Snetterton run for Lotus F1 star
3 March 2010

The Lotus Evora Cup Racer has been revealed at the Geneva motor show.

See the Lotus Evora racer

Last month, Lotus F1 driver Jarno trulli tested the car at Snetterton.

After driving the car Trulli said: "The car will continue to be developed with new updates coming soon, but even after the initial drive it is obvious that the car has huge potential."

Trulli, who will race for the Lotus F1 team this season, spent his time at Snetterton working with Gianluca Pisanello, his race engineer at the F1 team. Both are expected to be involved in further development work on the Evora later this season.

The Evora Cup race car will cost £120,00 plus taxes, and will be eligible for racing in the GT4 category and an innovative one-make Lotus Evora Cup.

The race car is powered by a 4.0-litre V6 with 'more than 392bhp' according to Lotus - the road car has a 276bhp 3.5-litre V6 powerplant. The racer also has a dry sump and Cima six-speed sequential paddle shift dog gearbox.

Other motorsport tweaks include adjustable dampers, six-piston front brake calipers and two piece aluminium belled brake discs, plus standard safety equipment.

The Dallara developed aero package includes a number of updated carbonfibre parts for greater downforce and improved cooling. It also helps bring the racer down to less than 1200kg - more than 200kg less than the production car.

The one-make Evora Cup series will employ an unusual structure; points will be awarded to competitors for entering events, and being in the top five competing Evoras to finish.

The season will then culminate in two Lotus Festivals, with provisional dates for Donington Park in the UK (16/17 October) and the second at Vallelunga in Italy (21/22 November 2010). All Evora competitors from around Europe will be invited to race at these festivals and there will be double points on offer.

The championship winner will be the driver who accrues the most number of points from a maximum of six races over the season, and a prize fund of 'at least 100,000 euros' (£89,000) is being offered.

In 2011, Lotus says it intends to introduce a pan-European one-make race series for the Evora Cup.

Twitter - follow autocar.co.ukSee all the latest Lotus Evora reviews, news and video

Join the debate

Comments
6

11 February 2010

500cc bigger and 200kgs lighter, Lotus needs to try harder making their road cars lighter.

DKW

11 February 2010

Nothing wrong with the weight of an Elise.

Don't forget that the Evora is designed to be a comfortable GT, so is bound to be substantially heavier. Having said that, I was hoping they would be able to undercut the weight of the Cayman by a useful margin.

The carbon fibre tub used as the chassis of the new McLaren MP4-12C looks very promising - it weighs less than I do, and is relatively affordable. Unfortunately I don't think the target weight of the McLaren fully exploits it's low mass potential - perhaps they could supply a version to Lotus to produce a new sub-ton Esprit with a light weight forced aspiration engine. That should be able to keep up with traffic.

11 February 2010

The elise is going the same way it was 690kgs when it first came out, now its 860kgs.

170kgs heavier!

11 February 2010

Why more and more aero? And especially for a cup?

To glue the car to the track and to make ugly wings?

It is not only for Lotus, but for all the manufacturers wich make race cars more and more glued to the track. This is less spectacular and make the overtakings hard.

11 February 2010

Thats why i like watching the ginneta junior racing on tv, 1.4 engines young drivers/kids and small cars with no aero, great racing fun.

12 February 2010

[quote DKW]McLaren MP4-12C looks very promising - it weighs less than I do, and is relatively affordable. Unfortunately I don't think the target weight of the McLaren fully exploits it's low mass potential[/quote]

Has McLaren released details of the cars weight then? I must of missed that,
thought they were keeping it a state secret for now and that the 1300kg weight
was just auto-media guess work, all the Spec's seemed very vague in Mclaren's
press release, About 600bhp, unique suspension but no details etc...

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Kia Stonic
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Handsome entrant into the bulging small crossover market has a strong engine and agile handling, but isn’t as comfortable or complete as rivals
  • Hyundai Kona
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Hyundai's funky-looking Kona crossover with a peppy three-cylinder engine makes all the right noises for the car to be a success in a crowded segment
  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    The Citroen C3 Aircross has got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer