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Festival Fever as Lotus Gears-up for Goodwood FoS

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. 

24241_GFOS_1024x573An 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.

Guest Attendance by Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean, Lotus F

Romain Grosjean, Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean will be making an appearance, driving ‘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 Lotus F1 Team E21. Romain will be making an exclusive appearance on the Lotus stand to take questions from fans and sign autographs at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

New Elise S Club Racer

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 special 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 up to a  20 kg weight reduction over the standard Elise S, the Club Racer boasts an improved power to weight ratio delivering 240 BHP per tonne, it accelerates to 60 MPH from standing in 4.2 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 145 MPH.

The Elise range delivers thrilling driving dynamics thanks to Lotus’ trademark agile and precise handling. The S Club Racer delivers plenty of feedback so that the driver has optimum control and can intuitively deploy nimble steering and accurate braking.

Enthusiasts can even reduce the weight of the Elise S Club Racer by a further 8 kg by specifying track-use, dealer-fit options such as a TRD air box and filter element and a sports exhaust. Click to view Lotus performance accessories.

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; quick, good looking and fun to drive!

  • Six paint colour options including four new colours which are exclusive to the Elise S Club Racer. Aspen White, Carbon Grey, Chrome Orange*, Toxic Green*, Daytona Blue* and Formula Red* 
  • ‘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

*exclusive to Elise S Club Racer

Prices below are an illustration of pricing structures in selected markets only.

  • UK – GBP 35,600 (incl. VAT)
  • EU – EUR 37,500 (excl. taxes)

The Small but Mighty Exige S Holds Its Own on the Big Screen

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’. The Exige S will don its special effect bullet holes and war-wounded body panels for the Goodwood audience.

The Exige S can be seen in ‘RED 2’ in cinemas internationally from 18th July (UK release 2nd August), trailer below:

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’.

Brimming with innovation, technology, performance and power, the Lotus Evora 414E technology demonstrator shows some of the headline technologies that Lotus Engineering has developed. The Evora 414E will be on display in the ‘FoS Tech’ exhibition.

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.

Lotus Cars displayed 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

The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from the 11th to the 14th of July, for more information visit their website 

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