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Saturday, 9 August 2014

On Your Marks charity day | Bruntingthorpe

Lotusbits took both Lotus Sunbeams to this years On Your Marks charity fun day at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground.
Apart from watching aerobatic displays, trying to drive an articulated lorry, learning to fly a helicopter, belting down the 2 mile runway in a supercar and lots more, visitors also had the chance to experience a passenger ride in a rally car.

The half mile tarmac and gravel rally stage was, perhaps, the only track ever to run underneath a Boeing 747...
Both Mike and Cathy enjoyed treating the passengers to some on the limit, sometimes over, sideways stuff in the Lotusbits Sunbeams - plenty of screams and lots of laughter...

Since the start of the On Your Marks charity day, the On Your Marks team and everyone connected with the day have raised an incredible £316,000. This years event will push the total even higher.
Photos: © Philip Kelley

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Lotusbits Rally Stage | Lotus Festival Brands Hatch

Both Lotusbits Lotus Sunbeam Rally Cars will be available for exhilarating passenger rides, on a rally stage, during this years Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch on Sunday 17th August.

The Lotus Festival is a celebration of Britain's most charismatic sportscar marque and its illustrious heritage.
On track, demonstrations of Colin Chapman's famous racers, rally and road cars will be complemented by superb action from LoTRDC races series with a packed support bill.

Lotusbits MD Mike Taylor and his partner, Cathy Sewart (the reigning British Women Racing Drivers Club Vintage Racecar/Historica Rally Champion) will be offering a "Sideways Ride of A Lifetime" for just £10 for 3 (very sideways) loops of the Rally Stage! From 10am to 4pm throughout the day.
The little Sunbeams are powered by Lotusbits designed 275bhp+ long stroke 2.5ltr Lotus 900 series engines. Both compete in the premier UK tarmac rally series, the 2014 REIS MSA Asphalt Rally Championship. Don't just watch - get in and have a go!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Lotus Esprit Turbo For Sale

Please note, advertised on behalf of Brian Swankie.
Lotus Esprit Turbo - £12500
(X180 Carb), February 1988, 52,800 miles.
Recent works include:
  • Full leather re-trim
  • 12 Months MOT
  • New windscreen
  • All brake pipes and hoses replaced throughout
  • New brake servo fitted
  • New turbocharger and pick-up pipe fitted
  • Fuel lines replaced with stainless braided hos
  • New can belt and tensioner and vee belts replaced
  • Engine rebuild by previous owner, does not use any oil
  • Has covered 5000 trouble free miles since work completed
  • New restoration project pending!

Fancy sitting here?

Regular visitors may remember his stunning Lotus Excel, click the link and have a look at the standard of workmanship.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Lotus Elan SE Turbo for sale

Lovely little blue Lotus Elan SE Turbo for sale - taxed and MOT,d full service history - for further details see Lotus Elan M100 for sale on Lotusbits website.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Wow! - 290 bhp on forecourt fuel!

Getting closer to 300bhp...
This is the latest dyno print for RTA 43X  - Lotusbits Lotus Sunbeam rally car (Mike Taylors).
Considering this is a competition engine, it's incredibly flexible, equally at home pottering on a light throttle around the Warwickshire roads or running flat out on a tarmac rally stage.
Just look at that torque curve.
For further details of this and our upgraded Lotus 900 series engines for competition and fast road use visit the Lotusbits website.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Lotus Excel leather retrimmed seats

Lotus Excel re-trimmed seats are now available from Lotusbits, below "natural" leather trim awaiting customers choice of colour - £500 each (ex VAT).

Lotus Elan M100 retrimmed seats

Seat retrimming is now available from Lotusbits, below, Lotus Elan M100 seats - £450 ea (ex VAT)

We're continually developing our range of Lotus spare parts, particularly the recent addition of used, new and re-manufactured Lotus Elan M100 parts, watch this space!

Lotus Elan M100 Power Steering pipe kit

New to Lotusbits for 2014, Lotus Elan M100 power steering pipes (RHD only), the kit comprises the 3 pipes shown below £220 (ex VAT)

Lotus inlet and exhaust valves | Designed by Lotusbits

Lotusbits designed waisted inlet and exhaust valves, designed, tested and used by Lotusbits in both Lotus Sunbeam rally cars.
Designed to fit in standard guides, they are an oversize direct replacement. Nitrided and lighter than standard, exhaust and inlet are the same weight. £15 each (ex VAT).

Friday, 7 February 2014

Lotusbits 2014 Rally Calendar

Lotusbits are running two cars in the 2014 REIS Asphalt Rally Championship and the 2014 ANWCC Stage Rally Championship.
Mike Taylor will be running his 2.5 ltr Lotusbits Kingsway Insurance Lotus Sunbeam, with Peter Grant as co-driver sitting alongside.
The second car is an all-girl entry, Cathy Sewart and Samantha Bartlett, also in a 2.5 ltr Lotusbits Kingsway Insurance Lotus Sunbeam. Similar specification as Mikes car, but Cathys has bright pink wheelarches and shiny new paint following its winter rebuild - (it's straight now too)!

Cathys car during winter rebuild
Pink finishing touches
Another service barge

2014 REIS MSA Asphalt Championship events calendar

March 9 Tour of Epynt
May 9/10 Manx National Rally
May 30/31 Jim Clark National Rally
July 6 ALMC Stages
August 3 Tyneside Stages Otterburn
August 24 Mewla Rally
Sept. 13/14 Wexford Stages Rally
November 9 Cheviot Rally, Keith Knox Stages, Otterburn

2014 ANWCC Stage Rally Championship events calendar

Feb 7/8 North-West Stages
Feb 22 Jack Neal Memorial
Mar 2 Roskirk
Mar 9 Tour of Epynt
Mar 16 Lee Holland Memorial
Mar 23 SMC Stages
Mar 23 ᆴ AGBO Stages
Apr 6 Lookout Stages
Apr 26 Horiba DメIsis
May 4 Harlech Stages
May 4 ᆴ Hallamshire
May 9/10 Manx National
May 17 Cetus Rally Stages
May 25 Twyford Stages
Jun 8 Keith Frecker Memorial
Jun 28 JRT Enville
Jul 19 Opposite Lock
Aug 10 Gareth Hall Memorial
Aug 17 Centenary
Aug 24 Eventsigns
Sep 6 Promenade 
Sep 7 Vale of York
Sep 7 ᆴ Pendragon
Sep 28 Heroes Stages 
Oct 10/12 Mull Rally
Oct 12 Adgespeed Stages
Nov 1/2 Glyn Memorial
Nov 7/8 Pokerstars Rally
Nov 22 Neil Howard Memorial
Nov 22 Hall Trophy

8 events count towards the championship, rallies highlighted in green are likely to be contested.

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