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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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The navigation in the forthcoming versions of the F-150 and Bronco employs a combination of Telennav and Ford technology.

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You May, but your Ford F-150 or Bronco will not get lost on the trail. That's thanks to the automaker's partnership with Telenav, which powers the navigation technologies inside the new versions of the two iconic vehicles.

The SYNC 4 system that will be in the two vehicles will include the Telenav system, which includes specialized route suggestions for towing and off-roading. The two systems, working in tandem, will store maps and continue routing even when drivers go outside of cell coverage.

Ford SYNC 4 Navigation The system also lets drivers know of hazards ahead.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

"Customers want connected vehicle technologies to work more like smartphones with real-time, personalized services – and that is exactly what we are offering with Ford SYNC 4 innovations such as Telenav's navigation system," said Gary Jablonski, manager, Ford Connected Vehicle Infotainment Systems. "F-150 and Bronco drivers now can get richer, quicker location search results, tow more confidently with custom routes and keep following off-road trail maps where other navigation systems go dark when cell coverage ends."

The routing system also has specialized options for customers that are towing anything from a boat to a 4x4 to a camper and beyond. When determining a route for navigation, the system guides users to routes best suited for the dimensions of their trailer to help avoid sharp turns, narrow bridges and low overpasses. Off-road enthusiasts can navigate to and on many 4X4 trails across North America, with additional trail maps to be added over time.

During traditional vehicle usage, the mapping system will give F-150 and Bronco owners the latest maps for reliable, time-saving navigation and be capable of providing location information such as finding cheap and available parking or a well-reviewed restaurant to eat at along the way.

SYNC 4 doesn't rely on strictly touch screen inputs. Ford's digital voice assistance may be used for many of its features.

Additionally, SYNC 4 offers users the ability to see landmarks and their descriptions and user ratings from Yelp.

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The 1981 Lotus Turbo Esprit pictured at Ketteringham Hall, Norfolk, where initial design and engineering development work on the original Esprit began in secret. The building was also home to 'Team Lotus' racing operations from the mid-1970s to 1994, and the Lotus GT race team from 1995-98.

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To kick off their new Certificate of Provenance program, Lotus has awarded the first such certification to a 1981 Lotus Turbo Esprit that was the final company car owned by Lotus founder Colin Chapman.

The Turbo Esprit wears registration plate UVF 464X and was registered to Lotus on August 1, 1981 then allocated to Chapman for exclusive use. Chapman died in December 1982 and the company sold the car the following July. Since then, the car has always been in private hands, with just 11,000 miles put on the odometer. Regular maintenance was also performed.

1981 Lotus Turbo Esprit The 1981 Lotus Turbo Esprit pictured at Ketteringham Hall, Norfolk, where initial design and engineering development work on the original Esprit began in secret. The building was also home to 'Team Lotus' racing operations from the mid-1970s to 1994, and the Lotus GT race team from 1995-98.Photo courtesy of Lotus Cars

The model was then as it is now, with a metallic Silver Diamond paint job, “Turbo Esprit" decals, a full red leather intro, air conditioning, a Panasonic audio system integrated into the headliner, power steering (it was the first Esprit to ever have this technology), a modified and lowered suspension, modified brakes, and BBS Mahle lattice alloy wheels.

This also just so happens to the the Turbo Esprit driven by former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during a visit to Norfolk on August 5, 1981. After landing at the Norwich Airport and chatting with Chapman, she drove the model around on private roads telling local media, “I was tempted to drive away in it."

The model was recently acquired by Lotus and will now undergo a sympathetic restoration.

1981 Lotus Turbo Esprit with Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher drives the Esprit around Norwich Airport.Photo courtesy of Lotus Cars

The new Certificate of Provenance is designed for owners of Lotus cars from any era. Owners can purchase the certificate for themselves or receive it as a gift from friends or family.

Each Certificate of Provenance package is delivered in a “For the Drivers" Lotus presentation box that contains:

  • The Certificate of Provenance – printed on premium paper, this provides a summary of the car's details including the VIN, paint colour and specification. The certificate also notes the date on which the car completed its production at the Hethel factory and was passed to the Lotus sales team.
  • The Build Specification Letter – drafted using detailed vehicle information from the Lotus archive*, this document provides more in-depth information about the car, including its engine, transmission, standard features and optional extras.
  • A personalised letter to the customer signed by Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars, thanking them for their purchase and updating them on the transformation which is taking place at Lotus.

The three documents are presented in a simple black envelope placed inside the presentation box. Beneath it is a selection of Lotus collectables, including an aluminium plaque engraved with the owner's name and information from the Certificate of Provenance; a leather Lotus keyring; a carbon fibre bookmark featuring the brand's nine most significant motorsport laurels; a presentation tin of four badges; and a Lotus ink pen.

Lotus Certificate of Provenance

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The Certificate of Provenance is available worldwide through Lotus retailers.

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