars Commercial team to develop the Lotus network in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal.


Monday, 9 June 2014

Lotus News - Lotus celebrates Formula 1 provenance with limited edition 'Exige LF1'

Lotus celebrates Formula 1 provenance with limited edition 'Exige LF1'
This summer 81 Lotus Exige S cars will receive a Lotus F1® Team inspired livery and interior trim to commemorate the number of grand prix victories held by the Lotus marque*.
Delivering race-car thrills on the road and track, the critically acclaimed supercharged 3.5l V6 Exige S is well known for its focussed dynamic performance, now, with a striking bespoke black and gold paint scheme with red accents and gold 17” front and 18” rear cast alloy wheels, the Exige LF1 leaves no doubt as to its heritage or indeed to its intention!


Friday, 2 May 2014

Lotus News - PROTON Appoints New Lotus CEO

PROTON Appoints New Lotus CEO
PROTON Holdings Berhad (“PROTON”) today announced the appointment of Jean-Marc Gales as the new Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc, effective 1 May 2014. Lotus is a wholly owned subsidiary of PROTON and a member of the DRB-HICOM Group


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Club News & Events - Donington Historic Festival 2014 – 3rd to 5th May

Donington Historic Festival 2014 – 3rd to 5th May
Deadline for Club Ticket Bookings is April 23rd

The 2014 Donington Historic Festival is just around the corner and we hope that all club members who intend to go have already booked their club tickets at the very special club rates. But if you haven't yet done so, don't worry, you've still got a few weeks as the deadline for booking is 17.00 on Wednesday April 23rd (see January Club Lotus News page 35 for more info and our special booking code). Tickets are of course also available at full price on the gate.

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