The Lotus name will return to the F1 arena next year with the newly formed Lotus F1 Racing team, run by a consortium based in Malaysia, however, the original Team Lotus, which competed in F1 for the bulk of the last half century, is celebrating the occasion together with Lotus Cars by releasing a special edition Exige S.

The new Lotus Exige S Type 72 celebrates the most successful F1 car of all time, the Lotus Type 72 F1 car, which achieved 20 GP victories between 1970 and 1975.

The Lotus Type 72 was driven by such Lotus greats as Jochen Rindt, Emerson Fittipaldi, Ronnie Peterson and Jacky Ickx and won three Constructors’ Championships (1970, 1972 and 1973) and two Drivers’ World Championships (the first being won by Jochen Rindt in 1970 and the second by Emerson Fittipaldi in 1972).

The color scheme of the new car commemorates the famous and easily recognizable black and gold Lotus Type 72 livery and is finished by the same sign writer who painted racing cars for Team Lotus.

Otherwise, the Exige S Type 72 remains much the same as the regular model on which it’s based.

To commemorate the impressive number of GP wins the Type 72 achieved, Lotus will be producing just 20 examples of this special edition model for the UK, a further 20 cars for mainland Europe and there will be a limited run of cars in Japan and selected markets around the world. No word on whether the U.S. is among these.

Each car comes with a special build plate commemorating one of the F1 car’s 20 GP victories. The exterior features unique black and gold light weight wheels and is finished with hand-painted gold Type 72 and Exige S logos.

A Sport Pack is also fitted, which comes complete with traction control, an adjustable front anti-roll bar and a high quality interior.

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