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  • Lotus Exos Type 125

    Track days are growing in popularity worldwide, and there’s no shortage of track-only cars to choose from. If your budget is modest, a used-but-serviceable SCCA racer may suit your needs. If you’ve got more money to spend, cars like the Caterham 7, Ariel Atom or KTM X-Bow will provide years of enjoyment, assuming you don’t crash them. If your budget is unlimited, there are two solid options we can think of. The first is Ferrari’s “Corse Clienti” program, which allows owners of track-centric Ferraris (like vintage F1 cars or the 599XX Evolution) to arrive...

  • 2012 Lotus Exige S live photos
    Lotus Explains Its Track-Focused Exige S: Video

    Lotus revealed its sharp-edged Exige S coupe at last year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, and since then has occasionally teased the car in videos. Now the Hethel-based automaker is doing a full-court-press video release on the car, covering both its design and testing. The recipe for the Exige S is...

  • Charlie Kimball, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Mike Conway on the Toronto podium - IZOD Indycar Series LAT USA
    Hunter-Reay Three-Peats At Honda Indy Toronto

    Ryan Hunter-Reay scored his third consecutive victory in the IZOD IndyCar Series 2012 season, winning the Honda Indy Toronto in his No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone Indy car under caution for the second straight time (Iowa two weeks ago was the first caution finish)...

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    INDYCAR Remaining Engine Count Revealed

    With engine competition for the first time since 2005 and with new rules that limit teams to five engines per season, the IZOD IndyCar Series has announced the status of engine use following the ninth of 15 races in the 2012 season. As the cars roll into Canada for the Honda Indy Toronto this...

  • Lotus Evora 414E extended-range electric car prototype
    Lotus Evora 414E Extended-Range Electric Car Starts Testing

    Despite being one of the more performance-oriented brands in the industry, Lotus also happens to be a leader when it comes to fuel-saving hybrid technology. Having already established a hybrid and electric vehicle group years ago, as well as building several concept and engineering mules for other...

  • The current Lotus INDYCAR engine - Anne Proffit photo
    INDYCAR Officially Allows Lotus Engine Modifications

    INDYCAR made it official - Lotus has been allowed to modify certain homologated parts to improve the performance of the 2.2-liter V-6 twin-turbocharged engine it uses in the IZOD IndyCar Series. When the rules were first vested for the Indy cars' new 2012 engines, any manufacturer that felt their...

  • Marco Andretti at Milwaukee - Courtesy INDYCAR/LAT USA

    The IZOD IndyCar Series teams have completed their all-important second practice that will designate lineups for the three heat race scheduled later this evening. Those three races will determine the grid for Saturday night's Iowa Corn 250 on the 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway oval, the third consecutive oval race in as many weekends. As he did during the first practice, Marco Andretti was the quickest driver of the day. The (newly clean-shaven) defending race winner at this track, Andretti took his No. 26 Andretti Autosport Team RC Cola Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone Indy car used his eighth lap of...

  • Simona de Silvestro at Long Beach - Anne Proffit photo
    Lotus Expects Improvements With INDYCAR Permission To Upgrade

    Lotus Racing is moving forward in its efforts to improve the 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged IZOD indyCar Series engine it produces with the engineering assistance of Engine Developments Ltd. and its owners John Judd and John Judd Jr. EDL has been producing engines for a variety of series over the...

  • Marco Andretti won last year's Iowa Corn 250 - Anne Proffit photo
    Qualifying Heat Races For INDYCAR In Iowa; Engine Adjustments On Horizon?

    The IZOD IndyCar Series returns to Iowa Speedway for this weekend's Iowa Corn 250, a night race and the third oval contest in a row, after Texas and Milwaukee. The defending race winner is Marco Andretti, who earned his first victory since 2006 with a stirring and competitive drive last June. This...

  • Dany Bahar
    Lotus CEO Dany Bahar Fired

    Following a suspension last month amid an investigation into misconduct--likely related to his use of company funds to extensively refurbish his several houses--Lotus CEO Dany Bahar has been fired, effective immediately. The announcement, made in a release by Group Lotus, Plc, said the decision to...

  • Jay Penske - Anne Proffit photo
    Dragon Racing Down To One Chevy-Powered Car For INDYCAR Season

    There's been no resolution to owner Jay Penske's $4.6-million lawsuit against Lotus Cars that argues contractual obligations were never met, but the team used Chevrolet power - with INDYCAR permission - for its two-car Dragon Racing team during the 96th Indianapolis 500, for rookie Katherine Legge...

  • Lotus Originals' first retail location, in Monaco
    Lotus Originals Bets On Monaco

    If there’s an automaker with a more diverse business portfolio than Lotus, we’d be hard pressed to name it. Not only does Lotus build cars, but the firm also consults on engineering projects, fronts a Formula One team, builds (sadly non-competitive) engines for the IndyCar series and...

  • Franchitti hugs the Borg Warner trophy again - Anne Proffit photo

    After winning his third Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 27, Dario Franchitti did what any proper victor would do - he joined his peers partying in downtown Indianapolis. Then he made the obligatory trip back to the Yard of Bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) for photographs and interviews before collecting nearly $2.5 million ($2,474,280) from a total purse of over $13 million for the 96th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Indy 500 purse awards come from IMS and from the IZOD IndyCar Series; there are other designated and special awards. With an impressive 17...

  • Franchitti celebrates his third Indy 500 win - Photo courtesy IZOD IndyCar Series/LAT USA
    Franchitti Earns Third Indy 500 Win

    The 96th Indianapolis 500 turned out - as many expected - to be one of the most competitive races ever staged on the 2.5-mlle historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. With 34 lead changes among 10 drivers it looked like anyone's race, but as everyone who's ever raced at Indianapolis knows, this...

  • Scott Dixon's crew won the IZOD Pit Stop contest - Photo courtesy IZOD IndyCar Series/LAT
    Indy 500 Carb Day Practice To Franchitti; Dixon Takes IZOD Pit Stop Challenge

    It's a sweltering Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the IZOD IndyCar Series competitors are preparing for Sunday's (which will be equally sweltering, we've been told) 96th Indianapolis 500. All the regular-season teams changed engines between last Sunday's end of qualifying and today...

  • Dany Bahar
    Lotus CEO Dany Bahar Suspended For 'Conduct'

    An official statement released today confirmed that earlier rumors of Lotus CEO Dany Bahar's suspension were in fact true--though the only reason given for the suspension was a matter of "conduct." The suspension is termed temprorary in the statement from DRB-Hicom, which recently acquired Lotus'...

  • EJ Viso - Anne Proffit photo
    More Indy Penalties - Turbo Boost To Remain At Lower Level

    Indianapolis Motor Speedway isn't open for on-track activities on May 22, but today is the day that qualified teams may change to their race engines, provided they are full-season entries that are not here for an Indianapolis 500-only effort or did not change engine manufacturers, as did...

  • Lotus' engineering development menu.
    Lotus Helping Automakers Develop Lightweight Platforms

    Lotus founder Colin Chapman was perhaps best known for his ability to “add lightness” to purpose-built race cars. Legend has it that Chapman would only stop removing bracing from a race car chassis when he approached (or sometimes exceeded) the point of structural failure. Lotus may not...

  • Driver coach Arie Luyendyk and Katherine Legge - Anne Proffit photo

    Through Thursday, the emphasis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been on preparing 33 IZOD IndyCar Series race cars, teams and drivers for the 96th Indianapolis 500, scheduled for May 27. On Friday, May 18 the emphasis switches to that other race - to take the Peak Pole position for the race. There was a good deal of drafting practice Thursday for the first hour and a half of the six-hour test and tune session; drafting practice returned for the final hour as well, with the 2.5-mile Brickyard oval looking much like it was race day, albeit without the largest single day fan attendance. At the...

  • Katherine Legge at Long Beach - Anne Proffit photo
    Wait Is Almost Over For Dragon Racing At Indy

    As I write this, mechanics from Dragon Racing and engineers from Ilmor Inc. are busy in Gasoline Alley at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, preparing the team's two Dallara chassis to accept Chevrolet's 2.2-liter V-6 engines. Dragon Racing owner Jay Penske was able to reach an accord that allowed him -...

  • The Lotus Type 102. Image: Paul Melbert
    Lotus Type 102, Sans Owner, To Appear At Goodwood Festival Of Speed

    Vintage F1 cars driven at events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed are often piloted by their owners, who may not be comfortable with the idea of another driver, no matter how experienced, behind the wheel. When the 1990 Lotus Type 102 in Camel livery takes to the track for this year’s...

  • The Lotus Evora GTC
    Lotus Announces Evora GTC Racer

    Building from the established Lotus Evora GT4 racer, Lotus has announced the availability of the new Evora GTC. Aimed at the latest Le Mans Series class of near-production cars, the Evora GTC will go head to head against the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and the Ferrari F430 Challenge in Le Mans GTC...

  • Jean Alesi at Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Pagoda - photo courtesy IZOD IndyCar Series
    Indy Rookie Tests Complete, Boost Levels Changed For 500 Qualifying

    Rookie Orientation Program took place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday, May 10 with eight drivers on the 2.5-mile oval working up to speed in order to make the field of 33 on May 27. Of those eight, six passed their three-phase rookie tests, earning the right to qualify for the 96th...

  • The 96th Indianapolis 500 is set for May 27
    Indy 500 Rookie Program Gets Tweaks; Alesi Race Entry Confirmed

    INDYCAR, sanctioning body for the IZOD IndyCar Series, has elected to make changes to the Rookie Orientation Program (ROP) for the 96th Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 27. In the past ROP featured four segments with increasing speeds to be held for 10 laps each; the program will now consist of...

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