Lotus kicks off new year with showcase of its race cars at 2014 Autosport exhibition

 allcarschannel Lotus is lining up an Elise S Cup R alongside its existing Exiges V6 Cup, Cup R and the Evora GT4 at the upcoming Autosport Show in Birmingham, 9 – 12 January. The British Compact Sports cars marque is utilizing the Birmingham show to exhibit its race cars specifically for its one-day driving experience or the comprehensive driver training, Lotus Driving Academy.

According to Lotus, the exhibition’s race cars are valid for all levels of racing experience, budget and talent. For those aspiring to be real racing drivers, Lotus would consider supporting these aspiring drivers through its Lotus Cup network and even in the GT and endurance series.

Here’s the rundown on the Lotus race cars, from the tiny Elise S Cup R to the Evora GT4. The Elise S Cup R is the mid-mounted, transverse and 1.8 liter powerplant able little racer. Boasting bespoke livery and aerodynamic body kit, the Elise S Cup R takes a purposeful stance on the iconic Elise aesthetic.

The Elise S Cup R’s motorsport-specific map in the engine control module (ECM) and CFD proven aero pack ensure the Elise’s small physique packs a surging experience. With revised front splitter, barge boards, winglets, rear diffuser, floor extensions and rear wing, clever manipulation of air-flow creates extra downforce – and combined with adjustable dampers and springs, lap times are reduced by approximately 4 seconds on a 2.2 mile lap over the regular Elise S.

Exige V6 Cup and Exige V6 Cup R for mid-level motorsport aspirations

Next up, the Exiges, be it the V6 Cup and V6 Cup R version, are either a road worthy machine and a specially made-for-track. The road legal Exige V6 Cup offers a turn-key solution for track enthusiasts who want the flexibility of driving to the track and race before driving home, whilst the track only Exige V6 Cup R is a pure-bred track car with simply one objective.

Both are equipped with bespoke exterior liveries and interior trim, steel main roll hoop incorporating ‘A’ frame, harness bar, FIA approved fire suppression system, Internal & external battery isolator switches, competition driver’s and passenger’s seat with 4 point harnesses, Pirelli Corsa tyres, 4 mode DPM, 2 piece brake discs, exhaust bypass switch, Multi-adjustable suspension, removable quick release steering wheel, baffled wet sump system, front and rear towing eyes, Lotus Racing specific chassis number.

Proving its race intent, the Exige V6 Cup R is modified further to include a roll cage, motorsport specification carbon fiber rear wing, carbon fiber lightweight louvered engine cover, optional 6 speed sequential transmission with ‘paddle-shift’ operation and race tuned shift strategy, FIA FT3 70 liter capacity fuel cell, FIA and HANS compliant carbon fiber drivers seat with 6 point harness, Pirelli Corsa tyres ,variable traction control, multi-adjustable competition specification suspension with front and rear anti-roll bars, removable quick release steering wheel and baffled wet sump system with single rear-mounted oil cooler.

Dominating the line-up is the top flight Evora GT4 shown in the iconic Black & Gold Lotus livery. Developed from the award-winning Lotus Evora sportscar, the Lotus Evora GT4 race car is engineered and developed in conjunction with a number of prestigious technical partners to deliver world-class chassis, steering and brakes, resulting in exceptional handling.

A naturally-aspirated V6 engine is managed by Cosworth Electronics Systems, delivers 360 PS @ 6500 rpm and 445Nm of torque @ 5500 rpm powering the rear wheels through a 6-speed sequential gear box, with ‘paddle shift’ gear selection.

FIA approved design and safety features secure the car’s entry to 12 of the world’s leading GT series and can be easily modified for the demands of endurance events. The Evora GT4 currently holds the Austrian GT4 title and is due to compete in the 2014 European GT4, British GT4 and the Dubai 24 hours.

All cars on display at Birmingham are eligible for entry in the 2014 Lotus Cup series which operates under the banners Lotus Cup UK, Lotus Cup Europe, Lotus Cup Italia, Lotus Cup USA, Lotus Cup Japan, Lotus Cup Thailand, Lotus Cup Asia and Lotus Ladies Cup. The Lotus Cup is open to all Lotus owners and their Elise, Exige, Evora, 340R and 2-Eleven.

Edited: Lotus

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