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Lotus willing to build Evora-based sportscars for other automakers?

03lotusevora2010fd1 450x298 Lotus willing to build Evora based sportscars for other automakers?

Lotus is considering offering up its latest sports car platforms to other automakers, and this isn’t the first time. When the Elise debuted in the mid-90s, Lotus sold the chassis to form the basis of new lightweight coupes with different powertrains, the most notable of which included the Opel Speedster/Vauxhall VX220 and, of course, the Tesla Roadster.

According to recent reports, Lotus has received inquiries from several automakers about using the new Evora in similar ways. While the Evora is all-new, the chassis is built using similar, Elise-like aluminum extrusions riveted and bonded together for a light, strong structure. Since the Evora has been designed around a V6, automakers have the potential to fit a range of larger, more powerful engines. The upsized chassis could also provide a better platform for electric motors, with far less modifications than those required to turn an Elise into a Tesla. However, if any automaker does develop something off the Evora, it’s likely to be a few years away.

Us? We’re thinking about a 3.5-liter Ecoboost-powered, mid-engine mini-Ford GT. How about you?

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - August 20, 2010 at 12:43 am

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Lotus accidentally confirms Evora automatic and S variants for Paris through email snafu

03lotusevora2010fdopta 450x298 Lotus accidentally confirms Evora automatic and S variants for Paris through email snafu

Lotus seems to have quite a hit on its hands in the form of the Evora. We were quite taken with it ourselves when given the chance to put the car through its paces in Southern California, and we’ve yet to hear a nasty word uttered in its general direction. But that doesn’t mean Lotus can’t find a way to improve the breed yet further.

Apparently, a couple of those improvements are headed to the Paris Motor Show later this year. Buried within the automaker’s stand will be both a hotted-up S version of the Evora and one bestowed with an automatic transmission. How do we know? Well, an errant email recently went out to everyone on Lotus’ media list (ourselves included) that promised the two machines along with the other “new car(s) not yet announced.”

As if the thought of a Lotus Evora S (forced induction?) and an automatic for the clutch averse among you wasn’t enough, it seems the British specialists have plenty more up their well-tailored sleeves. There’s beenplenty of postulation regarding what else we may see – most notably the rumored return of the Esprit – but we’re content to just take a wait-and-see attitude on this one. Paris just can’t come soon enough.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - August 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm

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Lotus Reveals New Evora Cup Racer with 400 Horsepower V6

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Having already launched the road-going Evora 2+2 mid-engined sports car, Lotus has now turned its focus on the development of a competition version that will be eligible for racing in the FIA GT4 category and a special one-make Evora Cup series.

Finished in Epsom Green with a Solar Yellow stripe down the centre, the Evora Cup racing car is powered by a modified version of the stock model’s Toyota sourced 276HP 3.5-liter V6 engine enlarged to 4.0-liters. The result is more than 400HP and 400Nm of peak torque.

The mid mounted V6 engine is mated to a Cima six speed sequential paddle shift dog gearbox, designed for international motor sport.

Other tweaks include adjustable motor sport dampers and six piston front brake callipers, with two piece aluminium belled brake discs, while the car also gets electrical cut off, fire extinguisher and traction control.

Lotus says that it has managed to reduce the car’s weight to 1,200 kg (2,645 lbs) or 200kg (440 pounds) less than the production model by using numerous high performance parts and materials and deleting parts not required for motor sport.

In addition, the Evora gets a Dallara developed aero package that includes a number of updated carbon fibre parts and is said to significantly improve downforce and cooling.

The British firm said that the final design and specifications of the Lotus Evora Cup Racer will be presented at the Geneva Motorshow in early March 2010.
Lotus Evora Cup 3 Lotus Reveals New Evora Cup Racer with 400 Horsepower V6
Lotus Evora Cup 1 Lotus Reveals New Evora Cup Racer with 400 Horsepower V6
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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - January 16, 2010 at 9:44 am

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Lotus Evora Priced from $73,500 in the States

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The all-new Lotus Evora mid-engined coupe will hit U.S. showrooms in early 2010 with prices starting from $73,500, the British automaker announced today. That’s 12 grand more than the 320HP Porsche Cayman S ($61,500) but $5,500 less than the entry-level Porsche 911 with RWD and 345HP ($77,800).

The Evora is powered by a Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 producing 276 hp at 6,400 rpm and 258 lb./ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm that drives the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission.

Lotus says that the 2+2 seater is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph (96km/h) in 4.9 seconds and reach a top speed 162mph (260km/h) while also delivering over 30 miles per gallon on the highway.

The U.S. market Evora will come equipped with several standards fetures including bi-xenon headlamps, air-conditioning system, leather seats, Alpine audio system and a flat-bottomed leather and magnesium steering wheel.

 Lotus Evora Priced from $73,500 in the States
 Lotus Evora Priced from $73,500 in the States
 Lotus Evora Priced from $73,500 in the States
 Lotus Evora Priced from $73,500 in the States
 Lotus Evora Priced from $73,500 in the States
 Lotus Evora Priced from $73,500 in the States
 Lotus Evora Priced from $73,500 in the States
 Lotus Evora Priced from $73,500 in the States
 Lotus Evora Priced from $73,500 in the States
 Lotus Evora Priced from $73,500 in the States

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - December 10, 2009 at 6:52 pm

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Live Photos of Bad Boy Lotus Exige Scura 260HP, But Beware; Lotus Says Color May Fade…

Lotus Exige Scura 0 Live Photos of Bad Boy Lotus Exige Scura 260HP, But Beware; Lotus Says Color May Fade...
The star attraction over at the British firm’s Tokyo Motor Show booth is the special edition Exige Scura or as it will be sold in Japan, the Exige Stealth. Lighter and more powerful than the standard Exige, the Scura is distinguished by the matte-black paint finish accented by high-gloss “Phantom Black” stripes and carbon fiber aero parts such as the front splitter, oil cooler inlet vanes, side air-scoops and rear spoiler.

Lurking beneath the bonnet is the 1.8-liter supercharged inline-four from the Exige Cup that makes 260 horsepower, enough for a 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint time of 4.1 seconds (0-60mph in 4.0 sec) and a top speed of around 245 km/h or 152mph.

You can read more details about the Exige Scura that will be produced in a limited run of 35 units in our previous post on the car here.

On a side note, Lotus caught our attention with a special disclaimer in the press release about the Scura’s matte-black finish. According to the British automaker, while the water borne matte black paint finish is resistant to most normal forms of atmospheric attack, the color may fade over time.

Here’s the part about the paint warranty:

“…due to the textured matt finish, fading or discoloration of all or part of the matt paint finish may occur during the early life of the vehicle and this is considered normal and is specifically excluded from any warranty given by Lotus. The special matt paint finish utilized on the Lotus Scura is provided with a limited warranty of the earlier of 12 months or 12,000 miles/20,000 km from the date of first registration of the vehicle.”

Image Credits go to our Tokyo Motor Show reporter, Phil Alex

 Live Photos of Bad Boy Lotus Exige Scura 260HP, But Beware; Lotus Says Color May Fade...
 Live Photos of Bad Boy Lotus Exige Scura 260HP, But Beware; Lotus Says Color May Fade...
 Live Photos of Bad Boy Lotus Exige Scura 260HP, But Beware; Lotus Says Color May Fade...
 Live Photos of Bad Boy Lotus Exige Scura 260HP, But Beware; Lotus Says Color May Fade...
 Live Photos of Bad Boy Lotus Exige Scura 260HP, But Beware; Lotus Says Color May Fade...
 Live Photos of Bad Boy Lotus Exige Scura 260HP, But Beware; Lotus Says Color May Fade...
 Live Photos of Bad Boy Lotus Exige Scura 260HP, But Beware; Lotus Says Color May Fade...
 Live Photos of Bad Boy Lotus Exige Scura 260HP, But Beware; Lotus Says Color May Fade...

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