Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept coming to Pebble Beach

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 15, 2011

Lotus will be unveiling a high-performance Evora version at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 18. The Evora GTE Road Car Concept is intended to celebrate its racing progenitor. It is inspired by the Lotus Evora GTE, a dedicated race car that participates in GT2 and LMP2 race series worldwide.

The GTE Road Car is a street-legal car based on the racer. Lotus said that this new model would be a “serious race car that makes for a very serious road car.”

The company also revealed that this car delivers 420 hp; however, it didn’t specify an engine type. The actual GTE is powered by a 4.0-liter Toyota-Cosworth V-6 engine that produces 470 hp. Its power is distributed via an AMT sequential transmission.

A set of lightweight, center-lock forged wheels are covered in sticky Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires. The exterior features a new rear spoiler, larger side air inlets, distinct racing stripes, a new front fascia with larger air intakes, and forged alloy wheels. As this car is from Lotus, it will have better brakes and a sharper suspension.

Lotus didn’t say if this concept would lead to a production version of the GT3 Road Car case. The Exige Matte Black Final Edition will also be displayed at Pebble Beach. This limited-edition car marks the end of Lotus Exige and Elise sales in the U.S.

The Evora may already be a successful model on its own but Lotus has managed to reinvent it. That’s how the Lotus Evora S came to be. Since it is powered with the 3.51-liter V6 engine having output at 350 PS, the difference in power between the two is quite clear. The question then is what else is different in the Evora S when compared to the Evora. This question was placed on Lotus Chief Executive Officer Dany Bahar not just because he is the person to answer it but since he himself has experienced being behind the wheel of the Evora S.

CEO Bahar answered that the new version brings a whole level of experience. It is able to respond well to the driver as the setting for the suspension was fined tuned to give it that extra control power, he added. It even responds better to direction. Given that it is an instinctual car, it offers a pure experience, he continued. Bahar further said that you will never learn what it is you are missing when it comes to driving experience one you get behind the steering wheel of the Evora S.

Lotus will be offering a sport pack for the Evora S which comes with a sport button as standard. This button enables the driver to manage the throttle response and trigger its exhaust by-pass valve. With this button, the driver can increase the instantaneous rev limit and even modify the settings of the dynamic stability control to give it that new driving experience. Meanwhile helping enhance the cooling are the cross-drilled brakes.

Improved as well is the sensation derived from the active exhaust that with the simple press of a button gives the car that dramatic sound. This is the best example when it comes to the old saying that the difference between boys and men is the size of their toys. While the company is indeed pleased of the Evora, Bahar said, it is more than happy with the Evora S as it gives justice to what a Lotus experience truly is.

The important thing, he continued, is that the company is able to continue forward with the standard Evora also reaping the benefits due to these different developments. Lotus Chief Commercial Officer Andreas Prillmann also shared that the Evora S is not just a natural progress for the company as it also gives customers a taste of what to expect from the company’s next generation vehicles. It is not just about the core Lotus values of lighter weight and strong performance as he believes that the company has also managed to combine comfort and style with top performance. He added that for the Evora S, the form was never a reason to sacrifice the function.

Press Release

World Premiere of the new Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept

The new Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept will be unveiled to the world for the first time within the Lotus exhibit at the McCall's Motorworks Revival event Wednesday night, August 17, at the Monterey Jet Center.

The Lotus Evora GTE is a race car developed with a single-minded aim to be successful in the new global motorsport GTE category, which includes the world famous Le Mans 24 Hours.

To celebrate this ground breaking car, Lotus has built the race-inspired Evora GTE Road Car Concept. This high-strung Evora elicits over 420 bhp from its race-developed engine, fed through a sequential AMT racing gearbox and put to the pavement through ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels with center-lock hubs shod with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires.

The Evora GTE Road Car Concept isn't merely a paint scheme or homage to a race car – this is a serious race car that makes for a very serious road car.

The Evora GTE Road Car Concept will later be shown within the Lotus exhibit on Peter Hay Hill near The Lodge at Pebble Beach Thursday, August 18 through mid-day Saturday, August 20 before being moved onto the Concept Car Lawn for display throughout the remainder of the Concours weekend.

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