Hot on the heels of Lotus’ return to Formula 1 racing is a new vehicle that aims to put its customers in the driver’s seat as few automakers have so far – Ferrari being most notable.
The Lotus 125 was unveiled over the weekend at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and to hear Lotus describe it, the car appears to be offer the ultimate consumer-based motorsports experience. A track-only toy, the 125 is constructed from carbon, nomex, and aluminum and boasts a 640-horsepower 3.5-liter Cosworth-engineered V-8 engine mounted amidships. With a redline of 10,800 and a curb weight of just 1430 pounds, the driving experience is sure to be visceral.
Styling is obviously F1-derived and according to Lotus, the car will deliver lap times closer to the real deal than one might think – albeit at a significantly reduced cost compared to the machines campaigned in the current World Championship. Cost? $950,000. But you’ll only be able to call one your own after you pass a rigorous physical examination that proves to Lotus you’re capable of driving one safely.
The program in which the Lotus 125 will be run is dubbed Exos Experience (think of it like Lotus’ version of Ferrari’s Corse Clienti) and will include everything from race organization and car maintenance to specialized training from Lotus F1 driver Jarno Trulli. Expect the first cars to be delivered by March 2011.