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New track-only Lotus special is being billed as a 'halo' car for the brand; 25 to be built for £650k
Mark Tisshaw
3 mins read
16 August 2010

Lotus took the wraps off an incredible new F1-inspired track-day special at Pebble Beach last weekend. Its latest £650,000 “halo model" is to sit at the top of a new range of road and race cars to help Lotus recapture its past glories.

The Lotus T125 is aimed at wealthy private buyers who want to the live the F1 dream; power comes from a 640bhp Cosworth V8 racing engine offering near-GP2 levels of performance, thanks to a dry weight of just 560kg. Only 25 examples will ever be built, with each buyer gaining access to a club – the Exos – that will allow them to sample the F1 lifestyle.

The T125 is part of Lotus’s future under new CEO Dany Bahar who will reveal ambitious plans to move Lotus road cars upmarket at the Paris motor show. He believes Lotus was at its strongest when it was firmly involved in multiple forms of motorsport and there were strong connections between road and track. The Lotus T125 is how the Norfolk firm plans to restore that connection; it also references the Lotus 25, F1's first-ever monocoque racer.

The T125 is a radical departure for the company best known for making the Elise and its derivatives in recent years. It will sit at the top of the company's new range, representing the best of Lotus's technologies in the same mould as the Ferrari 599XX.

It is powered by a detuned 640bhp, 332lb ft 3.5-litre Cosworth V8 racing engine. The redline is 10,300rpm but a ‘push to pass’ button ups this by 500rpm. The rear wheels are driven through an F1-style six-speed semi-automatic sequential gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The T125 is 4910mm long, 1890mm wide and 1011mm high. Its dry weight is just 650kg thanks to a carbonfibre monocoque, carbonfibre suspension and carbon ceramic brakes.

Lotus USA marketing and PR executive Kevin Smith said the T125 was “not only a halo car for Lotus motorsport, but for Lotus overall”.

“It’s an outrageous track car and a complete, comprehensive package for someone who’s ever dreamed of being an F1 driver,” said Smith. “This is as close as you can get to the F1 experience."

The Exos club gives T125 buyers access to experiences equivalent to being an F1 driver. Special events will be held at circuits across Europe where buyers will receive training from top drivers, including Jarno Trulli, as well as advice from mechanics, engineers, nutritionists and fitness experts.

The car has been designed in-house at Lotus’s Hethel HQ without involvement from the Lotus Racing F1 team. Buyers will be able to paint it in any colour or livery they want, including Lotus's iconic JPS, Camel and green and gold liveries.

Lotus claims the car will not require an army of mechanics and engineers to run and maintain and is able to be operated by just one person. This is also seen in the service intervals; it can run for 4500km before it needs a trip back to Hethel.

Lotus Motorsport’s Stephen Wright said, “It’s very easy to run and maintain. It has a starter motor so you can run it yourself. It’s a fantastic opportunity for a very lucky band of individuals who purchase the car.”

The first 10 deliveries are expected by April 2011. It will be built at Hethel.


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9 August 2010

Does it have Bluetooth?

9 August 2010

I bet they could sell quite a few more than 25 to the various 'track experience' outfits in Europe only

9 August 2010

It is just fantastic! I think its a beautiful piece of design. Rather than being a fake f1 car like the caparo t1 its just being a full fat alternative. I was always thinking that when I get the money together to start my lowkey car collection I would buy a life size model f1 car to adorn my garage but now I think Ill just save for one of these bad boys! Gunna take a while to save for tho!

9 August 2010

Cancel that Veryon order...*

but why, considering their superb form in that area, such a naff paint job?

*Yes, some pedant will be long to point the differences but it ain't the point!

9 August 2010

I'd paint mine red and insist all the other drivers must pull over and let me by.

But seriously wow! Its amazing, well done Lotus... and I was only 4 numbers away from winning the lottery this week.

9 August 2010

Sorry, can't see the point of this whole track day stuff. £650k will get you maybe five absolutely top class racing seasons in a huge variety of GT machinery with the chance to travel the world, make new friends, kit the wife/mistress out in good gear for the pit wall. Oh yes, and find out if you are any good/have any balls. Or take this thing to Mallory........

9 August 2010

631bhp/650kgs without driver that easily beats a veyron.

anyone for 3.6G?

mre power than GP2, GP2 612bhp/688kgs with driver.

extra weight comes from the starter motor which GP2 do not have.

GP2 stats:

0 - 100 km/h, 2.90 sec.
0 - 200 km/h, 6.60 sec
Maximum speed:
328 km/h (Monza aero configuration)
Max. braking deceleration -3.5 G
Max. lateral acceleration +/- 3.6 G

similar engine to the lotus, rebuild (service) after 4500km.

Designed by Renault - Assembled, maintained and rebuilt by Mecachrome
V8 - 4 litre atmospheric - 612 HP @ 10.000 rpm.
8 in 1 exhaust.
Fly by wire accelerator system.
Rebuild after 4000 to 4500 km.
Torque 500Nm @ 8000 rpm
Top Speed 328 km/h
0-100 km/h in 2.90 sec
0-200 km/h in 6.60 sec


9 August 2010

[quote Mark Tisshaw]You can have it in any colour you want; I think I'd turn mine into a Senna replica! [/quote]

Good choice - think I'd be tempted by yellow & green, though the Wolf WR1was one of my favourite paint jobs but not sure I'd dare...

10 August 2010

if i had the money i would buy the lot in one massive preorder. dominating the market ahahah.

but really i would love one, but for me my dream car has to be road legal. and as often top gear shows, anything can be given a number plate.

this GP2 car doesnt even need any kind of lights etc. i know those rules very well from my own research on my previous car (crazy micra), you just do hand signals as advised in the highway code, and dont drive after dusk obviously.

low volume so wont need crash testing, not sure on emissions, but thats just a tax anyway not a prevention.

anything else?

i think the reality of it being road legal is it would need an electronic adjustable ride height system like some road going supercars already have fitted as standard. this would add horrible weight but you know you could travel on any tarmac road and not worry about speed humps.

the final wow factor for me, seeing as i'm dreaming is that as i would be buying all 25 examples.... the colouring and graphics would be an exact as possible copy of the whole of the 2010 F1 grid. and i would get them repainted each season to match new teams and sponsors.


10 August 2010

I wonder if they could build a fat bastard version, like the Caterham Toadsport, sorry, Roadsport?


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