Lotus Cars, celebrated British racing cars

2014-01-12 00:43:29

Team Lotus is known for its excellence on the racing tracks around the world and the British auto manufacturers the Lotus Cars have produced champion racing cars like Exige, Elise and Evora to contribute to the success. Lotus has further announced to develop five more cars to add to the tally in the next 5 years.

The current crop of racing and sports model cars from Lotus include Lotus Exige, Lotus Elise, Lotus Evora, Lotus T125 Exos and Lotus 2-Eleven. Let us look at the configuration of some of the current Lotus car models:

Lotus Elise: commissioned in 1996 it weighed 725 kgs but the current models begin at 901kgs and integrate engineering innovations like composite body shell and aluminum extrusion frame. It was introduced to the US market with a Toyota engine because it had to abide by US emission norms. The supercharged car model Lotus Elise S accelerates to 0-60 km/h in 4.3 seconds and 0-100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds.

Lotus Evora: this car was released in 2008 and had the code name Project Eagle while developing. This is a 2+2 sports car that has a transverse 3.5 liter V6 engine that is mid mounted. The 2011 Evora S Model was offered as rapid response automobiles to the Italian carabinieri of Rome and Milan to replace the Lamborghini Gallardos, the previous official vehicles.

Lotus Exige S: The only Exige model on sale currently and it is integrated with a supercharged 3.5 liter V6 engine offer 345bhp.

Lotus 2-Eleven:  It weights a miserly 670 kg and offers 252 bhp. The car can accelerate to speeds of 0-6 in just 3.8 and achieves a top speed of 249 km/h. Lotus 2-Eleven though intended for racing tracks only can be converted to road use legally just by spending some additional pounds.

 Lotus T125 Exos: his is formula 1 inspired racing car and possesses a 3.5l Cosworth V8 engine with 640 bhp and costs a cool $1 million to build. Lotus Motorsports initiated the club Exos Experience by Lotus where a limited number of chosen drivers can hone their racing skills and scale new peaks with the support of former trainers and race drivers of the racing tracks. The car had the distinction of being the fastest Top Gear lap achiever.

Lotus is divided into Lotus Engineering and Lotus Cars under the umbrella of Group Lotus PLC. The British automaker is about to replace the Elise with an entirely new model and would possibly come up with Lotus Elite and Lotus Elan, sports coupes and a sports saloon Eterne and an Exprit based supercar. Lotus serves all parts of the world and has its headquarters at Hethel, Norfolk, England. The company changed three hands after its inception and is currently owned by Proton which is a subsidiary of DRB Hicom. Lotus cars made their entry into the racing tracks 1958 through the sister company named Team Lotus. Lotus Engineering, the other half of Lotus is also into consultancy and offers third party services to automobile industries. 

Lotus models:

Lotus Evora
Lotus Exige
Lotus Esprit
Lotus Elise