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Most would nor­mally link Lo­tus to For­mula 1 and sports-car­sports car rac­ing rather than ral­ly­ing ral­ly­ing, al­though those who re­mem­ber the leg­endary Sun­beam Lo­tus know bet­ter. Hav­ing made its rally de­but in 1978, the Lo­tus 908-pow­ered Sun­beam hatch­back com­peted suc­cess­fully in front-line events, win­ning the Cham­pi­onship for Man­u­fac­tur­ers in 1981. Af­ter 30 years’ ab­sence from the rally stage, Lo­tus re­turned in 2011 with the Ex­ige R-GT, a car pur­posely de­signed for tar­mac ral­lies. Pow­ered by the Evora’s su­per­charged 3.5-litre V6, this spe­cial Ex­ige made its com­pe­ti­tion de­but at the 2012 Rali Vinho da Madeira in Por­tu­gal. By com­par­i­son, the Ex­ige V6 Cup R is more at home on the race cir­cuit, be­ing a full-race ver­sion of the Ex­ige V6 Cup car with more ef­fi­cient aero­dy­nam­ics, less weight, im­proved sus­pen­sion and an op­tional se­quen­tial gear­box. Hav­ing sol­diered on with the Elise-based Ex­ige for over a decade, Lo­tus upped the ante con­sid­er­ably when it re­leased the V6-pow­ered Evora in 2008. Since then, Lo­tus be­ing Lo­tus, there have been a dizzy­ing num­ber of spe­cial edi­tions — while on the race track, Bri­tish driver Richard Adams be­came the 2012 MSA Bri­tish En­durance Cham­pion at the wheel of his Team Bull­run Evora. Not con­tent with that, Lo­tus also de­vel­oped the Evora GT4 racer — a car de­signed to give driv­ers a com­pet­i­tive rac­ing car right out of the box. Bel­gian Lo­tus dealer Thierry Ver­hi­est was one of the first to ap­pear on Euro­pean race cir­cuits in his dis­tinc­tive metal­lic green and yel­low GT4. Lo­tus en­thu­si­asts can pick from a wide va­ri­ety of Scalex­tric slot-car rac­ers, in­clud­ing mod­els of all the cars men­tioned above — the ral­ly­ing Ex­ige R-GT, sev­eral ver­sions of the Ex­ige V6 Cup R, Richard Adams’ cham­pi­onship-win­ning Evora, and Thierry Ver­hi­est’s gor­geous Evora GT4 GT4. As a spe­cial Lo­tus treat, cour­tesy of the good guys at Toy­mod Ltd — the NZ Scalex­tric dis­trib­u­tor — we’re giv­ing away an Ex­ige R-GT racer (that’s the one with the cool-look­ing head­light pod) to one lucky reader. Just an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tion:

At which 2012 rally did the Ex­ige R-GT ap­pear as a course car? To en­ter this com­pe­ti­tion, head to: clas­s­ic­car. co­pe­ti­tions nz/com­pe­ti­tions — com­pe­ti­tion closes Jan­uary 10, 2015. Scalex­tric mod­els are avail­able from all good toy and hobby shops. Con­tact Toy­mod Ltd (PO Box 18 263, Auck­land, P h. 09 527 0122/fax 09 527 0144) to find your clos­est re­tailer.

Com­pe­ti­tion Win­ners: Scalex­tric VW Bee­tle Q: What was Bill Ben­gry’s full name? A: Al­fred Ed­ward Ben­gry

Win­ner: Gre­gory Lee, Christchurch

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