Based mostly on the Emira highway automobile, which was debuted in July on the firm’s Hethel check monitor by 2009 Formulation 1 world champion Jenson Button, the race mannequin is powered by a three.5-litre Toyota V6 engine and might be eligible for GT4 championships together with GT4 European Collection, British GT, ADAC GT4, DTM Trophy and the GT4 America Collection.
It’s the first bespoke racing automobile produced by the Norfolk producer – now owned by the Chinese language Geely Group that boasts 2020 WTCR title-winning model Lynk & Co amongst its increasing portfolio – because the Evora GT4, which proved a race-winner in British GT and the 24H Collection.
The Emira is slated to be the final petrol-powered automobile from Lotus, which has developed the electrical Evija hypercar, and the GT4 mannequin comes as a part of what a Lotus assertion describes as “a key pillar of the corporate’s transformation”.
It has been collectively developed with famend engineering agency RML, an organization greatest recognized for its successes in manufacturing unit motorsport having received British Touring Automobile Championship titles with Vauxhall (1995), Nissan (1999) and Chevrolet (2010).
It additionally claimed 4 consecutive World Touring Automobile Championship titles with the American marque between 2010 and 2013.
Lately, it has diversified away from racing and specialised into electrical automobiles – though it additionally developed the Nissan ZEOD RC that turned the primary automobile to finish a full lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe on electrical energy on the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours.
A press release mentioned that Lotus “goals to construct a restricted variety of Emira GT4 race vehicles for the 2022 season”, with a view to growing manufacturing for 2023 “according to international demand”. The automobile might be formally launched later this 12 months.
Lotus race programme supervisor Richard Selwin mentioned: “The all-new Emira GT4 is an thrilling subsequent step following the massively profitable launch of the Emira highway automobile.
“We now have labored arduous with the staff at RML Group to make sure this next-generation of Lotus GT automobile will ship race-winning efficiency.”
RML Group industrial director Simon Holloway added: “We’re delighted to be collaborating with Lotus on the all-new Emira GT4 Idea.
“Each corporations have an extended and profitable motorsport pedigree, and to carry that collectively at such an thrilling time for Lotus is a welcome validation of our imaginative and prescient and values.”