We’ve already brought you news of four new Lotus models on display at this year’s Frankfurt show (Elise S and SPS, Exige S and R-GT), but we’re not done yet. Lotus has also used the largest motor show to launch their most powerful road car ever built – the Lotus Evora GTE.
Powered by a 3.5-litre V6, the Evora GTE makes over 325 kW and combines the company’s lightweight DNA for extreme road-going performance.
“Originally created as a special limited edition for the Asian market and designed to celebrate Lotus’ successful entry to the new global motorsport GTE category, the hand built Lotus Evora GTE road car has all the attributes you’d expect of an endurance racer including a sequential AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) racing gearbox and lightweight and forged alloy rims with centre lock hubs shod with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires,” Lotus said in a statement. In fact, Lotus planned to build just 25 examples for the Asian market but more than 100 customers put down deposits within days of its initial announcement, prompting the automaker to launch it in other markets.
Carbon fibre has been used for all the bodywork modifications including the front and rear bumpers, the rear wing and the doors. The result is a weight saving of around 75 kg over that of the standard Evora. The car also benefits from a custom automated manual gearbox, forged light alloy wheels shod with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres, and Recaro bucket seats made from more carbon fibre.