The ‘Exos* Experience by Lotus’. The Exos Experience, initiated and operated by Lotus Motorsport, is an elite club. A club in which the limited number of Lotus 125 owner drivers can refine their driving skills and challenge themselves in Formula 1™ inspired technology combined with expert one-to-one advice from former Grand Prix drivers and trainers.

The ‘Exos Experience by Lotus’ is a new concept for these most exclusive owners and members to improve their race craft and engineering prowess, learn how to set-up a car working with a race engineer, focus on mental and physical fitness and enjoy a driving experience quite literally out-of-this-world. A team of engineers, aerodynamicists, tyre specialists and experts from every field have the specific aim of delivering the optimum performance vehicle.

But it is not just the performance of the vehicle which will be optimised, the driver will be brought up to a high level through an F1 level fitness programme including nutrition, strength and fitness training and through driver training from former Lotus F1 drivers to raise the customers’ skill levels to F1 standard. A member of the Exos Experience will be offered an elite concierge service for track based activity including assisting with travel arrangements and transfers to the track enabling the owner to begin their experience as smoothly as possible. The dedicated Lotus Exos concierge will act as a central point ofcontact for all arrangements and communications covering all official documentation and special requests.

Just as Formula 1™ drivers must prove themselves from week-to-week on Grand Prix tracks around the world, the ‘Exos Experience by Lotus’ will be held at European circuits with first class facilities, like the famous Paul Ricard Circuit in the south of France, and the Autódromo do Algarve, Portimao in Portugal. Owners will learn to drive in conditions similar to the most demanding race proven circuits in motorsport. With Lotus’ sophisticated data-gathering systems they’ll also be able to compare lap times with past and present heroes of the sport and debate braking distances – with braking zones of less than 100m, one of the difficult aspects to master – and overlay racing lines, entry and exit speeds and terminal velocity.

Each event will be structured to enable the driver to hone their skills allowing them to develop as a more complete driver and experience a near facsimile of a Grand Prix weekend. They will be advised on all aspects of car and driver performance to ensure that they benefit fully from the ownership of a Lotus125. Lotus’ team of driver coaches, technicians and physiotherapists will be attheir service throughout the event: helping to improve race-craft, technical understanding and preparation for the physical strains of driving. The ‘Exos Experience by Lotus’, will provide a unique opportunity to extend driving skills in a safe but challenging atmosphere.

*Exos = Exosphere – a reference to the earth’s outer atmosphere – the exosphere – where space begins and G-forces lessen where atoms are on ballistic trajectories and the lightest gases including atomic oxygen reside.

The ultimate challenge set by the Exos Experience is to enter an atmosphere shaped by the world of Formula 1™, a place of meticulous attention to detail and precision combined with the upmost efficiency and quality. The experience will immerse the driver in automotive performance and engineering exactitude.They will be surrounded by a team of Lotus experts, each driven in their field,each respected for their ability to make the car/driver package as close to perfection as possible.

Technical Specification:
 

Performance
Max power: 640bhp @ 9800rpm
Max torque: 450Nm @ 7600rpm
Max rpm: 10,300rpm normal running
Max rpm: 10,800rpm push-to-pass
Fuel: 101RON
Weight: 650kg, dry
Engine
V8, 3.5 litre DOHC, normally aspirated, dry sump.
Longitudinal mid mounted.
Transmission
Gearbox: Longitudinal layout, dog engagement.
Shift pattern: R-1-N-2-3-4-5-6
Gearshift: Semi automatic, paddle shift, pneumatic actuation,
auto throttle blip / ignition cut.
Clutch: Triple plate, sintered clutch.
Chassis mounted oil cooler.
Chassis Specification
Length: 4910mm
Width: 1890mm
Height: 1011mm
Material: Carbon composite, nomex core & aluminium core
construction, auto clave cure. Carbon composite
body panels, nomex core construction.
Suspension
Double wishbone arrangement, spring actuated via push rod & rocker
arrangement. Adjustable ride height & camber. Wishbones & pushrods
fabricated from aerospace grade materials. Dampers 3 way adjustable.
Front & rear anti roll bars blade type adjustment. Third element on front
suspension for high aero loads.
Brake System
Carbon ceramic, split front rear system, twin master cylinders with front/
rear bias adjustment, front caliper single piece 6 pot opposing piston,
rear caliper single piece 4 pot opposing rear calipers.

 

 

Fuel System
FIA approved fuel cell, internal fuel pump, engine mounted pressure
regulator, 55 litres, quick fill system, quick release connections to
engine.
Cooling
Water cooling aluminium construction radiator left hand side only, oil
cooling twin radiator cooling engine & gearbox oil right hand side.
Wheels
Front: 10 x 15 Rear: 14 x 15
Tires: Michelin
Safety Systems
Fire system cockpit & engine bay nozzles FIA approved system.
Seat belts 4 point harness minimum, quick release quarter turn buckle.
Headrest to comply with FIA regulations.
Front rear crash structures designed & tested to FIA guidelines.
Roll over hoop designed & tested to FIA guidelines.
Engine Technical Specification
Designation: Cosworth GPV8
Duty cycle type: 4 stroke reciprocating piston, normally aspirated
Configuration: 8 cylinders in banked ‘V’ configuration at a 90
degree angle
Construction: Cast aluminium alloy cylinder block and heads,
forged aluminium pistons, steel crankshaft
Capacity: 3,500cc
Valves: 32
Power: 640bhp
Maximum speed: Limited to 10,000rpm (subject to test confirmation)
Timing: Double overhead cams driven via compliant
gearing from crankshaft
Mass: 135kg
Fuelling: 8 injectors supplied by a pressurized system at
100bar
Ignition: 8 ignition coils each driving single spark plug
Engine Control Unit: Pectel SQ6
Lubrication: Dry sump

 


The above specification for the vehicle is subject to development testing.

 

Specification is subject to change without notice.

 

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