<title> The Lotus that Looks Like a Million Bucks</title>

The Lotus that Looks Like a Million Bucks

Surprise!  It is a million bucks!  The expensive and rare Exos Type 125 is nothing so much as a dream toy for anyone out there with Formula 1 styling sensibilities and a desire to put the pedal to the metal on the open road (or more likely a closed track).  With a low-slung body that would balk at a speed bump, smooth, fat tires that protrude from the carbon-fiber chassis, and a driver’s seat (the one and only seating accommodation in the vehicle) that looks more like a cockpit than a comfort-cruise, you won’t likely see this little beauty on a highway near you anytime soon.  But that doesn’t have to stop you from drooling over it at one of the many auto shows (starting with the imminent Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 11th) that it’s bound to be frequenting before its limited release next year.

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lotus exos type 125

lotus exos type 125


lotus exos type 125

lotus exos type 125


The latest joy-toy from exotic-car manufacturer Lotus is basically a Formula 1 race car.  The devilishly snappy 3.5-liter Cosworth engine is a monster with eight cylinders that can deliver up to 650 horsepower at an astonishing redline of 10,500 rotations per minute.  And with a super-light frame weighing in at under 1,500 pounds (1,433, to be exact, or about 650 kilograms), this can spell at lot of get up and go.  Additions like a semi-automatic transmission (a sequential gearbox) and wheel-mounted paddle shifters should also appeal to race car enthusiasts.  There’s about a million reasons this pretty little car was dubbed the “ultimate track toy” upon its unveiling in Monterey, but unfortunately the price tag isn’t one of them.

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lotus exos type 125

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lotus exos type 125

lotus exos type 125


That’s right, the average Joe is going to have to lay out a million big ones to catch a ride in a T125; that is if they can even get close to one.  With only twenty-five set to be released next spring, it may be a free-for-all to see which fabulously wealthy collectors will get their hands on one.  And while the considerable expense of owning one is enough to give any interested enthusiast pause, the exclusivity is sure to be a draw, as are the major bonuses that Lotus has decided to throw into the package deal.  As an owner of one of these ridiculously cool cars, you will be enrolled in a program that promises to get you in shape for F1 racing (run by physicians and personal trainers).  You will also receive personalized training in how to handle your latest purchase from a group of engineers and professional drivers.  Finally, Lotus has decided to take pity on anyone who shells out so much money for a car that they will rarely see the light of day; you will be allowed to compete in five racing events on tracks against other T125 owners.  Bazinga!

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lotus exos type 125

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Of course, another selling point that can’t be overlooked is the fact that this is currently the fastest car you can buy.  Unfortunately, as you may have guessed, this comes with the caveat that the vehicle is nowhere near street legal.  However, if rumors prove true, you may end up owning an honest-to-god race car.  Apparently, Lotus plans to return to the F1 arena in the near future and this could be a sneaky way for them to get paid (to the tune of $25 million) for test runs.  Of course, that’s mere speculation, but it may be enough to raise the interest of F1 enthusiasts on the market for the latest and greatest million-dollar toy.

Jamie Myers is a writer for Cheapest Car Insurance, an auto insurance comparison site that helps you find the best deal on auto insurance.

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lotus exos type 125

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