Lotus has officially announced that it will reveal the Evora Cup race car at the Autosport International racing car show in Birmingham, UK later today. The race car is developed based on the FIA GT4 specifications and it can be used to compete in various national and international series, with options for endurance racing and sprint racing. It has a Toyota-sourced 4.0 litre V6 that is able to crank out over 400 PS and features a dry sump system.
The mid-mounted unit is paired with a motorsport-ready 6-speed sequential paddle shift dog gearbox. Other upgrades that are evident in this Cup car include a Dallara-developed aero dynamics package, adjustable motor sport dampers, 6-piston front brake callipers with two piece aluminium belled brake discs and so on. The Evora Cup race car weighs slightly lower than 1,200 kilograms which is about 200 kilograms less than the weight figure of the production version.
“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,” said Claudio Berro, Director of Motorsport at Group Lotus.
The above mentioned European one-make series will have a €100,000 prize fund and Lotus also revealed that the Lotus Cup race car will cost £120,000 (excluding taxes) and that the final design and specifications will be presented at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show happening in March.