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    From EliseTalk:

    From: PR@lotuscars.co.uk
    Subject: The New Lotus "Circuit Car" - Embargo: 12 June 2005 at 00:01 BST (GMT +1)
    Date: June 11, 2005 8:21:55 PM EDT
    To: PR@lotuscars.co.uk
    Cc: PR@lotuscars.co.uk

    Embargo: 12 June 2005 at 00:01 BST (GMT +1)

    The Lotus "Circuit Car"

    The all new lightweight and high performance track day Lotus
    The new Lotus "Circuit Car" was announced yesterday (Saturday, 11 June,
    2005) by Kim Ogaard-Nielsen, CEO of Group Lotus, to privileged Lotus Club
    International members at the annual Lotus Club International Gala Dinner
    held at Norwich City Football Club. Based on the Lotus Elise Aluminium
    chassis, and weighing in at approximately 600kg, the single-seater car (with
    an option of two seats) has been designed and engineered solely for Track
    Day and Club Racing.
    The lightweight composite bodywork of the visually dramatic open-topped
    circuit car combines high downforce from cleverly engineered aerodynamics.
    Part of its phenomenal performance is from a supercharged VVTL-i (Variable
    Valve Timing with Lift - intelligent) engine, and is estimated to achieve
    the 0 - 100 mph (160 km/h) sprint in a staggering 9.0 seconds. This exciting
    combination has allowed for a dynamic racing package producing higher
    performance to that of existing Elise-based products. An entry-level
    naturally-aspirated VVTL-i engine will also be available, powering the car
    from 0 - 62 mph in under 4 seconds.
    Tony Shute, Head of Product Development at Lotus Cars, explains what makes
    the Lotus "Circuit Car" a leading high performance track car: "The new
    product has allowed Lotus to once again apply its key "performance through
    lightweight" philosophy. This is in order to achieve an innovative product
    for the track day and club racing Lotus enthusiast whilst staying true to
    the key design attributes of the Elise and Exige products. They are
    considered to be amongst the finest existing road and track day cars by
    thousands of owners around the world, and the "Circuit Car" will build on
    this formidable reputation, helping to further underline Lotus as the
    ultimate driver's choice."
    The introduction of the new Lotus "Circuit Car" will generate additional
    exposure of the Lotus brand and provide Lotus with entry to further key
    market sectors, as Clive Dopson, Managing Director of Lotus Cars, explains
    "The introduction of this new model plays a key role in developing and
    enhancing the presence of Lotus Cars on the track, whilst providing the
    driver of today with a pure circuit car which thrives on the essential
    values of the Lotus brand. In addition, it will be yet another example of a
    high quality product to be built at our world class production facilities at
    Hethel."
    The Lotus "Circuit Car" is due to go into production at the Group Lotus
    Headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk, in December 2005, with scheduled volume of
    approximately 100 units per annum.

    Full specifications and price will be announced closer to the production
    date.

    Predicted Performance figures:
    Naturally Aspirated VVTL-i Engine:
    0 to 60 mph 4 seconds (approx.)
    0 to 100 mph < 11 seconds

    Supercharged VVTL-i Engine:
    0 to 60 mph 3.5 seconds (approx.)
    0 to 100 mph < 9.0 seconds
    ENDS.

    Notes:
    High-resolution "Artist's Impression" pictures of the Lotus "Circuit Car"
    can be downloaded from the media centre of the official Group Lotus website
    at http://www.grouplotus.com/mediactr. The image library is for registered
    users only. Members of the press may register for the media centre.


    For further details please contact:
    PR Department
    Group Lotus plc, Potash Lane, Hethel, Norfolk, UK, NR14 8EZ
    Tel: +44(0)1953 608264
    Fax: +44(0)1953 608111
    Email: pr@lotuscars.co.uk




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    Sounds like the higher end supercharged model should accelerate almost as fast as the GTO-3R.
    RacePrecision GotApex

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnyxM400
    From EliseTalk:




    Sounds like the higher end supercharged model should accelerate almost as fast as the GTO-3R.

    I can report that I've had the priveledge of being on the same race track as the supercharged version. In the right hands, it is about as fast as anything, faster than Atoms and full blown race prepared Exiges. Gavin Kershaw was driving one of them yesterday in my race at Snetterton. It was a final production version and had been driven to the circuit rather than transported. It was the first public outing for the car. I have no idea what sort of price they are considering but there is no doubt this would be a serious rival to any M12/400.

    In the qualifying it just flew past me. I think he posted either the best or second best qualifying time and this was a field of fully race prepared motosports Exiges, two Atoms, one the higher powered version and a Shelsley. My car was in all sorts of trouble; running on only one turbo, unable to change gear when braking so I wasn't having a good day. The time he posted was something like 1 min 17 secs. To put that in comparison a racing M400, with allegedly 200kg weight removed, being run in the Britcar series won its race at SNetterton a few weeks back with a lap time of in the region 1 15/16.

    This new Lotus is a serious peice of kit and will be a serious rival to the Noble for serious track drivers who are not interested in using the car on the road.
    Regards
    Paul C

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    I'm sure the track-only Lotus would be faster all around than a street vehicle like the Noble. It it wasn't, you may as well pick up an SR8.
    RacePrecision GotApex

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    Pictures revealed.











    These are the first official pictures of what could be the fastest ever Lotus, the track-biased Circuit Car, due to make its public debut this weekend at the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb Centenery Festival Meeting.


    Weighing in at just 600kg, the Circuit Car is 75kg lighter than the 340R making it the lightest production car yet to be spun off the Elise's extruded and bonded aluminium chassis. Like the 340R, the Circuit Car does without doors and roof, and this time it goes a step further by losing its windscreen and adding a full roll cage. The aerodynamics have received a thorough revamp and power comes from either 189bhp normally aspirated or 243bhp supercharged Toyota four-cylinder engines. Lotus claims that the supercharged car will go from rest to 60mph in under 4.0sec, to 100mph in under 9.0sec, and on to a maximum speed of over 100mph.

    The Circuit Car will come as standard with a single seat, although there will be the option of adding a passenger seat to bring a friend along for the ride, and it will be given a Lotus 'E' name or type number before it goes on sale. Though it is designed as a track-day car, the new car will also be offered with an optional 'SVA pack' for road use and only around 100 cars per year are expected to be built, with a likely starting price of around £25,000 when it arrives in mid-2006. The public will see the car for the first time when it is demonstrated on August 19 and 21 by head of product development Tony Shute, the man behind the ultra-lightweight polyeurathane-bodied Exposť
    RacePrecision GotApex

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    **********Lotus Press Release****************************

    "Circuit Car" will run for first time at Shelsley Walsh Centenary event

    Lotus "Circuit Car" - Prototype Specifiations and Pictures:

    The prototype Lotus "Circuit Car" will run for the first time at the
    oldest motorsport venue in the world, the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, during
    the Centenary celebrations.
    Based on the strong, stiff and lightweight aluminium chassis first
    seen on the Lotus Elise, and weighing in at around 650 kg, the single-seater
    car (with an option of two seats) has been designed and engineered solely
    for Track Days and Club Racing. The prototype car was designed and built in
    an incredible eleven weeks and production versions are scheduled to be built
    from mid 2006 in the world class production facilities at the Lotus
    headquarters in Hethel Norfolk.

    The Following Information Describes the Prototype Lotus "Circuit
    Car"
    The visually dramatic open-topped prototype "Circuit Car" has
    lightweight composite bodywork and a very powerful supercharged and
    intercooled 1.8 litre engine.
    The innovative and technologically advanced extruded and bonded
    aluminium chassis has high side sills that reduce the complexity of the
    chassis structure.
    The engine with VVTL-i (Variable Valve Timing and Lift -
    intelligent) is mated to a Roots-type Eaton M62 supercharger with air-to-air
    intercooler to give a maximum power output of 243 hp (181 kW) at 8000 rpm
    and a maximum torque of 174 lb ft (236 Nm) at 7000 rpm. On production
    versions, an entry-level naturally-aspirated VVTL-i engine will also be
    available with 190 hp (141 kW) at 8000 rpm and 138 lbft (181 Nm) at 7000
    rpm. Engine management control is provided by the bespoke - mapped Lotus T4
    system and a drive-by-wire electronic throttle.
    The 6-speed C64 close ratio gearbox is linked to an open slip
    differential and a prototype traction control system perfect for the tight
    and twisty Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb course.
    The power to weight ratio, of course a key Lotus engineering
    principle and core brand value, for the supercharged engine is around 373
    hp/tonne (278 kW/tonne) with a torque to weight ratio of 267 lbft per tonne
    (363 Nm/tonne). It is estimated to achieve the 0 - 100 mph (160 km/h) sprint
    in less than 9.0 seconds. This exciting combination has allowed for a
    dynamic racing package producing higher performance to that of existing
    Elise-based products, powering the car from 0 - 62 mph (0 - 100 km/h) in
    under 4 seconds.
    Braking is provided by a servo-assisted, track tuned 4-channel
    Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Lotus/AP-Racing twin-piston fixed
    aluminium alloy front brake calipers, Brembo single-piston sliding rear
    calipers and 282 mm diameter, 26 mm thick front and rear, cast-iron
    ventilated & cross-drilled discs.
    The lightweight GRP composite bodywork is bolted to the chassis for
    easy removal for maintenance and race / track preparation. The bodywork has
    been designed by the Lotus Design team led by Russell Carr, Chief of Design
    for Lotus. Russell Carr, explains the design philosophy of the new Lotus
    "Circuit Car": "The design captures the essence of the other Lotus based
    products and combines it with a functionally correct bodywork to give a
    racecar that is not only beautiful to look at but aerodynamically and
    structurally as effective as it possibly can be,"
    The small frontal area with no windscreen is combined with flat,
    unsculptured sides with no air-intakes, for minimal drag; and a deep front
    splitter and a large rear wing (single plane as standard and dual element as
    an option) and a rear diffuser to attain maximum aerodynamic downforce.
    For the Shelsley Walsh Event, the "Circuit Car" uses Lotus Sport 5
    spoke forged wheels, which are shod with Yokohama A005 Hill Climb
    specification racing slicks (Yokohama A006 racing wet tyres are an option).
    For production versions, other tyre options will also be available.
    Suspension and damping is provided by fully independent unequal
    length wishbones, Eibach coil springs, Ohlins 2-way adjustable dampers and
    an adjustable front anti-roll bar.
    Tony Shute, Head of Product Development at Lotus Cars will be
    driving the Lotus "Circuit Car" for its premier at the Shelsley Walsh
    Centenary celebrations. Tony explains what makes the Lotus "Circuit Car" a
    leading high performance track car:
    "This new product has allowed Lotus to once again apply its key
    "performance through lightweight" philosophy. This is in order to achieve an
    innovative product for the track day and club racing Lotus enthusiast whilst
    staying true to the key design attributes of the Elise and Exige products.
    They are considered to be amongst the finest existing road and track day
    cars by thousands of owners around the world, and the "Circuit Car" will
    build on this formidable reputation, helping to further underline Lotus as
    the ultimate driver's choice."
    The Lotus "Circuit Car" is scheduled to go on sale by mid 2006 with
    volumes of approximately 100 units per year.
    The name of the "Circuit Car" and the Manufacturer's Suggested
    Retail Prices will not be confirmed until closer to production but it is
    expected that the production versions of the Lotus "Circuit Car" will start
    at around £25,000 for the 190 hp version in the UK. Prices in other markets
    will be release over the next few months.

    Technical Specifications of Prototype Lotus Circuit Car
    Engine
    Supercharged - 240:
    * 2ZZ-GE Supercharged engine, developed by Lotus Engineering
    * Capacity: 1,796 cm3
    * Max Power 243 hp (181 kW) @ 8000 rpm (DIN 70020)
    * Max Torque: 174 lb ft (236 Nm) @ 7000 rpm (DIN 70020)
    *
    Option - 190:
    * 2ZZ-GE, 4 cylinder, dohc 4 valves per cylinder with variable valve
    timing and lift
    * Capacity: 1,796 cm3
    * Max power: 190 hp (141 kW) @ 7800 rpm (DIN 70020) Integral ducts to
    provide engine air feed and cooling
    * Max Torque: 138 lb ft (181 Nm) @ 6800 rpm (DIN 70020)
    *
    Transmission
    * C64 Gearbox, all aluminium lightweight construction
    * 6-speed
    * Close ratio
    * Constant mesh helical gears
    * Open differential
    * Limited Slip differential (optional)
    *
    Chassis
    * Lotus designed lightweight structure of epoxy bonded aluminium alloy
    extrusions and lightweight steel rear subframe
    *
    Bodywork
    * Lightweight composite body shell
    * Bolt on exterior body panels for ease of service and repair
    * Integral ducts to provide engine air feed and cooling
    *
    Aerodynamics
    * Flat bottom with front aero splitter and rear diffuser
    * Aerodynamically designed body shape with minimal drag and frontal
    area
    * Single plane rear wing, high downforce, carbon composite, dual
    element rear wing (optional)
    *
    Suspension
    * Fully independent suspension utilising unequal length wishbones
    * Coaxial mono-tube gas damper
    * Eibach coil springs at each corner
    * Front anti roll-bar
    * Bilstein dampers
    * Ohlins 2-way adjustable dampers (optional)
    *
    Braking System
    * F&R Cross drilled disc brakes
    * AP racing front brake calipers
    * Brembo rear brake calipers
    * ABS
    *
    Wheels
    * 8 x Y spoke Cast wheels
    * 7 - Twin spoke Lightweight Forged Wheels (optional)
    * Lotus Sport 5-spoke Lightweight Forged Wheels (optional)
    *
    Tyres
    * Yokohama Advan AO48
    * Yokohama A006 racing wet tyres (optional)
    * Yokohama A005 racing slick tyres (optional) Passenger seat and
    safety equipment
    * Yokohama A005 racing slick tyres - Hillclimb Spec (optional)
    *

    Electrical System
    * Lotus T4 engine management system - with Drive-by-wire throttle
    control
    * Lightweight dry cell battery
    *
    Interior
    * Nardi Steering Wheel
    * Single Sports Seat
    * Passenger seat and harness (optional)
    * 6-point harnesses (optional)
    *
    Options
    A variety of options will be available including:

    SPORTS PACK:
    * Optional dynamics improvement package
    *
    TRACK PACK:
    * Passenger seat and safety equipment
    *
    SVA PACK:
    * Offering parts required to convert the Lotus Circuit Car to meet UK
    Single Vehicle Approval.
    *
    RACE PACKS
    * Options packages to tailor the car for entry into race series of the
    FIA and MSA regulations.
    *
    STANDALONE OPTIONS
    A variety of options to tailor your vehicle to you, including:
    * Limited Slip differential
    * Traction control
    * Race exhaust (105db)
    * Racing tyres and wheel options
    * Protective cover
    *
    Notes:
    The Shelsley Walsh Centenary Festival Meeting will run from Friday
    19th to Sunday 21st August, with the Lotus "Circuit Car" turning out for
    practice on the Friday ahead of its racing debut on the Sunday. Tony Shute,
    Head of Product Development at Lotus Cars, will be in the driving seat.




    RacePrecision GotApex

    "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity." ~ Horace Mann

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    I totally love the interior. There's just something about stripped aluminum.




















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    Paul,

    Here are the wing ends you need.

    Dean

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