2010 Geneva Motor Show: Lotus Evora Carbon Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 28, 2010

The Carbon Concept, another version of the Evora, is featured at the Lotus booth at the Geneva Motor Show. This concept car was created to "emphasize Lotus" motorsport pedigree." With that in mind, only exterior modifications have been done on this car.

The engine remains untouched. The car is painted white and is finished in advanced water based pearlescent paint, contrasting with the carbon fiber panels.

Carbon is used on the roof as well as on the Lotus Motorsport inspired diffuser and splitter. The car rides on 9-inch alloy wheels front and rear, wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires (235/35 wide front and 285/30 wide rear).

Inside, we see the same line of carbon panels and perforated leather and matt alcantara featured on the footwell, dashboard and roof.

In a release, Donato Coco, Lotus Design director, said that the design of the Evora Carbon Concept car features "exotic, high tech materials' that have a "good synergy" with the image of the Lotus brand. Coco added that the car is expressive of its motorsport heritage and history of stylish sports cars for which Lotus are famous for.

Nevertheless, Coco said that the Carbon Concept won't be what will catch most viewers' attention and that eyes would most likely be on the Evora 414E Hybrid and its powertrain.

The 414E features a combination of two electric motors, a battery pack and a relatively small internal combustion engine. Each of the electric motors develop 152 kW (207 PS/204 hp) and 400 Nm of torque. An additional 35 kW (48 PS/47 hp) of power at 3,500 rpm is squeezed from the internal combustion engine.

Press Release

Lotus Evora Carbon Concept

The Lotus Evora Carbon Concept car emphasises Lotus' motorsport pedigree, utilising beautiful high quality materials with exposed carbon fibre and plush alcantara. The striking white concept car is finished in an advanced water based pearlesent paint that contrasts with the exquisitely finished weave on the carbon fibre panels.

The head turning looks of the Lotus Evora Carbon Concept car provide a more purposeful, planted stance with the car looking lower and more aggressive. This styling direction is continued with a structural carbon fibre roof, Lotus Motorsport influenced carbon diffuser and carbon splitter. The Lotus Evora Carbon Concept car retains the same class leading handling and high tech aluminium bonded and extruded chassis of the production car.

The contemporary interior of the Lotus Evora Carbon Concept car combines the lustre of the carbon panels with perforated leather and matt alcantara. The bespoke interior uses swathes of sumptuous grey alcantara to cover the footwell, dashboard and roof. The soft texture of the leather and alcantara are juxtaposed with the hard surfaces of the carbon fibre to provide a satisfying sensory experience.

The Lotus Evora Carbon Concept car has diamond cut forged 19" alloy wheels front and rear, shod with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres (235/35 wide front and 285/30 wide rear). The wheels and tyres give the Lotus Evora real presence filling the wheel arches and giving the car a purposeful appearance.

Donato Coco, Director of Lotus Design commented, "The design of the Lotus Evora Carbon Concept car features exotic, high tech materials that offer a good synergy with the Lotus brand image, expressing our motorsport heritage and history of stylish sports cars for which Lotus are renowned."

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