Archive for July, 2015

GGLC Autocross Aug 15 – Crows Landing

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Ladies and gentlemen,

Round #6 of the 2015 GGLC Autocross season is at the Crows Landing Airbase on Saturday Aug 15th.

The event is now open for registration for GGLC members at MotorsportsReg

Registration is limited to club members for the first week. Non-members will be able to register next week.

The entry fee is $65 for GGLC members and $75 for non-members. First time autox’ers (first time at a GGLC event) are eligible for a $10 discount, so invite your friends along too.

We have 8 classes that you can participate in. Please read over the details on the club autocross page.

For Lotus Elise/Exige/Evora drivers, please choose your class that you want to participate in and also use the classification tool to calculate your index points. For non-Lotus cars, please use the appropriate SCCA class.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this year’s events or any other autox topic.

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Drive the new Shelby GT350 at Laguna Seca

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

The members of the GGLC have been selected take part in an exclusive opportunity to get behind the wheel of the new Shelby GT350 at one of four historic race tracks in the U.S.

Designed as one of the world’s most track oriented vehicles, the Shelby GT350 boasts incredible performance technology and represents the pinnacle of balance, agility and exhilaration. This exclusive opportunity is only being offered to a handful of people and provides you with full access to Ford’s world-class street legal track car.

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For more information on how you can confirm your spot for the upcoming event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, August 27-28, 2015, send your full name and email to ShelbyGT350@gglotus.org by July 23, 2015.

Note that the event will have limited participation and spots are expected to fill up quickly. As such, entry into the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca event will be based on a first come, first serve basis.

The GGLC has been asked to collect the names & emails of interested members. Those members will then be contacted by Ford or TimePiece (Ford marketing) with a unique user code and instructions on how to register. Your participation will not be confirmed until you submit your registration to Ford.

While the events are FREE, attendees will be prompted to provide a credit card to hold their reservation. Please note: Cancellation of your reservation must be made up to 72 hours prior to the event. If you fail to cancel your reservation or fail to attend the event, your credit card will be charged $100. The $100 will be donated to the Carroll Shelby Foundation.

Ford will have 2 days at Laguna, Aug 27 and 28. Tyler stressed how this was an exclusive event.

  • About 100 invitees per day
  • First come, first served basis
  • About 4-5 hours long
  • Presentation and Q&A with engineers involved with the Shelby GT350
  • Chalk talk with driving professionals
  • Track Session (brief) – 1 hot lap as passenger + 2 laps driving (with the pro as passenger)

First Lotus Evora 400 drives off the assembly line at Hethel

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

In a small celebration with a selection of senior management, manufacturing and engineering staff, the first new Lotus Evora 400 has driven off the assembly line at Hethel.
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Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc, says, “Today is a very significant stage in our long term plan, which we set-out more than a year ago. With the first Evora 400 coming off the line, we have achieved a key milestone for Lotus.”

Jean-Marc Gales continues, “None of this would be possible, of course, without the confidence and commitment of our workforce who, with great skill and talent, hand build every Lotus car at Hethel.”

The new Lotus Evora 400 laps the Lotus test track at Hethel six seconds faster than the previous Evora S in a time of 1 minute 32 seconds. Combining high performance with the legendary Lotus benchmark handling, it is faster and dynamically more capable than the previous Lotus Evora leading to greater agility and a more involving drive.

Maximum speed is 186 mph (300 km/h) and acceleration 0-60 mph is just 4.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds). Over two thirds of the Lotus Evora 400 is new, including its supercharged and charge-cooled mid-mounted 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 400 horsepower and 410 Nm of torque. A new aluminium chassis incorporates a new interior and the lightweight composite body has changed significantly both front and rear.

The new Evora 400, which was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March, will enter production for European markets in the summer and deliveries will commence in August this year. China and North American markets will receive the Evora 400 as a 2017 model year in early 2016.

The first Lotus Evora 400, finished in metallic black is destined to be a promotion car for Lotus.

Lotus Evora 400 International pricing including local taxes where applicable:
UK (Pound Sterling) – £72,000
Germany (Euros) – €96,000
Japan (Yen) – ¥13,200,000
USA (Dollars) – $89,900 (excluding local sales taxes)
China (RMB) – 1,318,000

Official fuel consumption figures and CO2 emissions figures are not available at the time of going to press. They will be provided on the Lotus website www.lotuscars.com as soon as they are available.