Lotus Debuts New Evora GTC to Compete in Grand-Am

Lotus is set for its return to motorsports in the United States with its brand new Evora GTC leading the way. Based on the outgoing Evora GT4, the Lotus Evora GTC racecar will not only continue to compete overseas, but will race next season in Grand-Am as well. The new Lotus Evora GTC picks up where the old Evora GT4 left off. Lotus starts by giving the Evora GT4 a traction control system, and a new Bosch set of race-ready anti-lock brakes. Lotus then bolts on a staggered set of wheels and large flared fenders to match; running 18x10-inch wheels up front and 18x12-inch wheels out back. “Wider wheels mean customers now have a much greater level of traction and selection of tires they can use, the flared wheel arches accommodate this, which gives the car its visual definition and makes it look more muscular without hampering the aero," said Louis Kerr, Lotus' senior motorsport engineer. Since the Evora GTC is a Lotus, the automaker has 'added lightness' by replacing the fiberglass doors, roof, and engine cover with carbon fiber, and then going further by using lightweight Plexiglas instead of the outgoing car's window glass. Lotus says the Evora GTC weighs in between 2491 and 2513 lbs. (depending on specification), a 66 lbs. loss compared to the outgoing Evora GT4. In the switch from Evora GT4 to Evora GTC, the power output from the Toyota-sourced and Cosworth-tuned 4.0-liter V-6 remains unchanged. Under the hood of the Lotus Evora GTC the V-6 continues to pump out 450 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque, and route its power to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential paddle-shift transmission. The Lotus Evora GTC will be raced in Grand-Am's Rolex Sport Car Series next season by McMahon Raceworks with Condor Motorsports. The car will also compete in the Britcar MSA Endurance Championship with Team Bullrun, who will be converting its Evora GT4 to the new spec. Source: Lotus

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