Ray Massey harnesses inner Jenson Button at Lotus Emira at Goodwood

RAY MASSEY taps into his inner sex, Jenson Button to take Lotus Emira for a few hot laps around the Goodwood racetrack before the Festival of Speed

Harnessing the Jenson Button inside of me, I took the new Lotus Emira for a few sparkling hot laps around the Goodwood racetrack before this week’s Festival of Speed.

Powered by a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 making 400 horsepower, this lightweight, mid-engine six-speed manual goes from idle to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds to a top speed of 180 mph.

In the driving seat: Former Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button (pictured with Lotus)

She is joined at Goodwood by the all-new £100,000 161mph Eletre “Hyper-SUV” electric car – which made its world debut – as well as the £2m Evija 200mph supercar. The watch and the Emira GT4 race car.

Real former Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button, who test drive the Emira, made his Lotus podium during the event, as well as driving specialist Lotus Type 62-2 driving the new Radford Lotus Type 62-2 in his public debut.

Powered by a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 making 400 horsepower, this lightweight, mid-engine six-speed manual engine shoots from idle to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds

Powered by a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 making 400 horsepower, this lightweight, mid-engine six-speed manual engine shoots from idle to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds

Lotus Managing Director Matt Wendell said:

“What an amazing Goodwood,” said Lotus Managing Director Matt Wendell.

Handy, as he is a partner in the newly born Radford company.

Lotus Managing Director Matt Wendell said: “What an amazing Goodwood – with such a passionate and knowledgeable crowd that never disappoints!

“The Lotus stand was occupied from the moment the gates opened, and it was great to see fans new and old getting close to our cars and chatting with our team. If the first day is anything to go by, the rest of the weekend will be a huge success too! “

Solo EV – a twisty electric car across the Atlantic

How’s that for a twisty electric car across the Atlantic? The Solo EV (above) from Canadian company Electra Meccanica is designed for city and suburban driving and commuting.

Compact: The three-wheeled single-seater vehicle has a top speed of 80mph and a range of up to 100 miles.

Compact: The three-wheeled single-seater vehicle has a top speed of 80mph and a range of up to 100 miles.

The compact one-seat, three-wheeler vehicle with a top speed of 80 mph and a range of 100 miles promises high-tech features, ample storage, fast-delivery freight and an ‘affordable’ price. It costs US$18,500 (about £15,000) for the consumer model and $24,500 (£20,000) for the more delivery-oriented commercial shipping version.

For safety, it has front and rear crumple zones, side impact protection, a roll bar, and torque limiting control.

For safety, it has front and rear crumple zones, side impact protection, a roll bar, and torque limiting control.

For safety, it has front and rear crumple zones, side impact protection, a roll bar, torque-limiting control, plus power steering, electric brakes, air conditioning and a Bluetooth entertainment system.

Visit electrameccanica.com.

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