Other companies want to use Evora chassis as basis for own models

Lotus Engineering currently has “a few” enquiries from companies wanting to use the Evora platform as the basis for models of their own, according to European operations boss Mark James.

But some of the interested parties may go with the Elise chassis instead. James says that Lotus does not chase third-party deals such as this, but that it’s “always happy to talk”.

Read Autocar’s full road test of the Lotus Evora

The Evora's wheelbase is just 275mm longer than that of the Elise, but into that space goes an extra 75mm of driver’s seat travel, a V6 engine instead of an in-line four and enough rear legroom for a passenger up to 5ft-tall. The overall length is 4342mm and the boot can house a full set of golf clubs. The Evora can be had in both 2+0 and 2+2 configurations.

The Evora chassis uses Elise principles; it’s a self-supporting, bonded and riveted structure that combines folded sheet aluminium and extrusions.

Read about the Evora winning Autocar’s annual Britain’s Best Driver’s Car contest in 2009

This time, however, it is made in three pieces. A rear structure houses the V6 engine and a compact double wishbone rear suspension. A bolt-on front structure carries the double wishbone front suspension and provides a crash structure, which has proved a huge success in crash testing. The Evora suspension is an ultra-modern assembly of forged aluminium wishbones, coil-over shock absorbers and specially designed uprights.

The company will unveil its new latest Evora variant, the Evora Cup GT4 racing car, at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the US this Sunday.

Read about the new Lotus Evora GT4 cup racing car

The Evora Cup GT4 has been built to compete in the GT4 European Cup racing series, racing alongside cars such as the Aston Martin N24 and the Maserati Trofeo. It will also have its own one-make race series.

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12 August 2010

[quote Autocar]Lotus Engineering currently has “a few” enquiries from companies wanting to use the Evora platform as the basis for models of their own, according to European operations boss Mark James.

But some of the interested parties may go with the Elise chassis instead. James says that Lotus does not chase third-party deals such as this, but that it’s “always happy to talk”.

Read Autocar’s full ...Read the full article[/quote] Oh how dull! Buying a sports car shouldn't be affected by one's handicap....i.e being a Golfer.

12 August 2010

Just as well; it's not like they're selling the things through the normal channels...

Lovely car I'm sure but I fear it's priced itself into oblivion.

12 August 2010

How does the Evora fit into the new Lotus 'masterplan'? surely if it was £10-15K cheaper, it would sell loads- same as the Elise, if there was a basic model for under £20k it would sell bucketloads

12 August 2010

More old Lotus PR flannel, slavishly and dutifully reported by the Autocar boys !!!!!

12 August 2010

[quote Autocar]Lotus Engineering currently has “a few” enquiries from companies wanting to use the Evora platform as the basis for models of their own, according to European operations boss Mark James.[/quote]

Just as well someone is interested, as precious few Lotus buyers are. Apart from our local dealer demo car I've only seen one on the road.

PaulJ

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