Lotus has revealed an all-new GT4 challenger based on the recently launched Emira sports car.
Developed in collaboration with project partner RML Group, the race-ready concept succeeds the Evora GT4, which took class wins in British GT, Dubai 24hrs, Barcelona 24hrs, European GT, Sepang 12hrs and the Pirelli World Challenge.
The Hethel-based development team has produced a car with composite bodywork making the car exceptionally lightweight (1260kg in concept form) and powered by Toyota’s race-proven 3.5-litre V6 engine with the addition of optimised GT4 aerodynamics.
Richard Selwin, Race Programme Manager, Lotus, commented: “The all-new Emira GT4 is an exciting next step following the hugely successful launch of the Emira road car. We have worked hard with the team at RML Group to ensure this next-generation of Lotus GT car will deliver race-winning performance.”
Simon Holloway, Commercial Director, RML Group, commented: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Lotus on the all-new Emira GT4 Concept. Both companies have a long and successful motorsport pedigree, and to bring that together at such an exciting time for Lotus is a welcome validation of our vision and values.”
Gavan Kershaw, today the Director of Vehicle Attributes for Lotus but previously a GT championship-winning driver of Lotus race cars, has been involved in the development of the Emira GT4 from the start. He commented: “The all-new chassis on which the Emira has been developed is the perfect starting point for a high-performance race car. Everyone at Lotus is so excited to be returning to world motorsport and to be doing so with such a competitive race car.”
The return to world motorsport is a key pillar of the Lotus company’s transformation. Earlier this year Lotus Engineering, the consultancy division of the business, became a technical partner to JBXE, the Extreme E race team led by F1 world champion Jenson Button.
The Lotus Emira GT4 will be officially launched later this year at an event on the Hethel test track, the iconic 2.2-mile circuit which has hosted the development of some of the world’s most famous race cars.
Lotus aims to build a limited number of Emira GT4 race cars for the 2022 season, increasing production for 2023 in line with global demand. Interested parties are invited to contact the Lotus motorsport department directly via firstname.lastname@example.org
Lotus Emira GT4 tech spec and target performance data
- Engine: Toyota V6 2GR-FE
- Cubic Capacity: 3.5-litres
- Power: 400bhp*
- RPM: 7,200rpm
- Supercharger: Harrop TVS 1900
- Transmission: 6-speed xTrac with paddleshift + limited slip differential
- Fuel cell capacity: 96-litres FIA-approved fuel cell
- Electronics: Motec-supplied dashboard with data-logging + bespoke motorsport loom
- Suspension: Front and rear double-wishbone / Öhlins coil-over dampers / anti-roll bars
- Brakes: Alcon discs and calipers + Bosch Motorsport ABS
- Tyres: Pirelli GT4 265/645×18 (front) and 305/680×18 (rear)
- Safety equipment: FIA-compliant roll cage, six-point harness and fire extinguisher
- Dimensions: Length 4,410mm / height 1,290mm / track 1,664mm
- Dry weight: 1,260kg*
*Subject to balance of performance