If future race cars look like this, then sign us up for tickets to every race

The wind of change is blowing over Lotus. The British sports car maker is cleaning up its range to make room for a new entry and the Evija all-electric hypercar is just some whiskers away from making its market debut. And it looks like when they’re not working hard on production models, Lotus’ designers have the green light to work on concept cars such as the E-R9.

This New Lotus E-R9 Endurance Racer Concept Is, Without A Doubt, The Future Exterior
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It is Lotus’ vision that by 2030, endurance race cars competing around the world will look like the E-R9. Without offering concrete details, the carmaker tells us that the E-R9 would sport an active aero system with morphing body panels and “vertically mounted control surfaces to assist with high-speed cornering.”

What’s more, the design study was developed by Richard Hill, who is Lotus’ chief aerodynamicist, and Louis Kerr, head platform engineer for the Evija. In charge with the looks of the E-R9 was Russell Carr, who is Lotus’ director of design. It’s Carr that came up with the delta wing profile and the fighter jet-style canopy cockpit.

This New Lotus E-R9 Endurance Racer Concept Is, Without A Doubt, The Future Exterior
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So much involvement into the project might hint that Lotus is pondering a potential return to racing.

The E-R9 is supposed to pack an all-electric powertrain that sends oomph to each wheel independently via torque vectoring and if we are to take Lotus’ word for it, the whole EV technology is coming directly from the Evija. The all-electric and all-carbon fiber hypercar has a 2,000-kilowatt Li-ion battery pack and four electric motors that together develop just under 2,000 horsepower – 1,972, to be more precise.

Heck, the E-R9 badge itself has a meaning. E and R are for Endurance Racing, obviously, while the number 9 is a nod to the Le Mans-racing Lotus Mark IX from 1955, an aluminum-body racer car of which only around 30 units were built.

This New Lotus E-R9 Endurance Racer Concept Is, Without A Doubt, The Future Exterior
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There’s also another catch in honoring the Mark IX: if the E-R9 will indeed go racing in 2030, the moment would coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Mark IX. So come on, Lotus, just make it happen.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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