According to Lotus, few major changes were necessary to create the Type 124. The race model uses the stock Evora chassis, and retains a high percentage of the production car’s suspension. Lotus reportedly changed only the dampers and anti-roll bars, which are now four-way adjustable units.
As with all race cars, the stock brakes and tires are eschewed with parts honed for track duty. The Evora Type 124 uses AP Racing 6-piston calipers in both front and back, and rides on Pirelli racing slicks.
In order to make the car completely FIA compliant, Lotus added a full roll cage, a fire extinguisher system, and a six-point restraint harness. Thanks to stripping virtually everything else from the interior and using a number of carbon fiber body panels, the Type 124 weighs 440 pounds less than the stock car (approximately 2640 pounds).
The engine hasn’t changed — it’s still a Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V-6 — but its power has. Lotus says in Type 124, the six-cylinder can produce as much as 400 hp. Lotus replaced the standard six-speed sequential gearbox with a normal six-speed manual transmission.
The Evora Type 124 will make its debut at the 2010 ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hours in May, and will continue competing at a number of various endurance races through 2011 as part of a factory supported program.