• Nov 12th 2009 at 8:00AM
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Lotus has managed to snag two car of the year honors from EVO magazine for two different machines. The new Evora came out on the top of the heap among the new road going cars, while the Evora went into production earlier this year and as of last month, Lotus has apparently delivered about 800 examples. EVO did their testing in Scotland at the Isle of Skye and the Lotus bested the likes of the Ferrari 458, Aston Martin V12 Vantage and Porsche 911 GT3.

EVO also evaluated track cars at the Bedford Autodrome for their own award and here Lotus again took the top prize. Running against an assortment of competitors from the Ford Focus RS and Mitsubishi Evo to more extreme machines like a Lamborghini Gallardo and the latest Arial Atom, the Lotus 2-Eleven got the best score. The 2-Eleven had the second best time and was found to be the most fun to drive. Considering the 2-Eleven looks more like a pure race car, it's astonishing that under British rules you can actually get single vehicle type approval to drive them on public roads. 'Scuse me Lotus? We'd love to try out the 2-Eleven!

[Source: Lotus]

press release

Lotus Scoops EVO Car of the Year Double

The Lotus Evora takes the title of 'EVO Car of the Year 2009', with the Lotus 2-Eleven winning the prestigious 'EVO Track Car of the Year 2009' competition.

For the 'EVO Car of the Year 2009' test EVO Magazine took a fleet of the world's most desirable driving machines to the sensational roads of the Isle of Skye in Scotland, to evaluate the cars over a three day and 1000 mile test route.
The Lotus Evora, along with cars from manufacturers including Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin were put through their paces on the challenging and technical roads by the EVO team.

In the Car of the Year test, the group of 13 cars were whittled down to the top 5 and then scored out of 100, with the Lotus Evora beating all other entrants with an impressive score of 96.0.

John Barker, Motoring Editor said of the Evora "It's a magical thing across the ground, deft like an Elise, with exceptional poise and feel. What was telling for me was that, getting into it after any of the other finalists, it was even better than I remembered: a bit smoother, a bit quicker and even sweeter dynamically, too. It's a beguiling car."

David Vivian, Contributing Editor, commented, "A quite brilliant car and worthy winner."

The 'EVO Track Car of the Year 2009' event swapped the dramatic scenery and challenging gradients for the more familiar, but fast and demanding West Circuit at the Bedford Autodrome.

The Lotus 2-Eleven along with eleven other cars competed for the title of 'EVO Track Car of the Year 2009'. The test group contained some of the most exciting track cars on sale today, including hot hatches, track focused supercars and exotic track machines.

In the Track Car of the Year competition the cars were each timed around the West Circuit and compared subjectively to find a winner. On the way to winning the competition the 2-Eleven posted the second fastest time and closely matched the criteria set by the judges of providing entertainment, being rewarding and a challenge to drive.

Roger Green, Track Test Editor, when commenting on the 2-Eleven said "Every single judge described (the 2-Eleven) as 'superb' in their assessment notes."

Henry Catchpole, Road Test Editor, stated that "It's fabulous. It takes the habitability, finish and dimensions of the road car and adds the dynamics and awesome gearbox of a race car."

Luke Bennett, Operations Director of Lotus Cars Limited said that "I am delighted that the Evora took the title of "EVO Car of the Year 2009" and it is made even better that at the same time the 2-Eleven has won the Track Car of the Year competition. The Evora and 2-Eleven offer very different ownership propositions; however both have the same Lotus DNA and each reward the driver with a great Lotus driving experience."

Luke went on to say "It is a great endorsement for Lotus cars that the most refined car in the product line up is picking up awards at the same time as the most extreme car in the range, illustrating the great wealth of engineering and manufacturing expertise at Lotus."

Lotus Evora:

205 g/km CO2 32.5 mpg (8.7 litres / 100 km) - Combined Cycle 22.8 mpg (12.4 litres / 100 km) - Urban Cycle 43.5 mpg (6.5 litres / 100 km) - Extra Urban Cycle

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is souless...
        • 5 Years Ago
        And judging from your previous comments only German cars have soul right, good sir?
        • 5 Years Ago
        And you know this because you have driven it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank you for giving the result before I read the magazine!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      AUTOBLOG. I wish in future you'd hide the winner behind "the jump". I was hoping to read the magazine without know who wins it. But I do concede, there was always a 50% chance i'd flick right to the results when I pick up the mag.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's half the purpose of their repost of this article: to show the winners of COTY.

        As to the comments that the "car is soulless:" I angrily disagree. Just because a racing legend didn't help tune this car like Ayrton Senna did with the NSX, Schumacher with the California, does not preclude it from having a soul.

        Lotus cars have an undeniable, track-worthy presence. You don't have to like the design, but you know it'll be lightweight, be fast in the corners, and potentially interesting in the straights.
      • 5 Years Ago
      2-Eleven reminds me of a modern Se7en
      • 5 Years Ago
      Really? The Lotus won a UK-based magazine award. Who would have thunk it?!?

      I love the Elise/Exige and appreciate how Lotus is hell-bent on keeping cars lightweight, but this Evora does nothing for me on a visual-level.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it is in fact the first time a british car has won the award since Evo magazine started in 1998. In the last decade the award for car of the year has been given to porsche 6 times, ferrari, ford, honda nissan and pagani have won once each.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It deserved it, the Evora is the new NSX.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How is an AWD, V8/V10-powered Audi the next NSX? Do you even know what an NSX was and what they were about. The NSX was crazy light due to lots of aluminum and RWD (like the Evora), relatively underpowered because it focused more on handling qualities (like an Evora), V6-powered (like an Evora) and usable as a daily driver (like...oh, a 4-seat Lotus).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually the Audi R8 is the new NSX but your comment is still valid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I did a driving experience day last october at Silverstone and had a passenger ride in a 2-Eleven.
      I'd just managed to spin their Ferrari 360 at Stowe corner so wasn't in their best books, and the instructor leant in to the strangely silent test driver and murmured something.

      He then proceeded to drive around the club circuit entirely sideways - even on the straights! I think they told him to give me the 'special treatment'! And he'd just done countless slightly less erratic laps, shredding the tyres to the point of threads poking through.

      The craziest thing about it were the brakes though - he'd sail right past all the marked braking-points and slam them on at the last minute - cue me not actually touching my seat and hanging forward in my harnesses.... it was like hitting a wall. Literally.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm starting to like Evora.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Congrats for Lotus.

      The Evora does look very good. I still think I would go to a Cayman, instead, if I were in the market, but I'd definitely give Evora a shot.

      I have to disagree with the "soul-less" comment. The front end is a bit blank, but other than that, the car looks remarkably good. I would simply suggest painting the roof with a nice non-metallic glossy black, to make it look less like a stocking cap on top of the car.

      The chassis tech that has gone into that car seems amazing. I hope the Toyota V6 is more exciting than it sounds, and doesn't let the rest of the car down, in terms of sporty response and feedback. Lotus is usually pretty good about making sure that stuff is sorted, though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So lets see. You don't agree with my "souless" comment, yet you'd take a Cayman over this car, you hope that the TOYOTA V6 is more exciting than it sounds, you feel like the front end is "blank" and that the roof of the car looks like a "stocking cap".

        If I'd never seen or driven the car before and you explain it like this to me, I wouldn't be too excited about it.

      • 5 Years Ago
      The 458 wasnt a part of the ECOTY.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it is in fact the first time a british car has won the award since Evo magazine started in 1998. In the last decade the award for car of the year has been given to porsche 6 times, ferrari, ford, honda nissan and pagani have won once each.

        • 5 Years Ago
        you're right, the 458 wasnt a part of this years ecoty for the simple reasons a) that you can't buy one yet, b) evo haven't reviewed it yet. The 458 is a 2010 car this was ecoty 2009.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Evora is pretty cool but its still not as fast a Ferrari or Porsche around a track.
        • 5 Years Ago
        not entirely true or indeed a fair comparison, ferraris come up a LOT more expensive and there is no direct comparison model to a 911 from lotus

        The Evora is faster round the top gear test track and rockingham than either a new boxter s or the old version.

        An Exige is quicker around goodwood than a 997 gt3

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