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Lotus Evora PDF Print E-mail

Lotus means different things to differentpeople.? The hugely successful FormulaOne team of the Sixties and Seventies, that took Jim Clark to two world titles;the world?s first and so far only posthumous world champion with Jochen Rindtin 1970; Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi?s first drivers? title in 1972; andGraham Hill?s second in 1968, following Clark?s death. Mario Andretti alsobecame champion in a Lotus, in 1978, while other luminaries to sit behind thewheel of a Lotus F1 were such as Nigel Mansell, Mika Hakkinen and the late AytonSenna.

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It can also mean iconic sports cars such asthe legendary Elan, or the supreme touring car, the Lotus Cortina that was sucha formidable foe on the race tracks. Now there is a new Lotus:? the sleek Evora.?

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The first all-new Lotussince the Spartan Elise made its debut in 1995, the?Evora enters the sports car market as currentlythe world?s only mid-engined?2+2. Powered by a Lotus-tuned 3.5-liter Toyota V6engine producing 276 bhp (203 kW), and weighing just 1350 kg the Evora promisesbreathtaking performance. During preliminary testing around the famous N?rburgring,the Lotus chassis engineers reported it was dxactly what they had set out toproduce: extremely agile and great fun to drive.

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Beneath the skin the entire front-end structureis a high-tech aluminum modular unit, attached to the main extruded aluminum tub.This modular unit is designed to deform for maximum safety, and to reducerepair costs in the event of a frontal impact.

Group Lotus managing director MikeKimberley says, ?Looking to the future, we will continue to research, developand produce lighter, more efficient vehicles which are linked to our extensiveand well-regarded work on all aspects of future fuels, alternative engines andelectric and hybrid vehicle solutions for the future. We all have an environmentalresponsibility to future generations and the Evora is another example whereLotus is seen to make significant steps towards improving the efficiency andsustainability of the motorcar keeping Britain at the forefront of the hightechnology motor industry.?

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Aerodynamic considerations fordrag, down force and cooling had significant but positive influence on theoverall form and details such as air intakes. A desire to create balanced downforce, that increases cornering performance, led to the adoption of, the now, ?signature?top exit radiator vent, race car inspired diffuser and ?floating rear wing?.Drag limitation drove the dramatic tear-dropped cabin layout and the curvaceousplan view has given the car a more muscular rear shoulder and conveys a levelof sophistication appropriate to the market segment.

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The Evora?s chassis isan evolution of Lotus? cleverly designed aluminum frame that allows low volumeproduction, but advanced levels of stiffness and safety.? The Evora chassis improves on the bonded andriveted technology used in the Lotus Elise range.? Another advantage of this type ofconstruction is ease ? and cheapness ? of repairs.

Suspension parts arealso in aluminum, with forged aluminum wishbones, while high-performanceBilstein dampers are used all round.

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There is a switchabletraction control system, which is generally active above 8 km/h, but can bedeactivated if required. Ventilated and cross-drilled discs are fitted frontand rear, along with ABS.? This though isset with high thresholds and operates so progressively, drivers are oftenunaware it has kicked in.

Group Lotus ismajority owned by Malaysian conglomerate Proton, for which inevitably thecompany carries out a great deal of development work, but Lotus Engineering,part of the overall group, aids and assists many other manufacturers in thedevelopment of their vehicles.

The Evora, if youlike, is something of a showcase for the company?s talents.? It is not for everybody, but you have toadmit, it?s quite an impressive package.?For more information, go to www.grouplotus.com

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