• Aug 9, 2010
Lotus Exos Type 125 – Click above for high-res image gallery

When Lotus hinted that its Exos Type 125 track-day car would deliver the ultimate customer track experience, we had no idea they meant this ultimate. The 125 was revealed to a few of Lotus' friends at the Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion, and it's about as close as many of its buyers will get to a Formula 1 car.

Powered by a 650-horsepower Cosworth V8 that runs up to 10,300 rpm, the 650-kilogram open-wheeler is no doubt awesome fast. With a starter motor and a tear-down interval of 4,000 kilometers, it should go relatively easy on budgets as well. Lotus says it will be offering 25 of them for one million dollars each, and will develop a training and racing program around them.

At least one Autoblogger has wondered if there isn't more to this car than merely promoting Lotus cars and owner experiences. Ferrari was viewed askance earlier this year when it put Alonso in an F10 for some "promotional" work at Fiorano, since it looked a lot like contravening Formula 1's testing ban. The Type 125 is so close to this year's T127 – it's even named as if it were last year's F1 car, although Lotus wasn't in F1 last year – that you should win a prize for spotting the minor differences. Or that could be just some silly tinfoil hat talk right there...



[Source: GGLotus | Images: Rahul Nair]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I'm in love!
      • 4 Years Ago
      i doubt this is for a testing, there are much cheaper ways to ge around the testing ban. As someone said earlier, they are different companies anyway. Just a bit of the testing ban, you are allowed to use an F1 car for promotional events while there is no racing which is why loads of video pop up for the drivers doing weird things, they would do it unless testing was banned. You'll see a lot more now as F1 has taken a 3 week holiday.

      Mark Webbers pit stop in London, Vettel driving around his home country, Kubica around his, its just so they are kept fit and sharp when it comes to race day. Of course the fans benefit from this as you see a lot of funny/interesting things about the cars and drivers that you dont see on race day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i really dont know how this would help the current vehicle's development in any way... there are many differences such as the mechanicals but also look at the rear wing. its a pre-2009 season style wing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Rather awesome looking. But for some reason (to me), the nose resembles a Schick razor.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It might have helped Baracello's close shave with Schumacher
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought maybe for the hairy turns it encounters.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome Awesome Awesome. The fact that they're offering a car like this to well healed customers, blows my mind!
      • 4 Years Ago
      i would take that beast to the 'ring just to see how far it goes before falling apart. it would totally be worth it. oh to have money
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn, that looks and probably performs better than their current F1 car the T127...

      *Double/Triple deck diffuser not included?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No it won't perform better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No chance in hell it'd perform better. Even though the current T127 lacks composite suspension, blown diffuser, F-duct, front flexing spoiler; not to mention COPIUS amounts of downforce found on other cars, It'd still beat this thing by seconds per lap.

        Also consider this car's 100 HP deficit, AND the broader torque curve found on the higher revving ( 18,000 RPM ) F1 engine.

        It isn't JUST a question of lightness, RAZ. This is such a lesser car. Don't let the similar resemblance fool you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks awesome they should just race these in the Indycar Series.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is built by Lotus Cars and not Lotus Racing/1Malysia F1. They are two very distinct companies who happen to share part of their name (and okay some ownership). The f1 team has had no input into this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While that may be true, isn't that exactly what they would do if they were trying to get around the test ban? If it were built by Lotus Racing, it would be even more suspect.

        Not that I'm a conspiracy theorist, but it is a bit curious.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take mine in JPS Black and Gold. That is if anyone has a spare million they want to give me...
      • 4 Years Ago
      If nobody told me, I'd think that was their working prototype they were working on during the 2009 season, it does look a lot like last years generation of F1 car. This one looks a lot like the R29, the BMW F1.09 and TF109. IMO
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