Lotus turns their newest mid-engined sportscar into a full-blooded racer for the 2010 Lotus Evora Cup series.
Developed by Lotus Motorsport, the Evora Cup is a GT4-spec racer that is also eligible for a number of national and international race series. The Evora’s mid-engine design, stiff chassis, and double wishbone suspension made the transformation from production car to a racecar an easier task for Lotus Motorsport.
The mid-mounted 3.5-liter Toyota V-6 in the production Evora displaces 4.0-liters in the Cup car, and receives a performance air filter, dry sump system, and motorsport ECU. The new 4.0-liter produces 400 hp at 7,000 RPM and 295 lb-ft. of torque at 6,000 RPM, and sends power to the rear wheels through a Cima six-speed, sequential paddle shift transmission. Six-piston front brake calipers with two-piece aluminum bellied brake discs provide unrivaled stopping power. The Evora Cup is also fitted with adjustable motorsport dampers, allowing for optimum handling.
A lightweight aerodynamics package developed by Dallara utilizes carbon fiber parts to increase downforce for optimal handling, and redirect air for improved cooling. Over 440 lbs. has been shed from the Evora with the use of high performance parts and removal of unnecessary equipment, bringing the weight down to a mere 2,645 lbs. The Evora Cup will have a fire extinguisher standard along with an electrical cut off, traction control, and FIA compatible equipment.
The 2010 Evora Cup Series will be held in Europe, concluding with two Lotus festivals in Donington Park in the UK (October 16–17, 2010) and the second at Vallelunga in Italy (November 21-22, 2010). Five points will be awarded for entering each race, with an additional five points for a first place finish, down to one point for a fifth place finish. Double points will be awarded at both Lotus festivals. The driver who is awarded the most points from a maximum of six races will be crowned champion. A prize fund of at least €100,000 will be available.
The Evora Cup will be available for £120,000 before taxes, and will be presented at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in March. Buyers may register their interest at http://www.lotusevoracup.com Availability for the North American market is yet to be determined.
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Max Power: Approx. 400 hp @ 7000 rpm*
Max Torque: Approx. 295 ft.-lbs. @ 6000 rpm*
Max Engine Revs: 7250 rpm*
Fuel Rating: 98 RON Minimum
Engine Position: Transverse Mid Mounted
Unladen Vehicle Mass: 2,645 lbs.
Engine: Mid-mounted, transverse 4-liter DOHC V6 VVT-i 2GR-FE Naturally Aspirated with Dry Sump
Engine Management: Motorsport ECU
Diagnostics: Service Only
Gearbox: Sequential 6-speed, driving rear wheels, transverse layout dog, reverse and neutral engagement, protected semi dry sump, force feed lubrication, internal gerotor pump, external oil cooler, reverse cut directly onto the primary shaft. Lock adjustable from min 60% to max 90%
Gear Shift: Paddle shift, hydraulic actuation with flat shift and autoblip systems
Clutch: Twin plate sintered clutch
Gear ratios / forward: 13/38, 18/34, 21/30, 23/27, 25/25, 26/23
Gear ratios / final drive: 17/57
Exhaust System: Competition exhaust manifold, competition silencer
Exhaust Noise: 110 dB (A) at 3800 rpm (FIA)*
Induction System: Performance Air Filter
Body Panel: Carbon Fiber Front Splitter, Diffuser, and Rear Wing
Color: Standard Lotus Colors
Steering Type: Rack and Pinion, Power Assisted, quick release wheel
Instruments/Controls: Motorsport Instrument Pack/Dash, Gear indicator, traction control, fire extinguisher, and electrical cut out
Seat: FIA Approved competition seat on fixed mounting frame – HANS approved
Seat Belts: FIA Approved 6-point competition harness – HANS compatible
Chassis: Modular lightweight bonded aluminum structure
Suspension Front/Rear: Forged aluminum double wishbone suspension, Bilstein multi-position single-point adjustable dampers, Eibach coaxial coil springs, uprated bushes, uprated anti roll bar
Braking System: Servo Assisted with race tunable ABS, steel braided lines
Brakes Front: Six piston front calipers, two-piece aluminum belled discs, race pad
Brakes Rear: Four piston front calipers, two-piece aluminum belled discs, race pad
Brake/Clutch: Fluid Competition Fluid
Wheels: Front – 18 x 8.5 Rear – 18 x 10
Tires: Front – 235/625-18 Rear – 285/645-18
Fuel System: FIA FT3 Approved with internal high pressure pump, regulator and filter
Fuel Tank / Capacity: 120 liters
Fuel Tank / Filler: FIA Approved Quick Fill
Engine Cooling: Uprated Radiator, Laminova oil/water heat exchanger
* Subject to development testing
Specifications provided by Lotus