Here in SA, there are a few families that are synonymous with racing, no matter what discipline you talk about, they have some or other connection to it. If you haven’t heard of the Joubert brothers from Pretoria, you haven’t been in racing long enough. There’s a trio of these guys and over the years they have been involved in drag racing, circuit racing and are now seen in hillclimb events - Simola Hillclimb in particular. There’s Dawie, Pieter and Charl Joubert and the cars they’ve campaigned have been properly fast, always amongst the best of their kind. Pieter’s current hillclimb special is a Lotus Exige that’s been widened and lengthened and features a modified Mercedes-AMG SLS powerplant. Charl’s weapon of choice is a widened and big-winged Lotus Exige that gets its power from a turbocharged V6 Honda powerplant, and then there’s Dawie and the Lotus Exige you see here. It has the same wide arch bodywork and big wings, but the engine transplant to this car features a healthy helping of Italian spice - this one is powered by a twin-turbocharged Ferrari 488 lump, and it’s called the Lotari. Back in his drag racing days he also had an Exige powered by a Honda K24 with silly amounts of boost, and it claimed a record for a streetcar over the standing kilometre back around 20 years ago when it clocked 323 km/h. TWENTY YEARS AGO! Expectations for the Lotari are high, and it performs as expected. The car has been seen at the Simola Hillclimb twice now, and it’s had some technical gremlins holding it back from its full capability. We’re sure it will be back in 2024 and we have faith that all issues will be sorted.
Take a look at the YouTube video from when the awesome crew from HillClimb Monsters visited SA to cover the annual Simola Hillclimb in Knysna. Luckily we have some rather insane purpose-built hillclimb cars that attend the event meaning we get to see amazing race footage for days. One of the cars the crew focused on over the race weekend was one of a few Lotus Exige cars that feature a wide body, insane aero and bonkers engine swaps. This Exige hails from Pretoria and features a Ferrari transplant: 870Hp LOTUS w/ FERRARI 488 TwinTurbo || ONBOARD & Insane AERO | HillClimb Monsters
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