Registration Open for Lotus Club 3-Mile Thunderhill Track Day March 28th, 2018

Annoying Scott   :-)

Come join the Golden Gate Lotus Club for this open track event at Thunderhill Raceway Park on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

We will be running the 3-mile track in the standard counter-clockwise direction. All types of cars are welcome at our events. We typically have about 20 Lotus cars and the remainder is an array of different brands.

Price is $155 for members and $175 for non-members. You can become a GGLC member for $25 when you register and take the member discount immediately.

This event will be divided into 3 run groups running every 20 minutes. You will sign up for Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced, depending on your skill level and your experience.

Advanced Group is for experienced drivers with 15+ track days/racing experience or equivalent. Intermediate Group is for drivers with a minimum of 7 track days experience, and Novice Group will be for drivers with at least 1 track day of prior experience. Sign-up for whichever group is appropriate for your experience level. If you sign up for a particular group and decide at the track that you are not comfortable, then ask a GGLC official to switch groups. We can usually accommodate this.

Open wheeled cars will be allowed only in the Advanced Group.

We have a limited number of openings for Beginner drivers (zero days experience) who will receive 1-on-1 coaching from an experienced driver. Beginner drivers will run in the Novice Group.

Weather should be good for this event and anyone who has been to Thunderhill in the spring time can appreciate the mild temperatures that are typical for that time of the year. In addition, we have not been to the 3-mile Thunderhill track in years – this event should fill up fast, so sign up early to ensure you get a spot.

Click here to sign up via MotorsportReg.

Within a few days of registering, you will receive a confirmation email with some event details. Read this email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, check your SPAM folder.

See you at the track.

John &Scott

2018 Autocross Season Schedule

Hi everybody,
hope you’re all having a good 2018 so far and are ready for some autox!

Here are the dates that the Golden Date Lotus Club has at Marina this year:

Apr 8, Sunday
Jun 2, Saturday
Jul 1, Sunday
Jul 28, Saturday
Aug 26, Sunday
Sep 22, Saturday
Oct 21, Sunday

As usual these are subject to change, although we don’t anticipate any.

We’ll be opening registration for the April event in a couple of weeks, so don’t forget to register in time to avoid the wait list! Hope to see lots of familiar faces. Newcomers can join in too so let all your friends, coworkers, relatives, etc. know that they are welcome.

Colm

The New Lotus Evora GT410 Sport

Relentless in its development of world-class sports cars, Lotus has unveiled the new Evora GT410 Sport to complete the revised line-up of Hethel’s fastest model.

Launched in Lotus’ 70th year and ahead of its anniversary celebrations, the new Evora GT410 Sport takes one of Lotus’ success stories, and refines it through the application of enlightened design. Available in both 2 seat and 2+2 configurations, and in manual and automatic transmissions, the Evora GT410 Sport draws from the phenomenal Evora GT430 to provide advanced aerodynamics to an already celebrated sports car.

Combining the latest design philosophy with a car acclaimed by both critics and customers, it packs raw performance with Lotus’ latest aerodynamic developments, to provide a first-class replacement for the Evora Sport 410 model.

Employing key elements of the GT430’s sculptured body style, including specifically designed new composite front and rear body panels, but without some of the high downforce elements, the new Evora GT410 Sport enjoys a far subtler and sleeker silhouette. However, as with all Lotus sports cars, aerodynamic downforce is a requirement and this new GT-class coupe generates up to 96kg of downforce (50% more than the Evora Sport 410) making it the new benchmark when compared to similarly priced rivals.

The Evora GT410 Sport is powered by a specially calibrated and tuned higher-output version of Lotus’ supercharged, 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine with integrated water-to-air charge cooler, producing 410 hp at 7000 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 3500 rpm. It powers the GT410 Sport from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds (automatic) and the manual version in 4.0 seconds.

The development of the new Evora GT410 Sport afforded Lotus the opportunity to optimise mass, resulting in an unladen weight of 1,297 kg and a lightest possible dry weight of 1,256 kg (including all the optional titanium exhaust, saving 10 kg, and the Lotus-tuned Öhlins TTX aluminium two-way adjustable dampers, saving 13 kg) – a total saving of 98 kg when compared to the Evora 400 benchmark, and up to 28 kg less than the already featherweight Evora Sport 410.

Launching the new Evora GT410 Sport, Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “We are continually exploring new ideas, innovating and evolving our cars in pursuit of perfection. The new Evora GT410 Sport takes the lessons learnt from the development of the GT430 to deliver something outstanding and highly capable.”

Lotus Evora GT410 Sport in more detail

Lotus’ newly defined GT-class sports car captures the essence of the company’s headline model. The application of top-down evolution introduces the new front and rear aesthetic, first seen on the GT430. As a result, the car’s design combines considerable physical presence with natural aerodynamic ability.

The revised front panel features two enlarged carbon fibre ducts, with integrated air blades, to efficiently move air around the front wheels reducing turbulence and decreasing drag. Additional downforce is created by the combination of the deep front splitter and new motorsport-derived rear diffuser, mounted beneath the new style metal mesh grille which gives a cleaner finish. Sculptured carbon fibre ducts behind each rear wheel vent high pressure air as quickly as possible from the rear wheel arches, balancing downforce.

Cumulatively this all works to boost downforce to 96 kg at 190 mph, a sizable jump of 50% over the outgoing Evora Sport 410, and a massive three-times that of the Evora 400 with an improved drag coefficient. This elevates the Evora GT410 Sport to the top ranks of Lotus’ most aerodynamically efficient road cars.

As with all high-performance Evoras, carbon fibre plays a considerable role in the car’s construction. Standard carbon composite components include the front access panel, roof panel and a one-piece louvered tailgate with integrated spoiler, as well as the elements within the front air blade system and rear wheel exit ports.

This focus on the car’s critical mass delivers its headline power-to-weight ratio of 326 hp / tonne and the top speed to 190 mph (305 km/h).

Despite the car’s low mass, a range of lightweight options can be specified for the Evora GT410 Sport. This includes a titanium exhaust, cutting 10 kg from beyond the car’s rear axle.

Making the most of the traction on tap, the Evora GT410 Sport uses Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (235/35 R19 at the front and 285/30 R20 at the rear) with a sports suspension package of Eibach ultra-light, low-sideload springs and Bilstein sports dampers – all fitted as standard.

A touring suspension package is available as a no cost option, featuring Bilstein® non-adjustable dampers, with touring specification, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.

For full damper adjustability, a race suspension package using Lotus-tuned lightweight Öhlins TTX aluminium two-way adjustable dampers (twenty click adjustment compression and rebound) which save 13 kg, can be specified to tune the Evora GT410 Sport to precisely suit particular road or track conditions.

Reducing un-sprung mass, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19″ 8J front and 20″ 9.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) are available in either silver or matt black. The option of upgrading to one inch wider (10.5J) rear wheels as used on the Evora GT430, is available and stopping power comes courtesy of AP Racing four-piston calipers front and rear with lightweight 2-piece cross-drilled and ventilated brake discs (front 370mm x 32mm, rear 350mm x 32mm).

In addition to Lotus’ slick, six-speed manual gearbox with a Torsen type limited slip differential (LSD), the Evora GT410 Sport is also available with an automatic transmission option. Slightly quicker through the gears, with a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds, the six-speed automatic transmission utilises an optimised gearbox ECU for ultra-fast changes. Gear selection is made via lightweight aluminium paddles mounted to the steering wheel.

The new Evora GT410 Sport features four driver selectable ESP modes – selected via a dashboard switch. ‘Drive’, ‘Sport’, ‘Race’ and ‘Off’. Sport and Race settings increase throttle response, respectively increasing traction slip – allowing the driver a finer degree of control before intervention.

As with its Evora stablemates the Evora GT410 Sport cabin includes Lotus’ beautifully detailed carbon race seats (2+0 configuration only) and carbon door sill inserts. The steering wheel, dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel, centre console and instrument binnacle are all trimmed in black Alcantara®, complemented by contrast twin colour stitching. Optional Sparco race seats are available in both 2+0 and 2+2 configurations with the latter requiring either the optional wider 10.5J rear wheel option, as featured on the Evora GT430, or the lightweight forged wheel option from the Evora 400, which benefits from a 9.5J rear wheel size. An integrated 7” touch-screen infotainment system with AppleCarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth® functionality, satellite navigation and reversing camera can also be specified.

Jean-Marc Gales concluded, “Starting 2018 in style, the Evora GT410 Sport is just the beginning of an incredibly strong year for Lotus. The core principles of Lotus and our founder Colin Chapman remain paramount as we work on the next generation of vehicles whilst building our best sports cars yet.”

Every new Lotus Evora GT410 Sport can be personalised through the increasingly popular Lotus Exclusive programme. Developed by the Lotus Design team to inspire customers, it combines traditional British craftsmanship with the best of modern design, and allows owners to tailor vehicles to their personal taste. Since its introduction last year, roughly a third of all new Lotus cars now undergo some form of customisation.

The new, fully homologated Lotus Evora GT410 Sport range can be ordered now in European and Asia Pacific markets, following in summer 2018 for the USA and China.

Registration Open for Lotus Club Laguna Seca Track Day February 26th, 2018

Evora S through the corkscrew

Registration is now open for the Golden Gate Lotus Club’s first track day of 2018 which will be held at Laguna Seca Raceway in Moneterey, California on Monday, February 26th. We will be running (3) run groups with approximately 20 minute sessions each. Your options will be Advanced Group, Intermediate Group, and Novice Group. There are a very limited number of Beginner slots available. Beginners will run in the Novice Group and will be required to have a coach assigned to them to ride in the passenger seat in order to enter the track. If we can find more coaches, we will send out an announcement for additional beginner slots.

Price is $220 for non-members and $200 for members until February 12th. After February 12th the price will increase to $240/$220.

You can become a Lotus club member for an annual cost of $25. This entitles you to a $20 discount on all track days for one year.

Click here to sign up using Motorsportreg.com.

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THIS WILL BE A 90 dB EVENT. Our Laguna Seca track days fill up fast so be sure to sign-up early to ensure you get a spot.
There will be absolutely no refunds. If you cancel before February 12th and we can fill your spot, we will give you a rain check for a future event. Only sign up if you know you can attend. We will run this event rain or shine.

The 90dB sound level will be strictly enforced, DO NOT RELY ON LIFTING AT THE SOUND CHECK – if your exhaust or intake is loud, take measures to reduce your levels before the event.

All open-top cars must have a roll bar attached at four locations. Factory rollover protection is allowed.

You will receive a confirmation email within a few days of registering. Please read your confirmation email as it has been expanded to include the general schedule. If you do not receive a confirmation email, check your SPAM folder.

See you at the track,

John, Scott, & Rita

2018 GGLC Calendar now available

The GGLC is super excited to offer our members and Lotus enthusiasts the 2018 Golden Gate Lotus Club Calendar!

The calendar features over 30 fantastic photos from recent GGLC events and GGLC members!

Pick up a calendar for your office or home or BOTH!

Click here for more details and to purchase from the GGLC website.

2017 Golden Gate Lotus Club Holiday Dinner

Faz Restaurant
5121 Hopyard Rd Pleasanton, CA 95112
Saturday Dec 9, 2017
Cocktails at 6:00pm, dinner at 7:00pm

Sign up and reserve your place at the gala GGLC Holiday Celebration at the Faz Restaurant in Pleasanton. Don’t miss out on the wine, food, door prizes and the annual GGLC White Elephant Gift Exchange.

The Faz Restaurant in Pleasanton is connected to the Four Points Sheraton Hotel. Faz features many Mediterranean favorites.

Cocktails will start at 6:00 with a no-host bar and appetizers.

Our Buffet Dinner will follow at 7:00pm with a Mediterranean flavor with salads, entrees and dessert.

Following dinner we’ll introduce the 2018 President and officers and present awards to the GGLC’s 2017 Autocross champions. Plus there will be door prizes and of course the infamous GGLC Gift Exchange.

GGLC Gift Exchange
Everyone attending is encouraged to participate in the Annual GGLC White Elephant Gift Exchange. To participate bring a wrapped, unwanted “gift” item from your garage. Please make sure your gift is EPA-friendly, non-toxic and clean, (the “Barry Spencer” Rule). You’ll have the opportunity to exchange it for another “gift”.

Click here to register on the GGLC website via Paypal

RSVP & SIGN-UP BY 6:00 pm Dec 5th, 2017!

PARKING: The Four Points Sheraton has a large parking lot. We can park as a group on the north side (closest to I580)

Lotus track day @ Streets of Willow

The SoCal GGLC group is putting together a special Beginner/Novice only track day at Willow Springs International Raceway on their “Streets of Willows” course.

This event is specifically designed for people with little or no track experience, or drivers who really want to go back to basics with high quality, focused instruction. Everything you need to know to take your car to the track and have a safe, fun and productive time. If you have a friend that has always talked about tracking but is a bit too intimidated, this may be the perfect setting to get him started.

On Dec 17th at 7 am, we’ll be at “Streets of Willow” at Willow Springs International Motorsports Park. This 1.8 mile road course in Rosamond CA (about an hour north of the San Fernando Valley) is perfect for testing the handling capabilities of Lotus cars and drivers. The day will have a structured agenda that will include skid pad, braking and slalom exercises, classroom briefings, lead follow sessions, and open track, with a good balance of instruction time.

We are limiting this event to a maximum of about 25 students. This will insure that all students get ample instruction by experienced coaches.

Although the majority of participants are expected to be Lotus, all brands of cars are welcome.

Price is 190 for members, 210 for non-members. Direct link to register is http://msreg.com/gglcwillows

Your registration fee also includes your ticket to a track prep tech session at A-1 Automotive. We’ll start with this tech session (about a month prior to the track day) to go over prepping the car, prepping the driver, and recommended gear. Drivers will learn what to expect when they are at the track and have ample time to ask questions, since on the day of the event, you are responsible for the safety of your car.

Cancellations before 12/3/17 will receive a credit for a future track day which will be good for one year from the cancelation date. Cancelations after 12/3/17 will receive a credit ONLY if the event sells out. Open top cars must have a roll bar with rear braces. No “style bars” are allowed. Factory installed roll bars including “pop up” bars are OK.

Per usual GGLC standards, expect lots of free, hot Starbucks coffee, donuts, and other goodies.

Regards,
John, Matt, Scott, Rita, and Mark

GGLC Autox Sat September 9th is open for registration for club members

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2017 Golden Gate Lotus Club Autocross season.

The 6th event of the season is now open for registration for GGLC members via MotorsportReg

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.

This season 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 use the classification tool to calculate your index points. For this season, 0-8 points will place you in the Mild class, 9-16 points will place you in the Moderate class, and over 17 or over points will place you in the Extreme class. 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.

You can like us on Facebook and check out our event videos (you might see yourself) on Youtube.