• Mar 3, 2010
Lotus Evora Carbon Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

It took us two trips to notice, but the Evora 414E Hybrid wasn't the only concept sharing the Lotus stand at the Geneva Motor Show. Taking its lightweight ethos to the next logical extreme, Lotus unveiled the rather unassuming Evora Carbon concept here in Switzerland, and as it's name would imply, the exotic weave is the primary change to the new 2+2.

The body panels, roof, diffuser and front splitter have all been replaced with carbon fiber components pulled from the FIA GT4-series coupe, and the interior has been swathed in Alcantara and more of the sexy composite. Lotus remains mum on exactly how many pounds have been shed thanks to the carbon fiber diet, but knowing the marque's penchant for limited edition models, we wouldn't be surprised to see a production model inspired by the concept within the next year.



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Evora Carbon Concept Makes Motorshow Debut

The multi-award winning Lotus Evora provides the basis of the stunning carbon design concept unveiled at the 80th Geneva Motorshow. The car boasts a stylish carbon fibre, leather and alcantara interior, aggressive carbon diffuser and an evocative high tech composite body.

The Evora Carbon Concept car emphasises Lotus' motorsport pedigree, utilising beautiful high quality materials with exposed carbon fibre and plush alcantara. The striking white concept car is finished in an advanced water based pearlesent paint that contrasts with the exquisitely finished weave on the carbon fibre panels.

The head turning looks of the Evora Carbon Concept car provide a more purposeful, planted stance with the car looking lower and more aggressive. This styling direction is continued with a structural carbon fibre roof, Lotus Motorsport influenced carbon diffuser and carbon splitter. The Evora Carbon Concept car retains the same class leading handling and high tech aluminium bonded and extruded chassis of the production car.

The contemporary interior of the Evora Carbon Concept car combines the lustre of the carbon panels with perforated leather and matt alcantara. The bespoke interior uses swathes of sumptuous grey alcantara to cover the footwell, dashboard and roof. The soft texture of the leather and alcantara are juxtaposed with the hard surfaces of the carbon fibre to provide a satisfying sensory experience.

The Evora Carbon Concept car has diamond cut forged 19" alloy wheels front and rear, shod with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres (235/35 wide front and 285/30 wide rear). The wheels and tyres give the Evora real presence filling the wheel arches and giving the car a purposeful appearance.

Donato Coco, Director of Lotus Design commented, "The design of the Evora Carbon Concept car features exotic, high tech materials that offer a good synergy with the Lotus brand image, expressing our motorsport heritage and history of stylish sports cars for which Lotus are renowned."


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice, beautiful, amazing and now more lithe? Wonderful.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now thats what I am talking about a car that is already light being made even more so! Keep up the good work Lotus. I can't wait to see exactly how much weight they managed to save. I am hoping eventually they offer a supercharged version aswell. And I love the Evora 414E Hybrid!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cars like this are exactly why I dream of one day winning the lottery.

      When that time finally comes I'm going to need a really big garage.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd also like to add,

      Instead of coming up with new versions of the same car over and over again...here's a better idea...

      GIVE US AN ESPRIT REPLACEMENT ALREADY!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @RG Thanks for saving me the time mate.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Andre-

        Unfortunately this is a case of walk before you can run. After Lotus exchanging hands multiple times in the span of a few years, they needed to start from scratch, thus the Elise was born. In order to product a supercar, a huge amount of capital is needed to research and develop the car. Lotus is slowly, and I think, smartly ramping up to the halo Esprit by building modular architecture, building capabilities in house and participating in racing which I am sure is being used as a test bed for future tech.

        You can't just rush in and build a $150k supercar and expect it to have any kind of impact. Especially if when you look back at the Esprit and realize that, in respect to its competition, it really wasn't a superstar. I still remember comparison tests where the Esprit floundered against competition from Ferrari and Porsche.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Alright who wants to teach Andre of the reality that is small carbuilders, the amount of time r&d takes them and the need to bring in serious possitive cashflow prior to embarking on a new halo car?

        Last I checked there's only one iteration on sale, one charity edition recently auctioned, and these two concepts this week, far from enough mustang/veyron variations to qualify your moaning.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Zamafir,

        "Alright who wants to teach Andre of the reality that is small carbuilders, the amount of time r&d takes them and the need to bring in serious possitive cashflow prior to embarking on a new halo car?"

        Last time I checked, the Esprit has been out of production since '04. Since then there have been how many special edition Elises?

        "Last I checked there's only one iteration on sale, one charity edition recently auctioned, and these two concepts this week, far from enough mustang/veyron variations to qualify your moaning."

        Considering that the car isn't even officially on sale yet according to their website, I'd say their off to a good start. By the end of the year, there will most likely be 5 more special edition Evoras & 10+ Elises.
        Please, stop trying to be such an expert with your, "Alright who wants to teach Andre of the reality...blah blah blah" crap. Where have you been for the past five years? A cave?
        You act like Lotus ISN'T going to do their usual watering-down of the model like Ford does with their Mustang & Bugatti is currently doing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here comes all the variations/special editions...
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ Ray lol my sediments exactly... I wouldn't know where to start but first thing would be to order all the parts i want for my project then go out and pay off my house then get a tesla roadster as really if i wanted to go anywhere from Toronto to London ON perimeter, I could do this and still return home... That's my dream but My EV project and a Lotus Evora 414E would be perfect
        • 4 Years Ago
        How sad that the American Dream has come to this...

        Instead of: "I want to work hard and provide a better future for my kids," it has become, "My dream is to get a ton of money for free so I can buy all this crap I want."

        I'm not trying to get on your case personally. This is just a lament against how we really have been engineered. We live to buy stuff. Our dream is to have money to buy stuff.

        This is not an accident. The marketers have been pushing this new dream for 50 years, and they are winning. All those home loans were cashing in on this mentality, that we all deserve to have free money.

        Be happy with what you have. A garage full of cars won't make you nearly as happy as you think it will...