One of the Bond movies fans could be an owner of the unique Lotus Esprit submarine car from the film The Spy Who Loved Me , starring Roger Moore. It is the first time the extraordinary vehicle is offered for sale. This is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because the incredible automobile is fully functioning underwater.
Lotus Esprit Series 1 Submarine Car is an audience favourite film vehicle of all time. During the scenes, the Lotus submarine car was driven by a Don Griffin, a former U.S. Navy SEAL. The vehicle is also nicknamed “Wet Nellie”.
The Bond car which transforms itself into a submarine was created to be used for the shoot in 1977 film. It is based on a Lotus Esprit body.
Recently, the Aston Martin DB5 used in Goldfinger and Thunderball films were auctioned for an impressive 4.4 million U.S. dollars (£2.9 million).
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The Lotus Exige S Roadster is the perfect vehicle for a joy ride. At the same time it is the fastest brand`s convertible ever.
The topless Exige S combines a racing character and the shape of a sleek convertible. The car is a member of the Lotus track-focused collection and expands the Lotus production lineup.
The Lotus Exige S Roadster is powered by 3.5L V6 engine. It 10kg less than the Exige S coupe thanks to the lightweight soft top. The open-top sports car hits the
0-60 mph time in 3.8 seconds. The powertrain delivers 345 hp at 7000 rpm (350 PS) and 295 lb ft of torque at 4500 rpm.
The latest Lotus Roadster is priced at £52,900 (€ 55,378 Euros).
Exige S Roadster is now available to order with the full list of options and extras as available on the Exige S coupé, with the extra interior option of quilted leather seats and door trim details.
Lotus Exige S Roadster Technical data
- Max Power 345 hp (350 PS) at 7000 rpm
- Max Torque 295 lb ft (400 NM) at 4500 rpm
- 0 – 60 mph 3.8 seconds
- 0 – 100 km/h 4.0 seconds
- Max Speed 145 mph (233 km/h)
- Engine: Mid-mounted, transverse 3.5 litre DOHC V6 VVTi,
- 24-valve equipped with Harrop HTV 1320 Supercharger.
- 6 speed manual with sports ratios only from launch.
- Paddle shift options
Fully independent double wishbone suspension with front and rear anti-roll bar. Bilstein high performance gas dampers and Eibach coaxial springs.
Braking & Dynamic systems
- AP-Racing four-piston callipers with ventilated and cross drilled cast-iron discs.
- Lotus / BOSCH Developed ABS/ESP system
- Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
- Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
- Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
- Lotus Dynamic Performance Management (Lotus DPM)
Wheels & Tyres
- Lightweight cast alloy wheels (17” front and 18” rear)
- Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres
- Urban 19.5 mpg – 14.5 litres / 100km,
- Extra urban 37.2 mpg – 7.6 litres / 100km,
- Combined – 28.0 mpg – 10.1 litres / 100km.
- CO2 emissions 236 g CO2 / km.
Lotus created very special 2012 Lotus Evora GTE China Edition. The most powerful road-going model of the famous British automaker debuted at the Beijing International Auto Show.
Lotus engineers have adapted the GTE to suit Chinese roads. It uses a 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine with 444 horsepower.
The custom-made supercar features luxurious interior combining leather and carbon fibre.
Only 118 examples of the special edition will hit the Chinese market. .Each of the exclusive and collectable supercars features a numbered plaque inside, marked with the edition`s insignia.
China is an essential part of the Lotus`s revival plan. The British automanufacturer will develop unique products for Chinese customers. The supercar maker also announced the Lotus China Racing Club. It offers its members track days, performance and race driving instruction, race car rental and exclusive access to Lotus events.
The German tuner Cam-Shaft Premium Wrapping has created special Lotus Esprit edition to mark the 18th anniversary of the death of the legendary Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna.
The special Lotus is capable of 492 hp. It accelerates from 0-62 mph in 4.3 seconds. The top speed is 305 km/h. The engine is coupled with a new six-speed gearbox. Lotus Esprit also features upgraded brakes with AP Racing four-pot calipers on 330mm cross-drilled discs. Cam-Shaft Premium Wrapping gave the Esprit new turbos, and intercooler.
LEGENDARY RESURRECTION – by Cam Shaft – Premium Wrapping
From 1976 till 2003 the British small series car manufacturer Lotus under the guidance of the legendary master Giorgio Giugiaro produced a middle class motor sport car named Espirit. It was in 1996 (up to 2004) that Espirit V8 became the first and only Lotus with an eight-cylinder engine. Each four cylinders on the left and on the right side are mounted at the angle of 90° and fitted into an aluminum construction; they generate from 3,506 ccm engine 354 hp (260 kW) as well as 400 Nm torque thanks to two Allied-Signal T25 turbo compressor pumps. Produced only 1,237 times worldwide, V8 had a maximal speed of 282 km/h, weighted 1,380 kg, made a speed of 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and cost in 1999 about 150,000 DM.
Almost like the honoring of a Brazilian Ayrton Senna da Silva, who drove in 1984 for the Team Toleman, from 1985 till 1987 for the Lotus-Team, and then for McLaren and Williams in Formula 1 car race and whose death at Grand Pries San Marino 1994 on the way to Imola on the 1st of May 2012 was commemorated for the 18th time, the company Cam Shaft – Premium Wrapping has taken to its heart the produced in the previous century Espirit V8 and has given it unique and adequate upgrades. One should mention here a Red Race control device with optimized characteristics due to the changes in the software. Then there were adjustable cases by Forge inside the turbo compressor pumps. A self designed compressor cooling system (on the basis of Lotus-Omega) as well as two 100-cell structure catalysts give the Espirit V8 with 492 hp (362 kW), 4.3 seconds for the speed-up of 100 km/h and a maximal speed of 305 km/h. Technically it is worth mentioning that they have changed a 5-speed gearbox by Renault for 6-speed Dog-Engagement gearbox equipped with a longer total ratio. They have naturally upgraded the breaking system for 350 sport models (from 2000 series) with AP racing 4-bucket device and perforated brake discs with the diameter of 330 mm to match the speed-up.
And in order to commemorate the Formula 1 pilot, who was praised not only for his fairness, with his intensive rivalry to a Frenchman Alain Prost, whom many surely would like to become today, Cam Shaft – Premium Wrapping from Kempen has created a black bolides car design – apart from glued advertisement there is a signature in gold of the unforgettable driver on the king class car, and it is the very model, the legendary John Player Special 97T that Ayrton Senna drove in 1985 in Estoril and for the first time won in Formula 1. That is why this special sport car design along with the start number 12 is associated with the Lotus 97T and especially with Ayrton Senna… We will never forget you!
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