Lotus Evora

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Lotus Evora
LotusEvora-front.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Lotus Cars
Production 2009–present
Model years 2010–present
Assembly Hethel, Norfolk, England
Designer Russell Carr[1]
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Body style 2- or 2+2-passenger coupé
Layout Transverse mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Powertrain
Engine 3.5 L Toyota 2GR-FE V6
(280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp))[1][2]
3.5 L Toyota 2GR-FZE V6 (supercharged, 350 PS (257 kW; 345 hp))
Transmission 6-speed manual[1]
6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,575 mm (101.4 in)[1]
Length 4,342 mm (170.9 in)
Width 1,848 mm (72.8 in)
Height 1,223 mm (48.1 in)
Kerb weight 1,383 kg (3,049 lb)
1,442 kg (3,179 lb) (S IPS model)[3]

The Lotus Evora is a sports car produced by British car manufacturer Lotus.[1] The car, which was developed under the project name Project Eagle, was launched as the Evora on 22 July 2008 at the British International Motor Show.[4]

Development[edit]

The Lotus Evora is based on the first all-new vehicle platform from Lotus Cars since the introduction of the Lotus Elise in 1995 (the Exige, introduced in 2000, and the 2006 Europa S are both derivatives of the Elise[5]).[6] Evora was planned to be the first vehicle of three to be built on the same platform.[7]

Lotus Evora clay model.

Evora is the first product of a five-year plan started in 2006 to expand the Lotus line-up[2] beyond its current track-specialized offerings, with the aim of making Evora a somewhat of a more practical road car that would appeal to the mainstream.[8] As such it is a larger car than recent Lotus models Elise and its derivatives (Exige, Europa S, etc.), with an unladen weight of 1,383 kg (3,049 lb).

It is currently the only Lotus model with a 2+2 configuration, although it has been announced that it will also be offered in a two-seater configuration, referred to as the "Plus Zero" option.[1] It is also the only 2+2 mid engined coupé on sale. The interior is larger to allow taller persons to fit, such as Lotus CEO Mike Kimberley,[1] and two 6'5" (195.6cm) tall people.[9]

The cooled[10] boot behind the engine is large enough to fit a set of golf clubs, although Lotus Design Head Russell Carr denies that this was intentional.[1] Lotus intends Evora to compete with different market sectors including the Porsche Cayman.[2]

Evora GTE Road Car[edit]

The Lotus Evora GTE is a race car developed with a single minded aim to be successful in the new global motorsport GTE category, which includes the world famous Le Mans 24 Hours. To celebrate this ground breaking car, Lotus has built a limited number of GTE road cars representing the most powerful Lotus road cars ever built. Producing over 444 PS from the race developed Lotus Evora GTE engine, fed through a sequential AMT racing gearbox. Transferring this power to the road, are lightweight, forged alloy rims with centre lock hubs shod with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres. Race cars are built purely for speed, at the expense of any concession to comfort. This Evora GTE roadcar is different – under the skin is a pure race car but the driver is cocooned in a stunning, modern race themed interior, where leather and carbon fibre dominate. Lightweight Recaro carbon fibre seats clasp both the passenger and driver; the driver taking command of the car, through a lightweight forged magnesium rimmed race specification steering wheel. This is a car that is not just a paint scheme, or a homage to a race car, this is a serious race car that is a serious road car too.

Name[edit]

The name "Evora" keeps the Lotus tradition of beginning model names with an "E". The name is derived from the words evolution, vogue, and aura.[11] Other names considered were Eagle, Exira and Ethos; Exira was rejected as it was considered not good enough and the other two because it would be difficult for Lotus to claim them as a trademark.[2] The name "Evora" sounds similar to Évora, which is the name of a Portuguese city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Portugal.

Production[edit]

Sales were expected to start in summer 2009,[12] The sales target is 2000 cars per year, with prices between £45,000 and just over £50,000.[1] and in America from the beginning of 2010.[13]

Awards[edit]

  • Britain's Best Driver's Car 2009, Autocar[14]
  • Car of the Year 2009, Evo magazine
  • Performance car of the Year 2009, Car magazine[citation needed]

Reviews[edit]

The car was reviewed by Jeremy Clarkson on the television show Top Gear. Overall his review was positive: he was very happy with the performance, handling and comfort. He was extremely impressed with the ride comfort even after driving it into a field saying "Here, the suspension is taking the knocks, not me." and described the car as "the only car I've ever driven, ever, which is a killer attack dog and an old sofa". However, he considered the rear seats to have not enough legroom, the interior felt tiny and the satellite navigation was sub-optimal.[15]

Motorsport[edit]

Ollie Hancock won the Nurburgring round of the 2010 GT4 European Cup season. A team including Johnny Mowlem, Stefano D'Aste and Gianni Giudici finished on the podium in the 2011 Dubai 24 Hour endurance race.[16]

In 2011 Stefano d'Aste was the first italian driver after Mario Andretti to win on Zandvort track with an Official Lotus car and the car was the Evora GT4. D'Aste was in first position of the European GT4 serie till the last race but due to a problem occurred to the engine he got a great third place in the serie. The result was great considering that it was the first year that the Official Lotus Evora GT4 took part to a full season competing with cars and brands like Bmw M3, Porsche 911, Aston Martin GT4 Vantage, Camaro; cars that are the evolution of the evolution. The car proved to be very competitive.

During the 2011 Geneva motor show, Lotus announced the Evora enduro GT concept, as a follow up to the Type 124 and GT4 race cars. Lotus is aiming for this car to enter into the GT3 category by Mid-2011, with a 444 bhp Toyota supplied V8.

Lotus entered two Evoras at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans, which were run by the Jetalliance Racing team. Despite overheating issues during practice and qualifying, car no.65 finished 22nd overall, completing 295 laps, whilst car no.64 retired after 126 laps.

In 2012, Jetalliance Racing failed to negotiate a deal to run the cars in Europe; instead, Alex Job Racing chose to run a GTE in the American Le Mans Series.

Lotus Evora S and the Carabinieri[edit]

Carabinieri's Lotus Evora S.

In July 2011, Lotus Cars donated two Evora S models with special equipment to the Carabinieri, the Italian gendarmerie. Lotus will take care of the maintenance of the cars and the training for the drivers.

Performance[edit]

  • Acceleration: 0–60 mph in 4.9 seconds[11]
  • Top speed: 162 mph (261 km/h)[11]
  • CO2 emission: 205 g/km[12]
  • Fuel consumption: 32.5 miles per imperial gallon (8.7 L/100 km; 27.1 mpg-US) (EU standards); 17/27 MPG city/highway (US EPA standards)[12]
  • Drag coefficient: 0.337[1]

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  • Engine: Mid-mounted, transverse Toyota 3.5 litre DOHC V6
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual, 6 speed automatic by Aisin[17]
  • Chassis: Modular lightweight bonded aluminium structure
  • Steering: Lotus-tuned hydraulically assisted power steering
  • Suspension: Forged aluminium double wishbone suspension, Bilstein high-performance gas dampers, Eibach coaxial coil springs

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Lotus Evora". EVO (Dennis Publishing). 22 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d "London show: Lotus Evora". Autocar (Haymarket Media). 22 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  3. ^ "Evora". Lotus. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  4. ^ "2009 Lotus Evora revealed: Project Eagle arrives". Leftlane News. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  5. ^ Holmes, Jake (March 2008). "2008 Lotus Europa SE – Auto Shows". Car & Driver. Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Mitani, Sam (August 2009). "Driving Impression: 2010 Lotus Evora". Road & Track (Newport Beach, California: Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.) 60 (12): 52–55. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "London show: Lotus Evora". Autocar. Haymarket Group. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "2010 Lotus Evora – Test drive and new car review – 2010 Lotus Evora". Cars.about.com. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  9. ^ "Lotus Evora in Details at BIMS". AutoSpies.com. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  10. ^ "Lotus Evora press releases quoted by jalopnik". Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  11. ^ a b c Mitani, Sam (August 2009). "2010 Lotus Evora". Road & Track (Hachette Filipacchi Médias) 60 (12): 52–55. Retrieved 9 August 2009. 
  12. ^ a b c "Official Lotus Evora website". Lotusevora.com. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  13. ^ Davis, Matt (13 May 2009). "The Baby Ferrari That Ferrari Refuses To Build". Edmunds.com. Retrieved 26 June 2009. 
  14. ^ "Evora is UK’s Best Driver’s Car". Autocar.co.uk. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  15. ^ Presenters: CLARKSON, J., HAMMOND, R., MAY, J. (2009-06-21). "Lotus Evora road test". Top Gear. Series 13. Episode 1. BBC. BBC. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHcLP0wvENQ. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
  16. ^ http://paultan.org/2011/01/19/lotus-evora-gt4-endurance-gets-on-the-podium-in-dubai/
  17. ^ Adcock, Ian (October 2011). "Lotus Evora IPS". Road & Track 63 (2): 39. 

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