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by rssmith
Hi Northern VA Lotus fans-

My name is Randy Smith and I drive an '05 Elise/SC and do a bit of racing in the ChampCar series (not in a Lotus!).  I'm an HPDE instructor for Summit Point FATT and also teach for some other event sponsors including MBCA (Mercedes Bends Club).  I plan to teach at the September 9 FATT and hope that some of you are planning to come as part of LOG 41.  Rcollum and KSM have already posted some great information about that event at novalotusclub.freeforums.net/thread/980/summit-point-fatt-sept-2022. KSM also posted a complete list of all the Summit Point FATT events for 2022 and there are several more in September/October if you are interested.  The list is here novalotusclub.freeforums.net/thread/961/summit-point-friday-track-schedule.  You can sign-up for those events at www.motorsportreg.com/calendar/?country=US&q=Summit+Point+FATT&radius=300.  If you look back through the track posts novalotusclub.freeforums.net/thread/768/mbca-gws-shenandoah-track-event?page=1&scrollTo=3392, you will find some references to the MBCA event in 2020 which had a strong Lotus turn-out and was touted as a great time by all!  That event is also happening this year and the Lotus Club is again invited.  The dates are September 24-25 (and there is still time to sign-up) and it is on the Shenandoah Circuit just like the September 9 event.  All of these HPDE events are very much education oriented and are for drivers of all levels including folks who have never been on a track before.  You can come either Saturday or Sunday or both and registration is still open at www.motorsportreg.com/events/mbca-gws-2022-shenandoah-circuit-track-event-summit-point-greater-washington-841047.  If you are hesitant at all, please feel free to contact me and I would be happy to coach you through how to prepare and what to expect.  All in all, it's just a lot of fun and an opportunity to learn more about the performance side of your Lotus in a controlled environment (No speed limits and no police!).  BTW, there is no admission fee to come out and observe any of these events at Summit Point.  Just show up and sign the waiver and you are welcome to come in a watch and mingle with the participants.  Hope to see some of you at one or more of these events!
by ksm
A shot for Bob as he's normally the one taking the photos:

Another rare shot, I would say: Old and new gen NSX in the same shot:


This scene was almost like being at a British car show.  A nice XKE and Morgan:

I like the matching pants and shoes:

by ksm
Info on the track event:
by ksm
For those folks not familiar with Summit Point Shenandoah, THIS is its shape!

Summit Point Shenandoah Circuit

Lots of cool turns, including a banked, grippy Karussell that Bob mentioned (upper right half circle on the above map)!

You don't have to go blazing fast to have fun on this track.
And there's a beautiful skid pad within the track's interior for testing limits (the use of which I believe is determined by whatever group hosts the event).
by ksm
Nice to see you and the family.

I grabbed a shot of your nice Evora (BTW, the image you posted in your above post isn't showing up):


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Lotus completes factory revamp, craps customer centre plans by ksm
Lotus completes revamp of factory but scraps customer centre plans


Derin Clark
Published: 6:29 AM March 27, 2022

Inside Lotus Hethel factory
Lotus has finished £100m redevelopment of its sites - Credit: Lotus

Lotus has completed its £100m redevelopment of its Norfolk sites, which has seen its Hethel factory revamped and has created hundreds of new jobs in the area.

The investment saw two new production halls being added to its Hethel location, one of which is the pre-production for its Emira sports car and one for its Evija electric hypercar.

Originally, the sports car manufacturer had been planning to build a customer experience centre, heritage centre and a museum on the site. But a spokesperson said that this is now no longer going ahead, although the previous building was demolished 18-months ago as it was structurally unsound.

There are, however, plans to build a museum on the site over the next few years. No further details about this has yet been made available.

Lotus has invested in new technology at its site - Credit: Lotus

Since 2017, Lotus' Hethel and Norwich sites have almost doubled their workforce and last year a further 200 new operating roles were needed to support the launch and production of the Emira model.

The sports car manufacturer began its redevelopment in 2018, which has also seen its equipment updated with a high tech automated paint shop being added at its Hethel site, along with retail design studio and an on-site restaurant.

Its Norwich location has also benefit from investment with the introduction of the Lotus Advanced Structures (LAS), a fabrication facility at the site, which the firm stated will increase the efficiency of the assembly line.

Lotus' iconic Emira sportscar - Credit: Lotus

Now that its redevelopment is completed, the firm is set to re-start tours around its Hethel factory.

Tour groups will be led through the Emira factory by expert guides who will provide an insight into the story of Lotus, as well as walking them through older sections of the factory where the Elise, Exige and Evora were built, before leading to the new Emira hall.

Simon Lane, director at Lotus Advanced Performance, said: “Tours of the Hethel site were part of the Lotus story for many years and hugely popular. We get emails and calls every week with people asking about them but, with all the development work on site, it was not appropriate to have the public here. With the Emira now in production, I’m delighted to announce that the time is right to relaunch the factory tours.”