Italian Lotus Official Club meeting at Franciacorta race circuit
Every year , four-wheel fans eagerly await sunny weekends to take part in car meetings and sharing their passion for their favorite manufacturer with others and in Italy it’s no different.
The official Lotus Club Italy – founded in 2012 and given the official status by the British manufacturer - held their second annual meeting last weekend at the Autodromo di Franciacorta – a 2.5 km race track near Brescia, that features three straights and thirteen turns.
Over 40 Lotus owners from all over Italy travelled to the circuit to take part in the meeting, where they spent the morning on the racing circuit and then left the circuit to spend the rest of the day driving through the highly scenic Valcamonica mountains to reach the lovely mountain resort town of Ponte di Legno located on the border between the Lombardy and Trentino regions and between the Stelvio National Park and the Regional Adamello Park, at an altitude of 1,257 metres above sea level.
On Sunday the club spent the day driving through another magnificent panoramic route that led to the town of Gardone on Lake Garda.
Regarding Lotus, earlier this month the manufacturer released a video filmed at the iconic Nürburgring circuit confirming that the new Lotus Exige S Roadster, that made its debut during the 2012 Geneva Motor Show will go into production this summer.
Under the hood, the Exige S Roadster is powered by a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that can be mated with a six-speed manual gearbox or Serial Precision Shift (SPS).
The supercharged engine can reach up to 345 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and reach 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds when using a six-speed manual transmission, and 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds with the SPS The coupe has a top speed of 145 mph.