Group Lotus Plc is comprised of Lotus Cars, Lotus Racing, Lotus Engineering and Lotus Lightweight Structures and the Lotus display in LA will feature impressive hardware and Lotus Engineering expertise from all of these entities.
Lotus road-going cars on display will include a naturally-aspirated 2014 Evora with Intelligent Precision Shift (IPS) 6-speed paddle shiftable automatic transmission. This car is equipped with the, new for model year 2014, Black Package, giving the Evora a more aggressive style.
A Solar Yellow supercharged 2014 Evora S with 6-speed manual transmission will represent the higher performance end of the Evora range with 345 horsepower on tap to enable 0 – 60 mph acceleration of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 178 mph. Both Evoras on display feature the Ebony Black with contrasting red stitching and piping Premium Pack – Sport interior as well as several other popular options.
The significant motorsports experience and talent present in the team at Lotus Racing is represented in the Lotus display by the Exige V6 CUP track-only/race car. The Lotus Motorsport Green Exige V6 CUP car in the exhibit is one of only 15 thus far imported into North America and it’s equipped with the same supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine found in the Evora S road car. With 345 horsepower on tap to propel a car that weighs in at only 2,447 pounds, the Exige V6 CUP accelerates to 60 mph in under 4 seconds. Featuring Lotus’ legendary chassis tuning and 4-way adjustable Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) system, the Exige V6 CUP enables drivers of all skill levels to tame the world’s most demanding race tracks.
The Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid cutaway on display has been developed as a technology demonstrator from Lotus Engineering. Producing 414 PS (408 HP) of power, it promises breathtaking performance from a highly efficient propulsion system. The concept showcases new developments in plug-in range-extended electric propulsion and new electronic technologies to enhance driver involvement.
The range extended electric drive of the Evora 414E Hybrid consists of two electric motors driving each of the rear wheels independently via a single speed geartrain, integrated into a common transmission housing, thus enabling torque vectoring for stability control of the vehicle. Electrical power is stored in a lithium polymer battery pack which is optimized for energy density, efficiency and high power demand and mounted in the center of the vehicle for stability and safety. Additional range is provided by the Lotus Range Extender engine, an optimized 1.2-liter, three-cylinder engine, designed specifically for series hybrid vehicles. The drivetrain is designed to combine astonishing performance with efficient, low emissions driving.
The Evora 414E Hybrid has been designed, engineered and developed to highlight Lotus’ innovative electric and hybrid vehicle technology without distracting from the pure sports car character of the Evora. While the cutaway 414E Hybrid on display very effectively showcases Lotus Engineering’s many innovations built into the vehicle, it also reveals the exceptional core Versatile Vehicle Architecture structure and double forged aluminum wishbone suspension that underpins all Lotus Evoras. This epoxy-bonded and riveted extruded and sheet aluminum chassis technology is manufactured for all Lotus vehicles by Lotus’ own Lotus Lightweight Structures division.