Lotus Evora GTC makes its debut

Article by Christian A., on May 15, 2012

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 The fiberglass panels have been replaced by carbon-fibre doors, roof and engine cover.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.

Lotus Evora has been created with international car standards in mind, and prospective subordinates are planned, with amongst others, a convertible.

The Lotus Evora will be handmade and manufactured on a dedicated new facility inside Lotus's innovative car factory at Hethel in the eastern part of England. Due to limitations in capacity, production restrictions are going to be applied and the brand will produce only 2,000 vehicles per year, making sure that the quality of the new dynamic sports car is not compromised.

This is what CEO of Group Lotus plc Mike Kimberley said about the model everyone has been excited about: The Lotus Evora is the greatest achievement that Lotus has gained since the Elise was conceived 13 years prior. It is described as a product of its intense five-year strategic vision, which incorporates the presentation of new autos and innovations to a lot of markets all around the globe.

Evora additionally stands for the important values of Lotus in terms of performance through its efficiency and light weight, proving that you can have amazing performance, fuel efficiently, exquisite style and practicality all in a class leading mid-engine 2+2 sportscar that meets international homologation and safety standards.

Kimberley adds that while looking to the future, the company will keep on researching, creating and delivering lighter, more economical vehicles which are connected to its broad and respected work on all parts of future fuels, electric and hybrid vehicle solutions, and alternative engines in the coming years.

He also said that the company has a natural duty to future generations and the Lotus Evora is another example where Lotus is viewed to make an important move to develop the sustainability and efficiency of vehicles keeping the UK at the lead of the high tech car industry.

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Lotus Evora GTE

Producing over 444 PS from the 3.5l V6 Lotus Evora engine, the GTE is, quite simply, the most powerful Lotus road car ever built. Yet contrary to its extreme roots, the Lotus Evora GTE road car also delivers a comfortable and refined element to its high performance driving characteristics.

Originally created as a special limited edition for the Asian market and designed to celebrate Lotus' successful entry to the new global motorsport GTE category, the hand built Lotus Evora GTE road car has all the attributes you'd expect of an endurance racer including a sequential AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) racing gearbox and lightweight and forged alloy rims with centre lock hubs shod with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres.

Group Lotus can now announce that production will be expanded on the Lotus Evora GTE road car to meet demand and reach further markets.

Lotus Lightweight DNA

Clever use of carbon fibre has been integrated extensively throughout the exterior and interior of the car, this is one major contributors to the 105kg weight reduction versus the base Evora. Carbon fibre has been used for all the bodywork modifications including the front and rear bumpers, the rear wing and the doors.

Complimenting the striking exterior is a stunning, modern race-themed interior providing both occupants with the race car thrill without compromising on comfort. Leather and carbon fibre dominate the cabin and lightweight Recaro carbon fibre seats cosset both the passenger and driver giving a sense of security and comfort that mean that any driver of the Lotus Evora GTE can really go the distance as they take command of this extraordinary car.

Commenting on the Lotus Evora GTE road car, Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar said: "The response to this model in China has been so incredible, within days we had sold out with 114 orders. In response we decided that the only logical step from a business perspective was to increase production and widen our reach.

"What is unique about this car, is not just that it's a serious race car - it's a serious car. People get so excited when they see and especially hear it for the first time. It's a very special car and will appeal to a very special type of driver - and they won't be disappointed!"

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