Lilly – 2015 Lotus Evora 280 Sports Racer
… it was fabulous. Completely and utterly fabulous. | Matt Bird – Pistonheads
Ah yes, the legendary Lotus blend of ride and handling. | Ollie Marriage – Top Gear Magazine
… for those who want a fast British car that combines handling and ride like no other, the Evora Sports Racer stands alone. | David Vivian – Evo Magazine
Lilly is a 2015 Lotus Evora 280 Sports Racer finished in Ardent Red. It has a 3.5 litre V6 with 280HP and 342Nm of torque. 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 261 km/h. The Sports Racer special edition comes with gloss black accents on the front splitter, side sills, roof and rear diffuser and brake calipers painted red. The interior gets black leather and contrasting red stitching for the seats. The Sports Pack is standard and includes a Sports mode that raises the rev limit and increases throttle response. It also contains cross-drilled brake discs and a rear diffuser. Our car also has the Tech Pack which consists of an infotainment system with improved audio, Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity, a DVD player and a 7-inch touch screen. The list continues with rear parking sensors, cruise control, power folding mirrors, a tire pressure monitoring system and a reversing camera.
The suspension (by Ollie Marriage | Top Gear Magazine)
“Ah yes, the legendary Lotus blend of ride and handling. Is all present and correct. It’s utterly uncanny and I can’t work out a single good reason why Audi hasn’t swept up to Hethel with its corporate chequebook and employed anyone whose job title includes the words chassis or suspension. Nothing drives like a Lotus. Lots of stuff should. The Evora is just so fluent on any given road, it’s blessed with gorgeous steering and a refusal to get flustered no matter what the road underneath it is doing. It’s one of those rare cars that is deeply satisfying to drive at 30mph through suburbia.”
Lotus attributes the quality of its dynamics to attention to detail; it is one of few car manufacturers to specify its own dampers, rather than using off-the-shelf items. It even worries how its engine moves on its mounts while exiting a powerslide. As a result, the Evora rides and handles utterly superbly.
The steering , the chassis and the looks (by Matt Bird | Pistonheads)
“It comfortably exceeded all lofty expectations I had for it. When all the hydraulic power steering has gone, the Evora will be remembered as one of the greats; it’s beyond reproach. It doesn’t require any acclimatization period because it responds so precisely to inputs. The weight is ideal and the feel fantastic; it’s constantly relaying information back about the road surface and grip without ever becoming tiresome. It is ably to filter out harshness whilst allowing the important messages of road feel through to the rim. It’s an exceptional system. It’s perhaps the Evora’s single greatest advantage over any new rival, Porsche or otherwise. Without any active components it just feels right in every scenario. Even non-car friends commented on how comfortable it felt.
Pictures don’t do the looks justice as the Evora does have genuine mini-supercar presence. The Sports Racer addenda gives the shape a bit more aggression and the rarity must contribute too. People are happy to see it (that very seldom happens) and it does grab attention.” – Matt Bird | Pistonheads
Conclusion (by David Vivian – Evo Magazine)
“The way the Evora feels so compact, grips with so much force and lets go with such grace and transparent progression is little short of miraculous. Stopping power and pedal feel are superb, too. In a straight line, the Lotus feels fiercely rapid. On a demanding road, it feels all but invincible.” On the limit? It is as sublime as you’d imagine, allowing its driver to take liberties normally only possible in front-engined, rear-drive cars. Put simply, it is the finest-handling car on sale today.
From 70 points per 24h
Engine: 3.5L V6
Power: 280 HP
Transmission: 6-speed auto (Intelligent Precision Shift), Rear-Wheel Drive
Weight: 1383 kgs
Rear belts: Yes
Photos 1 to 9 by The Car’tell.
Photos 10, 11, 12 and 13 by Philippe Hoett.