Supra gets another pedal

Toyota will be adding a six-speed manual derivative to their local Supra range. The three-pedal version is part of a model update (available from August), and revisions include lightweight 19-inch wheels, a number of chassis refinements to improve overall agility and - apparently - a total weight reduction of some 40 kilos.

At the moment we can't tell you if the 250 kW/500 Nm of the 3.0-litre headline numbers of the straight-six change but irrespective, an extra pedal is what the Supra has needed since its introduction.

Pricing will be announced at the launch, which coincides with Kyalami's Festival of Motoring.

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Ready, Steady, Zwartkops!

 

Zwartkops Raceway punches above its weight. Their next big event - the aptly-named Extreme Festival - takes place on April 23. There's a full house of events so don't miss out. Find out more at https://www.zwartkops.co.za/

Lotus - Best Track Day Cars Ever?

Production of the Lotus Elise, Exige and Evora has ended – closing a chapter on some of the finest track day tools ever.

Combined, they represent almost half of the total production of Lotus in its 73-year history.

From 1996 to 2000, the first-generation Elise and Exige sports cars were built in a small assembly hall at Hethel alongside the Lotus Esprit. The trio makes way for the production of the Emira which will begin once the prototype and test phases currently underway are completed, taking Lotus sports car production into an exciting, high-tech and semi-automated era, and increasing capacity up to 5 000 units per year.

The last examples of the Elise, Exige and Evora models - shown here - are reserved for Lotus’ growing heritage collection.

Joining the collection will be the last Elise, a Sport 240 Final Edition finished in Yellow and the last of 35 124 cars; the last Exige, a Cup 430 Final Edition in Heritage Racing Green – number 10 497; and the last Evora – a GT430 Sport finished in Dark Metallic Grey – the last of a production run of 6 117.

The Elise and Exige sports cars are built around the Lotus ‘small car platform’. On the same platform, and also manufactured by Lotus at Hethel were the Opel Speedster / Vauxhall VX220 (7 200 cars built between 2000 and 2005) and the Tesla Roadster (2 515 cars built between 2007 and 2012). Therefore, including the Lotus 340R, Europa, 2-Eleven and 3-Eleven cars, this brings the total Lotus small car platform production volumes to 56 618 cars.

A trio of Lotus sports cars

Do You Want to Race in 2022?

​​Want to make a start on the track but you don't have a race car? Then rather look at something like the BMW Club's Time Trials. Find out more here: http://www.bmwclub.co.za. Also consider the Pursuit series, which is part of Historic Racing South Africa. https://www.historicracing.co.za/historic-pursuit-racing/

Another good place to start is with an advanced driving course - we particularly recommend the ones run by the AMG Academy at Zwartkops Raceway. Find out more here:  https://amg.mercedes-benz.co.za/driving-courses.

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