This is the Lotus Evora GX Race Car that will race in North America’s Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. McMahon Raceworks with Condor Motorsport have placed an order for one, which is built to order for US$335,000.
Like the Evora GTC, carbon-fibre doors, roof and engine cover have replaced the SMC and RTM composite panels of the previous evolution GT4 Enduro, and Plexiglass replaces the polycarbonate windows in order to trim yet more weight off what is already a very light car. At 1,150kg, GX tips the scales at just 10 kilos more than the GTC, despite being fitted with a much thicker US-spec roll cage.
There are aerodynamic changes too, with a new front splitter and front bumper, and the standard Rolex Series rear wing which, along with the car’s wide wheels and flared arches, give it very menacing stance. To meet other series requirements, ABS and traction control have been removed, putting more emphasis on driver skill.
There’s also a new fuel filler system, Continental tyres, and yellow headlamps in order to tick all the race series specific boxes. The 4.0 litre V6 continues to pump out 440 bhp and 440 Nm of torque, and is paired to an XTRAC six-speed sequential paddle-shift gearbox.