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USD $1m, 25 to be built. The chassis is a carbon fiber monocoque both the wide front wing and the narrow rear wings of the 2009-spec F1 cars. It also has the coke bottle shape, top exit exhaust and shark fin engine covers that have been in vogue. Other technical similarities include carbon ceramic brakes and a carbon fiber pushrod suspension.

The F1 technology continues inside the cockpit there the car uses paddle shifters to control the semi automatic gearbox as well as a multi function screen on the steering wheel that allows drivers to set the various parameters on the fly.

The engine is a Cosworth GPV8 that has been detuned to produce 650 bhp with a 10,300 rpm redline (10,800 push to pass). Weighing just 650kg the car will have a power to weight ratio just shy of 1000 bhp per ton and should be faster than anything short of a recent Formula 1 car. However unlike an F1 car this engine is designed to run 4500 km between rebuilds and has a starter motor so that you don’t need a support crew to be able to run the car at the track.

Apart from the car itself, the Exos program will also include 5 “driver events” at various race tracks that will allow the owners to slowly come up to speed with the performance of their new car by getting instruction and advice from a variety of current and past Lotus drivers (a little birdy tells us that Mika Häkkinen and Jarno Trulli will be involved).


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Had a look at it today as well as the Evora Cup.

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Any pictures?
I am still sorting through them, it was in a marquee all day surrounded by people so I don't think I bothered taking pics of the Exos.

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Offline Paulstar

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  Now you can really pretend to be Michael Schumacher - with Lotus's new racing car for consumers.

Lotus has unveiled the ultimate track-day car – a Formula One-inspired racer called the Type 125.

The British sports car company will show its consumer-focused F1 clone at this weekend’s annual Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance in the United States, with plans to build only 25 examples from next April.

The 125 will cost much less than a real Formula One car but the price tag is still expected to be about $1.1 million.

Power comes from a 3.5-litre V8 that’s supplied by the same company behind Lotus’s F1 team - British engine builder Cosworth. The V8 produces 477kW and can rev to 10,800rpm.

Stunning acceleration is guaranteed because the engine has only to propel 650kg, thanks to the use of carbonfibre construction for the 125’s monocoque chassis.

A sequential semi-automatic gearbox with paddleshift levers also mimics the F1 driving experience.

Lotus, which is owned by Malaysian car maker Proton, says it will help owners get the most out of the 125 by offering driving clinics run by former F1 stars.

It says it will also provide nutritional advice – though doesn’t suggest this is to help owners to squeeze into the race car’s cockpit.

Lotus returned to Formula One this season after a 16-year sabbatical. The F1 team, however, had no involvement in the development of the 125, according to the company.

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