Posts Tagged ‘lotus

24
Oct
10

A whole lot of updates on AK – pics and video!

Hi everyone,

this space has been left unattended for a month at the very least, but I now have the opportunity to share with you what we’ve been doing over at http://www.auto-kinesis.com. We have car reviews up with several more on deck, a multitude of photos and our first original videos!

We attended the Americana Manhasset Concours D’Elegance on Oct. 10th. click here to see our video and photo gallery of the event.

This is our first venture into cutting a video for the site. It’s more of an exercise in what we hope to accomplish in the near future.

Also live is our long overdue review of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited, a car I enjoyed but learned a painful lesson about time management and the delaying of writing a review. I have several new ones to write and I’m desperately trying to avoid repeating the same pattern.

Check out the Sonata review here.

And lastly, here are some shots for upcoming features on AutoKinesis:

Thanks for reading! Keep checking AutoKinesis for more news and articles!

and visit our youtube channel and let us know what you think of our new videos.

-Alex K-

 

13
Mar
10

Lotus Returns to IndyCar Series

Prepare to see more green and yellow this year. Lotus and Cosworth have partnered with IndyCar copetitors KV Racing Technology to run in the 2010 IndyCar series.

Lotus competed for a number of years in the IndyCar Series in the 1960s, winning the Indianapolis 500 race outright in 1965 with the pioneering Lotus Type 38, driven by Jim Clark, and narrowly missing victory to come second in 1963.

Jim Clark in his type 38 with the Lotus Indy 500 team, 1965 (photo:IMS PHOTO)

Dany Bahar, CEO of Group Lotus plc said, “Racing has always defined Lotus and on many occasions in motorsports history Lotus’ numerous innovations have re-defined racing. It’s only fitting that as the Lotus Racing name re-enters Formula 1, we will also race and innovate again in IndyCar. The Lotus name will, once again compete in the top two open-wheel racing series for the passion and enthusiasm of car fans around the globe.”

The return to the IndyCar Series follows on from the recent announcement by Lotus and Cosworth are to become closely associated through a strategic partnership looking at the opportunity to develop high performance engines for Lotus cars.

Driving the Lotus-Cosworth IndyCar will be the former F1 driver Takuma Sato.

The 2010 IndyCar Series starts with the Sao Paolo Indy 300, Brazil on the 14th of March 2010.

02
Mar
10

mutual interests

Since we’re on this Lotus kick, I invite you guys to check out Lotus of Long Island, a new friend of ours with loads of Lotus info and photos.

-Alex K-

17
Feb
10

2011 Lotus Elise: pics and specs

Lotus (which we really should talk more about here) has bestowed upon us news on the 2011 Elise, the latest version of the consummate roadster from the Norfolk gents. The bog standard model will feature a 1.6 liter Toyota engine that puts out roughly 134 HP, while the top of the range, the Elise SC, will sport a 1.8 supercharged engine that produces 217 HP.  That gives the SC a 0-60 of 4.3 secs, with a top speed of 145 mph.

The key to the performance and efficiency of the new Toyota engine is the Valvematic system (a variable valve lift mechanism), which is combined with the dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent). The engine continuously controls intake valve opening/closing timing and the intake valve lift to vary the volume of the intake airflow, giving significant improvements in efficiency and fuel economy. This ensures optimal performance based on the engines operational condition,  helping the Elise achieve both high fuel efficiency and high performance.

Max power output is achieved at near 6800 rpm and maximum torque (a respectable 160 Nm, 118 lb.ft) is reached at 4400 rpm. This makes for a good combination of mid range pull but also encourages the driver to rev the engine to the redline of 7000 rpm . Like all Elise sportscars, there are three shift up lights, on the binnacle cumulatively lighting when the driver is getting closer to the rev limiter. When all three light up, they’ll flash, signaling the ideal upshift moment.

If Lotus cars are synonymous with anything, it’s most definitely handling. The entry level Lotus Elise weighs 876 kg, making it one of the lightest fully homologated sportscars in the world. The low weight translates into efficient performance with minimal fuel consumption, and a little horsepower goes a long way. The delicacy and accuracy of the steering, throttle and brakes of the Elise and all of these factors are what contribute the “rides on rails” reputation.

Some key changes to the 2011 models are the body design changes (more on that in a moment), new all in one headlights with LED day running lights and indicators, new cast and forged wheels, and an extended warranty.

The body changes not only update the Elise to match the Evora’s style, but also reduce the drag coefficient by 4%, improving speed and fuel economy. It may not seem like much, but a little goes a long way in racing.  What I can’t shake is that, yes, the Elise’s new look has been evolved from Evora design, but I can’t help thinking that the front end looks more closely related to a different sports car…

I dunno, I could be alone in thinking this. If you agree that the new Elise is the milkman’s kid, drop me a comment. And if you think I’m way off, do the same, I’m eager to see what your thoughts are.

-Alex K-