Lotus unveils 'turn-key F1' track car
Lotus has revealed an ultra-exclusive F1-derived track car at a motorsports event in California.
The Exos Type 125 is built on a carbon fibre monocoque chassis and gets a 645bhp 3.5-litre V8 Cosworth engine capable of revving to 10,800rpm in overtake mode. The car's power-to-weight ratio is said to be almost 1000bhp per ton.
Lotus plans to build just 25 examples of the model, and insists that its performance is as close to a Formula One car as it is possible to get without investing in a place on the pitlane. The manufacturer has not officially announced a price, but reports suggest it may be as much $1m apiece.
While the T125 includes many features that originated from the world's most expensive sport – semi-automatic gearbox, pushrod suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes etc – the manufacturer's F1 team is said to have had little influence on the car.
Instead, the programme was conceived at Lotus's HQ in Hethel, Norfolk and the car will be built at the manufacturer's facility there. The first 10 cars should be ready for delivery by spring next year.
Every T125 owner will automatically become a member of the exclusive Exos club, which Lotus says will run five track events in Europe next year. The manufacturer hopes to gather a range of experts, including racing drivers, technicians and fitness instructors to advise Exos customers on how to get the most out of themselves and the car.
However, unlike the Ferrari FXX, the Exos is not limited to Lotus events. Despite its dramatic appearance the T125 does not require a pit crew to accompany it so it can be run at a standard track day without mechanical support. The car is designed to run for 2800 miles between rebuilds and is equipped with a starter motor.
The Exos is due to take a primary position at the Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach this weekend, but was unveiled for the Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion on Saturday.