Lotus to build GT4-spec Emira

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Lotus has heralded its return to customer motorsport with the reveal of a GT4-specification Emira, developed in collaboration with project partner RML Group.

Richard Selwin, race program manager at 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.”

The GT4 machine will come equipped with a 6-speed sequential transmission from Xtrac, while the 3.5-liter, Toyota-supplied, supercharged V6 is modified for competition use and produces in the region of 400bhp.

Gavan Kershaw, director of vehicle attributes for Lotus but who was previously a GT championship-winning driver of Lotus race cars and has been involved in the development of the Emira GT4, added, “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 Emira GT4 will be officially launched later this year, and the company aims to build a limited number in time for the 2022 season, with production increasing for 2023.

Lotus Emira GT4 technical specification

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-liter 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*
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