Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora

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Like almost all Lotus built vehicles, the new Evora is going racing. From their initial design stages, the lightweight English automaker intended for the Evora to be competitive on the track as well as a road going super car, so when Lotus released the Evora 124 endurance race car it was only the next logical step for Colin Chapman’s car company. The Endurance racing Evora maintains the same lines and body panels as the road car with the addition of a ground effects kit that gets the Evora to stick to the racing surface.

In order to make the Evora even more competitive, the mid mounted Toyota V6 has been upgraded from the standard 280 HP to a tire shredding 400 HP in unrestricted trim, while the meticulous design team has managed to shed another 400 pounds from the already lightweight sports car. Lotus has also found room for a six speed sequential gearbox for lightning fast shifts, a full roll cage for safety as well as the obligatory fuel cell and fire extinguisher system. Of course what race car would be complete with a GT spec rear wing made from carbon fiber to compliment the ground effects kit made up of the rear diffuser and front splitter.

Keeping the car on track is a set of 18 inch rims wrapped in Pirelli racing slicks and a set of AP Racing 6 piston calipers underneath, while the suspension has been redesigned for increased adjustability. According to Luke Bennett, Director of Lotus Cars Limited, “Motorsport has been in our blood ever since our founder, Colin Chapman, built the first Lotus back in 1948. We are proud of our motorsport history, which includes victories in Formula One, Le Mans, saloon car, rally car and sportscar racing around the world; more recently, we won the British GT3 Championship in 2006 with the Lotus Exige Lotus Exige . The Lotus Evora Lotus Evora Type 124 Endurance Racecar is from the same unique stable and we expect it to be a competitive racecar when we enter various endurance races next year.” You can expect to see the new Lotus Evora 124 competing at 24 hour endurance races at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, Silverstone and even in Dubai.

Press release after the jump.

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The first of Lotus’ latest creation, the 2010 Evora , has been delivered to one Matthew Melling of Twickenham in the U.K. and it is a Storm Titanium beauty. Along with the honor of picking the car up at the factory in Norfolk, where the Lotus team has already constructed a five month’s supply of the new hand built mid engine 2+2, Mr. Melling was presented the keys to his new car by the Director of Lotus Cars Limited, Luke Bennett, who had this to say, “It is quite an emotional time to deliver the first Lotus Evora to Mr. Melling. The whole team has worked incredibly hard to design, engineer and produce such a stunning and high performing sports car and [this] is a great feeling… I am sure that each customer who receives their car will be delighted with their purchase.”

Lotus Evora

The man who gets the title of first garage to house a Lotus Evora, Matthew Melling, said that he “was determined to be the first in the world to get my hands on an Evora so with Stratton Motor Company’s help, I laid down my deposit within seconds of the order books being opened last year. I have read all the press reviews of the Evora and am so excited about getting behind the wheel – what a great start to September!” A happy September indeed considering that he can now enjoy his 2600 pound 280 HP 3.5 Liter V6 powered plaything that can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5 seconds and reach a top speed of 161 MPH, while bringing three friends along for the ride.

That is a very bold move, going down to a dealership and forking over a hefty chunk of change for something that doesn’t even exist and that you won’t see for quite some time, however there are such objects that make men do crazy things. That’s why they call them dream cars, and the lightweight Lotus Evora super car definitely qualifies in that category.

Press release after the jump.

Source: Lotus

The light weight sports car manufacturer Lotus has already delivered a few of the company’s newest four passenger mid engine speed machine to European dealers for demonstration purposes. Customers who have already paid for their Lotus Evora ’s will only have to wait a few more months because their vehicle’s are on the way as well.

The Evora is powered by Toyota’s all-aluminum 2GR-FE 3.5 Liter DOHC V6, with intelligent variable valve timing (VVT-i) on both the intake and exhaust camshafts to get the most out of this 21st century power plant. The light weight six cylinder delivers 276 HP and 252 lb-ft of torque through a Toyota Toyota sourced six speed manual gear box. Lotus engineers are currently working on a close-ratio version of the same unit intended for a more sport inspired driving experience. With that much brute force under the engine cover, the Lotus Evora should be able to run from 0 to 60 MPH in under 5 seconds.

After the international press event in Scotland, only good things were being said about the new Lotus. According to Car and Driver, “With a firm but not punishing ride, the Evora is planted and secure yet runs through corners with the light and playful feel endemic to mid-engine cars - think Ferrari Ferrari F430, only with slightly sharper steering;” and that “The Evora rocks. It looks fabulous, it’s a quantum leap up in Lotus refinement and drivability, yet it retains the feathery, purebred feel of its feisty two-seat siblings” thanks to Motor Trend’s representative at the event. It looks like the new Evora is quite a machine, we just can’t wait until they start popping up here in the U.S.

Press release after the jump.

The English automotive television program Top Gear is back for its 13th season, and the man in charge, Jeremy Clarkson, is having lot of fun with the latest creation from the weight conscious English automaker, the 2010 Lotus Evora . So what does the man in charge think about Collin Chapman’s new 2+2? If you missed the show, check the video to find out fore yourself.

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Although you may have forgotten about the newest 2+2 offering from the English sports car builder, the Lotus Evora , due to all the news about a V10 powered Esprit . Well here is something that might get you thinking about the model that we saw at the L.A. Auto Show last year, because we have gotten a hold of some specs about the upcoming Evora.

Always important with the English automaker is weight; the Lous Evora will weigh in at less than 1.5 tons at 3,046.8 pounds. The 2+2 will be powered by a Toyota-sourced 3.5 Liter V6 making 276 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque when it hits showrooms later this year. The mid engine layout will not only help with handling, but will allow the 2009 Evora to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 162 MPH. However, power is nothing without control, so careful attention to the vehicle’s braking means that the Evora will be able to grind to a halt from 60 MPH in just 110.2 feet.

The Evora will not only use its lightness for performance, the attribute will allow the next Lotus to be efficient as well. The British engineers figure that the Evora will be good for 32.5 MPG, although they haven’t disclosed whether that is on the highway or combined, but either way, sub 5 second 0 to 60 MPH times, exotic styling and a mid-engine layout definitely make the Evora a sports car. Future sports cars will not only need to be fun to drive, but they will also have to be environmentally friendly while doing it.

Source: Autoblog

The most extreme Lotus of all the time, the new Evora has been rigorously tested recently in Scotland. The new lightweight sports car is powered by a 3.5 Liter V6 that delivers 276 HP and 252 lb-ft. of torque. All this power allows the new Evora to go from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.1 seconds and won’t stop until it hits a top speed of 162 MPH.

The new Lotus will also be offered in a convertible model as well.

Enjoy!

Source: Carscoop

As you may already know, the English sports car builder Lotus will be introducing a convertible into its Evora line-up. Set to be launched sometime in the next three years, the convertible version will be a strict two-seater.

In an interview with AutoCar, the man responsible for the Evora’s exterior appearance, Steve Crijns, had this to say about the roof: "[The Evora] will need to have a light roof. It’s most likely going to be a soft-top as a hard-top system is very heavy and very complicated; that really doesn’t belong in a sports car, and it’s not a Lotus way of working." Crijns would make Lotus founder Colin Chapman proud with that comment.

Chapman was quoted as once saying “Any car which holds together for more than a race is too heavy” a proud motto for the track, but a little scary for road cars.

Source: AutoCar

Lotus revealed a few more images of their latest addition to the line-up, the Evora 2+2 . Unlike the Elise , the Evora can carry four people (some very small). But just like the Elise, the Evora will be a lightweight, track-ready sports car with Toyota-sourced engine. It’s the 3.5-liter V6 that’s also found in more everyday cars like the Camry, but the 276 hp should be good for 0 to 60 sprints in under five seconds.

A proper British Sports car has no roof. So now that Lotus has launched the production version of the Evora at the Geneva Motor show and has even announced European pricing , it’s time to do some model variations.

We’ve been hearing rumors of an Evora convertible for a while now, and it still seems to be on track for 2011. The open top version will likely employ a similar fabric roof to the Elise, which would make for more of a targa roof than a full convertible.

Although the chassis was designed to function without a roof, its going to take a few years to introduce the fabric-top model because Lotus first has to roll out the hard top for the world’s markets. European deliveries will begin in May, and the U.S. will have to wait until 2010.

Once that’s complete, Lotus will likely add an Evora SC model to the lineup. This will take the toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 from 276 hp to a supercharged 400 hp.

Source: AutoExpress

After the lightweight sports car maker Lotus revealed the European prices for the 2010 Lotus Evora , they have just announced that the first models destined for European garages will shipped out in May, while those eager to try out the Evora in the U.S. will have to wait until early 2010.

The Lotus Evora is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 276 HP at 6,400 RPM and 252 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 RPM. The British sports car makes the sprint from 0 to 60 MPH (0-100 km/h) in approximately five seconds on its way to a top speed of over 160 MPH. Thanks to the vehicles light weight construction, the Evora is capable of such performance while only consuming about 27 MPG.

Lotus Evora standard and optional equipment after the jump.


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