Lotus Evora Cup GT4 Makes Racing Debut
While announcing the race car will have its full GT4 championship assault in 2011, Lotus also revealed the GT4 will be made available as a customer race car to privateer racing teams.
Visually, the Lotus Evora Cup GT4 is finished in Lotus Motorsport Green and features a yellow twin stripe from one end to the other. Performance wise, the car is around 200 kg lighter than the street version Evora and has been tweaked to output 360 PS.
The new Evora GT4 carries the Lotus Type Number 124 and represents part of Lotus' new strategic GT motorsport program, which will be further detailed at the Paris Auto Show this October.
“Already, the Lotus Evora Cup/GT4 has undergone a punishing and extensive development programme with Lotus Racing's F1 driver Jarno Trulli, experienced GT racer Johnny Mowlem and Lotus Motorsport's own Product Manager Gavan Kershaw as part of the development team,” a company statement reads.
The Lotus Evora of Ollie Hancock, running as a guest entry, finished just in front of the winning Ginetta G50 in the first race, proving the Lotus Evora to be a very competitive new GT4 car. Hancock also set the fastest lap in the race and finished on the 2nd place in the second race of the weekend on Sunday. “We wanted to show how competitive the car can be and we hope to see more of our cars very soon in the GT4 series,” Hancock commented after the weekend.