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

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  (231) posted on 05.13.2009

Certainly, Soft top wiyh the Elise is so annoying. But as what Lotus just mentioned hard top is not their style and they don’t consider that for a sport car. It’s their opinion but necessarily a fact.

  (318) posted on 05.13.2009

The drop top Evora will use a fixed-panel fabric roof just like the Lotus Elise. Anyone who’s driven an Elise will know this is an awkward setup, but it should save considerable weight over an electrically folding top.

  (289) posted on 05.13.2009

Hard top vs soft top. I don’t see much difference to call a car sport car a sport in terms of trims, for me its the performance, maybe not hard top is a little heavier than the soft top but time will come a time that engineers will be able to improve it and the difference does not make sense anymore.

  (421) posted on 05.13.2009

A soft top for a convertible sport car is what a the Lotus needs to prove that soft top remains sporty and stylish and they are correct. The only concern is that alot would like to see hard top for the effect.

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