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.