One of the first customers for the Lotus Evora GTC is McMahon Raceworks with Condor Motorsport. This particular car will be entered in America's Grand-Am road races, the Rolex Sports Car Series. David McMahon with Armando Trentini are leading the team as lead driver and consultant, respectively. Last week, they brought the vehicle to Lotus headquarters for two days where they got to know it better.
The Evora GTC got its start on the Hethel Test Track of Lotus. This June, Team Bullrun's Evora GT4 will be converted to GTC-spec. Bullrun's Evora was driven to the race by British drivers Richard Adams, David Green and Martin Byford. The Evora proved to be highly competitive in the 2012 Britcar MSA Endurance Championship and is presently leading in the standings.
Several items have been dropped but the engine and gearbox of the GT4 Enduro have been carried over to the GTC. The fiberglass panels have been replaced by carbon-fibre doors, roof and engine cover. Plexiglass replaces the windows in order to cut further weight off a very light car. The GTC is 30kg lighter than the Enduro at 1,130-1,140kg but it depends largely on customer specification.
Power delivery and braking control were optimized by traction control and BOSCH racing Anti-Lock Brakes system. Since England has been wet for the past month, serious testing of the GTC could take place to gauge the car's intelligent traction control and ABS. Shortly after, a definitive comparison test will be conducted.
It’s clearly faster than the previous version. The wheels and tires are wider, giving the car more of a grip through the curves. The front and rear wheels could increase to 18x10Js and 12Js, respectively.
This is coupled to 27/65-18 tires at the front and 30/65-18s at the rear. Flared arches were used to fit the wider wheels, giving the car a more aggressive silhouette. It is equipped with a 4-litre V6 that delivers 450bhp and 460Nm of torque, mated to an XTRAC six-speed sequential paddle-shift gearbox. Notably, the Evora GTC had its start on the Hethel Test Track of Lotus.