The Lotus 2-Eleven has shown its speed by joining the exclusive eight-minute club at the 2007 Mt Buller Sprint.
Third place on Mt Buller Sprint
Track cars always sound impressive on paper, but not all track-ready cars impress as much as you would hope they would. Lotus has taken the opportunity to put their money where their mouth is and sent Dean Evans and navigator Samantha Stevens with a new Lous 2-Eleven to the Mt Buller Sprint (last Nov 3-5) in Australia.
Conditions were aweful on the first two days with plenty of rain and fog resulting in the tragic death of fellow racer Paul Flintoft (navigator) and the hospitalization of driver David Reynolds.
On day one Evans managed to set the fourth overall time (9m:04s) beating established racers like Tony Longhurst and Grant Denyer driving Subaru Sti Spec Cs. In the rain the 2-Eleven's traction control was put to the test and held up brilliantly according to Evans: "I started on maximum T/C, but every few kays I was dialling it out to where I could simply stamp on it exiting a corner.” Rain or shine, the 2-Eleven catapulted of the starting line.
On the second day Evans set the third-overall time, improving his first days sprint by 5 seconds, and clocked in at 8m:59s. Only 17 other cars have ever recorded a sub-9m run in the 5-year history of the sprint. And where all the teams were prepping and fixing their cars during the lunch recess, the Lotus team merely cleaned and polished the car. "We wanted to show how quick the 2-Eleven is straight out of the box," explained Lotus Cars Australia Sales and Marketing Manager Jonathan Stretton. The 2-Eleven finished the entire 3-day event on one set of tires and half a tank of gas.
The third day brought some sunshine and Evans showed consistency by repeating his 8m:59s run during the two morning sessions. In the afternoon Evans even clocked a 8m:54s sprint during a demo run in the afternoon, a time which would have secured an outright number 1 podium spot for the 2-Eleven and its two occupants.