Lotus returns to GT racing with the new Emira GT4

Lotus returns to GT racing with the new Emira GT4

The British manufacturer has unveiled a new racing model designed on the Emira that marks the beginning of a new and exciting participation by Lotus in the world of racing. Among the distinguishing features of the Emira GT4 we find a green and black livery, designed for the occasion, and a series of aerodynamic accents necessary to ensure greater stability and speed.

Compared to the road variant, presented a few weeks ago , the racing proposal boasts a weight reduced to 1260 kg, 145 kg less than its sister, a large rear spoiler and an internal roll-bar combined with a six-point harness system necessary to ensure greater safety. To fully comply with the FIA ​​GT regulations, Lotus has also installed a small fire extinguisher for any eventuality.

The frame is in welded aluminum, as per Lotus tradition, while the living cell is made of carbon; two aspects that are directly inherited from the road variant. Under the hood, on the other hand, pulses the same engine developed by Toyota for the road Emira: 3.5-liter supercharged V6 with about 400 horsepower, capable of burning 0 to 100 in just under 4 seconds with a top speed of 300 km / h. We remind you that the 3.5-liter is the most powerful engine available for the Emira: the 2-liter turbo supplied by Mercedes-AMG is also expected in the future and is still used on the A45 S in a peppier version.

For Richard Selwin, head of the Lotus racing program, the Emira GT4 represents a winning solution to be used within the GT championship. It will officially take the place of the Evora GT4, a coupe that has managed to gain really interesting positions over the years, such as the success at the British GT, the 24 Hours of Dubai, the 24 Hours of Barcelona, ​​the European GT, the 12 hours of Sepang and the Pirelli World Challenge.

A limited number of Emira GT4s will be built in time for the 2022 season, with production increasing in line with global demand. The car will be launched by the end of the year at an event on the Hethel test track.