Friday, 15 January 2010

Evora Cup Racer

Debuting at the Autosport Show, the Lotus Cup Racer is quite a pretty little thing. List price is around £120,000 - pricey for a road car, but small beans for a balls-out racer. What do you get for your money? 200kg of the weight stripped out, a rebore from 3.7 to 4.0-litres, 400bhp, a six-speed sequential gearbox, bigger brakes, adjustable dampers, lots of carbon-fibre bits & bobs and a new aero package.

It's a stroke of genius for Lotus: take their least overtly sporty model and give it some razor-edge sporting menace. The kudos of this undoubtedly successful venture will trickle through the road car range - Colin Chapman's ethos of 'simplicate, then add lightness' is still very much in evidence.

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