Lotus has been a hot topic in the news ever since their astounding resurgence into the sports-car world. The company has decided to move its racing ambitions further along as it has unveiled the Evora Enduro GT Concept car at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. It was interesting to learn that last year the company had struck a deal with Renault to back its racing team and help with development. Lotus joining F1 racing may be more than a few years off, but this company clearly has big plans. After being rather lethargic during the 1990’s and almost fading away into the night with the Esprit dying out – the company has made drastic changes behind its fearless new leader and is poised to offer several new models within the coming years. With such an emphasis on road-going performance, it was only a matter of time before a racing car was developed.
More details on the Lotus Evora Enduro GT Concept after the jump.
This new racing model of the Evora is no slouch like its Toyota powered cousin. A new 4.0-liter Cosworth –tuned V6 will be the powerplant of choice. It should reach numbers in the range of 440hp at 7,000rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque at 5,500rpm. Power will make its way to the ground by using a XTRAC 426 six-speed sequential transmission which should help hurtle this 2,561lb toy car around a track at ridiculous speeds. Helping keep all the speed under control will be a job left to the double wishbone suspension and adjustable anti-roll bars. The tightened coil springs and adjustable dampers will allow racers to set up their cars to exacting specifications. The lightweight 18” racing wheels will be stopped by six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston units out back.
This car is meant to help Lotus develop further models for race homologation and for different race classes. It’s great to see that the Evora can fit a larger and more powerful engine inside that compartment, maybe Lotus will think about adding one to the lineup just for fun! Until Lotus begins formal tests for its future racing cars we will have no idea of true performance, but the old adage of putting a big engine in a small and nimble car should ring true.