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Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora

1,383#160;kg (3,049#160;lb)

Development [ edit ]

Lotus Evora clay model.

Evora is the first product of a five-year plan started in 2006 to expand the Lotus line-up [ 2 ] beyond its current track-specialized offerings, with the aim of making Evora a somewhat of a more practical road car that would appeal to the mainstream. [ 8 ] As such it is a larger car than recent Lotus models Elise and its derivatives (Exige. Europa S. etc.), with an unladen weight of 1,383#160;kg (3,049#160;lb).

It is currently the only Lotus model with a 2+2 configuration, although it has been announced that it will also be offered in a two-seater configuration, referred to as the Plus Zero option. [ 1 ] It is also the only 2+2 mid engined coupé on sale. The interior is larger to allow taller persons to fit, such as Lotus CEO Mike Kimberley, [ 1 ] and two 6’5 (195.6cm) tall people. [ 9 ]

The cooled [ 10 ] boot behind the engine is large enough to fit a set of golf clubs. although Lotus Design Head Russell Carr denies that this was intentional. [ 1 ] Lotus intends Evora to compete with different market sectors including the Porsche Cayman. [ 2 ]

Name [ edit ]

The name Evora keeps the Lotus tradition of beginning model names with an E. The name is derived from the words evolution, vogue, and aura. [ 11 ] Other names considered were Eagle. Exira and Ethos ; Exira was rejected as it was considered not good enough and the other two because it would be difficult for Lotus to claim them as a trademark. [ 2 ] The name Evora sounds similar to Évora. which is the name of a Portuguese city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. in Portugal .

Production [ edit ]

Sales were expected to start in summer 2009, [ 12 ] The sales target is 2000 cars per year, with prices between £45,000 and just over £50,000. [ 1 ] and in America from the beginning of 2010. [ 13 ]

Awards [ edit ]

Britain’s Best Driver’s Car 2009, Autocar [ 14 ]

Car of the Year 2009, Evo magazine

Lotus Evora

Performance car of the Year 2009, Car magazine [ citation needed ]

Reviews [ edit ]

The car was reviewed by Jeremy Clarkson on the television show Top Gear . Overall his review was positive: he was very happy with the performance, handling and comfort. He was extremely impressed with the ride comfort even after driving it into a field saying Here, the suspension is taking the knocks, not me. and described the car as the only car I’ve ever driven, ever, which is a killer attack dog and an old sofa. However, he considered the rear seats to have not enough legroom, the interior felt tiny and the satellite navigation was sub-optimal. [ 15 ]

Motorsport [ edit ]

During the 2011 Geneva motor show, Lotus announced the Evora enduro GT concept, as a follow up to the Type 124 and GT4 race cars. Lotus is aiming for this car to enter into the GT3 category by Mid-2011, with a 444#160;bhp Toyota supplied V8.

Lotus entered two Evoras at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans. which were run by the Jetalliance Racing team. Despite overheating issues during practice and qualifying, car no.65 finished 22nd overall, completing 295 laps, whilst car no.64 retired after 126 laps.

In 2012, Jetalliance Racing failed to negotiate a deal to run the cars in Europe; instead, Alex Job Racing chose to run a GTE in the American Le Mans Series .

Lotus Evora S and the Carabinieri [ edit ]

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