Lotus Evora

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Lotus Evora
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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" (195.6 cm) 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]

Lotus Evora (2009-)[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.

Sales of Lotus Evora were expected to start in summer 2009,[12]

North American models went on sale in 2012 as 2012 model year vehicle.[13]

"Naomi for Haiti" Lotus Evora (2010)[edit]

It is a limited (8 units) version of Lotus Evora designed by Lotus Design Director Donato Coco and reflects Naomi's design direction. Changes include white body colour, Haiti flag at the side door.[14]

The vehicles went on sale at 2010 Naomi Campbell's Fashion for Relief charity fashion show on the 2010-02-18 at the London Fashion Week venue at Somerset House. Remaining units were sold via an auction run on the "Naomi for Haiti" website www.naomiforhaiti.com and bidding took place between 0800 GMT on 2010-02-19 and will end at 1200 GMT 2010-02-28. The grand total raised for the charity and the highest bidders were announced by Naomi Campbell at the Geneva Motorshow on 2010-03-02.[15]

Evora 414E Hybrid (2010)[edit]

It is a version of Lotus Evora with 2 150 kW axial flux synchronous drive motors, independent rear wheel control, single speed transmission with 4.58:1 reduction ratio, independent drive to each rear wheel, electrically operated park lock, 14.8kWh lithium polymer battery with over 300 kW discharge capability, 1.2-litre 35 kW 3-cylinder Lotus Range Extender engine with close-coupled catalyst, 162 kW peak/54 kW continuous Range Extender Generator with axial flux synchronous motor / generator, infotainment system, HALOsonic sound synthesis, simulated 7-speed paddle shift linked to HALOsonic Internal & External Electronic Sound Synthesis.[16][17]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2010 Geneva Motor Show.,[18] followed by 2013 Los Angeles International Auto Show (cutaway model).[19]

Testing took place in Lotus HQ in Hethel, Norfolk.[20]

Lotus Evora S, Evora IPS (2011?-)[edit]

It is a version of Lotus Evora with increased engine power to 350 PS (257 kW; 345 hp)@7000rpm and 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@4500rpm, sport pack, a 'sport' button which allows the driver to control throttle response and activate the exhaust by-pass valve and raises the instantaneous rev limit and changes the dynamic stability control settings; cross-drilled brakes, a completely new active exhaust.

Evora IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) includes an automatic 6-speed gearbox with Lotus developed transmission, available for base Evora (280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp)) vehicle.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2010 Paris Motor Show,[21] followed by 2012 Brussels Motor Show (2012 Evora S and 2012 Evora IPS),[22] 2012 New York Auto Show (with additional leather on the door panels and lower sills, a new trim ring around the transmission shifter, leather upholstery at Recaro seats with contrasting piping and woven fabric inserts, bright brushed metal dashboard with a new dark finish, Pioneer audio/navigation system), 2012 Beijing International Auto Show (Evora IPS),[23][24] 2013 Los Angeles International Auto Show (2014 Evora IPS with Black Package, Evora S with Solar Yellow body colour, Ebony Black interior with contrasting red stitching and piping Premium Pack - Sport interior),[19] Lotus Dubai (Evora, Evora S).[25]

North American models went on sale in 2012 as 2012 model year vehicle.[13]

Lotus Evora British police car (2011-)[edit]

It is a version of Lotus Evora with British police livery, badges and beacons.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2011 Autosport International show.[26]

The vehicle was on loan for a two-week trial to a team of officers patrolling highways in the West Midlands including M5, M6 and M42 motorways and the M6 toll road.[27]

Evora 414E REEVolution (2011)[edit]

It is a cutaway concept vehicle based on Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid, with 1.2-litre 35 kW 3-cylinder Lotus Range Extender engine, 35 kW electric generator, 14.4kWh lithium polymer battery with over 300 kW discharge capability, a 150 kW axial flux drive motor per rear wheel with integrated traction inverter module which allows for independent rear wheel control, enhanced version of the HALOsonic safety system incorporates input from imaging sensors to enhance the quality of the sound synthesis system. The HALOsonic safety system is a collaboration between HARMAN and Lotus that uses a single camera to determine the distance, trajectory and speed of pedestrians and other road users, calculating the risk of collision by comparing this information with the car’s path. The new HALOsonic system uses this data to actively control the volume of the External Sound Synthesis to warn pedestrians of the vehicle’s location, thereby improving pedestrian safety and reducing noise pollution. Under certain conditions the system will generate an audible and visual warning for the driver using the Internal Sound Synthesis and instrument panel.[28][29][30]

The vehicle was unveiled in 81st International Motor Show in Geneva.[31][32]

Lotus Evora S Italian Military Police car (2011-)[edit]

Carabinieri's Lotus Evora S.

It is a version of Lotus Evora S for the Carabinieri, with touch screen, infrared camera, GPS navigation, voice recognition, a refrigerated compartment.[33][34]

In July 2011, Lotus Cars donated two Evora S models to the Carabinieri, the Italian gendarmerie. Lotus will take care of the maintenance of the cars and the training for the drivers. The vehicles were made available to the units based in Rome and Milan.[35]

Evora GTE Road Car Concept (2011)[edit]

It is a version of Lotus Evora GTE with increased engine power to 426 PS (313 kW; 420 hp), a sequential AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) racing gearbox, forged alloy wheels with center-lock hubs, Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.[36][37]

Freddie Mercury Evora S (2011)[edit]

It is a version of Evora S for the Mercury Phoenix Trust with Freddie Mercury inspired theme, including white, red and gold colour scheme inspired by the iconic costume Freddie wore for the 1986 "Magic tour"; silver on white body colour, yellow interior colour inspired by Freddie's 1986 stage costume, a union flag on the back of the seats, incorporation of a crown.

The vehicle went on sale in 2011-09-05 at auction.[38]

Evora S GP Edition (2011-)[edit]

It is a limited (3 units) version of Evora S for the UK market, made in honor of the Lotus Renault Formula One Grand Prix team. Changes include Premium Pack with SuedeTex upholstery, Tech Pack, forged diamond cut design 19-inch wheels, gold and black body colours.

The vehicle went on sale for £69,950.[39]

Lotus F1 Team Evora GTE (2012-)[edit]

It is a version of Evora GTE Road Car with unpainted high-gloss carbon-fibre body, carbon interior with copper inlays, gold-piped black leather bucket seats, Lotus F1 Team Limited Edition badging.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Geneva Motor Show.[40][41]

Evora GTE Road Car (2012?-)[edit]

It is a limited (including 25 in China[42]) version of Evora GTE Road Car Concept, with increased engine power to 444 PS (327 kW; 438 hp), carbon fibre body panels including the front and rear bumpers, the rear wing and the doors; race-themed interior with leather and carbon fibre upholstery, Recaro carbon fibre seats, magnesium-rimmed race specification steering wheel, .[43][44]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.[45]

European model went on sale in May 2012.[41]

The North American version were reported not to be made due to substantial costs for engine certification.[46]

Evora GTE China Limited Edition (2012-)[edit]

It is a limited (118 units) version of Evora GTE Road Car for China market, with increased leather and carbon fibre upholstery, a numbered plaque inside marked with the China Limited Edition insignia.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Beijing International Auto Show.[23][24]

Evora GTC (2012-)[edit]

It is a race car version of Evora based on Evora GT4 Enduro, with carbon-fibre doors, roof and engine cover replacing fibreglass panels; plexi-glass windows, addition of traction control and BOSCH racing Anti-Lock Brakes system, 18x10J front and 18x12J rear wheels, 27/65-18 front and 30/65-18 rear tyres, flared wheel arches, 4-litre V6 rated 456 PS (335 kW; 450 hp) and 460 N·m (339 lb·ft) (from GT4 Enduro), XTRAC six-speed sequential paddle-shift gearbox (from GT4 Enduro).[47][48][49]

Evora GX (2012-)[edit]

It is a race car version of Evora based on Evora GTC for the GX class of GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, with thicker US-spec roll cage, a new front splitter and front bumper, standard Rolex Series rear wing, removal of ABS and traction control, a new fuel filler system, Continental tyres, yellow headlamps, reduced engine power to 446 PS (328 kW; 440 hp)@7000rpm and 440 N·m (325 lb·ft)@5500rpm.[50][51]

Evora S IPS (2012-)[edit]

The 6-speed IPS automatic transmission (Toyota U660E with Lotus software[52]) counterpart of Evora S includes a traditional hands-off automatic mode, auto mode with shifts handled by wheel-mounted paddles in sport automatic setting, a manual sport mode.[53]

US model reached showrooms in October 2012.[54]

Evora ‘Sports Racer’ (2012-)[edit]

Available for Evora and Evora S in UK and European markets, changes include redesigned body, a choice of 4 body colours (Aspen White, Carbon Grey, Nightfall Blue and Ardent Red), gloss black across the roof, front splitter, rear diffuser and side sills; black rear badging, black door mirror pods, gloss black forged wheels, red or black brake calipers, standard 2+2 seating, black leather 'Premium Sports' seats trimmed with red contrast piping and stitching (optional Venom Red leather 'Premium Sports' seats with black contrast piping and stitching), dash, doors and centre console upholstered in Slate Grey SuedeTex with red contrast stitching; Sports Pack (switchable sports mode with sharper throttle response, increased rpm limit and sportier setting for Dynamic Performance Management (DPM), sports diffuser and cross-drilled brake discs), Tech Pack (upgraded speakers and stereo system, DVD player, 7-inch WVGA touch screen display, Bluetooth mobile phone connection, USB connection for various iPod models, MP3 players and memory sticks, tyre pressure monitoring, cruise control and rear parking sensors), electric power-fold mirrors, a reversing camera.[55]

The vehicle was unveiled in Auto Zürich 2013,[56] followed by 2014 Salon Auto/Moto[57]

Lotus Evora S British police car (2013-)[edit]

A version of Lotus Evora S with British police livery was unveiled in December 2013.[58][59]

Performance[edit]

Lotus Evora[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[60]
  • 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

Reviews[edit]

Lotus Evora 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.[61]

Awards[edit]

  • Britain's Best Driver's Car 2009, Autocar[62]
  • Car of the Year 2009, Evo magazine
  • Performance car of the Year 2009, Car magazine[citation needed]

Motorsport[edit]

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.

Evora GTE[edit]

A 2012 Lotus Evora GTE from Alex Job Racing entered 2012 American Le Mans Series in GT class, with Tequila Patrón as driver.[63]

A black and gold-coloured Evora GTE entered 2012 European Le Mans Series in the GTE Pro class with factory driver Johnny Mowlem as driver.[64]

Bullrun Team won 2012 GT Championship with Evora GTC.[65]

Evora GT4[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.[66]

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.

Team Bullrun entered 2012 Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship with a Lotus Evora GT4.[67]

Sailesh Bolisetti and Phil Glew won the Nürburgring's Grand Prix circuit race in 2012 Avon Tyres British GT Championship.[68]

Production[edit]

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.[69]

Delivery of Evora S from Hethel U.K. factory began in 2011-03-28.[70]

80 units of 2011 Lotus Evora manufactured from February 2010 through September 2011 with a three-piece oil feed pipe with a flexible hose section were recalled for rupturing engine mounted oil feed pipe leading to oil loss and engine damage, and possible fire.[71]

80 units of 2011 Lotus Evora S manufactured from September 2010 through September 2011 with manual transmission for rupturing engine oil cooler hose leading to reduction in vehicle control and potential engine failure, increasing the risk of a crash, and possible fire.[72]

A Lotus Evora S with Aspen White body colour and 6-speed IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) gearbox was delivered to Lotus F1 Team driver Pastor Maldonado.[73][74]

Marketing[edit]

A Lotus Evora with chrome vinyl wrap and special-effect lighting was used in movie adaptation of The Host.[75]

Clementoni produced three 500 pieces and three 1000 pieces jigsaw puzzles featuring Lotus Evora and Evora Enduro.[76]

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  63. ^ Lotus entering Evora GTE with Alex Job Racing in ALMS
  64. ^ Lotus Racing Set for Tarmac and Grassroots
  65. ^ Championship Victory for Evora GTC and the Bullrun Team
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  72. ^ Lotus recalling certain 2011 Evora S models for possible oil leak, fire
  73. ^ Lotus hands Pastor Maldonado a new Evora S in Monaco
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  75. ^ Lotus Returns to the Big Screen
  76. ^ New Clementoni jigsaw puzzles celebrate Lotus Icons

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