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Lotus Cup Challenge Series - Texas?

Back in 2008 I tried to get the Lotus Cup challenge series to run down here in Texas. A lot of people signed up initially but it was mostly crickets in the night when it came to commitment time.
There is talk about possibly trying it again in 2015. The series is currently running on the west and east coast and there is discussion of getting it going in the south-east area.
As much as I hear about people tracking their cars is there anyone intrested in giving the LCS a go?

If you would seriously consider it send an email to the gent below and give him your thoughts. It could be a lot of fun.
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That would be AWESOME! I would definitely be IN.... for a ticket to watch.

Yes, a fair number of us track our cars, but that is a long way from actually building a race car and going wheel to wheel. I hope there are enough in the South to make it happen. There would be a lot of us that would help (grid, flags, etc..). I wonder how many actual cars they need to make it happen here?

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Would like to learn more.

Do they have a time trials class/group (ie not wheel to wheel)

The web site Lotus Cup USA

Does not give a lot of information ---

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Ron, Jefrac,

For starters, not all is wheel to wheel. They have different classes for TT, W toW and DE. Go to LCS and check out the details.
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Ron, Jefrac,

For starters, not all is wheel to wheel. They have different classes for TT, W toW and DE. Go to LCS and check out the details.
Oh, hmmm... I see that now. That would be really fun. I would jump into TT for sure and try to convince a few others to try it. I will send that e-mail to Robbie.

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Correct... We could start out with an HPDE / TT type format first to build participation and get the Lotus community together. In time, we foresee the events morphing into wheel-to-wheel racing but that takes time. Our series out West started with track days, then TT, and eventually a full blown, 20-35 car grid of Lotus racecars.

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Wonder what the annual running cost would be to field a respectable car. I would love to do something like that, but i would imagine the up-front cost and ongoing cost would be pretty eye-watering.
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Correct... We could start out with an HPDE / TT type format first to build participation and get the Lotus community together.

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Sounds appealing...I would definitely be in for HPDE. It would be a lot more fun chasing another Lotus around the track.
And even though I have never timed myself on the track, I might be even be coaxed into giving TT a try just for fun.

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I am in --- Sounds like a lot of fun!
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Let me know when and where and I'll come watch! And maybe work a corner..

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Wonder what the annual running cost would be to field a respectable car. I would love to do something like that, but i would imagine the up-front cost and ongoing cost would be pretty eye-watering.
Out West... our Production class (which is an N/A Elise with strict ruleset) is very cost effective in the grand scheme of racing. Guys are building full racecars for 40k including the purchase of the car. Race weekend costs are variable, but a set of tires is $1300, entry fees are $699, and consumables. Prep and maintenance are easy as well. Then trackside support and coaching if you desire. Very similar to racing a competitive spec miata, doing an arrive-and-drive series like Skip Barber or Sim Raceway (Jim Russell), etc.

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I'm in.
It's about time.... I was gong to have to drive by your house in the middle of the night and rev the motor a few times.

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It's about time.... I was gong to have to drive by your house in the middle of the night and rev the motor a few times.
That would have been warranted in this case.
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I like the idea...would have to talk to wife

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I'll try to read more when I am not on a phone but I would be highly interested in TT and HPDE.


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