Lotus have been making headlines again in recent days and weeks with the news that they and Dany Bahar have gone their separate ways. For those that have followed the Lotus story, it will be news that many expected, and it could actually be news that will spur on the regeneration and revival of Lotus as they build for the future and put plans in place to transform their recent fortunes.
GRAND-AM Rolex Series
They’ve also hit headlines for the update they’ve released to their fantastic Evora racing car. The new GTC-specification Evora will now compete in the GX class of the GRAND-AM Rolex series that begins next year. This will therefore, unlike normal Evora’s, not necessarily need any car insurance due to the fact that it is a thoroughbred racing car.
In order to be illegible to race in the series, the new Evora has had its traction control and ABS system removed and a new, thicker, US specification roll cage has also been added. In order to offset the weight difference some carbon fibre doors have been added, a new engine cover and roof have also been incorporated in place of the old ones. The new Evora racing car weighs in at just 1150kg.
Performance & Motorsport
Behind the driver will sit a 4.0 litre V6 that has been modified and race prepared to produce around 440bhp and around 324lb ft of torque. This is sent through a six-speed sequential gearbox to the rear wheels. Aerodynamic changes will include a new front splitter and the standardised Rolex series rear wing. Aesthetically, the car is pretty incredible! Don’t you think?
Lotus are certainly making a splash in motorsport at the moment. They’ve experienced a number of great results in the Formula 1 Championship this season whilst they are also doing well in other formulas lower down.
Lotus have also recently released the new Exige R-GT, a rally car version of the Exige, in order to branch out further into additional motorsports.
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