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12th August 2005

Lotus "Circuit Car" to debut at Shelsley Walsh

"Circuit Car" to get first run at Centenary event .

After much anticipation Lotus have announced that their new "Circuit Car" will have its first run at the oldest racing track in the world, the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, during the Centenary celebrations.

The Shelsley Walsh Centenary Festival Meeting will run from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st August, with the Lotus "Circuit Car" turning out for practice on the Friday ahead of its racing debut on the Sunday. Tony Shute, Head of Product Development at Lotus Cars, will be in the driving seat to demonstrate the "Circuit Car's" amazing speed and handling. With a 0 -100mph time of just 9.0 seconds the crowds are sure to be amazed by this new, lightweight machine.

Based on the Lotus Elise Aluminium chassis, the "Circuit Car" has been specifically designed and engineered as a Track Day and Club Racing machine. Tony Shute commented, "The "Circuit Car" adheres to Lotus' philosophy of performance through lightweight, and is sure to impress the spectators at the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb Centenary Festival Meeting. To have the opportunity to launch our new car alongside examples of some of the world's finest racing vehicles is a real privilege."