Lotus Club Australian Track Days

TRACK DAYS FOR LOTUS CLUB MEMBERS

Enjoy driving your Lotus sports car on the track with friends.

There is a very active Lotus Club Community of driving enthusiasts in Australia and their members enjoy a mixture of social events, regular meetings, monthly catch ups & also track days. In New South Wales, the Lotus Club regularly participates in the Combined Sports Car Association (CSCA) inter-club motorsport competition. While in Victoria there is something similar called the Marque Sports Car Association of Victoria (MSCA)

When deciding on what sports car to buy many prospective owners will consider what is available beyond the purchase of a vehicle. Lotus Cars Australia and State Lotus Dealers hold regular driving events in each state with a mix of track days, driver training or tarmac targa rally participation run annually. Although another unique aspect of Lotus sports car ownership in Australia is the extremely passionate Club Lotus members who are very focussed on getting the most out of their driving experiences on and off the track.

These are people who love driving, enjoy driving a sports car with a manual transmission & thrive on the purity that driving a Lotus Elise, Exige or Evora can provide when you are in the drivers seat.

WHAT IS THE CSCA OR MSCA?

  • Entry level motorsport for beginners or experienced drivers
  • A track day for less than $200 in Australia
  • Men, women and teenagers all welcome
  • Road registered vehicles, track cars or race cars
  • Exclusive use of the racing circuit for the day

The MSCA was officially established in 1971 to provide competition events with a series of low cost track day events. Similarly, the CSCA was established in 1972, the Combined Sports Car Association (CSCA) is an inter-club motorsport competition that is run collectively by different sports car clubs in New South Wales. In either state, it is one of the easiest opportunities to try entry level competitive motorsport with a ‘Sprint’ format focussed on the fastest lap times rather than competitive, door to door, racing. The series is supported by Motorsport Australia and actively encourages anyone who is interested in driving their car on the track – beginners, men, women and teenagers.

Everyone is warmly welcomed with the more experienced drivers always on hand to provide assistance & advice to make everyone feel comfortable. In fact this is one of the ‘secret’ aspects of these days where drivers can enjoy a social atmosphere amongst other passionate sports car drivers. Quite often there are families, couples or even just best mates enjoying some time together at the track.

The CSCA series usually has 8 rounds per year on racing circuits like Eastern Creek Sydney Motorsport Park, Wakefield Raceway, Pheasantwood Circuit & other locations for a full day of racing circuit driving with drivers split into different groups based on speed and prior experience. The MSCA series uses Winton Raceway, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit & Sandown Raceway

Some of the other sports car clubs that get involved include; Austin Healey Owners Club, Jaguar Drivers Club, MG Car Club, Morgan Owners Club, Sprite Car Club and Triumph Sports Owners Association, Alfa Romeo Owners Club of Victoria, Nissan Datsun Sports Owners Club, Toyota Car Club Victoria and the Victorian BRZ/86 club.

So there is always a mix of old and new vehicles on the track with a mix of road registered cars, track cars or racing cars to look at. In fact the CSCA series has classes for pre-1985 cars, modern and contemporary cars, modified road cars and purpose-built race cars (More information here)

A TRACK DAY FOR ROAD REGISTERED CARS

  • Elise, Exige or Evora
  • Motorsport Australia Speed License required
  • Car Club Membership required
  • No prior experience needed
Lotus Club In Australia Doing Track Days Like CSCA At Wakefield And Eastern Creek Racing Circuit (40 Of 42)

An owner of a road registered Lotus sports car can participate in track days, you don’t need to have a race car. This is one of the benefits of owning a Lotus – you can drive to the track & then drive home again. Our Dealer Network can help you determine if your vehicle is suitable to be used in this manner by performing a maintenance and safety check.

There is a mix of owners that come along with old and new Lotus sports car models like Series 1 Lotus Elise all the way to the latest Exige Sport 410 – everyone is actively encouraged to come and enjoy themselves and enjoy some spirited driving.

A couple of other items you will need are the required safety pieces fitted to the vehicle like a fire extinguisher or external vehicle markings for battery & fuel (More info from Motorsport Australia) Plus you will also need a valid Motorsport Australia Licence which can be purchased online (Motorsport Australia Licences) and done in less than 30 minutes.

LEARN MORE ABOUT LOTUS CLUBS IN AUSTRALIA

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Club Lotus Australia maintains a very active website with news collected from around the Country from all the state based clubs as well as an event calendar and more. Visit their website here

OTHER TRACK DAY EVENTS

Lotus Cars Australia prides itself on creating a driving lifestyle that is focussed on enabling people from all walks of life or driving experience to enjoy their sports car all year round. Driver training, track days, targa rally events and social outings are run all year round that gives vehicle owners a chance to use their sports car regularly and enjoy the friendship of other driving enthusiasts.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is there a Lotus Club in Australia?

Yes there is a Lotus Club in each State of Australia that regularly hold social events, driving activities and track days during the year.

Is this track day only for new Lotus sports car owners?

No – a CSCA Track Day is run by multiple car clubs and is aimed at driving enthusiasts. Their regulations include vehicles that are pre-1985 cars, modern and contemporary cars, modified road cars and purpose-built race cars

Do you need a helmet?

Yes a helmet is required for this type of track day as well as other safety devices.

Do you need a race suit to drive on the racing circuit?

A race suit is recommended so that you are completely comfortable in the vehicle.

How fast can you go at a track day?

You can go as fast as you and your car are capable of. At Eastern Creek we see a number of sports car owners reaching speeds of up to 200km/h.

Do I need special track tyres?

One of the benefits of owning a Lotus sports car is that it is very light compared to most road vehicles. So for example an Elise sports car weighs less than 1,000 kgs vs most rear wheel drive two door coupes which are 1,200-1,600 kgs in comparison.

This means an Elise is more sympathetic to things like tyres, brakes and other parts of a vehicle like wheel bearings, gearbox or suspension etc given there is less weight putting forces through these components.

It also means you can use the standard wheels and tyres supplied with your vehicle, but there are also other options available for greater performance levels.

How much is a CSCA Track Day?

It only costs $160 to enter a CSCA Track Day and this makes it one of the cheapest forms of motorsport you can participate in. The day will normally have between 4 and 6 sessions during the day.

Where can I get more information about CSCA?

They have a great website https://cscamotorsport.com/ with all the latest details about upcoming dates.

How much is a CSCA Track Day?

It only costs $160 to enter a CSCA Track Day and this makes it one of the cheapest forms of motorsport you can participate in. The day will normally have between 4 and 6 sessions during the day.

Where can I get more information about CSCA?

They have a great website https://cscamotorsport.com/ with all the latest details about upcoming dates.



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