Lotus News Article

R-GT Rally - Ypres

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 17:45

Exige R-GT Ypres Belgium

The Lotus Exige R-GT made its debut as a course car at the weekend’s Geko Ypres rally in West Flanders. Portuguese driver Bernardo Sousa, who is set to race the Lotus Exige R-GT in anger later this year, drove the official car ahead of its entry in the FIA European Rally Championship and the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

As part of the continuous development programme of the Exige R-GT, Ypres offered the Lotus International Team the opportunity of track time and also gave the rally world a chance to have a close look at Lotus’s exciting GT class challenger with the team of Sousa and Corrado Mancini on board.

The team took advantage of the 18 special stages of the rally to test different set-ups, engine modes and electronics solutions. There were no major technical problems, only some small teething issues regarded as normal in the development of the car that has covered only 1,000 km of testing to date. The only issues were an alternator failure and a faulty brake connection.

Bernardo Sousa: “The car continues its phase of growth and evolution. Here in Ypres progress has been steady and significant. The great potential of the Exige R-GT is emerging day after day. In this phase the team and I are trying to achieve the highest reliability and are only relatively interested in the stage times, even if I must say that the car is proving to be faster every day. I am very satisfied with both the car and the level of professionalism that Lotus International team is showing every day.”

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Sousa's Flight in Ypres

Here's a great short piece of footage showing the Exige R-GT as course car in Ypres. It includes Bernardo Sousa's "flight" shown in the photo above.

Ypres - Onboard Camera

Onboard camera - SS.14 - Bernardo Sousa - Lotus Exige R-GT - Ypres Rally 2012 - Course Car

Exige R-GT - TEST

Testing shortly before the Exige R-GT's rally debut.

Exige R-GT - vision

Watch the senior team behind the Exige R-GT explain their inspiration and vision for the car. Includes some great archive footage of the Sunbeam.  (Video from 10 January 2012).

Exige R-GT - vision

Watch the senior team behind the Exige R-GT explain their inspiration and vision for the car. Includes some great archive footage of the Sunbeam.  (Video from 10 January 2012).