As part of the 2018 event, we are thrilled to be announcing Lotus as the fourth marque for the Footman James Concours d’Elegance.
The first Lotus joining us will be a 1957 Lotus 11. There were only 270 11’s manufactured between 1956 and 1958. The cars invariably had their engines changed adapted by their owners, but despite this the 11 was generally placed within the 1100cc class during competition, and it was one of the most successful cars within this class during the mid to late 1950s.
The 11 is well known for achieving a class world record of 143mph for a lap at Monza, whilst being driven by Sir Stirling Moss.
The other Lotus attending the Concours d’Elegance is a 2005 Lotus Exige S2. Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the Exige is one of the first production road going cars that exploited the use of aerodynamic downforce. The sole purpose of these additions is to create more downforce, almost 45kg worth, of downforce at 100mph, compared to its predecessor the Elise’s 5.9kg at 100mph.
The top speed of the Exige is 147mph, and it can achieve 0-100mph in 12.9 seconds. This Lotus Exige will be making its competing debut later this year.
We hope that you are as excited as we are to be voting for your favourite in the Footman James Concours d'Elegance!
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