The British producer is engaged on a racing comeback within the GT4 class, by which it efficiently competed with the Evora Cup GT4 buyer automobile within the 2010s.
A motorsport return is on the playing cards as a part of a relaunch of Lotus underneath the possession of Chinese language automobile maker Geely, which took a controlling curiosity within the marque in 2017.
It’ll cease manufacturing of its current vary – the Elise, the Exige and the Evora – over the course of this yr and introduce three new fashions.
Lotus has already began evaluating the highest mannequin, identified internally because the Sort 131, for racing.
Ray Mallock Restricted, a three-time British Touring Automobile Championship winner that additionally developed Nissan’s Zeod RC experimental Le Mans 24 Hours racer, has been working with Lotus on the mission.
Preliminary testing with a improvement mule constructed on the chassis and working gear of the Sort 131 and clothed in Evora bodywork has already been undertaken by RML.
It’s understood that RML has accomplished the primary part of improvement and that the mission is now awaiting sign-off from the Lotus board for its subsequent stage.
A spokesman for Lotus defined that the corporate “has a particular curiosity to go racing with the Sort 131” and admitted that it has been working with RML.
Nissan Zeod RC Le Mans 2014
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“We’re not but on the stage of signing off the programme, however naturally we’re taking a look at what we are able to do in racing with the brand new automobile and whether or not we are able to replicate the success we had with the Evora in GT4,” he advised Autosport.
“As with all new automobile, you must have a look at plenty of standards, together with the enterprise case, and we’re in the course of that proper now.”
Lotus has but to disclose names, photos or technical particulars of the Sort 131 and its sister automobiles.
The plans for the three new fashions have been confirmed in February with the discharge of a teaser picture of a trio of automobiles underneath covers behind Lotus’s all-electric Evija, a halo automobile being in-built restricted numbers.
It’s identified that the Sort 131 retains the Toyota-based V6 of the Evora, once more mounted transversely.
The engine has run in supercharged kind within the check hack constructed at RML, it’s understood.
RML was unwilling to touch upon its link-up with Lotus.
Lotus offered simply over 30 GT4-spec Evoras from 2010.
UltraTek, Cor Euser Racing, ISSY Racing and the Gary Ayles-run Lotus Sport UK squad have been among the many groups to area the automobile, which took a complete of eight class wins within the British GT Championship in 2011-15.
Gavan Kershaw/OzYusuf, 2015 British GT Rockingham
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Lotus hinted at its motorsport aspirations in February when it launched photos and technical particulars of an all-electric concept for a racing sportscar of the future.
The E-R9 hints on the look and specification of an electrical endurance racer of the yr 2030, which would be the 75th anniversary of the marque’s first look on the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1955.
The information that Lotus is engaged on a return to GT racing follows the announcement of a tie-up with Renault-brand Alpine, which additionally builds a GT4 automobile.
The 2 organisations are working collectively on the platform for a brand new electrical sportscar for the highway, in addition to collaborating on Alpine’s present and future involvement in motorsport.
Lotus Engineering, the consultancy arm of the corporate, is also working with Jenson Button’s JBXE Racing Excessive E workforce.