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Lotus Evora – Cool Name, Cool Car

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Lotus officially announced the new Evora, previously known by the code name Eagle. This is the first all new Lotus since the Elise made its debut in 1995. Currently, this is the world’s only 2+2 mid-engine sports car. Although, Lotus is careful to warn that the back seats are only suitable for children or those with very small legs.

This Lotus still retains its sporting heritage, however much attention has been made to make it a more practical and comfortable car. Those familiar with the Elise/Exige are familiar with the contortions required to enter and exit the vehicle. The new Evora has wider and taller door openings, and the sills are narrower, making it easier to slide over.

Similar to other Lotus, it is mid-engine, and lightweight, although at 2976 pounds, it tips the scales at almost 1000 pounds more than the svelte Elise/Exige. To help propel that increased weight, a Toyota 3.5-liter V-6 is stuffed behind the passenger cabin. This engine churns out 276 horsepower and 252-lb-ft of torque. That is enough to push the car from 0-60MPH in five seconds with a top speed of around 160MPH.

While clearly not as sporting as the Elise/Exige, which are essentially street-legal race cars, the Evora will help lure those who are used to comfortable sports cars such as the Porsche Cayman. The classy styling, lower price (~60K), and exclusivity may help steer younger would-be Porsche customer into a Lotus.


Z-Car History


Steve Bounds 1966 Porsche 911

This is Steve’s beautiful new 1966 Porsche 911.
This is a 1966 with a latter model 2.7 liter fuel
injected engine.
Rear view next to my 1972 Datsun 240Z.
This car was originally raced in the Middle East
(Lebanon).
It is a European model with full European
instrumentation.
That 2.7 liter is fast, but can it beat my 2.8 liter
with triple Webers? Only time will tell.

Pictures of RX-7 at Summit Point

This is my 94 RX-7 at Summit Point. In this picture,
I am going through Turn 6. The car looks good here,
nicely settled into Turn 6 at just about the proper apex.
The quality of these pictures is not that great, click on
the picture to get a slightly higher quality JPG.
I got a little anxious here, and I am just up on the
curbing. Six inches to the left, and I am in heaven.
There is a red Mustang trying to catch me in the
background (good luck). You can see how his rear is
unloading as he trail brakes into Turn 5.
Again, I am approaching the apex of Turn 6. This time
I have a Porsche 911 on my tail. The 911’s are quick at
Summit Point, but this one was being driven by a rookie.
Hitting the second apex on Turn 6.
Once again, hitting the second apex on Turn 6.
Once again I am hitting the apex to Turn 6. This time
I have a Thunderbird TurboCoupe behind me. Hopefully not
for long.
Going through Turn 6, getting ready to hit the second
apex. Those wheels sure look clean!
Picture of my Dad in my RX-7 the day we picked up my
new race Z in Rhode Island.

Chasing a Porsche 911

Ok, I just caught up to a Porsche 911 coming
down Turn 4. I now hope to gain ground
through the twisties, and pass him out of
Turn 8. Lets see how close we can get. First,
we hit the apex into Turn 5.
Short straight-away from Turn 5 into Turn 6
Coming out of the first apex on Turn 6,
getting ready to start turning in slightly to hit
Turn 6’s second apex. Look at the front right
tire, you can almost see air under there.
Where did that Porsche go?
Starting to turn in for the second apex.
There he is! I am headed right for the second
apex in Turn 6, and the Porsche is right in
front of me. He is coming up on a white
Talon, and an older Corvette. I have the
pedal to the floor, and I am getting ready for
the quick switchback of Turn 8.
I come out of Turn 6, the car settles, and I
get ready to start the turn-in for Turn 8. I am
a little wider then I would like here, but it
should work out ok.
I am turning into Turn 8 here. I have to really
get a good shot into Turn 9 to get enough
speed to pass the Porsche.
I have the inside line of the Porsche, and he
has taken Turn 9 too slow. You can see how
much ground he has lost to the Corvette. I
sneak inside him before Turn 10. I even end
up passing the Corvette on the main straight.
I have to hang behind the Talon one more lap
before I get by him.