Lotus unveiled the Exos Type 125 at the recent Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion event, an F1 inspired track-only car. Built in Norfolk, England, the Exos Type 125 is powered by a 3.5-litre Cosworth GPV8 with 650 hp and a 10,300 rpm redline, which extends by another 500 rpm at the push of a button. This is mated to a semi automatic transmission with paddle shifts mounted on the steering wheel, F1 style.
The 650 kg Exos has a power to weight ratio of 1000 hp per tonne. Keeping weight low and design F1-true, is the use of carbon ceramic brakes, carbon fibre pushrod suspension and shark fin engine covers. Unlike F1 engines though, it runs for 4500 km before needing a rebuild and has a starter motor inside the car. Customers of the T125 will also have a number of paint options including the classic Lotus green and yellow livery. How about a replica of Lotus Racing’s T127?
Lotus plans to make 25 units of the Exos, pricing it at 1 million euros. Buyers will be part of the Exos owners’ club that will organize track days and events to familiarise drivers with their new cars. Expert trainers will be roped in to help (Mika Hakkinen and Jarno Trulli are rumoured to be involved). The first 10 units will be delivered in spring 2011 while the rest will be ready by next summer.
UPDATE: Live image gallery and one more video after the jump.
Videos and images by Rahul Nair
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