Establishing Lotus’ comeback to the international racing area, the British sports car brand unveiled the new Lotus Evora GT4 Concept. Launched at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show 2019, the Lotus concept race car is the result of more than seven decades of engineering both on the race track and on the road.
Proving the Evora GT4’s racing pedigree, the last generation of Evora GT4 won prestigious championships and races at the most famous tracks around the world, including British GT, Dubai 24hours, Barcelona 24hours, European GT4, Sepang 12hours, the Pirelli World Championship and most recently crowned 2nd overall in the Swedish GT Series with Cyan Racing in 2018.
The Lotus’ pool of talented factory drivers will demonstrate the Lotus Evora GT4 Concept’s potential through the newly established Lotus Driving Academy in China, with events to be held for the team and members of the public as high-octane driving days, driver training sessions and hot lap experiences, starting later this year.
Using the same anodized, lightweight aluminum, extruded, epoxy bonded and riveted high-stiffness chassis architecture as the road car, the Lotus Evora GT4 Concept incorporates the latest motorsport safety systems and technology to ensure the car retains a light but strong structure.
Based on the exquisite production Lotus models Evora GT430 and GT430 Sport, the Evora GT4 Concept draws some of its vital ideas from the brand’s most successful road-going Evoras. Sized identically as the road cars, the GT4 Concept incorporates the lessons learnt through the British marque’s extensive development process.
“Every Lotus is famed for its performance in ride and handling on challenging roads, surfaces and through tight corners. This performance is borne from years of motorsport experience and testing at our HQ test track in Hethel, UK. All of which delivers confidence, response and feel to the driver. With this knowledge and the underpinning of a stiff chassis, low centre of gravity, double wish bone suspension and all the traits expected of a Lotus race car, this Lotus race car will give the driver a competitive edge right from the start.” said Lotus Vehicle Engineering head Gavan Kershaw.
A staple to every Lotus of being lightweight, the new Evora GT4 Concept utilizes a lightweight carbon-composite body. Even with the addition of roll cages and chassis stiffeners, the Lotus Evora GT4 Concept is pegged to weigh 1,200 kg.
The Evora GT4 Concept’s hybrid carbon-fiber body panels allow advanced aerodynamics boosting downforce and high speed stability. Lotus tweaked the front clam layout found in the production model Evora GT430 for the Evora GT4 Concept race car to utilize a better cooling system for the Lotus race car. Another designed borrowed from the road legal Evora GT430 that made its way to the GT4 Concept race car is the rear design which sports the sculpted ducts behind both wheel wells for efficient aerodynamics.
The Lotus Evora GT4 Concept race car is powered by a 24-valve 3.5 liter supercharged V6 that is rated at 450 hp at 7,000 rpm and punching the torque of 376 lb/ft from 4,000 rpm. All this astounding power is transferred to the wheels via a sequential 6-speed transmission.