The Lotus Evora has taken many forms as a race car over the past few years, starting in 2009 with the Type 124 Endurance Racer built for the FIA GT. Since then, Lotus has developed a GT4 Cup version designed for a one-make series, the Evora GTE that currently competes in the GT class of the ALMS and the recently introduced Evora GTC.

Now, Lotus has released the Evora GX, a variation of the GTC tweaked to specifically meet the requirements of Grand-Am's new GX class that will launch at the start of the 2013 race season. While the two cars are very similar, using the same lightweight carbon fiber and plexiglass bodywork, the GX version gets a thicker U.S.-spec roll cage, a revised front splitter and bumper, a standard Grand-Am rear wing, yellow headlights and a new fuel filler system. ABS and traction control have also been removed per Grand-Am regulations.

Pricing for the Evora GX is listed at $335,000 with each one built to order, and one customer has already taken the plunge. McMahon Raceworks has placed an order and should have the car on the starting grid at the first race next year.

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Hot off the back of unleashing its Evora GTC racer, Lotus Racing engineers have been honing the Evora to meet the requirements of North America's legendary sports car series, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.

Later in the 2012 season the Evora will race under the Rolex Series' GT rules as GX rules begin in 2013. With the Evora GX, the driving experience is even more pure, and the beefy body kit is even more aggressive.

McMahon Raceworks with Condor Motorsport have placed an order for their Evora GX, and the team led by David McMahon with Armando Trentini as lead driver and consultant, will enter the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.

Like the GTC, carbon-fibre doors, roof and engine cover have replaced the SMC and RTM composite panels of the previous evolution GT4 Enduro, and Plexiglass replaces the polycarbonate windows in order to trim yet more weight off what is already a very light car. At 1,150kg, it tips the scales at just 10kg over the weight of the GTC model, despite being fitted with the much thicker US-spec roll cage

There are aerodynamic changes too, with a new front splitter and front bumper, and the standard Rolex Series rear wing which, along with the car's wide wheels and flared arches, give it very mean stance. To meet other series requirements, ABS and traction control have been removed, putting more emphasis on driver skill.

There's also a new fuel filler system, Continental tyres, and yellow headlamps in order to tick all the race series specific boxes. The 4-litre V6 continues to pump out 440bhp and 440Nm of torque, linked to an XTRAC six-speed sequential paddle-shift. The GX is priced at $335,000.00 and will be built to order.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Shane Gardner
      • 2 Years Ago
      Screw Lotus, they completely screwed over a handful of IndyCar teams yet they have debuted like 2 or 3 motorsports programs after the fact. I will not be supporting them at all. Which is unfortunate because I like Alex Job Racing in ALMS, I like Kimi in F1 among other racers in other branches of motorsports. But if you run for Lotus I will not be supporting you.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let the comments of "For $335,000 I could buy a [insert car here] and have money left over" begin...
        • 2 Years Ago
        $335,000...... because Race Car not ment to compete with street cars.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well i get to drive it so hate all you want...tested the car a month ago...its quick. But what do I know? LOL. You hate Lotus? Wow...what do you like? Spec miatas LOL
      • 2 Years Ago
      You're an idiot. Its a race car moron. not a street car. Trolls and poseurs. enjoy Forza 4...Ill be having fun in this:D
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have loved Lotus for years, but the dueling-teams F1 debacle. Great big questions if this company exists 2 years from now, it's tough to be excited.
      • 2 Years Ago