Drive the Lotus Test Track (Virtually)


The Lotus HQ in Norfolk has been added to Google Street View, meaning that Google Maps users can now have a virtual poke about the nooks, crannies and service blocks of the Hethel site, including the 'top secret' test track.

The former RAF base has been Lotus's home since 1966, and the test track is built partially out of the old runway. Now, thanks to the magic of the internet, anyone can 'float' around the track and see the corners that have contributed so much to so many important cars' development.

By marvellous coincidence, quite a few interesting Lotus models just 'happened' to be being simultaneously put through their paces as the Google camera car trundled its way around the circuit, and a full lap on Street View turns up a few interesting scenes.

This is the first time a European racing track has been added to Street View. To find the Lotus test track on Street View, click here to get the main maps view, then click on the postcode and then click 'Street View'. If you 'drag and drop' your little orange man about an inch to the left, you'll be on the circuit.

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  • tvrman 02 Dec 2009

    Even more fun sniffing round the car park there to see what they all drive :-)

  • Craigy_97elise 02 Dec 2009

    What's the yellow thing? a 211?

    C

  • Craigy_97elise 02 Dec 2009

    Craigy_97elise said:
    What's the yellow thing? a 211?

    C
    I should have looked harder. Definately a 211.

  • TheRoadWarrior 02 Dec 2009

    Thats quite fun :-) Was a struggle to actually find any cars on the circuit, had to move away from them which actually brought them closer. I guess the google cam van isnt that quick!

  • Craigy_97elise 02 Dec 2009

    TheRoadWarrior said:
    Thats quite fun :-) Was a struggle to actually find any cars on the circuit, had to move away from them which actually brought them closer. I guess the google cam van isnt that quick!
    Look at the horseshoe-shaped bend at the far north of the circuit. Look at the 211 on opposite lock as it drives round the outside of the google car.

    rinse, and repeat.

    C

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