Roger Daltrey drives the Lotus T125
Top Gear witnesses rock legend defy poor vision to pilot Sunday’s 640bhp F1-spec monster…
Posted: 01 Nov 2011
Why? Because it's the Lotus T125's mission statement and raison d'être. This car was conceived with the notion of allowing mortals - moneyed and rich mortals, obviously - the chance to taste the stomach-shrivelling excesses of actual Formula One racing.
The car itself is just part of Lotus's ‘Exos' experience, an exclusive club where members get one-to-one tuition, advice and the chance to race on circuits such as Paul Ricard in the south of France and the Autodromo do Algarve in Portugal.
It's powered by a 3.5-litre Cosworth GP V8 engine kicking out 640bhp with a 10,800rpm rev limit in a body weighing just 560kg; that's a power to weight ratio of nearly 1,000bhp per tonne. Yes, an F1 car might rev to a ludicrous 18,000rpm, but this is supposed to be low maintenance and easily accessible. It even comes with a starter button and can run up to 2,800 miles before needing a service.