x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Buy your own F1 track car

Known as the T125, the racer is an open-wheel, single-seat racer powered by a 631hp Cosworth V8 engine and will cost around Dh3.5 million. It is for circuit use only, thereby avoiding any costly penalties for moving violations.

ENGLAND // For less the amount of his fine, the speedy Swedish driver could have purchased a Formula One-style track day car from Lotus. Known as the T125, the racer is an open-wheel, single-seat racer powered by a 631hp Cosworth V8 engine and will cost around Dh3.5 million. It is for circuit use only, thereby avoiding any costly penalties for moving violations. Only 25 cars will be built - with the first 10 slated for delivery in April 2011 - and each owner will be able to join a unique Lotus Exos club, which will allow them to sample a taster of the Formula One experience. Special events will be held at circuits throughout Europe and owners will receive training from top level drivers like Jarno Trulli. They will also meet with mechanics, fitness trainers, nutrition experts and engineers for advice. The fitness and nutrition experts are to get the lucky drivers in shape as they can expect four gs, or four times their body weight, while they are cornering. Lotus spokesman Kevin Smith describes membership as "the closest experience possible to living the life of an F1 star."