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Posted: 23 Jun 2016 11:51 PM PDT

Festival of Speed Ready to humble some of the fastest cars that money can buy, two of the greatest, most extreme Lotus models ever produced, the Lotus 3-Eleven, finished in matt and gloss Black colour scheme and the Lotus Elise Cup 250 in Red, have driven off the production line for the first time at the famous Hethel factory.

The two, hard-hitting lightweights represent the latest generation of Lotus sports cars, combining high-output engines with the company's dedication to cutting mass, and so boosting performance through intelligent engineering. Developed through the company's Lightweight Laboratory philosophy, every component in each has been assessed, optimised and re-engineered as required.

Surrounded by some of the production and engineering teams responsible for the two cars, Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc, commented: "The lucky owners of these will be the first to find out just how special the latest Lotus cars really are. We've raised the bar yet again, to produce two vehicles which the competition cannot hope to match. From the outright firepower of the 3-Eleven, to the sublime handling of the Elise Cup 250, these cars, better than any other, encapsulate our 'light is right' mantra."


Showing clear intent for the Lotus high-performance sports cars of the future, the 3-Eleven is the company's quickest and most expensive series production car ever.

The 3-Eleven offers a giant-slaying power-to-weight ratio, thanks to a revised V6 supercharged engine developing 460 hp, to provide in excess of 500 hp per tonne. It is capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds before reaching a maximum speed of 180 mph (290 km/h).

Designed to deliver a pure, undiluted driving experience, the Lotus 3-Eleven utilises an all-new lightweight carbon composite body, and a bespoke chassis evolved from Lotus' ground-breaking work with extruded and bonded aluminium sections.

As part of its development the Lotus 3-Eleven spent time at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, where it was one of the fastest road going cars to ever tackle the track, capable of setting a sub-7 minute lap time.

One year on from its global unveiling, this matt and gloss Black 3-Eleven will be on display at this years' Goodwood Festival of Speed with Bell & Colvill, the most successful and longest serving Lotus dealer in the world. A second giant killing Lotus 3-Eleven will be taking part in the Michelin Supercar run on all three days of the Festival.

Elise Cup 250

With the Lotus Elise recently crowned as Readers' Champion during the Autocar Awards, this latest version of the legendary car is the faster ever - with a 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 154 mph (248 km/h).

Powered by a new higher-output version of the supercharged, 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine, the Elise Cup 250 boasts 243 hp. However, in order to make the most of its power, it's shed 21kg compared to its predecessor, to weight just 931 kg. Customers wanting to cut weight still further, and so boost performance, can select the optional Carbon Aero Pack to reduce the vehicle's mass to 921 kg.

The hand-built sports car has long been regarded as a benchmark within the industry, providing a level of precision and driver involvement that rivals cannot match. Capable of lapping the company's test track in 1 minute 34 seconds, the changes and engineering adaptions to the Elise Cup 250 have taken an impressive four seconds off the previous Elise Cup 220's best time.

The arrival the new cars coincides with the 50th celebrations for the founding of the famous factory in Hethel, Norfolk, when, in 1966, founder Colin Chapman moved Lotus to the purpose-built facility. Lotus is marking this milestone in the company's history with special edition cars and events throughout the year.

Every new Lotus 3-Eleven and Elise customer can personalise their vehicle through the Lotus Exclusive programme. Developed by the Lotus Design team, it combines traditional British craftsmanship with the best of modern design. Conceived to inspire customers, allowing them to tailor vehicles to their personal taste, it offers a comprehensive array of options and provides an alluring alternative to an off-the-peg sports car.

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Pan mimpi Pas terima pinangan

Posted: 23 Jun 2016 05:54 PM PDT

Mendengar cerita tentang Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) yang ‘meminang’ PAS supaya menyertai Pakatan Harapan bersama dua lagi sekutu mereka, DAP dan PKR, benar-benar membuat penulis ketawa. PAS sertai Pakatan Harapan?

Setelah berakhir pertandingan tiga penjuru di Pilihan Raya Kecil (PRK) Parlimen Sungai Besar dan Kuala Kangsar, PAN khabarnya berpandangan bahawa PAS perlu dibawa masuk ke dalam Pakatan Harapan untuk menewaskan Barisan Nasional (BN).

Maka mungkin kerana itu maka bekas Naib Presiden PAS, Salahuddin Ayub yang kini menjadi berjawatan ‘lebih besar’ sebagai Timbalan Presiden PAN cuba tunjuk baik memujuk agar bekas partinya itu menyertai Pakatan Harapan.

PAN lupa tentang label ‘syaitan dalam jemaah’, ‘jebon’, ‘Anwarinas’ dan sebagainya dulu? Dan kini mereka yang dikatakan cuba merosakkan PAS dari dalam cuba berbaik-baik mengajak PAS bersatu? Bersatu bersama ‘syaitan’? Cukuplah Mahathir seorang saja…

Kenapa perlu PAS sertai Pakatan Harapan? Kenapa tidak PAN saja yang bubarkan parti dan sertai PAS? Apa kata kalau PAN bubarkan saja parti dan ‘rujuk’ kembali dengan PAS?

Tapi PAN perlu jadi ahli biasa dan ‘bertaubat’ dulu. PAN juga sebelum sertai PAS semula perlu berjanji untuk tidak lagi menjadi ‘syaitan’ seperti yang pernah dikatakan Presiden PAS, Dato’ Seri Abdul Hadi Awang dulu. PAN setuju?

Kemudian, PAN ajak sekali PKR sertai PAS yang kini bersama parti IKATAN. PAN dan PKR perlu jadi ‘junior’ dan tunduk hormat pada parti pimpinan Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Syeikh Fadzir itu yang lebih senior di dalam blok ‘pembangkang ketiga’.

PAN tidak perlu ajak DAP. Malah PAN perlu mula menghentam setiap pemimpin DAP yang pernah berlaku biadap terhadap Abdul Hadi dan PAS sebelum ini. PAN lupa pada mulut celupar DAP menyerang PAS bertalu-talu dulu?

Jika PAN enggan, maka lupakanlah untuk cuba menghasut PAS menjadi ‘keldai tunggangan’ seperti dulu. Pada pandangan penulis, PAS sudah serik setelah ‘terhantuk’. Masa mereka untuk menjadi ‘tunggangan’ sudah habis, kini PAN pula menyerahkan ‘leher’…

Setelah bertahun PAS hampir hancur dikerjakan DAP, PKR dan ‘harum manis’ sebelum ini, penulis melihat parti itu sedang bertatih memulihkan maruah dan cuba kembali ke haluan asal perjuangan mereka mencari redha Allah.

Redha Allah itulah diperlekehkan pemimpin PAN di Kuala Kangsar tempohari. Kononnya PAS tidak boleh menang pilihan raya dengan redha Allah? Untuk pengetahuan PAN, dengan redha Allah itulah UMNO menang tidak terkalah dalam pilihan raya sejak merdeka. Tanpa redha Allah, jangankan UMNO, siapa pun takkan menang!

Pada hemat penulis, eloklah PAN bawa pulang saja ‘sireh pinang’ yang dibawa kepada PAS. PAN makanlah ‘sireh pinang’ itu bersama DAP di Sungai Buloh, sambil berfikir untuk menewaskan PAS pada PRU ke-14 nanti. Tanpa DAP dan PKR, mungkinkah PAN boleh kalahkan PAS? Fikir sendiri…


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