The Evora GTE road car: The most powerful production Lotus road car ever built

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Producing over 444 PS from the 3.5l V6 Lotus Evora engine, the GTE is, quite simply, the most powerful Lotus road car ever built. Yet contrary to its extreme roots, the Evora GTE road car also delivers a comfortable and refined element to its high performance driving characteristics.

Originally created as a special limited edition for the Asian market and designed to celebrate Lotus’ successful entry to the new global motorsport GTE category, the hand built Evora GTE road car has all the attributes you’d expect of an endurance racer including a sequential AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) racing gearbox and lightweight and forged alloy rims with centre lock hubs shod with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires.

Group Lotus can now announce that production will be expanded on the Evora GTE road car to meet demand and reach further markets.

Lotus Lightweight DNA: Clever use of carbon fiber has been integrated extensively throughout the exterior and interior of the car, this is one major contributors to the 105kg weight reduction versus the base Evora. Carbon fiber has been used for all the bodywork modifications including the front and rear bumpers, the rear wing and the doors.

Complimenting the striking exterior is a stunning, modern race-themed interior providing both occupants with the race car thrill without compromising on comfort. Leather and carbon fiber dominate the cabin and lightweight Recaro carbon fiber seats cosset both the passenger and driver giving a sense of security and comfort that mean that any driver of the Evora GTE can really go the distance as they take command of this extraordinary car.

Commenting on the Evora GTE road car, Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar said: “The response to this model in China has been so incredible, within days we had sold out with 114 orders. In response we decided that the only logical step from a business perspective was to increase production and widen our reach.

“What is unique about this car, is not just that it’s a serious race car – it’s a serious car. People get so excited when they see and especially hear it for the first time. It’s a very special car and will appeal to a very special type of driver – and they won’t be disappointed!”

Please note: At time of going to print (September 2011) the fuel economy, CO2 and performance figures have not been witness tested. Group Lotus plc will publish these figures as soon as they become available on the lotuscars.com website.

Vehicle Description

Technical Specification Lotus Evora GTE

 

Engine

Mid-mounted, transverse, 3456 cm3, 2GR-FEengine, aluminium lightweight and compact construction, V6 24 valve, water cooled, supercharged with double overhead camshafts per cylinder bank, 4 valves per cylinder, Dual-Variable Valve Timing – intelligent, direct ignition system, electronic throttle control system-intelligent

 

Harrop HTV 1320 supercharger assembly (utilising Eaton Twin Vortex Series (TVS) Technology ™)

Compression ratio

     10:1

Swept volume (Bore x Stroke)

      94 x 83 mm

Engine management

      Lotus T6e engine control unit

Max Power

      444 PS @ 7000 rpm

Max Torque

      420 Nm @ 4500 rpm

Emissions control

      Two way catalytic converter

Transmission

      EA60 6 speed transverse Sports Ratios manual gearbox with open differential  AMT Hydraulic Control unit


Suspension

Front and rear: Fully independent suspension,Double wishbone suspension, antiroll bar, Eibach springs and Bilstein dampers

Chassis

Lotus designed VVA (modular lightweight bonded Aluminium structure)

Total chassis weight 203 kg

Front module 29 kg

Rear module 58 kg

Chassis tub 116 kg

Whole vehicle torsional stiffness: 26,600 Nm per degree

Body

Lightweight carbon fibre body panels with composite front inspection panel and rear bootlid

Fuel Tank

Stainless steel fuel tank

Dynamic Performance Management (DPM)

Corner Brake Control (CBC)

Drag Torque Control (DTC)

Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)

Traction Control System (TCS)

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)*

Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)*

Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)*

Understeer Recognition

 

All apart from * can be completely

switched off

 

DPM with Sports Mode button

Sport Mode increases the traction slip thresholds and removes understeer recognition, allowing the driver more vehicle control before an intervention is required.

 

Steering

Rack and pinion steering box with 2.86 turns lock-to-lock. Lotus tuned hydraulically assisted power assistance

Brakes

Servo-assisted, track tuned 4-channel Antilock Braking System (ABS)

Black AP-Racing four-piston callipers (front and rear)

Front: 350 mm ventilated and cross drilled cast-iron discs

Rear: 332 mm ventilated and cross drilled cast-iron discs

Wheels

Front

Rear

Forged wheels:

Unique GTE centre lock

19” front & 20” rear

Tires

Front

Rear

Bespoke Pirelli P-Zero Corsa (LS marking on tyres)

Front 235/35R19

Rear 275/30R20

Gear ratios

 

AMT

 

1st:

3.538

 

2nd:

1.913

 

3rd:

1.407

 

4th:

1.091

 

5th:

0.9697

 

6th:

0.8611

 

Reverse:

3.831

 

Final Drive (1st-4th):

3.777

 

Final Drive (5th – 6th)

3.238

 

Performance Figures

 

Max. Engine Speed

7200 rpm

 

0-60 mph

TBC

0-100 km/h

TBC

Maximum speed

TBC

60-0 mph

TBC

100-0 mph

TBC

100-0 km/h

TBC

160-0 km/h

TBC

Fuel consumption – urban

TBC

Fuel consumption – extra urban

TBC

Fuel consumption – combined

TBC

CO2 emissions

TBC

Power to Weight

348 PS / tonne

 

Dimensions

 

 

 

Wheelbase

2574.5 mm

Track – front

1664 mm

Track – rear

1685.5 mm

Overall length

4360.5mm

Overall width (door mirrors included)

1972 mm

Overall height – (unladen)

1214 mm

Overhang – front

1000 mm

Overhang – rear

784 mm

Turning circle

10.14 m

Ground clearance front– unladen

165.6 mm

Ground clearance between axels – unladen

125 mm

Vehicle mass – unladen (running order, full tank of fuel, no occupants, no luggage)

1276 kg

Luggage Capacity

50 kg

Weight distribution

TBC

Drag Coefficient

TBC

Aerodynamic balance at 160 km/h (100 mph)

TBC

Fuel tank capacity

60 litres / 13.1 gallons usable volume

Boot capacity

~150 litres

 

Exterior Specification

 

Solid paint

Unique GTE Paint range

Metallic paint

Premium paint

Heated and electric door mirrors

S

Heated and electric (power-fold) door mirrors

S

Body coloured door handles

S

18” front and 19” rear cast alloy wheels

N/A

 

Interior Specification

Evora GTE

Adjustable Recaro leather sports seats (front)

S with unique GTE styling

Heated front Recaro seats (standard with Premium Pack)

S

2+2 seat configuration with Isofix in rear

N / A

CD/MP3/WMA receiver

S

Central door locking

S

Flat bottomed magnesium steering wheel trimmed in leather

S (unique GTE styling)

Leather handbrake sleeve

S

Leather Gearknob

N / A

Manual steering column adjustment for length and height

S

Bespoke aluminium illuminated control knobs and switches

S

Electric windows

S

Remote release glove box

S

Door storage bins and integrated cup holders

S

12v interior accessory socket

S

12v boot mounted battery accessory socket

S

Lotus command centre with auxiliary trip computer and vehicle monitoring displays

S (unique GTE design)

Immobiliser and remote activated alarm

S

                                                                                                                                                             

Safety Equipment

 

Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Airbags

S

Passenger Airbag on/off switch (non federal markets)

S

Load Limiting Pyrotechnic Pre-tensioning Front Seat Belts

S

ISOFIX Child Seat Anchorage (LATCH system in federal markets)

N / A

 

Options

 

SPORT PACK

Switchable sports mode with sharper throttle response, increased rpm limit and sports DPM setting

Sports diffuser

Titanium sports exhaust tailpipe

Cross-drilled brake discs

Red painted brake callipers

N / A

 

PREMIUM PACK

Accent lighting

Premium floor mats

Leather door panelling below trim band

Leather trimmed door pockets, armrest, centre console and tailgate insert panel

Leather footwell side panels

Choice of seven leather shades:

Venom Red, Ebony Black, Cocoa Brown, Ash Grey, Imperial Blue, Cognac Brown, Ivory White

Heated front Recaro seats

N / A

 

PREMIUM PACK SUEDETEX®

Accent lighting

Premium floor mats

Leather door panelling below trim band

Leather trimmed door pockets, armrest, centre console and tailgate insert panel

Leather footwell side panels

Ebony Black leather and Slate Grey SuedeTex®

Heated front Recaro seats

N / A

PREMIUM PACK SPORT

Accent lighting

Premium floor mats

Leather door panelling below trim band

Leather trimmed door pockets, armrest, centre console and tailgate insert panel

Leather footwell side panels

Choice of four leather shades:

Ebony Black with red contrast stitching and piping, Venom Red, Cocoa Brown and Imperial Blue with black contrast stitching and piping

Carbon effect leather inserts on front seats (and rear seats if 2+2)

Heated front Recaro seats

 

TECH PACK

Upgraded speakers and stereo system with 2x50W amplifier and subwoofer with dedicated amplifier, DVD player, 7” WVGA touch screen display

Bluetooth† mobile phone connection

USB connection for various iPod* models, MP3 players and memory sticks

Tyrepressure monitoring

Cruise control

Rear parking sensors

N / A

GTE PACK

Switchable sports mode with sharper throttle response, increased rpm limit and sports DPM setting

Unique GTE sports carbon fibre diffuser

Unique GTE exhaust tailpipe

Cross-drilled brake discs

Red painted brake callipers

Accent lighting

Carbon fibre floor panels

Unique carbon fibre interior door panels

Leather trimmed door pockets, armrest, centre console and tailgate insert panel

Carbon fibre footwell side panels

Heated front Recaro seats

Unique GTE trim

Heated front Recaro seats

Upgraded speakers and stereo system with 2x50W amplifier and subwoofer with dedicated amplifier, DVD player, 7” WVGA touch screen display

Bluetooth† mobile phone connection

USB connection for various iPod* models, MP3 players and memory sticks

Tyrepressure monitoring

Cruise control

Rear parking sensors

S

 

Interior Specification

 

Lotus Dynamic Performance Management (Lotus DPM)

S

Lotus tuned ABS system

S

Ventilated brake discs (350 mm front, 332 mm rear)

N/A

Servo assisted drilled ventilated discs (350 mm front, 332 mm rear)

S

AP Racing 4-piston callipers

(front and rear)

S

Classic wheel, silver, cast (18” front and 19” rear)

Forged wheels:

Unique GTE centre lock

19” front & 20” rear

Classic wheel, stealth grey, cast (18” front and 19” rear)

Sport wheel, silver or gloss anthracite, forged (18” front and 19” rear)

Design wheel, diamond cut, forged (19” front and 20” rear)

Design wheel, satin gunmetal or gloss black, forged (19” front and 20” rear)

Tires

Pirelli P-Zero

Front 225/40 ZR18

Rear 255/35 ZR19

N / A

Tires

Bespoke Pirelli P-Zero Corsa (LS marking on tires)

Front 235/35R19

Rear 275/30R20

S

Sports rear diffuser

CARBON

Bi-Xenon headlights

S

Body coloured, electric door mirrors

CARBON

Black coloured, electric door mirrors

N / A

Power fold mirrors

S

Reversing Camera (only with tech pack)

S

Air conditioning

S

 

S = Standard

O = Optional

N/A = Not Available

POA = Price On Application.

 

iPod is a trade mark of Apple Inc registered in USA and other countries.

The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by Bluetooth SIG Inc

 

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