Lotus Motorsport announces the Evora Cup race
car together with an innovative European points
based race series for 2010. The race car will
make its first public appearance at the
Autosport International racing car show in
Birmingham, UK on the 14th January 2010.
The Lotus Evora is a highly acclaimed road car
that incorporates many race car elements to give
it incredible handling and performance. The
Evora has a mid-engine layout, high-tech,
super-stiff extruded and bonded aluminium
chassis and double wishbone suspension all round.
These elements mean that it is a relatively easy
progression from the production car to a
competitive race car.
The Evora Cup race car has been developed by
Lotus Motorsport and is designed to offer a
level of performance that would make it
competitive in GT4 racing. The race car will be
eligible to compete in a number of different
national and international series, with options
for endurance racing and sprint racing.
The Evora Cup show car is finished in Epsom
Green with a Solar Yellow stripe down the centre.
It is an evocative sports car that will offer a
great platform to race in high level motor
At the heart of the Evora Cup race car is a new
4 litre V6 race engine that boasts more than 400
PS and a dry sump system for the high cornering
forces encountered during racing. The mid
mounted engine is mated to a Cima six speed
sequential paddle shift dog gearbox, which is
designed for international motor sport.
The efficient Evora body has received a Dallara
developed aero package, which includes a number
of updated carbon fibre parts and significantly
improves performance for racing applications,
giving greater downforce and improved cooling.
“Performance through light weight” is a Lotus
philosophy and the Evora Cup race car has been
pared down to less than 1200 kg, which
translates into a reduction of more than 200 kgs
over the production car. This weight saving has
been achieved by using high performance parts
and materials and deleting parts not required
for motor sport
The Evora Cup race car will come with adjustable
motor sport dampers and six piston front brake
callipers, with two piece aluminium belled brake
discs. The car has an electrical cut off, fire
extinguisher, traction control and is designed
to have all the relevant FIA compatible motor
sport equipment to race.
Claudio Berro, Director of Motorsport at Group
Lotus plc stated, “Lotus has an enviable
heritage of producing very competitive racing
cars and we wish to continue this heritage with
the Evora Cup race car. The company started by
creating world beating racing cars and this is
evident from the design of Lotus cars as the
production cars have many racing car design
features and perform exceptionally well on
Claudio Berro continues, “The Evora Cup racing
car is the first step along the route for Lotus
Motorsport to realise its racing ambitions. I am
looking forward to seeing the Evora racing this
year in the Lotus Evora Cup competition and I am
excited by the plans for 2011, where Lotus
intends to introduce a pan European one make
race series for the Evora Cup.”
The 2010 Evora Cup series will be a European
event with points initially being awarded to
competitors for entering races with the points
values awarded relative to Evora finishing
positions. There will be five points for
attending any eligible national race meeting
with five points awarded for the first Evora to
finish down to one point for the fifth.
The series will then culminate with two Lotus
Festivals, with provisional dates for Donington
Park in the UK (16th & 17th October 2010) and
the second at Vallelunga in Italy (21st and 22nd
November 2010). All the competitors from around
Europe will be invited to race at these
festivals and there will be double points on
offer. The championship winner will be the
driver who accrues the most number of points
from a maximum of 6 races over the 2010 season.
A prize fund of at least €100,000 will be
The final design and specifications will be
presented at the Geneva Motorshow in March 2010.
Drivers are invited to register their interest
at the Lotus Evora Cup website: http://www.lotusevoracup.com
The Evora Cup race car will go on sale at
£120,000 excluding taxes.