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After making us wait for over 10 years, Lotus finally unveiled its new car called the Emira. It made its debut at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed a couple of months back. Now, the automaker has come up with a competition-spec race car version of the Emira. Called the Lotus Emira GT4 Race Car, it comes with slimmer physique and a some added aero stuff. It’s a concept for now, but we’ll have the real deal later this year.
What’s Special About The Lotus Emira GT4 Race Car?
Lotus has developed the Emira GT4 in collaboration with the RML Group.
It will be powered by a Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter, V-6 engine with a Harrop TVS 1900 supercharger that makes 400 horsepower.
This might sound boring at the onset, but it is a tried and tested engine as it’s seen the insides of the Evora, the Exige, and most recently, the standard Emira. The torque figures aren’t mentioned, but it might be around 300 pound-feet (It’s 302 pound-feet on the Evora 400 and 310 on the Exige Sport).
The engine will be mated to a six-speed xTrac gearbox with paddle shifters and a limited-slip differential. Speaking of its suspension setup, the Emira GT4 will feature a double-wishbone setup at the front and rear, Öhlins coil-over dampers, and anti-roll bars.
The automaker has optimized the standard Emira’s aerodynamics, although the specifics aren’t mentioned. However, we see a large rear spoiler that comes as part of the aerodynamics package. Unlike the road-ready Emira’s 20-inch wheels, the GT4 will ride on 18-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli GT4 tires. The braking duties will be taken over by Alcon discs and calipers, and Bosch Motorsport ABS.
The Emira GT4 measures 173.6 inches in length and 50.8 inches in height. It has a track width of 65.5 inches. Lotus is targeting to keep the dry weight at 1,260 kilos (2,778 pounds). This makes it 320 pounds lighter than the standard Emira.
On the inside, the concept comes with an FIA-compliant roll cage. A six-point harness and a fire extinguisher are also present. Apart from this, you’ll find a Motec-supplied dash with data logging.
Lotus will officially launch the Emira GT4 race car later this year at an event on the Hethel test track. For the 2022 season, Lotus will build a limited number of Emira GT4s, but for 2023, the production will be increased as per the demand. The company hasn’t announced the pricing, but we should hear about it at the time of the launch. Expect it to wear a six-digit price figure.
|Engine||3.5-liter, Toyota 2GR-FE V-6|
|Transmission||Six-speed xTrac gearbox|
|Weight||2,778 lbs (Dry Weight)|