Lotus Evora GTE confirmed for United States

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 20, 2011

Lotus unveiled the Evora GTE, its most powerful model ever, at the Frankfurt Auto Show in production trim. Lotus has announced that it will soon be available in the U.S. This 444-hp street legal race car is based on Lotus’ Le Mans racing car.

Ian Fry, platform manager for the Evora at Lotus Cars Limited in Frankfurt, confirmed that this vehicle will be homologated to U.S. standards and may start selling six months from now. Fry said that Lotus’ exact plans to accomplish this remains uncertain.

He suggested that it could be offered as a modification kit to the standard Evora so that it could get around some regulations, says AutoGuide. It features a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 and has a widebody that’s similar to the one used on the brand’s Evora race car.

It has been given some extreme aerodynamics, a set of light weight wheels, and a stripped-down interior that is nearly totally coated in carbon fiber. It has also been given a sequential 6-speed transmission with paddle shifters.

The original plan had been to sell just 25 units in China for a very limited run. But Lotus has given its approval for this car to be available in the U.S. and in Europe.

So far, the GTE is considered the most extreme road car from Lotus. That’s because the powerful 3.51 V6 engine of Lotus Evora can produce more than 444 PS. Yet just to make it clear, the same road car can also give its passengers unparalleled comfort.

It only goes to show how the brand can deliver more than what is expected. To begin with, the Evora has all the qualities you’d want from a high endurance race car. Think of AMT racing gearbox and some Pirelli P-Zero Cora tyres with featherweight alloys to go with each.

Meanwhile, the new Evora’s body is made up mostly of carbon fibre materials. This technology further reduces the weight by at least 105kg as compared to the previous model. Lotus’ Lightweight DNA was used extensively within the car’s interior and exterior particularly at the doors, the rear wing and also the bumpers and other front-end modifications.

On another note, Lotus arrived with the new racing interior design to go with its already stunning exterior. The sporty interior simply adds more excitement for the passengers whenever they hop inside the very luxurious Evora. The exquisitely designed driver and passenger leather seats are built to combine with Recaro’s lightweight carbon-fibre components for comfort and security.

Not known to many, Lotus created the limited edition Lotus Evora GTE to mark Lotus’ globally successful entry in the GTE segment. In fact, it was built only for the Asian market at the start. Lotus Group CEO Danny Bahar remarked that the company was able to sell a total of 114 units in China in just a few days. And so it gave them the reason to push through with more units.

Clearly, there is no turning back. Very soon, Lotus will expand the production of the highly sensational GTE Evora to make everyone’s wishes come true.

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