Lotus 130 Electric Hypercar set for world debut
Lotus Evora GT4 Concept, developed in the Lotus Cars UK, is set to make its racing debut in China in 2020. Proving its racing credentials, the last generation of Evora GT4 won races at the most famous tracks around the world, including British GT, Dubai 24hrs, Barcelona 24hrs, European GT4, Sepang 12hrs the Pirelli World Championship and most recently crowned vice-champion in the Swedish GT Series with Cyan Racing in 2018.
In looks, the Evora GT4 Concept spots a slick shod center lock wheels, rear wing, aggressive stance and race ready cockpit.
In related news, Lotus has already appointed factory drivers, Cui Yue and Gaoxiang Fan for development and testing purposes. Gaoxiang has enjoyed success to date in the China Rally Championship and was the China Touring Car Champion for 2017. Cui has clocked up wins including the China Touring Car Championship in 2014, China Formula Grand Prix, China GT and most recently competed in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia in 2018.
The Lotus Evora 430 GT4 Concept: a racing class apart
Lotus took up lessons learnt from the previous championship/race winning generation Evora GT car to frame the performance characteristics of the new racer. Using the same anodised, lightweight aluminium, extruded, epoxy bonded and rivetted high-stiffness chassis architecture as the road car, the Evora GT4 Concept incorporates the latest motorsport safety systems and technology to ensure the car retains a light but strong ethos.
In a case of ‘road to race’, the new Evora GT4 Concept draws from the development of Lotus’ acclaimed sports cars. Retaining the Evora’s distinctive profile, but with added aggression, the GT4 Concept model is strikingly similar to the phenomenal Evora GT430 and GT430 Sport, the most powerful road-going Evoras ever. Sized identically as the road cars, the GT4 Concept incorporates the lessons learnt through the brand’s extensive development process. Using countless hours on the Hethel test track to deliver benchmark performance and handling in the road cars, the transition to full-blown race car is straightforward.
The use of specifically designed hybrid body panels, incorporating carbon weave sections. This allows for the introduction of advanced aerodynamics to boost downforce and high-speed stability, with a competition biased balance. It employs the same front clam layout as the Evora GT430 road car, but with a different configuration to allow for the cooling requirements of a race car. This includes removable canards and in-mouth brake ducts, as well as louvers positioned on top of each front wheel arch to reduce pressure above the wheel. The car’s rear also uses the same set up as the road car, with sculpted ducts behind each wheel to vent airflow as quickly as possible from the wheel arches, but adds a composite, four-vein diffuser and an adjustable, carbon-fiber, flat-plan motorsport wing.
Last but not least. the Evora employs a full complement of measures to ensure driver protection, including an eight-point T45 roll cage, a six-point FIA HANS approved harnesses and HANS compliant seat.
Lotus 130 Electric Hypercar
Lotus is embarking on an exciting new era with the announcement of its first all-new product in more than a decade, an all-electric hypercar. Known as Type 130, the Hyper EV continues the legendary bloodline from Lotus during its 71-year history, which has seen a number of true game-changers introduced from the Norfolk, UK based brand in both motorsport and sportscars.
Further details on the Evora GT4 Concept and Type 130 Hypercar will be revealed later this year.
Lotus Evora GT4 Concept specs
Power: 450 hp
Torque: 510 Nm
Max speed: 274 km/h
Weight: 1,200 kg
Engine: 3.5-liter V6, 24-valve, charge-cooled engine with Harrop supercharger
Transmission: Sequential 6-speed motorsport transmission
Brakes: front 380mm x 34mm, rear 355mm x 32mm) and four piston calipers and motorsport compound brake pads.
Dampers: Lotus-tuned, two-way adjustable dampers
Suspension: forged aluminium, double wishbone suspension
Tyres: front 245/645 R18, rear 330/660 R18