Lotus Test Track 1Hethel Test Track

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

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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.

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NEW TRACK OPENING

21 June 2011

Lotus legend, Nigel Mansell, officially opened Group Lotus’s revised and restored Hethel test track - with a roar from the 1980 Essex-Lotus 81B in which he started his glorious Formula One career more than 30-years-ago.

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Mansell led a convoy of seven stunning racing cars from the Lotus stable, including the innovative 1980 Type 88 twin-chassis car – which the rule makers never allowed to race; the Lotus Type 125 car driven by fellow F1 legend Jean Alesi; and a brace of 2011 Formula One cars piloted by F1 drivers Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna.

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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.

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2011 Track Opening Gallery