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Lotus launches plug and play digital instrument pack that's loaded with 4,000 race tracks

The new Lotus Digital Instrument Pack is perfect for a track day.

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Life at the track in your Lotus is getting easier thanks to the company's new Digital Instrument Pack. The digital dashboard features integrated GPS technology and lap performance indicators allowing drivers to measure, display, and record data.

The system is designed for Lotus Elise and V6 Exige models that were built from 2008 to today.

It comes loaded with the details of 4,127 race tracks worldwide and, using GPS technology, automatically recognizes when a driver is near a track. Drivers are able to download start/finish line co-ordinates so they can calculate lap times, then analyze their performance in real time on the digital display or later by downloading data to a laptop.

Lotus Digital Instrument Pack

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The system's branded start-up imagery appears on the display of the high-contrast six-inch TFT screen. The pack features a camera input that allows drivers to add a portable action camera that would capture the action from each lap.

Chris Hinks, Aftersales Director, Lotus, said the Digital Instrument Pack is designed for drivers who want to take their Lotus track day experience to the next level, "We know our customers appreciate the motorsport heritage of Lotus cars and love to use their own vehicles on track days. Integrating a Digital Instrument Pack into an Elise or Exige is only going to enhance that experience."

The pack fits into the Elise or Exige dashboard, seamlessly. It replaces the original factory instrumentation.

Lotus is making the pack available in all markets where the two cars are sold. In the U.K., the pack is priced at £1,470 including VAT and a fitting service is available at an extra cost. When fitted by a Lotus retailer the pack is covered by a two-year warranty. Prices in other markets will vary.

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Mopar has introduced unique accessories for the new Jeep Wrangler 4xe.

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The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid electric vehicle will soon arrive on dealership lots. Ahead of that moment, Mopar has released the details of some of its new Jeep Performance Parts lineup for the new model.

"With an industry-first lift kit for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar will give owners of the new 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe the opportunity to amplify the 4x4 capability and the fun-to-drive, open-air experience of the most capable, technically advanced, eco-friendly SUV," said Jim Morrison, Vice President, Jeep Brand North America. "The 2021 Wrangler 4xe is Trail Rated with solid front and rear axles, a full-time 4x4 two-speed transfer case, a fully articulating suspension and 30 inches of water fording capability."

Below are select JPP and Mopar offerings available for the new 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe (with Mopar part number and U.S. MSRP). Descriptions have been provided by Mopar.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe pats

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JPP 2-inch lift kit (77072522 | $1,495): The industry-first lift kit for a plug-in hybrid vehicle is tuned specifically for the Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid vehicle application. The kit includes four springs, four FOX shocks, front lower control arms, front and rear stabilizer links, front and rear bump stops, various fasteners and the JPP badge, all packaged in a custom, reusable wooden crate complete with the JPP logo.

240-volt, at-home, electric vehicle wall chargers: The 240-volt wall chargers are available with branding from Mopar or Jeep in hardwired (HCS40 | $621.50) or plug-in (HCS40P | $647.90) versions for at-home use. Customers can enjoy a charging time that is more than five times faster for their iconic off-roader versus the standard cordset cable. Both wall chargers are available at the Mopar eStore.

JPP rock rails (82215165AB | $925): For the serious off-roader, JPP rock rails provide added lower-body protection to the vehicle. Rails are roll-formed and constructed from zinc-coated steel for superior corrosion resistance. The outer surface is e-coated and then DuraBull®-coated (truck bedliner coating) to provide superior protection.

JPP tube doors (77072498AC | $1,195): Constructed of 2-inch round, heavy-gauge steel tubes, JPP tube doors create more open-air freedom. Production hinges and rubber bump stops are used for added strength and factory fit and finish, while preventing shakes and rattles.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe

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JPP mirror kit for tube doors (77072562AA | $215): For added functionality of the JPP tube doors, the mirror kit includes two side mirrors that provide an improved range of vision during open-air adventures. Available beginning in early May.

JPP half doors (part of Dual-Door Group – sales code AJB for two-door | $2,350; AJB for four-door | $3,995; AJS for two-door | $2,550; AJS for four-door | $4,395): Ordered as an option during a new-vehicle purchase, the Mopar Custom Shop offers the Dual-Door Group that includes both full and half doors. New half-door option enhances the Jeep Wrangler driving experience with production styling, security and occupant protection. With lower window ledges, visibility is improved while maneuvering on and off road. New upper-window assemblies – available in base vinyl (AJB) or premium acrylic (AJS) – create a weather-tight seal and feature zippered plastic windows for quick, easy removal. Available in late summer.

JPP front bumper (82215691AD | $1,275): Rigorously tested for performance, durability and corrosion, this heavy-duty front bumper is steel e-coated and black-powder coated. D-rings are included for extra towing capability. The bumper is fully compatible with the Jeep Performance Parts Rubicon Warn winch.

JPP Rubicon Warn winch (P5160095AC | $1,595): Completely waterproof and submersible to ensure reliable operation during water fording and other adverse conditions, the Rubicon Warn winch includes 100 feet of Warn Spydura™ Synthetic Rope and is finished in three-stage zinc phosphate, e-coat and powder coating.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe

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JPP winch mounting kit (82215182AC | $450): Designed to fit on the Rubicon steel front bumper and the JPP front-bumper assembly, the mounting kit ensures proper alignment with the vehicle's airbag deployment strategy.

JPP grille and winch guard hoop (82215351 | $249): The grille and winch guard hoop is constructed from 2-inch black powder-coated steel and bolts to the Rubicon steel front bumper or JPP steel front bumper.

JPP 7-inch off-road LED light kit (82215386AB | $725): Emitting 8,000 lumens each, a pair of 7-inch off-road LED lights provides superior performance without shadows and gives increased visibility for a more illuminating off-road driving experience.

JPP swing gate hinge reinforcement (82215356AB | $625): On the rear of the vehicle, the JPP swing gate hinge reinforcement allows for a larger spare tire to be mounted on the swing gate. The reinforcement is powder-coated black and works with the production hinge for easy installation.

JPP oversized spare-tire carrier modification kit (82215355 | $275): On the rear of the vehicle, the kit provides various spacers to adjust the production spare-tire carrier in order to accommodate the larger wheel/tire assembly. The carrier is painted with a corrosion-resistant black finish.

Jeep Performance Parks high-mount stop light

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JPP Center High-Mount Stop Light (CHMSL) relocation kit (82215349AB | $85): The CHMSL relocation kit allows customers to add larger tires on the spare-tire mount on the rear of the vehicle and move the CHMSL to the center of the spare tire.

All-weather floor mats (82215986 | $165): All-weather floor mats feature high-wall, bucket-style construction in order to provide maximum coverage and protect floor areas from wetness, snow, mud, dirt and grime. The black, four-mat set includes a terrain-style surface design and red Jeep logo on the front mats.

Molded cargo tray kit (82215988 | $129): The molded cargo tray kit provides full coverage of cargo area and seat backs. The kit includes a cargo tray for the floor and two seat-back cover pieces (60/40 seat style). The cargo tray is black and features a red Jeep logo.

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The Lotus Emira will make its debut soon.

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The next generation of Lotus is on its way. After the company ditched the Elise, Evora, and Exige in favor of the Evija and a new sports car. That new sports car now officially has a name: Emira.

Emira, pronounced 'E-meer-a" is a strong choice. It is derived from a number of ancient languages and means 'commander' or 'leader'.

Before the car was named Emira, it was called the Lotus Type 131, a codename styling that is common in the automotive world as companies work out trademarks in a timeline that still keeps the vehicle under wraps. However, in recent days, Lotus had been dropping hints regarding the car's name.

A film released ons social media featured a pattern of dots and dashes that made up the central line on the roadway. Those that know Morse Code could have spotted that it spelled Emira. Today, April 27, is the anniversary of the birthday of Samuel Morse, inventor of Morse Code.

The company has revealed that the car will fully debut on July 6 ahead of its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed a few days later. A fresh peek at a film the automaker added to Instagram today show off the face of the new car in a sort of sneak peak. Further, another promotional photo released by the company appears to show off the car's driver's side rear haunch.

Lotus Emira teaser rear The shapely back end of the of the Lotus Emira.Photo courtesy of Lotus Cars

In a move sure to anger eco warriors but please driving enthusiasts, Lotus has confirmed that the new car will not be a hybrid. It will be the last time that Lotus launches a car with an internal combustion engine and is brought to the masses thanks to what the company calls "an exciting new partnership". Promises have been made to give the car "cutting edge" technology that will make it efficient.

"It's the most accomplished Lotus for generations – the perfectly packaged, powered and formed sports car. Beautifully proportioned, shrink-wrapped, but with comfort, technology and ergonomics built in. With a design inspired by the Evija all-electric hypercar, it's a game-changing Lotus sports car," said Matt Windle, managing director, Lotus Cars.

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