This race-inspired hardcore version of the Lotus Evora was Lotus’s star attraction at the weekend’s Pebble Beach show in California.
The Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept takes its inspiration from the new Evora GTE racer, which competes in the new GT2-replacing GTE category in Le Mans Series racing.
The Road Car Concept remains a one-off at present and Lotus is remaining tight-lipped on its production chances. Officially, Lotus describes it as not “merely a paint scheme or homage to a race car – this is a serious race car that makes for a very serious road car”.
Lotus CEO Dany Bahar has said previously the current range of Lotuses would be fully improved and updated, and a flagship Evora would be a logical product launch to bridge the gap between the current range and Lotus’s new five-strong range of sports cars.
The concept is powered by a race-developed 420bhp version of the standard Evora’s 3.5-litre Toyota engine. The V6 unit is mated to a sequential AMT racing gearbox.