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Lotus Type 125

Without ‘Imagineering’, Lotus would not be the consummate sports car specialist that it is. The Lotus Type 125 is an exclusive, ultra-high performance F1® inspired race-car, powered by a Cosworth 3.8 litre GP V8 engine that produces 640bhp and drives through a 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox, with paddle shift.

Its chassis construction is of carbon composite with Nomex and an aluminium core, with carbon composite body panels contributing to its lightweight of 590kgs, the resultant power to weight ratio is greater than 1000bhp per tonne. Put into perspective, the Lotus Type 125 is as quick as a GP car of the late-1990s.

The Type 125 provides all the thrills of an F1 car, minus the pain. It is still very physical but it is intentionally easier to control and is gifted with a more accommodating cockpit. It is also exceptionally easy to maintain and there is no need to fund a crew of a dozen people to start it up and keep it running like a Formula One car. Instead, the Type 125 is started at the touch of a button.

The Type 125 undertook its final phase of development at the home of Lotus F1, at Enstone. Romain Grosjean put the Type 125 through its paces at Portugal’s Portimao circuit, as engineers honed the car’s characteristics and performance envelope to replicate those of the Formula One counterpart. At all times the aim was to keep it safe, approachable and thoroughly dependable for private customers.

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As Romain explained: “The idea was to bring the car as close as possible to F1 level. Therefore, we needed a car that was close to the lap time of a Formula One, possessing high mechanical grip but that was also easy to drive. We achieved a strong level of performance and the right sensations but ensured that the Type 125 was neither too hard nor too much ‘on-the-limit’ to drive, aspects that are most important.”

The auto-clutch makes every start a fail-safe process. Shifting ratios soon becomes second nature with the steering wheel-mounted paddles. Yet, there is no lack of sensation and ‘seat-of-the-pants’ feel to the Type 125. It is built supremely well, to ensure that it will stand the test of time.

Purchasers of the Lotus T125 will be able to choose from an upgraded version of classic Lotus livery, the Exos concept design, or, as an option, bespoke livery. As a means to explore F1-style, to indulge in the thrills, the noise and the spectacle, the Type 125 embodies Lotus and involves you as a member of an exclusive club.

Testing at Yas Marina Circuit

The Lotus T125 put through its paces at Abu Dhabi circuit.

"It's just terrifying..."

BBC Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson gets a very hands-on induction when he tries out the new F1-style Lotus T125.

Type 125 Specifications

PERFORMANCE

Max power
640 hp at 10,000 rpm
Max torque 450 Nm at 7,600 rpm
Max engine revs 11,000 rpm push-to-pass
Fuel rating 102 RON
Engine position Longitudinal mis, structurally mounted
Unladen vehicle mass 590 kg, dry
ENGINE TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
Designation Cosworth GPV8
Duty cycle type 4 stroke reciprocating piston, naturally aspirated
Configuration 8 cylinders in banked 'V' configuration at a 90 degree angle
Construction Cast aluminium alloy cylinder block and heads, forged aluminium pistons, steel crankshaft
Capacity 3,800 cc
Valves 32
Power 640 hp
Maximum speed Limited to 11,000 rpm
Timing Double overhead cams driven via compliant gearing from crankshaft
Mass 135 kg
Fuelling 8 injectors supplied by a pressurised system at 100 bar
Ignition 8 ignition coils each driving single spark plug
Engine control unit Pectel SQ6
Lubrication Dry sump
VEHICLE SPECIFICATION
Engine V8, 3.8 litre DOHC, naturally aspirated, dry sump. Longitudinal mid-mounted
Gearbox Longitudinal layout, dog engagement
Shift pattern R-N-1-2-3-4-5-6
Gearshift Semi-automatic, paddle shift, pneumatic actuation, auto throttle blip/ ignition cut
Clutch Triple plate, sintered clutch
CHASSIS SPECIFICATION
Length 4,904 mm
Width 1,900 mm
Height 960 mm
Material Carbon composite, Nomex core and aluminium core construction, auto clave cure. Carbon composite body panels. Nomex core construction
Suspension Double wishbone arrangment, spring actuated via push rod and rocker arrangement. Adjustable ride height and camber. Dampers 2-way adjustable. Front and rear anti-roll bars blade type adjustment
Brake system Carbon ceramic, split front and rear system, twin master cylinders with front and rear bias adjustment, front caliper single piece 6 pot opposing piston, rear caliper: single piece 4 pot opposing piston
Fuel system FIA approved fuel cell, internal fuel pump, engine mounted pressure regulator, 75 litres, quick release connections to engine
Cooling Water cooling aluminium construction radiator left-hand-side only, oil cooling twin radiator cooling engine and gearbox right-hand-side oil
Wheels Front 12 x 13 Rear 14 x 13
SAFETY SYSTEMS
Fire system cockpit and engine bay nozzles FIA approved system
Seat belts 4-point harness minimum, quick release quarter turn buckle
Headrest to comply with FIA regulations
Front rear crash structures