The Hethel Test Track is 2.2 miles in length and can be divided into 2 separate circuits - North and South. The total land occupied by the track and surrounding run-off areas covers approximately 30 acres of the 50 acre Group Lotus site.
The test track meets FIA specification (but is not FIA approved due to the limited run-off areas). This means the track can be used for testing purposes only.
In use 6 days a week (Sundays are precluded due to noise restrictions), the track is used for testing by Lotus Engineering, Lotus Racing and the press, for driver training by Lotus Driving Academy and private events. Having been renovated in 2011 the track combines a variety of technical aspects from a driving
perspective; a series of bends, hairpin corners, straights and turning circle designed to put Lotus' high performance cars through their paces, providing an excellent venue for honing driving skills.
The track was officially re-opened on 21 June 2011 at an historic event where both current and historic Lotus cars were driven around the new track by Nigel Mansell, Jean Alesi, Vitaly Petrov, Bruno Senna, Greg and Leo Mansell, Johnny Mowlem and others as the Chapman family, members of staff, the press, Lotus dealers and VIP's watched on.
Experience a couple of laps in the Exige S on the North circuit of the Lotus track during testing in 2012.
Described by Nigel Mansell as "an emotional day" for himself and the Chapman family. Bruno Senna described it as giving him "goosebumps".
From a drivers perspective it is a "challenging track" and an "awesome facility" according to Johnny Mowlem.
The highlights of this historic day were captured on film.