The Lotus Evora Type 124 Endurance Racecar has been developed from the award-winning Evora road car and built to FIA regulations and safety standards.
The Type 124 is the next step in the evolution of the Evora. The car will make its 24-hour racing debut at the ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hours race, which provides a great test for the Evora’s performance, efficiency and durability under tough endurance conditions.
At the heart of the Evora are fundamental racecar elements: mid-engine layout, super-stiff extruded and bonded aluminum chassis and strong, lightweight forged aluminum wishbones. All these elements mean it is a natural evolution from the road-going Evora to a competitive endurance racecar.
From the outset, the design team had intentions to take the Evora racing and the chassis was designed with this in mind. Endurance races are the perfect events to showcase the efficiency, handling and durability that have been fundamental to the Evora concept.
The Lotus Evora Type 124 has a race-tuned version of the mid-mounted Toyota V6 with power increased to over 400hp (depending on race regulations). Vehicle mass is expected to be reduced by up to 200kg, bringing the weight of the racecar to less than 1200kg (2650 lb).
Further changes for the Evora Type 124 include a six-speed sequential paddle-shift racing transmission, full FIA-specification rollcage, FIA-compliant 120 liter ATL fuel system, fire extinguisher system, competition carbon fiber rear wing, diffuser and front splitter.
The racecar is fitted with AP Racing six-piston calipers front and rear, with a race-tuned Bosch ABS system, four-way adjustable dampers and adjustable anti-roll bars. The racecar runs on 18" rims shod with Pirelli racing slicks and the wheels widths have been increased over the roadcar to 9.5" on the front and 11" on the rear.
The aerodynamically efficient Evora Type 124 body, made from lightweight composite and carbon fiber panels, remains predominantly unchanged from the road car, with modifications to the lower sections of the front and rear clamshells and the side sills.
Luke Bennett, Director of Lotus Cars Limited, said, "Motorsport has been in our blood ever since our founder, Colin Chapman, built the first Lotus back in 1948. We are proud of our motorsport history, which includes victories in Formula One, Le Mans, touring cars, rally and sportscar racing around the world; more recently, we won the British GT3 Championship in 2006 with the Lotus Exige. The Lotus Evora Type 124 Endurance Racecar is from the same unique stable and we expect it to be a competitive racecar when we enter various endurance races next year."
The racecar is expected to compete in a number of endurance races in 2010/ 2011 forming part of a factory-supported race program. The races that are targeted are: The 2010 ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hours in May 2010, Merdeka Millennium 12 Hours Sepang in August 2010, BritCar 24 Hours Silverstone in October 2010 and the Dubai 24 Hours January 2011.