340R Track Day at Lotus Cars

News Update : 2nd  March 2001

As a result of low attendance numbers, Lotus Cars have decided to allow owners of Lotus Exige's to enter this day - contact Lotus for further details.


Lotus Cars Limited are organizing a  "340R Only" track day at Lotus cars, in recent correspondence, Mark Critchley of Lotus sets the scene  :

"This is a unique opportunity for you to drive your own 340R on the legendary Lotus test track, the very place that your 340R, was developed.

This day is a bit of a first for Lotus, normally the public are not allowed to bring their own vehicles onto the track. Before you will be allowed to do this, your vehicles will need to be inspected by our technicians, to ensure that your 340R meet accepted safety standards, which should only be a formality.  We will have some parts available, but time will not be with us so please ensure your vehicle is in top condition.  

We have arranged a night at the Luxurious Dunston Hall, with a meal with some of the Lotus staff responsible for the 340R.  Your chance to chat in an informal setting, about your 340Rs, both with each other, and with the Lotus Engineers.

 What you get out of the day will be up to you, you will be accompanied whilst on the track by a Lotus driver.  Who will quite happy to sit there and keep quiet and observe, however he will also be able to coach and instruct you if that is what you wish.  The emphasis is on your enjoyment."


General Information

Lotus Cars,

Potash Lane


Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 SEZ


Mark Critchley (Vehicle enquiries) 01953 608595 e-mail: mcritchley@lotuscars.co.uk 

Customer Contact Centre (bookinq enquiries) :

0870 9000 565


Drivinq Licences

All drivers are required to hold a current and valid Drivinq Licence.  You will be required to brinq your Drivinq Licence with you on the event for verification purposes.  Failure to comply with the above will result in you not beinq able to take part in the day.


Motor Insurance Policy Document

All drivers are required to arranqe their own track drivinq cover for their car.  You will be required to brinq a copy of the Motor Insurance Policy Document with you on the event for verification purposes. Personal accident cover will be arranged by Lotus Cars.  Failure to comply with the above will result in you not beinq able to take part in the day.


Comfortable, casual clothinq and sensible footwear, such as deck shoes, should be worn.  You are also recommended to brinq a waterproof jacket in the event of inclement weather.


Lotus operates a strict photography policy to protect client confidentiality.  Therefore, regrettably no cameras are permitted on site.


Dunston Hall Hotel, situated just 3.5 miles from Norwich has been reserved for you on Friday 23rd March. This historic country house retains a charminq and historic character and hosts a superb Health and Leisure club, complete with 15m indoor pool.  It is surrounded by its own 18 hole qolf course and boasts a 22 bay covered drivinq ranqe floodlit tennis courts and fully equipped qym.  La Fontaine Restaurant provides an a la carte menu and there is also a carvery, both offerinq the finest cuisine


Costs :

Each Driving Booking place (fully inclusive package rate) 550 inc VAT

Each Guest Booking Place 150 inc VAT

Accommodation Details:

Accommodation at Dunston Hall has been reserved for each driving place bookinq overnight on Friday 23'd March (Bed and Breakfast plus eveninq meal).  If you arrive early or wish to extend your visit to Norfolk and require accommodationon Thursday 22nd  and or Saturday 24th please note the  bookinq details below.


Additional Accommodation to include Bed and Breakfast (if applicable)

Sinqle occupancy 75.00 and Double occupancy 98.00

Eveninq meals on Thursday 22nd and Saturday 24th are not included in above prices

Accommodation will be booked by Lotus and payment will need to be settled with Dunston Hall on departure.


Friday 23rd March
Time  Activity  
13.00 Arrive at Lotus   Sign-in    leave cars for safety check
13.15   Lunch Executive Dining Room
14.00 Factory Tour  Hosted by James Corbett
16.00  Depart Lotus Transported to Dunston Hall by coach
19.30  Dinner at Dunston Hall Lotus Personnel in attendance


Saturday 24th March 
Time  Activity  
8.30   Collection from Dunston Hall  Transported to Lotus by coach
8.50  Registration   Clubhouse Suite
9.10    Vehicle Inspection   Final customer vehicle check with Lotus Technicians
 9.30   Briefinq &Familiarisation  Track Safety Briefinq & Team Familiarisation Laps with Lotus Instructors
10.00   Track Session One A   Attendees 1-5 each with Lotus Instructor tuition(20 min sessions, 5 cars / session)
10.20 Track Session One B    Attendees 6- 1 0 each with Lotus Instructor tuition(20 min sessions, 5 cars / session)
10.40  Track Session One C Attendees 1 1 - 1 5 each with Lotus Instructor tuition (20 min sessions, 5 cars / session)
11.00  Track Session Two A- C Format as above
12.00  Track Session Three A- C Format as above
13.00  Lunch  Clubhouse Suite
13.45  Track Session Four A- C Format as above
14.45  Track Session Five A- C Format as above
16.00  Demonstration Laps  Using Lotus Vehicles
16.45   Debrief & Prize-Giving  Clubhouse Suite
17.30    Depart Lotus  











Editors Note :

340R Owners wishing to take part are strongly recommended to contact the Booking Line on :  0870 9000 565 to obtain an entry form. Entry is on a first come first served basis.

Demand will be high but entry is limited to 15 cars in total.

More detailed terms and conditions apply and these should be obtained from Lotus.

For technical queries relating to eligability of your car for entry contact Mark Critchley on 01953 60895 or mcritchley@lotuscars.co.uk 




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