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Sold the Elise

I sold my Elise S Club racer today. Short story was I went into Lotus Sydney (SSC) 2 weekends ago as the centre Lotus logo fell out of the wheel centre. As they were popping a new one in, I mentioned I was thinking of selling it as I don’t get enough use out of it now with baby Zara and a lot more family time.

Before I knew it, the following Monday Lotus Sydney (SSC) said they had 3 interested parties if I was willing to sell.

Test drives and deal was done in under a week! Lotus Sydney (SSC) were great and offered me a very good deal and the process was simple and painless.

So, the car was dropped off today ready for its transfer to new owner.

Just wanted to say two things as I exit the building:

  • Thank you to Lee and his Lotus Sydney (SSC) team for a great sales process 2 years ago when I bought the car new, and to a great service again when it came to finding a buyer so quickly, just when I mentioned I could be interested in selling it,
  • Thank you to all the guys on Aussie Elise’s for the fun and great memories over the past 2 years, the breaky runs, the weekend trip to the Snowy mountains (wow what a great drive following Doc up the mountain!!) and thank you to those I drove on track with the past 2 years.

After owning 3 Lotus’ now, I’m sure I will be back in the future at some point as their handling is just simply infectious.

Sanna and I both took Zara for separate drives.

Zara’s first and last time in the Lotus, she was funny when I accelerated hard, her arms went out sideways and then she gripped the sides of her baby seat to hold on 🙂

 

Last time I saw the Lotus as I dropped it off.

Bye for now.

 

Lotus drive Nov 2016

I organised another Lotus drive this Sunday, I like organising them as its a good excuse to share the Lotus driving experience with others and meet new people. Mines the bright Blue one if you didn’t know.

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It was good fun driving with the guys today. A bit of rain scared off a few people last minute but a group size of 6 cars and 8 people made it an easy to keep together group.

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Moooooooooooo! 🙂

 

20161127_120126_resizedA vehicle of some kind dropping oil on Macquarie pass and the local council putting sand over it, meant some fun with the traction control and the back end fishtailing about, all good fun at low speeds.

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Interesting centrifugal supercharger design going on in one of the cars, must keep an eye on that interesting subject, maybe the legendary Neil Trama engineering can lend a hand as he looked interested.

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Peering out over Woolongong on a cloudy day.20161127_121351_resized

I had a good days drive and visited friends in the area afterwards and ended up at a pub and didn’t get home till 8pm, a fun day, that’s what Sundays are all about. 🙂

Lotus Exige 240bhp models finally come to Aus

Ok this news is officially nearly 2 weeks old now but Lotus cars are dear to my heart owning my own Lotus Elise so I have to post this better late than never. For months and months now in the UK and US, pretty much the rest of the world around our large island of Australia, the Lotus Exige S has been available in 240bhp form labelled the ‘Performance Pack’ now it comes to our shores.


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No apparent visual clue’s when the Perf. pack is fitted.

The only ever criticism of the Lotus Exige in motoring press around the world has been that it is the most capable sports car ever made in modern times but it just needs a bit more Power! With my own car the Lotus Elise R, just those extra few horse’s would drop the car from the very fast 5 seconds 0-100kph league to the 4 seconds pants staining supercar league.

This is exactly in a nutshell what the factory fitted optional ‘Performance Pack’ for the Lotus Exige S really does all for a fistful of $11,000 of your Australian $’s. So what do you exactly get for this most expensive of all the options on the current Lotus ‘Upgrade pack’ menu?


exiges2.jpg                                240bhp & 940Kg’s equals a whole lot’er speed!

Firstly and most importantly you get an engine power upgrade from 218bhp to 240bhp and torque rises from 215Nm to 230Nm of torque, not much it sounds, but in a car weighing just over 900Kg’s that’s a very noticeable extra punch I can tell you from my Lotus driving experience.

Other parts of the pack are not so noticeable initially but will be from the sum of their parts no doubt, like the larger 308mm front discs with AP Racing four piston callipers, the Full length wider mouthed roof scoop to allow more air to reach the mid-engined mounted intercooler, up rated clutch to handle the extra power and torque and lastly the Lotus Variable Slip Traction control System as found on the Lotus 2 Eleven. I have played with this Lotus Variable Slip control on the 2 Eleven twice before and it really is intuitive and easy to master after a few laps of play.

 
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Interior pure Lotus, function over style.

What is the main selling point of this new option for the Exige S and warrants talking about is that really this the first time officially a 240bhp Lotus has been available to buy in Australia, well excluding the super limited edition Lotus Sport 240 where only 6 will be built for and sold in Australia. This means you are getting your very own version of the rare Lotus Exige Cup 240/Lotus Sport 240 for the price of a normal Lotus Exige S plus a little bit extra.

Basically now us Australians have been granted it, you’d be mad to order a new Lotus Exige S without ticking that option box staring up at you labelled ‘Performance pack’, it’s even more of a performance bargain.

Source: Lotus AU