In the 1960s, the USA banned Lotus Sevens from racing within their racing series as the light, nimble Sevens were too quick on circuits for traditional American muscle cars. Similarly, as technology progressed and small engines became more potent, the Sevens became faster and were banned from racing in the UK by the RAC in 1976. Today, the bans have long since been lifted and Sevens are permitted to compete in almost all forms of motorsport. Sevens are widely recognised for their lightweight and incredible handling characteristics, rated amongst the best ‘bang-for-your-buck’ race cars available.
The modern SCCN racing contingent is only made up of a minority of the club, but features a healthy group of passionate racers with years of experience. SCCN racers compete in the Seven-exclusive Lotus Challenge series, with five different classes, and in various other circuit races, time trials and hill climbs. As a result, the racing cars within the club possess differing levels of performance and no car is too fast or too slow to compete.
If you would like to know more about racing in the Lotus Challenge series in particular, please visit the racing section of The Lotus Register website, home to the organisers of the Lotus Challenge series.