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2010 - 2012 Lotus Evora

2010 - 2012 Lotus Evora

Lotus is one of those rare brand success stories in which a company has been able to take itself from near extinction and redefine itself as a top sports-car manufacturer. The company came from humble beginnings in an old stable behind a set of North London Railroad tracks acting as a factory. As time moved on different subsidiaries have been formed and focused on different aspects of the business between Formula racing and road-car production.

Even when the Bugatti ownership was switched to private owner, Proton, in 1994 things were less exciting than ever. The Esprit S4 and V8 models would be the only real production models that Lotus had for the next decade. The Esprit had many great qualities to it, but in essence, it had been around since its original design in 1976.

The company was desperately in need of something to help change its image. In 2004, the Lotus Elise was approved for sale in the United States and was made available as a 2005 model. These series 2 models were compact, light, nimble, and a blast to drive through an S-curve. It turned out to be exactly the type of success that Lotus was looking for and opened the door for future new models.

Enter – Lotus Evora. The Evora is slotted right above the Elise and Exige models, and should entice a more diverse crowd than the hardcore go-kart like models.

Details on the Lotus Evora after the jump.

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Lotus offering test drive of the Evora in Gran Turismo 5

Lotus offering test drive of the Evora in Gran Turismo 5

Lotus is offering a first drive of the Evora to attendees of the British Motor Show…sort of. The carmaker teamed with Polyphony, the makers of Gran Turismo, to allow visitors to race around the streets of London in an Evora. The experience may be more realistic than you think as both of the pictures in this post are from the Playstation 3 game.

The real car (originally known as Project Eagle) is a lightweight 2+2 available initially as a coupe, with a convertible joining shortly after the release. Power should come from a Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V-6 making 276 horsepower. For those of you who want to drive the real Evora, it won’t be released until next spring.

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Lotus at the British Motor Show

Enjoy some footage of Lotus from the British Motor Show. Also in the clip is footage of Lightning Car Company’s GT. No wonder Tesla is branching out into other cars (next story below). It seems the electric sports car market may get crowded soon!

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Video: Lotus Evora - British debut

Video: Lotus Evora - British debut

Lotus unveiled the Evora today at the British Motor Show. And after reading the first details you now can see the video from the unveiling.

Evora is powered by Toyota’s all-alloy 2GR-FE 3.5-litre V6 DOHC, with dual VVT-i (‘intelligent’ variable valve timing). The engine delivers 280 PS at 6400 rpm, while boosting its maximum torque to 342 Nm at 4700 rpm (prototype figures). The 2GR-FE V6 engine is mated to a manual six-speed gearbox, again Toyota-sourced. A close-ratio version of this gearbox is also currently under development for the even more sport-focussed driver. The 0 to 60 mph sprint is made in less than 5 seconds.

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Lotus announced name for its new sports car: EVORA

Lotus announced name for its new sports car: EVORA

Lotus will unveil its new 2+2 GT today at the British Motor Show at 11:30. The car was named Evora, after a city in Portugal and will go on sale in the first half of 2009. It will be limited to 2000 units a year.

The Evora is the only car on the market with a mid-engine layout and a 2+2 seating configuration. It is powered by a modified version of Toyota’s 3.5-litre V6, with dual VVT-i that produced 280 hp. It can hit a top speed of 160 mph; the 0-60 mph sprint from standstill is estimated at sub 5 seconds.

The car features leather and aluminium on the interior, blue LEDs, bucket seats, hand-stitched leather, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, 7-inch touchscreen multi-media system with satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.

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Lotus Project Eagle - new images

Lotus Project Eagle - new images

After the first image and official details on the Project Eagle that will make its world debut at the British Motorshow on 22nd July, AutoCar today revealed new image gallery.

The Project Eagle is powered by a modified version of Toyota’s 3.5-litre V6, with dual VVT-i that produced 280 hp. It can hit a top speed of 160 mph; the 0-60 mph sprint from standstill is estimated at sub 5 seconds (prototype figures).

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2010 Lotus Project Eagle

2010 Lotus Project Eagle

Lotus revealed today the first official information on the 2010 Project Eagle that will make its world debut at the British Motorshow on 22nd July at an 11:30 press conference. This is the time when Lotus will also reveal the official name of the car.

The Project Eagle is powered by a modified version of Toyota’s 3.5-litre V6, with dual VVT-i that produced 280 hp. It can hit a top speed of 160 mph; the 0-60 mph sprint from standstill is estimated at sub 5 seconds (prototype figures).

Styled in-house by Lotus Design, the Project Eagle’s sleek, sophisticated and attention-snaring lines brilliantly disguise its ability to accommodate passengers in the rear of the cabin, giving the car the external characteristics of a small, nimble sportscar whilst belying its internal space. As well as being sold in a 2+2 configuration, the car will also be available as a purely twoseater, the space in the rear being allocated to luggage storage.

Deliveries of Project Eagle will begin in Spring 2009, and with only 2000 of the hand crafted cars planned each year, this exclusive and unique car is creating a real stir with celebrity enthusiasts around the world.

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2008 Lotus Eco Elise

2008 Lotus Eco Elise

Lotus will unveil at the British Motor Show the Eco Elise technology demonstrator, a new project that project promotes a different perspective on “green”, one which does not revolve solely around tailpipe CO2.

The Eco Elise features sustainable materials, hemp, eco wool and sisal have been developed for body panels and trim and, combined with hi-tech water based paint solutions.

A green gear change display has been integrated into the dashboard to promote greener driving as well as a weight reduction programme, illustrating the holistic approach taken. The energy expended to manufacture the car has been evaluated, working to the 3R’s - Reduce, Re-use and Recycle.

The Eco Elise weighs 32 kg (70.5 lbs) less than the standard Elise S, which means that the efficient Elise S engine in the Eco Elise will give higher fuel economy figures and even better performance.

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Ethos - one of the possible names for the future Lotus

Ethos - one of the possible names for the future Lotus

What will the name of the future Lotus sports car is still a big mystery, and according to Lotus company it will stay that way until the car will make its official debut at the London Motor Show.

One of the possibilities is "Ethos", but a company insiders said this is not the strongest contender.

The car will definitely have a name beginning with “E”, and it won’t share its name with any previous Lotus model.

One thing is for sure: it will not be called Esprit, as that name is being reserved for the new range-topping, V8-engined supercar that’s due to launch in 2010.

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Lotus Eagle teaser image

Lotus Eagle teaser image

Lotus will unveil the Eagle 2+2 sports car on July 22 at the British Motor Show in London. CarScoop published a teaser image of the car, that is rumored to be powered by a modified version of the Toyota Camry’s 3.5 V6 engine that in stock form produces 268Hp at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb.-ft. at 4,700 rpm.

Rumors also say the engine will be offered in both naturally aspirated and turbocharged versions. The Eagle will essentially replace the top-of-the-line Esprit that went out of production in 2004.

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Lotus Eagle - more details

Lotus Eagle - more details

Lotus will unveil the Eagle sportscar in July at the British Motor Show. The latest spy shots revealed that the front doors that are carefully crafted to ease access to the rear cabin.

Eagle is just a codename for the new 2+2 project. The finished car will carry a new ’E’ badge.

The future sportscar will be powered by 3458cc V6 engine from Toyota. That 24-valve V6 has variable valve timing and pumps out 262bhp at 6200rpm and 248lb ft at 4700rpm.

The Eagle will get a composite roof as a stressed structural member - helping to make the coupe unusually rigid. Boffins among you will be impressed by the claimed vehicle stiffness of 26,000Nm per degree.

The lightweight construction will keep mass low; Lotus claims the bare front module of the Eagle weighs a paltry 25kg. And the suspension - double wishbones at all four corners - features arms made of forged aluminium to cut unsprung mass, instead of the steel wishbones on the Elise, Exige and Europa. The dampers are supplied by Bilstein, the springs by Eibach.

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2009 Lotus Eagle

2009 Lotus Eagle

The future Lotus Eagle will make its world debut in July at the London Motor Show, after many and many rumors and spy shots. The new 2+2 sports car will go on sale towards the end of the year at a price of $90.000. Lotus announced a convertible version is also in the works and will be launched few months after the coupe.

The 2009 Eagle will be placed between the Elise and
next-generation Esprit, and is designed for those who love the Elise,
but also want a little more room and comfort.

The 2009 Eagle will be powered by a tuned version of Toyota’s V6 engine used in the Camry. It will be offered with two different displacements: 2.5 liters and 3.0 liters with power between 200 and 300 hp. The Eagle was announced to be a real sports car with 0 to 60 mp sprint to be made in less than 5 seconds.

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Lotus Eagle new spy shots

Lotus Eagle new spy shots

Here are the best shots of the upcoming Lotus Eagle - an Elise-based 2+2 sports car. The production version will be unveiled in July at the London Motor Show, and sales will start toward the end of the year.

Essentially a stretched version of the highly successful roadster, the hard-top Eagle features room in the back for two small passengers and swaps the Elise’s four-cylinder engine for a Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre V6.

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Lotus turns 60

Lotus turns 60

This year Lotus will turn 60, To mark the event the company will unveil an all new car (new Eagle) at the London Motorshow and also an impressive global expansion programme is being planned.

It was in 1948 that Colin Chapman built his first racecar. A pioneer, his breakthrough engineering firmly established him as one of the greatest automotive engineers of the 20th century. Chapman’s theory of “performance through lightweight” formed the foundation of one of the most successful racing teams to date and is imbedded in the Lotus philosophy.

Press release after the jump.

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Lotus Eagle new spy shots

Lotus Eagle new spy shots

The future Lotus Eagle 2+2 coupe will make its world debut in July at the London Motor Show. It will be powered by a Toyota engine, and CarMagazine thinks it will be something around the 24-valve V6, that produces 262bhp at 6200rpm and 248lb ft at 4700rpm.

It will be priced around £45,000. The Eagle is the first properly new Lotus in 13 years, and will showcase the firm’s new versatile vehicle architecture. The same basic system, which has set hardpoints for the four corners of the car but can be extended vertically and horizontally between them, will also underpin the 2010 Lotus Esprit replacement.

Eagle’s production will begin in October 2008, with first deliveries coming towards the end of 2008.

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