Lotus Evora – enters the sports car market in the world who engined 2 +2. Powered by a V6 engine Lotus tuned 3.5-liter producing 280 PS, and weighing 1350 kg, the Lotus Evora with high performance. During the initial testing of the Nürburgring, the Lotus chassis engineers very nimble and very fun to drive even when the full development disguise that hid the beautiful lines from the motor industry paparazzi.
In addition to an excellent performance and exemplary, Lotus Evora offers a more refined ownership experience than Lotus four-cylinder models with smaller ones. Elegantly styled cabin is elegantly trimmed and its equipment list includes contemporary features such as sophisticated multi-media system of the touch screen and electric folding door mirrors.
Lotus Evora is very attractive and more widely in the ease of use. Taller door apertures and narrower sills make in and out of the cabin did little less athletic than the Lotus sports cars (Elise, Exige, Europa and 2-Eleven), while the cabin design will accommodate two 99th percentile (6ft 5in tall) American in the front seat .
Convenience factor of the Lotus Evora extends to areas that lack clear of the car. And under the skin of the entire front-end structure is a high-tech aluminum modular units victim, attached to the main extruded aluminum tub. Modular units designed for maximum security, and to reduce repair costs in the case of a frontal impact.
Lotus Evora is designed with global automotive regulations in mind, and future derivatives are planned on a conversion.
Lotus Evora created and built on a special assembly line of new advanced manufacturing facility at Hethel Lotus in eastern England; capacity limitations will restrict production to approximately 2000 cars per year, a dynamic sports car and exclusivity.
Mike Kimberley, CEO of Group Lotus plc, said of the exciting new model: “The Lotus Evora is the biggest milestone Lotus has achieved since the Elise was born 13 years ago and is part of our strategic plan dared to five years, which includes the introduction of new cars and technology market for many more worldwide. The Lotus Evora also represents Lotus core values of performance through lightweight and efficiency and proves that you can have phenomenal performance, fuel efficiency elegant design and practical all in one class leading mid-engine 2 +2 sports car, which will meet global safety and homologation standards ”
Mike Kimberley, “Looking to the future, we will continue to research, develop and produce lighter, more efficient vehicles associated with our work is extensive and respected in all aspects of future fuels, alternative engines and electric and hybrid vehicle solutions for the period front. We all have a responsibility to the environment for future generations and the Lotus Evora is another example where Lotus looks to make significant steps for improving the efficiency and sustainability of the motorcar keeping Britain at the forefront of high-tech motor industry. ”
LOTUS IN THE Évora details
Style or function designed by Lotus Design, sleek and athletic form with a liquid surface to communicate velocity, agility and sophistication. Low and wide with modern cab forward proportion, rear thigh muscles and hip air intakes are optimized function is clearly a serious mid engined sports car that skillfully hides the practicality of two plus two capability.
Russell Carr, Head of Lotus Design, led the Evora Lotus design team with Steven Crijns, Design Manager responsible for the exterior and Anthony Bushell, Senior Designer, responsible for the interior.
Head of Design Russell Carr said: “The foundation of design success is to work with technical team to build a package that allows us to obtain the correct proportions, asymmetric wheel sizes, the short rear overhang, long front overhang and cab front protective screen all contribute to give the movement visual and agile car attitude. And the aesthetics of the car to communicate with the driving characteristics. ”
Carr said: “Lotus products achieve the perfect balance between form and function successfully in the Lotus Evora. We never forget the fact that, although this car must provide real world useability, sportscars are emotional purchases and that you have to seduce the customer through stunning looks and exotic persona . We, therefore, very proud that we have been able to use technical and user functionality to positively drive the design in key areas and create some of the most distinctive features of the car. ”
Ingress and the way out, for example, “minimal step over” to enter the Lotus Evora. At the bottom of the door surface and created a unique piece of sculpture that dramatically improve the attitude of the car as well as its useability.
Aerodynamic considerations for drag, down force and cooling has a significant influence, but a positive effect on overall shape and details such as air intakes. The desire to create balanced down force, that increases cornering performance, led to the application, the radiator out of the top hole, race car inspired diffuser and “floating rear wing”. Drag limitation, drove the dramatic layout of the cabin and give the car more muscular rear shoulder and deliver the appropriate level of sophistication to the market segment.
According to Steven Crijns, Design Manager. “We believe that our designs should be honest and also dramatic and so we are very pleased with the fact that these iconic features all do a real job.”
Understanding between the technical and aesthetic dividends on the full scale model of the Lotus Evora wind with minimal adjustments to the car aerodynamic package to meet the target of downforce and stability.
Furthermore, Steve Crijns says, “Overall the design language shows a clear DNA link with its Lotus brother, while establishing their own unique themes and contemporary. Undulating shoulder line is brilliantly reflected in the lower bodyside by the cut-away sill that creates a muscle torseau. ”
According to Russell Carr continues, “your eyes are easily drawn, from our signature mouth, behind the surface of the fluid and fast lines that create speed in a stationary car. From this angle you can also see how dramatically sweeping protective screen around a water point cottage eyes and gently waisted plan shape perfectly highlight the muscles of the rear fender. ”
The view from behind the same three-quarters of a striking and one that many will become familiar with as the car passed them on the road. Tapered cabin, diffuser, floating wing, centrally mounted twin tailpipes and distinctive engine bay vents to create a unique look.
Exterior interior design reflects the simple, fluid surfaces, soft forms and crisp feature lines wrap around the passenger cabin cosseting. Unlike recent Lotus products that use a race car inspired, technical Minimalism, the Lotus Evora uses a softer approach that uses premium quality materials and finishes to create a contemporary but luxurious ambience that is unique to Lotus products.
According to Head of Lotus Design Russell Carr, “A huge departure from what one would expect based on past Lotus. We want cabins Lotus Evora to feel special and surprising as well as sporty Precision inserts. Metal engineering and quality edge-lit switches brilliantly juxtaposed against soft skin surface hand-sewn to give a modern interior with a classic touch. ”
Russell Carr continues that: “The lowest flat steering wheel, figure hugging sports seat, contemporary instrumentation and ergonomically positioned controls provide an intuitive environment that instantly forms a relationship between driver and car ensuring that it becomes an extension of his body.”
Anthony Bushell Senior Designer explained about the choice of materials in the Evora Lotus; “Tactile quality is very important in this segment so that the interior using premium materials. Most of bespoke switchgear, and every metallic component is a metal.”
The focus of the lighting used throughout the interior, providing a spectacular light sculpture design feature of the cabin.
Extensive use of artificial, premium leather differentiates the Lotus Evora Lotus of other products and the importance of the character of the car at all the trim that was built in England, with a dedication to high production.
Entry-level version of the Lotus Evora with features leather seats, door trim panels and boards for the name, it is estimated that consumers would choose to hide the full treatment. With all colors are available, customers have the opportunity to personalize the Lotus Evora.
Contemporary technology contained in the cabin features Lotus Evora. A newly developed Alpine multi-media system with 7-inch touch-screen providing advanced audio, satellite navigation, video, Bluetooth ® hands-free telephone and iPod ® connectivity functions; screen also functions as a monitor for the camera Lotus Evora’s optional reversing. Satellite navigation system element is removable, allowing you to get comfortable in your home.
Alpine audio set-up is one of the most sophisticated automotive systems in the world. Imprint and using MultEQ technology sound enhancement, and is able to eliminate the sound imbalances, by the cabin window glass, creating an echo, by pressing the mid-range frequencies are sharp, clear, undistorted sound reproduction wherever you sit in the car.
An air conditioning system bespoke developed by Bergstrom is standard on all models, and has been designed for the hottest climate or the closest humidity to help provide maximum occupant comfort. Lotus traction control and on-board tire pressure monitoring will be available.
One size fits all
Front seat itself is very supportive and leather clad with a lightweight manual adjustment mechanism for the front and rear, sweeping and lumbar, designed to give a supported driving position.
2 +2 back seat version of the Lotus Evora is intended for children and smaller adults. There will also be two-seater derivative with a luggage rack on the back. To maximize comfort in the rear, there is room under the seat in front to move with a wide foot, two chairs with a feature ISOFIX mountings for secure fitment chairs.
When empty, the rear seat provides a storage area that is easy to use, add the Lotus Evora attractiveness as an everyday car. 160 liter boot, which is cleverly equipped with fresh air cooling system to reduce the effect of any entry of heat from the engine bay, will also accommodate the full set of golf clubs.
Easy, easy exit
With all the cars in the Lotus Elise and other characters with no compromise to make the car go in and out in a wide sill and through a relatively narrow door / window aperture part of the charm of ownership. For the Lotus Evora and send it to serious daily driver, and to attract new entrants to Lotus, with greater convenience and practicality.
Consequences sill lower and slimmer (80mm wide compared with the Elise 100mm), and the entire door opening higher. The doors open wider than on the Elise, with the height of front seat is raised 65mm.
Lotus Evora as a practical lifestyle, so you sit behind the wheel of a flat bottomed, every bit of the exotic and sports at Lotus.
Lotus Evora extruded aluminum chassis tub has incredible inherent strength, particularly in side impact. Additional torsional strength is given to the entire steel frame structure with seatbelt tubular port which also acts as a rollover structure.
Deformable victims aluminum front and steel rear subframe modules are attached to the tub using joints which are designed to minimize damage to the tub, protecting the main passenger cell in the event of an accident.
Driver and passenger airbags are standard. The airbag on the passenger side is cleverly engineered to deploy vertically and then be deflected rearwards by the windscreen, to provide protection.
Anti-lock brakes standard on all models, such as Lotus Traction Control (LTC), this system has been specifically developed in cooperation with Bosch and enable and drivers who came to consistently exploit the braking and acceleration capabilities of Lotus Evora, while allowing skilled enthusiasts the freedom to enjoy full Lotus driving experience.
Chassis: Production Low Volume Versatile Vehicle Architecture
Lotus Evora chassis is an evolution of the Versatile Vehicle Architecture (VVA) from the Lotus APX concept vehicle at the Geneva Motorshow, and allows for the development of various vehicles with a gross weight of 1900 kg. This architecture has been designed to be more applicable to mid-volume applications by utilizing the process of our low capital investment manufacturing. Lotus Evora structure lasted bonded and riveted Lotus”technology used in the Elise family of vehicles with unique extrusions and folded panels, while providing contemporary ease of entry / exit, build modularity and improved, lower cost repairs.
Low Volume VVA architecture is designed so that it can be extended width, length and height. Strength and stiffness of the low volume VVA chassis can be modified cost effectively by varying the wall thickness of extrusions, without altering the exterior dimensions. The ability to lengthen or shorten extrusions with the option to adjust the chassis stiffness, vastly increase the number of vehicles that can be developed from this vehicle architecture. Front and mid engine installations have been considered, as well as hybrid and Electric Vehicle (EV) applications.
Lotus Evora uses a composite roof as a stressed structural member to provide an exceptional vehicle stiffness of 26,000 Nm per degree, thanks in part to a secondary function, the port of safety belts as a rolling frame structure, and partly because of the high-tech composite body panels stress items. However, despite this high stiffness, the complete chassis and modules weight just 200 kg (prototype weight), helping to keep the overall weight of the car to just 1350 kg (prototype weight).
To provide a high performance structure, bonded and riveted high grade aluminum extrusion with a simple and elegant folded sheet elements are used in the lower structure, building upon award of research projects in this field. Lotus pioneered the technology of aluminum extrusion attached for use in road vehicles and successfully developed high performance cars for the car companies around the world.
The central tub is attached to the extruded aluminum subframe at the front and welded steel subframe at the rear light. subframe modules with the advantages of convenience and low cost of repairs, and during manufacturing can be brought into the production line fully assembled, ready to be attached.
High technology Lotus Evora chassis will be manufactured at new facilities of Lotus Lightweight Structures in Worcester, England. LLS employs 120 skilled engineers, technicians and sales staff and will manufacture all the Lotus aluminum structures, including for the Elise, Exige, 2-Eleven and Europa and the aluminum and composite structures and components for a broad client base globally Lotus.
Suspended & animated
Lotus Evora suspension wishbones are made from aluminum to reduce unsprung mass. This is similar in weight, and stiffer than the steel items found on the much smaller Elise, Exige and Europa vehicles, and has a capacity of heavy vehicles is much higher. They are attached to the front and rear modules via bespoke bushes. Lotus Evora use Bilstein high performance dampers and Eibach springs with unique dual path top mount for optimized vehicle repairs. Hydraulic power steering is provided by a Lotus tuned TRW steering rack.
Lotus Evora provides exceptional handling and provide driving pleasure. Even a class standard setter for speed and agility on each system handling.
Vented disc brakes and 350mm cross-drilled with large items in front and 332mm at the rear and high performance Lotus AP Racing 4 pot caliper braking power is impressive.
Brake testing program, conducted at the point of punishing, climb and descent of the Nürburgring, has described the brakes as ‘phenomenal’ with excellent thermal performance and outstanding feel even after extended use of extreme session.
Part of the testing program for setting the ABS system developed jointly with Bosch. This system is set to a very high threshold and operates in triggering the ABS.
Safe. Fun. Lotus Traction Control
Switchable Lotus Traction Control (LTC) system has been developed by the ABS and works through the engine management system to reduce power when necessary to maintain traction. Unlike many traction control systems, LTC has been tuned to complement the skills of the driver without taking over. The Lotus LTC is active above 5 mph (8 km / h) and operates much more quickly than many brake based systems. This system can be deactivated completely, giving no traction control intervention.
Maintain control – 18 inches in front, 19 inches at the rear
Tyre choice is a vital component in the handling performance of every Lotus and for the Lotus Evora, Yokohama was chosen as development partner.
Lotus in the long-term relationship with Yokohama was a gift for rapid development during the early front tire size does not generate the Lotus required lateral grip, the Japanese developed a bespoke tires for the Lotus Evora, a 225/40 ZR18 at the front and larger diameter; 255 / 35 ZR19 on the rear. Both have carcass construction and a unique rubber compound and identified by the LTS letters”in the side wall.
V6 Engine – dual VVT-i (‘intelligent’ variable valve timing)
Working relationship between the Lotus with Toyota over several decades, combined with a very enthusiastic reception for the company’s four-cylinder unit in the Elise and Exige power, guaranteed the Japanese giant inclusion on the shortlist for the Lotus Evora engine supplier.
Toyota is alloy 2GR-FE 3.5-liter DOHC V6, with dual VVT-i (‘intelligent’ variable valve timing). Lotus has painstakingly developed his own T6e engine management software for this machine to optimize compatibility with the unique requirements of the Lotus Evora with peak power output to 280 PS at 6400 rpm, increasing the maximum torque to 342 Nm at 4700 rpm (prototype figures).
Changes in the management of a V6 engine and exhaust system to spin more freely and provide rapid throttle response; feedback from the development team showed that the strength of mid range torque of the engine performance will be easily accessible.
In the 2GR-FE V6 engine paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, the source of Toyota. Version of the near future, the gearbox ratios are also developed for sporting drivers are more focused.
Many Lotus owners enjoy the unique blend of performance and efficiency of the car brands offer. In accordance with the Lotus value of “performance through lightweight” CO2 emissions are expected to be class leading sub-225 g / km (prototype figures) while testers report fuel consumption in the 30 + mpg (pending formal homologation testing).
What will he do?
At the opening of Lotus, full performance figures have not compiled on the production specification Lotus Evora, Lotus doing development for six months.
While for Lotus top speed is stability at speed, early indications show the maximum speed of 160 mph, 0-60 mph sprint from stop is estimated at sub 5 seconds (prototype figures).
In conducting the test test
This is a global car, so the Lotus Evora has been tested around the world. From the cold wastes of the North Pole to the desert heat, high altitude Alpine and country roads around the Hethel factory.
Within the Nürburgring and endlessly arranged test track in Hethel Lotus. At the Lotus Evora enters production, prototypes will have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles along some of the worst public roads in the world and as the toughest proving some reason the motor industry has to offer including extreme open tests, to Australia and the outback of Arizona.
Various barriers at low and high speeds has been cast, in many angles, including head on, and the roof is compressed.
The Lotus Evora reaches the Lotus showrooms from Spring 2009 onwards, it will be Lotus cars most thoroughly tested in the history of Lotus. And is one of the major milestones of the company.
Mike Kimberley, Chief Executive of Group Lotus plc said: “Lotus is now up to the amount of this year celebrates the 60th anniversary of Lotus and fitting that the year 2008 is also the birth of the Lotus Evora, a fantastic addition to the Lotus range. Lotus Evora represents Group Lotus, a company located in forefront of the automotive industry, in a changing world where priorities of efficiency, economy and environmental impact of running with the performance, design and individuality of Colin Chapman. “
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