Lotus Exige Sport 350 to race in Targa Australia

01.10.2016

The brand new Lotus Exige Sport 350 will be competing in Targa Australia 2017 driven by Grant Denyer & Dale Moscatt. The first shakedown event will be Targa High Country in Mount Buller, Victoria.

TV personality and race car driver Grant Denyer has also signed on as the Brand Ambassador for Lotus Cars Australia. Lotus Cars enjoyed over 50% growth in 2015/2016 on a global level and Simply Sports Cars aim to replicate that success locally. Key to that success is a strong ambassador program and pro-active involvement in motoring events that are relevant to the Lotus community.

The Lotus Exige Sport 350 is now available for purchase in Australia with choice of Roadster or Coupe, Manual or Automatic.

Lotus Exige Sport 350

Lee Knappett, CEO of Lotus Cars Australia & New Zealand said;

“We are really excited to have Grant sign on as Lotus Ambassador and Team Driver. Grant is a well known celebrity and an accomplished race car driver with a passion for motor sport. His love of Targa is well documented, and his decision to choose Lotus as the vehicle on which to base his 2017 Targa assault is extremely pleasing. My team are looking forward to preparing and maintaining a highly competitive car for Grant to use during his Targa campaign.

The vehicle selection process has already started, with Grant sampling a range of Lotus vehicles before making a final decision on which one to drive at Targa. Regardless of which Lotus model Grant chooses, we know our cars with their benchmark handling, light weight and great efficiency are perfect for the demanding roads that confront Targa competitors.”

Grant will use the Targa High Country 2016 event in November as a test for both car and team before the start of the 2017 Targa season. In addition to his duties as Team Driver, Grant will engage in a number of different activities as part of his broader Brand Ambassador role.

 

Grant Denyer said;

“I’ve always admired Lotus for their purity and performance, I love competing in Targa and have done well in previous events. I am relishing the opportunity to compete in the newly formulated GT2 class in a truly competitive car. My vehicle selection is still work in progress and it won’t be an easy choice because all these cars are so good to drive. Whatever car I choose, I am confident that the team at Simply Sports Cars will provide me with a reliable and competitive package. They have proven their abilities to prepare and run winning race cars with two consecutive class wins at the Bathurst 12 hour endurance events in 2014 and 2015.

I am also excited at the opportunity to be the Brand Ambassador for such an iconic sports car brand as Lotus. The history of the brand and it’s innovative creator Colin Chapman are inspiring. The cars themselves are explained superbly by Chapman’s quote “Simply, then add lightness”. It’s a good job I don’t weigh too much!”

"Targa Tasmania is a world class event. The most pure and enjoyable form of racing there is on the planet. Nothing makes me happier. Having finished 1st & 2nd in class before, it's now time to go for the outright title & I honestly believe Lotus is the right car to have. Right now I'm driving better than I ever have and my recent wins in Australian GT prove it. So with the right car anything is possible. Lotus isn't just the right car but the perfect car for Targa. A light, nimble rocket that's nothing short of pure joy to drive. I'm in it to win it & so is the team."

 

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