- Deliveries to start summer 2023 across the world
- First GT4 customers will receive significantly enhanced spec and performance
- Cars will feature more power and an optimised aero package
- Emira GT4 will be on display at Snetterton round of British GT Championship on 17-18 June
Hethel, UK – 13 June 2023
The Lotus Emira GT4 is in production and now ready for delivery to its first customers, with a significantly enhanced spec and performance.
First examples of the eagerly anticipated new Lotus race car will be shipped to owners over the summer, with orders from the UK, Europe, China, Australia and the USA.
The Emira GT4 has been homologated for competition in global GT4 classes and, thanks to a comprehensive options list, is also eligible for other non-homologated and specialist race series around the world.
After extensive development work by the Lotus team in collaboration with world-renowned motorsport partner RML Group, the car has been upgraded from the version that was unveiled at a VIP event at Hethel, Norfolk, last year. Improvements include:
- Increased power – up more than 10% to 455 bhp
- All-new six-speed paddleshift sequential racing gearbox and control system
- Optimised aerodynamics to suit both tight/twisty and fast/flowing circuits
- Enhancements to the braking system, springs, damping and cooling packs
Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes, Lotus, and a former British GT Championship winner has been heavily involved in the development of the Emira GT4 from day one. He commented: “The Emira road car was such an excellent starting point for a GT4, and we’ve now further refined and tuned the package with the team at RML to create what we believe is a highly competitive and performance-oriented race car. We know our customers are keen to get behind the wheel and we’re looking forward to seeing their results.”
For anyone wanting to see the car and find out more, it will be on display at the Snetterton round of the British GT Championship on 17-18 June.
The Emira GT4 is the culmination of 75 years of innovation on the road and track, and marks the start of an exciting new era in performance GT racing for Lotus. Motorsport has always been part of the Lotus story. This year is the 75th anniversary of the first Lotus, the Mk I, which was a trials car built by founder Colin Chapman in 1948. Lotus has been synonymous with worldwide racing success ever since, and the company has pioneered many of the technical innovations which make racing the thrilling sport it is today. Lotus’ impressive roll-call of honours includes seven Formula 1 Constructors’ titles, six Drivers’ Championships and victory in the legendary Indianapolis 500.
Most recently Lotus has been racing with the Evora GT4, which won prestigious races and championships in categories such as British GT, Dubai 24hrs, Barcelona 24hrs, European GT, Sepang 12hrs and the Pirelli World Challenge.
All Emira GT4 customer cars are being hand-built by the RML team at a dedicated new production facility at Wellingborough, UK. There is no limit on the number which can be produced. The Lotus Emira GT4 is priced at £179,000 plus taxes and delivery. For more information contact Russell Gibbons at the Lotus motorsport department on firstname.lastname@example.org
Lotus Emira GT4: technical specification and performance data
|Engine||Lotus-tuned Toyota V6 2GR-FE, dry sump, Motec engine management|
|Cubic capacity||3,456 cc|
|Supercharger||Harrop TVS 1900|
|Transmission||Hewland six-speed sequential with paddleshift actuation and LSD|
|Fuel tank capacity||96-litre FIA FT3-approved, with dry brake filler|
|Electronics||Motec dashboard with data-logging. Motorsport wiring harness|
|Suspension||Double wishbone front & rear. Two-way adjustable Ohlins TTx dampers. Front and rear anti-roll bars.|
|Brakes||Competition specification brake system. Bosch adjustable Motorsport ABS|
|Tyres||Pirelli GT4 265/645×18 (front) and 305/660×18 (rear)|
|Safety equipment||Motorsport UK homologated and FIA-compliant six-point roll cage, FIA-compliant HANS-approved seat with six-point harness. Electronic fire extinguisher system / isolator switches|
|Dimensions||Length 4,410mm / height 1,290mm / track 1,636mm|
|Weight/Mass||1,360kg* for base vehicle and subject to specification|
|Body||Extruded and bonded aluminium chassis with composite panels|
|Aerodynamics||Composite front splitter assembly and rear-mounted aerofoil|
|Price||From £179,000 plus taxes & delivery
Various options available on request
*Subject to Balance of Performance
Lotus Cars is based in Hethel, Norfolk, UK, and is the global HQ for sports car and hypercar manufacturing operations, Lotus Advanced Performance and the iconic 2.2-mile test track. Lotus Cars builds world-class high-performance cars, born out of legendary success on the racetrack including 13 FIA Formula 1 world titles and many other championship honours. In July 2021 Lotus unveiled the all-new Lotus Emira, its last petrol-powered sports car and best-of-breed, and in July 2019 it launched the Evija, the world’s first all-electric British hypercar. In March 2022 Lotus revealed the Eletre, the world’s first all-electric hyper-SUV. Customer deliveries will begin in 2023. An all-electric sports car (codenamed Lotus Type 135) is currently being designed and engineered at Hethel.
Lotus Engineering provides comprehensive consultancy services to many of the world’s OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. It is internationally recognised for its long-standing contribution to ground-breaking engineering and innovative vehicle development. Its expertise extends beyond automotive; in August 2021 a Lotus Engineering-developed track bike helped Team GB’s cyclists win seven medals, including three golds, at the Tokyo Olympics. An international consultancy with offices around the world, Lotus Engineering is headquartered at the Lotus Advanced Technology Centre on the University of Warwick’s Wellesbourne Campus in the UK.
Lotus Tech is an affiliate company of Group Lotus, established as part of the Vision80 strategy that was launched in 2018. Its European sites include Lotus Tech Creative Centre (LTCC) in Coventry, UK, and Lotus Tech Innovation Centre (LTIC) in Raunheim, Germany. Lotus Tech is dedicated to delivering smart lifestyle battery electric vehicles (BEVs) such as the Eletre. Lotus Tech is focused on R&D in next-generation automobility technologies such as electrification, digitalisation and more. In addition to the Lotus Eletre, Lotus Tech plans to launch further BEV models including a sports sedan (Type 133) another SUV (Type 134) and more, as Vision80 reaches maturity in 2028.
Group Lotus is either the parent company of or affiliated with the above. In 2017, Geely Holding Group, one of the fastest growing automotive groups in the world, acquired a 51% stake in Group Lotus. The other 49% is owned by Etika Automotive, a Malaysian conglomerate.