The first step in a return to international racing for one of the most famous names in motorsport, Lotus have announced a brand new Evora GT4 Concept. Using over 70 years of engineering innovation on road and track, the iconic company has unveiled its latest, British-built motorsport entry, at the Shanghai Auto Show 2019. Lotus ranks among the all-time greats in motorsport, with 81 Grand Prix wins, six Drivers’ World Championships and seven Constructors’ World Championships. Beyond Formula One, Lotus designs have beaten the best in IndyCar, Touring Car, International GT, Le Mans and World Rally.
The GT4 Concept builds on the brand’s lightweight engineering expertise to deliver a race car that channels the company’s competitive spirit. Proving that the Evora road car was built according to motorsport-tested principles, the Evora GT4 Concept will take the inherent advantages of the Evora platform into battle against the world’s fastest GT race cars. Undeniably still an Evora, the racer will be developed by Lotus Cars in the UK. Responsible for all Lotus competition car development, renowned Lotus test driver and the company’s Director of Attributes, Gavan Kershaw, will spend countless hours on the famous Hethel test track – a purpose-built facility which has shaped iconic racers over six decades.
The GT4 concept builds on a wealth of top-level, international GT racing experience. The previous generation of Evora GT4 won prestigious championships and races at the most famous tracks around the world, including British GT, Dubai 24hrs, Barcelona 24hrs, European GT4, Sepang 12hrs, the Pirelli World Championship and most recently finished runner-up in the Swedish GT Series with Cyan Racing in 2018.
Appointed factory drivers, Mr. Cui Yue and Mr. Gaoxiang Fan bring new Chinese racing pedigree to Lotus motorsport. Both are graduates of the Geely University and have gone through their motorsport apprenticeships with the company’s sponsorship. Gaoxiang, 25, has enjoyed success to date in the China Rally Championship and was the China Touring Car Champion for 2017. Cui, 29, has clocked up wins including the China Touring Car Championship in 2014, China Formula Grand Prix, China GT and most recently competed in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia in 2018. The factory drivers will demonstrate the car’s potential through the newly established Lotus driver training school in China, with events to be held for the team and members of the public as high-octane driving days, driver training sessions and hot lap experiences, starting later this year.