The largest convoy of Lotus sport cars ever in Malaysia happened last Sunday (7 April) morning… and courtesy of Nuffnang and Nusantara Edaran Filem, I was in it! How cool was that? Over 9000!!! A total of 68 Lotus cars with 17 of them being Lotus Evora‘s. The convoy was from the Lotus Cars Malaysia Flagship Showroom in Sg Penchala, TTDI, to Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur, led by the Chrome Lotus Evora driven by Asia’s fastest female racer Natasha Seatter (in photo below).
The whole event was obviously to promote the film, The Host. There was a special screening at the GSC of where the convoy ended but of course, I totally skipped it (I’ve already reviewed movie here). The Chrome Lotus Evora (in images above & below) is specially manufactured to be featured in the movie but for road safety reasons, the replica Natasha drove was only a sticker-ed chrome, which explains why it doesn’t look as reflective and beautiful as it is in the film.
This will definitely be one of the highlights of the year for me ’cause it was the first time I’ve ever been in a convoy like this and also, the first time I’ve ever rode in a genuine sport car. I was the passenger of a yellow Lotus Exige S V6 (in photo on the right). I have to admit, I wasn’t really excited about the whole thing until I got into the car and felt its power. It’s so sexy, god damn it, I absolutely loved it. It’s just unfortunate that it was a slowed-down convoy instead of an all-out one. They had the traffic police to block off all vehicles and traffic lights while escorting all 68 of the Lotus cars all the way to our destination in KL. Vrooooom!
My driver for the convoy was Mazlan, from Lotus. During the ride in the convoy, he shared some pretty interesting facts about the cars: the Lotus Evora was actually released in 2011 whereas the model that I was in was just launched in January this year. The price range of an Evora is between RM480,000 to RM670,000 depending on specifications. It’s more expensive than the Exige S V6 due its size and luxurious design. He also kinda said that the Exige S V6 is faster and more powerful than the Evora, and that he’s hit 300 (km/hour) before with it.
During the screening of the movie, I took a cab back to my Proton Saga. I paused and stared a while before opening the door. And there it was, I felt it for the first time… that it sucks. I now want to own a sport car. Tun Dr. Mahathir, you’re so rich, sponsor me one please. I promise I won’t blog about you. You help me, I help you.
Okay okay, don’t get mad, was just kiddin’ yo. He was there to grace the event as well. Anyway, here’s more photos I had taken during the event. It’s one of those days I wished I had more than just a Blackberry to take pictures.
|All 68 Lotus cars lined up ready to be led by Evora’s.|
|This yellow Lotus Evora actually looks better in this photo.|
|Interior of a Lotus Evora.|
|In the powerful Lotus Exige S V6 during the convoy.|
|Mazlan was the driver. Not much space for me take proper photo.|
|Did the Putraline bus try to join in?|
|Arrived the entrance of Pavilion KL; all parked in display.|
|Dare to show parking skills!|