Skip advert
Advertisement

New Lotus Type 66: limited edition retro race car debuts at Monterey Car Week

The Type 66 references Lotus’ plan to enter the Can-Am race series in 1970 that was never realised

As part of its 75th birthday celebrations, Lotus has given itself a special present by creating the Lotus Can-Am racer that never was - the Type 66. 

The new car will be limited to just 10 examples - a nod to the amount of races it would’ve competed in during the 1970 season of Can-Am, the Canadian and America race series that ran from 1966 to 1987. The Lotus Type 66 has a price tag ‘in excess of £1million’ and made its public debut at the 2023 Monterey Car Week event in California.  

The British brand never made it to the Can-Am race series, but it did have plans for a car in the late sixties (which would have probably been called the Lotus Type 66) to compete in the championship. This new Lotus Advanced Performance project reimagines many classic Can-Am cues that would have appeared on that race car for the modern era.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Wearing a heritage-inspired livery, the Type 66 has made its debut at Monterey Car Week in California. Even though the Type 66 will be ‘track-only’, Lotus says it conforms to modern safety standards with reinterpreted designs and a full carbon fibre bodyshell. 

The striking design isn’t just for show. The front wing is shaped to channel air through the car, underneath and onto the rear wings to generate downforce that exceeds the car's kerbweight. 

Lotus says a mid-mounted ‘period-representative’ V8 push-rod engine powers the Type 66 with 830bhp and 746Nm of torque. Poking out the top of the engines are the air intake ‘trumpets’ that further emphasise the old-school look of the Type 66. Power is sent through a sequential gearbox and to give the Type 66 modern standards of driveability, there’s ABS and an anti-stall clutch, too. 

The Lotus Advanced Performance special projects department plans to provide a range of other services in addition to halo projects such as the Type 66. The offshoot will produce limited-edition versions of Lotus’s production cars alongside a broad range customisation options for standard cars. LAP will also put on experience days, such as tours of the company’s new £100million Hethel production facility.

Want the latest car news in your inbox? Sign up to the free Auto Express email newsletter...

Skip advert
Advertisement
Senior news reporter

A keen petrol-head, Alastair Crooks has a degree in journalism and worked as a car salesman for a variety of manufacturers before joining Auto Express in Spring 2019 as a Content Editor. Now, as our senior news reporter, his daily duties involve tracking down the latest news and writing reviews.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Best new cars coming in 2024
Best new cars coming in 2024 - header image
Best cars & vans

Best new cars coming in 2024

There are some big new models from the likes of BMW, Citroen, Dacia, Ford, MINI, Skoda and more on the way in 2024
12 Mar 2024
Lotus Type 134 electric SUV to undercut Porsche Macan
Lotus Type-134 SUV silhouette teaser
News

Lotus Type 134 electric SUV to undercut Porsche Macan

The as-yet-unnamed Lotus mid-size SUV will be priced from around £55,000 when it goes on sale in 2026
30 Jan 2024
Lotus ‘Type 135’ is a £75,000 electric sports car due in 2025
Lotus Type 135 Teaser - front
News

Lotus ‘Type 135’ is a £75,000 electric sports car due in 2025

Zero-emissions Lotus Emira replacement will be built in the UK on a bespoke sports car architecture
30 Jan 2024
Lotus to take-on Tesla Superchargers with its own ultra-rapid EV charging network
Lotus Flash Chargers - full range of chargers and battery storage systems
News

Lotus to take-on Tesla Superchargers with its own ultra-rapid EV charging network

The British sports car maker will start rolling out 450kW rapid chargers in Europe next summer
1 Dec 2023

Most Popular

Tesla slashes Supercharger membership cost with 42 sites now open to all EVs
Tesla Superchargers
News

Tesla slashes Supercharger membership cost with 42 sites now open to all EVs

Tesla has cut the costs of its Supercharger Membership, which grants access to lower charging rates, by £2 per month
19 Apr 2024
The average UK car is now 9 years old, as drivers delay replacements
Ford Fiesta Titanium front
News

The average UK car is now 9 years old, as drivers delay replacements

41.4 million vehicles are on the road, but they’re getting older faster than they’re getting cleaner
19 Apr 2024
Best small SUVs to buy 2024
Best small SUVs - header image
Best cars & vans

Best small SUVs to buy 2024

There's a huge range of small SUVs out there, so we’ve picked out the very best
19 Apr 2024