After nearly three-quarters of a century of petrol-powered automotive icons, Lotus Cars is bidding farewell to its gas-engined offerings in favor of more sustainable EV models. However, in an attempt to give its final gas model one final sendoff, the Hethel firm has unveiled a track-only version of its Emira.
Developed alongside the RML Group, the Emira GT4 retains Colin Chapman’s principles of simplifying and adding lightness, which in this case translates to an off-the-shelf-engined track weapon that tips the scales at just 2,777lbs (dry). At the heart of the Emira GT4 is a 3.5L Toyota V6 2GR-FE engine with a Harrop TVS 1900 supercharger that’s mated to a paddle-shifted six-speed xTrac transmission — an arrangement that’s good for putting down 400hp at 7,200rpm. Soaking up imperfections on the race track is a double-wishbone suspension setup front and aft with anti-roll bars and Öhlins coil-over dampers all around while metrics are fed to the driver via a Motec display with data-logging capabilities. Other details include a 96-liter fuel-cell, six-point harness, roll-cage, and fire extinguisher — all of which are FIA-approved. The Lotus Emira GT4 will be available in limited numbers and will be offered on a built-to-order basis.