Lotus is still not really recovered from its latest bout of trouble.
Money trouble, talent trouble, mechanical trouble. But hey, Lotus is always in a bit of a pickle -- so why should now be any different?
High-level management stuff has never dulled the brilliance of the new Exige S sports-car range - and this thing is absolutely brutal on tracks. It delivers times that Porsche owners would take five years of practise to approach. But the Lotus Exige can do it on its first lap out there. It is just so, so quick with the supercharged V6 in back.
That makes the new LF1 edition so much more special - embellishing some of the best Lotus racing glories in the color scheme and a true makeover of the vehicle inside, outside and under the hood. Not one area is free of black/gold special items and upgrades.
Only 81 will be made, and we are not 100-percent sure the car is coming to the United States. But... if you order it, then you know at least one will be in the USA.
There are at least 50 US Lotus dealers - discoverable at the link below.
And as with all the drama mentioned above -- there is one extra benefit! Every car Lotus has sold in the USA since 2005 or so is still worth a ton of cash. The Exige and Elise in particular do not depreciate - such is the limited supply for buyers seeking track-day Lotus thrills.
One thing we definitely do not qualify for is the three-year free servicing offer Lotus just put up for buyers in the EU and UK. But still - that is a good vote of confidence in the brand's much-touted quality push!
The LF1 is preconfigured, but here is the general builder link if you want to order something else!
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2014 LOTUS Exige LF1 - EXTERIOR GALLERY
2014 LOTUS Exige LF1 - INTERIOR GALLERY
2014 LOTUS Exige LF1 - DETAILS GALLERY
Lotus celebrates Formula 1 provenance with limited edition ‘Exige LF1’
Fuelled by the excitement and anticipation of the 2014 Formula 1® season, Lotus gives its Exige S range a shot of race adrenaline with the Exige LF1 limited edition.
This summer 81 Lotus Exige S cars will receive a Lotus F1® Team inspired livery and interior trim to commemorate the number of grand prix victories held by the Lotus marque*,
Delivering race-car thrills on the road and track, the critically acclaimed supercharged 3.5l V6 Exige S is well known for its focussed dynamic performance, now, with a striking bespoke black and gold paint scheme with red accents and gold 17” front and 18” rear cast alloy wheels, the Exige LF1 leaves no doubt as to its heritage or indeed to its intention!
The Exige LF1 is a car that begs to be driven; inside the meticulously designed black and gold interior ensures that the driver and passenger environment evokes the spirit of competition, the sporty details a continuity of the Formula 1® inspired scheme.
Exclusivity and performance are at the heart of the Exige LF1; each car will be individually numbered with its own limited edition carbon fibre build plate and loaded rich with extras such as the Exige Race Pack with Dynamic Performance Management system, two-piece high performance brake discs and high-performance Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo tyres. For those drivers wanting to optimise their Exige LF1 optional Convenience Pack, heated seats and rear parking sensors are available.
Designed with Lotus fans firmly in mind, the Lotus Exige LF1 brings to life the iconic black and gold livery of the 1970s and 1980s. A blend of heritage and modernity, the Exige LF1 pays homage to the great Lotus Formula 1 cars of yesteryear yet incorporates the palette and sophistication of today’s E22. Each of the 81 limited edition cars will sequentially celebrate a specific Grand Prix from car #1 commemorating Lotus’ first GP victory at Monaco in 1960 to car #81 marking Kimi Raikkonen’s win at Australia in 2013.
Not only will Exige LF1 owners be guaranteed an exclusive driving experience, but they will also automatically become Exige LF1 Members. Exige LF1 Membership offers a real Lotus F1 experience including a behind the scenes tour of the Lotus Cars and Lotus F1® Team factories and a range of Lotus F1® Team gifts and memorabilia.
Jean-Marc Gales, Lotus CEO explained, “Lotus’ DNA is borne of the Formula one® arena and with 65 years of motorsport racing experience, 40 of those in F1® it’s fitting we celebrate our sporting origins and our race successes with the new Exige LF1. 81 limited edition cars, each one an acknowledgement to each of Lotus’ 81 Grand Prix wins, this car is intended for the truest of Lotus’ racing fans.”
The Exige LF1 makes its public debut during the second week of June, showcased in its right-hand drive guise at the Canary Wharf Motorexpo in London from Monday 9 June until Sunday 15 June and simultaneously in its left-hand drive European-spec at Le Mans 24 hours from Wednesday 11 June to Sunday 15 of June 2014.
Visitors to the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed can see the Exige LF1 on display from 26 until 29 June.
For more details about Lotus’ activities at these events please visit the ‘Events’ section of our website 4lot.us/events
The Exige LF1 Special edition in detail
- Bespoke black and gold livery with red accents
- Bespoke exterior badges incorporating ‘LF1’ logo
- Exclusive black and gold ‘Lotus’ nose badge and wheel centres
- Bespoke trim in leather and technical fabric featuring black and gold design with gold contrast piping and stitching details
- Embroidered ‘LF1’ logos on headrests and floor mats
- Embroidered ‘Lotus F1® Team’ logo on seat backs
- Matt gold 5-spoke 17”/18”cast alloy wheels
- Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo Tyres
- Race Pack
- Two-piece high performance brake discs
- Red brake calipers
- Air conditioning
- Individually numbered limited edition carbon fibre build plate
- Bespoke carbon fibre engine plate
- Convenience Pack
- Heated seats
- Rear parking sensors
The Lotus Exige LF1 special edition comes with the following Formula 1® package within the purchase price of the car:
– A factory tour for 2 people of the Lotus Cars production facility at Hethel
– A factory tour for 2 people of the Lotus F1® Team headquarters at Enstone
– Collector’s edition owner’s pack including Exige LF1 Membership card entitling members to 20% discount on Lotus Originals and Heritage ranges and 10% off Lotus F1® Team Replica collection
– Romain Grosjean 1:2 scale replica helmet
– Lotus F1® car key fob
– Lotus F1® Team USB stick
- Max Power; 345 hp (350 PS) at 7000 rpm
- Max Torque; 295 lbft (400 Nm) at 4500 rpm
- 0-60 mph; 3.8 seconds
- 0-100 km/h; 4.0 seconds
- Max Speed; 170 mph (274 km/h)
- Weight; 1176 kg
The Lotus Exige LF1 is available to customers in all Global markets (excluding the USA).
Fuel consumption for Exige S; Urban 19.5 mpg – 14.5 litres / 100km. Extra urban 37.2 mpg – 7.6 litres / 100km. Combined – 28.0 mpg – 10.1 litres / 100km.
CO2 emissions 236g CO2 / km.
* as at the end of the 2013 season