Evora, Exige and Elise prototypes spotted in the wild

Whilst news of new model variants has been fairly quiet of late signs are emerging of revisions being made across the Lotus model range.


Source: http://www.autojunk.nl/2014/08/lotus-19

Source: http://www.autojunk.nl/2014/08/lotus-19

First up, a camouflaged Evora was posted recently testing on the continent on AutoJunk.nl. Little is known about this car, however photographs suggest that the front bumper has been re-profiled to some extent, with the lower brake vents possibly removed and a larger vent higher in the bumper seemingly visible through some holes in the vinyl wrap.

The cars engine bay is also covered, leading some to speculate that a change of engine could be in the offing, particularly given that Euro VI engine regulations are set to come in to force in 2015.

Discussion: SELOC Forums – SELOC Chat – 2014 Evora spy pics


Next we have a trio of Exige V6 cars spotted in testing at the Nurburgring.

Although on the surface the three cars all appear standard some commenter’s have noted quicker than normal gear changes. Lotus have previously stated that a paddle shift options for Exige S Roadster would be “considered subject to demand” so it is possible that these cars are testing that solution and if so are most likely are utilising the Toyota U660E gearbox as found in the identically engined Evora S IPS.

Discussion: SELOC Forums – SELOC Chat – 3 Exige S at Nurburgring – spot the difference?


Finally we have another Nurburgring video, this time showing a possible road going version of the Elise S Cup R race car.

This particular test car features the splitter, side skirts, diffuser and wing as seen on the Elise S Cup R race car, but lacks the roll-cage and external electrical cut-off and fire extinguisher switches of the race car.

The cars appearance in road car trim correlates with reports from a member who enquired to Lotus Racing about purchasing the Elise S Cup R kit for their road going Elise:

Unfortunately we have been told that we are not permitted to sell this kit as a separate upgrade anymore. We are producing vehicles with this kit on… at present the vehicle is only available as a track vehicle however within the next few months we will be producing a road variant of this.

Discussion: SELOC Forums – SELOC Chat – Lotus Elise Cup R roadcar?

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