Lotus Circuit Car

Released at the 2007 Geneva Motorshow. Press release, launch of the 211 (PDF file) here, more info here and here

The 2-Eleven build is completed in dedicated Lotus Sport workshops and each vehicle will be given a Lotus Sport build plate. The Lotus 2-Eleven was initially available in Launch Edition specification only in a unique three-way Lotus Sport colour scheme complete with decal pack. The Launch Edition was available in two versions - Road Going Version (UK Single Vehicle Approval) fitted with front and rear lights, exhaust catalyst, single plane rear wing and other items to achieve compliance with UK road legal requirements and Track Only Version with an enhanced aerodynamics package including high downforce single plane carbon fibre rear wing, high downforce front splitter, brake lights and rear indicators and FIA approved driver's race seat.

Autocar review (June 2007) here
Click here for Circuit Car Newsletter No 1
Click here for Circuit Car Newsletter No 2
Click here for Circuit Driver Article - Part 1 and Part 2


Configuration Toyota 2ZZ-GE Straight 4
Location Mid, transversely mounted
Construction aluminium block and head
Displacement 1.796 liter / 109.6 cu in
Bore / Stroke 82.0 mm (3.2 in) / 85.0 mm (3.3 in)
Valvetrain 4 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed Fuel Injection
Aspiration Roots-Type Supercharger

Chassis/body bonded aluminium monocoque with composite body panels
Suspension (fr/r) double wishbones, coil springs over Ohlins dampers, anti-roll bar
Steering rack-and-pinion
Brakes ventilated and cross drilled discs, all-round
Gearbox C64 6 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive

Weight 670 kilo / 1477.1 lbs

Performance figures
Power 252 bhp / 188 KW @ 8000 rpm
Torque 242 Nm / 178 ft lbs @ 7000 rpm
BHP/Liter 140 bhp / liter
Power to weight 0.38 bhp / kg
Top Speed 250 km/h / 155 mph
0-60 mph 3.8 s
0-100 mph 9.1 s

June 2005 Press Release

The all new lightweight and high performance track day Lotus The new Lotus "Circuit Car" was announced on Saturday, 11 June 2005 by Kim Ogaard-Nielsen, CEO of Group Lotus, to privileged Lotus Club International members at the annual Lotus Club International Gala Dinner held at Norwich City Football Club. Based on the Lotus Elise Aluminium chassis, and weighing in at approximately 600kg, the single-seater car (with an option of two seats) has been designed and engineered solely for Track Day and Club Racing.

The introduction of the new Lotus "Circuit Car" will generate additional exposure of the Lotus brand and provide Lotus with entry to further key market sectors, as Clive Dopson, Managing Director of Lotus Cars, explains "The introduction of this new model plays a key role in developing and enhancing the presence of Lotus Cars on the track, whilst providing the driver of today with a pure circuit car which thrives on the essential values of the Lotus brand. In addition, it will be yet another example of a high quality product to be built at our world class production facilities at Hethel."

17 August 2005 NEWS RELEASE

"Circuit Car" will run for first time at Shelsley Walsh Centenary event

The prototype Lotus “Circuit Car” will run for the first time at the oldest motorsport venue in the world, the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, during the Centenary celebrations.

Based on the strong, stiff and lightweight aluminium chassis first seen on the Lotus Elise, and weighing in at around 650 kg, the single-seater car (with an option of two seats) has been designed and engineered solely for Track Days and Club Racing. The prototype car was designed and built in an incredible eleven weeks and production versions are scheduled to be built from mid 2006 in the world class production facilities at the Lotus headquarters in Hethel Norfolk.

The Following Information Describes the Prototype Lotus “Circuit Car”:

The visually dramatic open-topped prototype “Circuit Car” has lightweight composite bodywork and a very powerful supercharged and intercooled 1.8 litre engine.

The innovative and technologically advanced extruded and bonded aluminium chassis has high side sills that reduce the complexity of the chassis structure. The engine with VVTL-i (Variable Valve Timing and Lift – intelligent) is mated to a Roots-type Eaton M62 supercharger with air-to-air intercooler to give a maximum power output of 243 hp (181 kW) at 8000 rpm and a maximum torque of 174 lb ft (236 Nm) at 7000 rpm. On production versions, an entry-level naturally-aspirated VVTL-i engine will also be available with 190 hp (141 kW) at 8000 rpm and 138 lbft (181 Nm) at 7000 rpm. Engine management control is provided by the bespoke - mapped Lotus T4 system and a drive-by-wire electronic throttle.

The 6-speed C64 close ratio gearbox is linked to an open slip differential and a prototype traction control system perfect for the tight and twisty Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb course. The power to weight ratio, of course a key Lotus engineering principle and core brand value, for the supercharged engine is around 373 hp/tonne (278 kW/tonne) with a torque to weight ratio of 267 lbft per tonne (363 Nm/tonne). It is estimated to achieve the 0 – 100 mph (160 km/h) sprint in less than 9.0 seconds. This exciting combination has allowed for a dynamic racing package producing higher performance to that of existing Elise-based products, powering the car from 0 – 62 mph (0 – 100 km/h) in under 4 seconds. Braking is provided by a servo-assisted, track tuned 4-channel Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Lotus/AP-Racing twin-piston fixed aluminium alloy front brake calipers, Brembo single-piston sliding rear calipers and 282 mm diameter, 26 mm thick front and rear, cast-iron ventilated &cross-drilled discs.

The lightweight GRP composite bodywork is bolted to the chassis for easy removal for maintenance and race / track preparation. The bodywork has been designed by the Lotus Design team led by Russell Carr, Chief of Design for Lotus. Russell Carr, explains the design philosophy of the new Lotus “Circuit Car”: “The design captures the essence of the other Lotus based products and combines it with a functionally correct bodywork to give a racecar that is not only beautiful to look at but aerodynamically and structurally as effective as it possibly can be,” The small frontal area with no windscreen is combined with flat, unsculptured sides with no airintakes, for minimal drag; and a deep front splitter and a large rear wing (single plane as standard and dual element as an option) and a rear diffuser to attain maximum aerodynamic downforce. For the Shelsley Walsh Event, the “Circuit Car” uses Lotus Sport 5 spoke forged wheels, which are shod with Yokohama A005 Hill Climb specification racing slicks (Yokohama A006 racing wet tyres are an option). For production versions, other tyre options will also be available. Suspension and damping is provided by fully independent unequal length wishbones, Eibach coil springs, Ohlins 2-way adjustable dampers and an adjustable front anti-roll bar.

Tony Shute, Head of Product Development at Lotus Cars will be driving the Lotus “Circuit Car” for its premier at the Shelsley Walsh Centenary celebrations. Tony explains what makes the Lotus “Circuit Car” a leading high performance track car: “This new product has allowed Lotus to once again apply its key “performance through lightweight” philosophy. This is in order to achieve an innovative product for the track day and club racing Lotus enthusiast whilst staying true to the key design attributes of the Elise and Exige products. They are considered to be amongst the finest existing road and track day cars by thousands of owners around the world, and the “Circuit Car” will build on this formidable reputation, helping to further underline Lotus as the ultimate driver’s choice.” The Lotus “Circuit Car” is scheduled to go on sale by mid 2006 with volumes of approximately 100 units per year.

The name of the “Circuit Car” and the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices will not be confirmed until closer to production but it is expected that the production versions of the Lotus “Circuit Car” will start at around £25,000 for the 190 hp version in the UK. Prices in other markets will be release over the next few months.

Technical Specifications of Prototype Lotus Circuit Car

Standard & Optional Features Circuit Car


190 (standard)
Toyota 2ZZ-GE, 4 cylinder, dohc 4 valves per cylinder with variable valve timing and lift
Capacity: 1796 cm3

Max. Power:
Max. Torque:

190 hp (141 kW) @ 7800 rpm (DIN 70020)
138 lb ft (181 Nm) @ 6800 rpm (DIN 70020)

240 (option)
Toyota 2ZZ-GE Supercharged engine, developed by Lotus Engineering
Capacity: 1796 cm3

Max. Power:
Max. Torque:

243 hp (181 kW) @ 8000 rpm (DIN 70020)
174 lb ft (236 Nm) @ 7000 rpm (DIN 70020)

Engine Management Lotus T4 - with drive-by-wire throttle control
Transmission C64 Gearbox, all aluminium lightweight construction, 6-speed, close ratio, constant mesh helical gears and open differential
Limited slip differential (optional)
Battery Lightweight dry cell battery
Wheels 8x Y spoke cast wheels
7 -Twin spoke Lightweight Forged Wheels (optional)
Lotus Sport 5 spoke Light Weight Forged Wheels (optional)
Tyres Yokohama Advan AO48
Yokohama A006 racing wet tyres (optional)
Yokohama A005 racing slick tyres (optional)
Yokohama A005 racing slick tyres - Hillclimb Spec (optional)
Brakes F&R Cross drilled disc brakes
AP racing front brake calipers
Brembo rear brake calipers

NEW Lotus designed lightweight structure of epoxy bonded aluminium alloy extrusions and lightweight steel rear subframe
High side sill chassis
Integral FIA and SCCA compliant rollcages, front and rear
Rack and pinion steering, no power assistance

Suspension Fully independent suspension utilising unequal length wishbones, coaxial mono-tube gas damper, Eibach coil spring at each corner, front anti-roll bar
Bilstein dampers
Ohlins 2 way adjustable dampers (optional)
Body Lightweight composite body shell
Bolt on exterior body panels for ease of service and repair
Integral ducts to provide engine air feed and cooling
Aero Flat bottom with front aero splitter and rear diffuser
Aerodynamically designed body shape with minimal drag and frontal area
Single plane rear wing
Optional high downforce, carbon composite, dual element rear wing
Interior Nardi steering wheel
Single sports seat
4 point harness
Passenger seat and harness optional
6 point harness optional
Kerb Weight Approximately 650Kg

A variety of options will be available including:

Sports Pack
Optional dynamics improvement package
Track Pack
Passenger seat and safety equipment
SVA Pack
Offering parts required to convert the Lotus Circuit Car to meet UK Single Vehicle Approval
Race Packs
Options packages to tailor the car for entry into race series of the FIA, MSA and SCCA regulations

Standalone Options

A variety of options to tailor your vehicle to you, including:

Limited Slip differential
Traction control
Race exhaust ( 105db)
Racing tyres and wheel options
Protective covers
Driver Training

The Shelsley Walsh Centenary Festival Meeting will run from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st August, with the Lotus “Circuit Car” turning out for practice on the Friday ahead of its racing debut on the Sunday. Tony Shute, Head of Product Development at Lotus Cars, will be in the driving seat. For further information about the Shelsley Walsh Centenary Festival Meeting please visit www.shelsleywalsh.co.uk

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