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texige 08-29-2013 05:35 PM

Evora GX to race Laguna
 
An Austin Team will be racing the Evora GX at the Laguna Seca race. The Team is racing Laguna to grandfather into next years combined series where it will be campaigned. The car is stunning with sequential shift and cosworth modified motor.

sturgeongeneral 08-29-2013 07:19 PM

Do you know the date?

texige 08-29-2013 07:24 PM

The Rolex race is Sunday, September 8th at 2 p.m..

R4Racin 08-29-2013 07:34 PM

:nanner::nanner2: I'll be there! :nanner2::nanner:

texige 09-06-2013 01:48 PM

Here is a twitter that popped up on the Grand Am site with a pic.. If they can get the car set up, it is very fast. https://twitter.com/RolexSeries/stat...250880/photo/1

LarryB 09-06-2013 02:34 PM

Heading out tomorrow, will share photos and any video.

XHILR8N! 09-06-2013 03:07 PM

Nice!

Lckitty 09-06-2013 03:45 PM

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This is great to see!

Ned M 09-08-2013 11:15 AM

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The car is gorgeous. Practiced well yesterday, Looks very well prepared. Attachment 285041

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Copple 09-08-2013 11:39 AM

My dad and I make the trip to the Daytona 24 every year. It would would be awesome to see an Evora run this year!


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texige 09-08-2013 01:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Copple (Post 2445049)
My dad and I make the trip to the Daytona 24 every year. It would would be awesome to see an Evora run this year!


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Scott Dollahite who owns the GX Evora raced the 24 hours this year in a GT3 Porsche. They are gearing up to make a serious run next year in the new combined class but will be allowed to make enhancements to this car. If anyone goes by the pits, check out the Lotus tool chests.

dspecgsx 09-09-2013 05:17 AM

Looks like the team came in 3rd in class out of 4.

texige 09-09-2013 06:32 AM

They were in second ahead of the Cayman when a clutch/shifting problem took them out for 18 laps but got back in the race and were running competitive lap times with the leader toward the end. This is a car with very little development time in it's first race and there is a lot of room for improvement. The owner raced Ferrari 333s in the past and currently owns a 458Challenge car and an LMP2 car and he said the Lotus is going to be fast.

LiveToDrive 09-09-2013 10:14 AM

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Yes before the transmission issue the car was looking very good. It was fun to see an Evora on the track and that black/gold livery was great.

LarryB 09-09-2013 04:33 PM

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Was great meeting the owner/drivers and crew of the Lotus Evora debut in Grand Am. Not too bad for the first outing of the car and first visit to Laguna for one of the drivers.

More photos at:

Evora GX- Grand Am Debut - a set on Flickr

texige 09-09-2013 05:02 PM

With GX going away, the car is being upgraded to GT Daytona specs for 2014.

XHILR8N! 09-09-2013 05:08 PM

Thanks for the link to the flickr pics. Some nice shots there. Car looks really good. Precisely what Lotus needs.

Gunpilot 09-09-2013 10:53 PM

This was good to see, we watched with much apprehension, not the greatest start but its a start. I thought it was Ross at first! Ha!

lotus69f2 09-10-2013 03:19 AM

Alex Job Racing, who ran two Evoras in ALMS - and gave it up because of the merger and lack of funding from Lotus, felt the Evora was a fantastic car, but needed development. THe biggest factor holding it back was the engine. This was for two reason. Primarily it is a long stroke engine. Most race engines are large bore and short stroke. Development of the engine was limited, Lotus would have had to offer a special engine to customers inorder to get it homologated for racing. SOmehwere recently I saw that another manufacturer does just that (I can't remember who?) but they charge something like $50k for each engine and require that a customer purchase two - sopretty much only race teams buy them.

Is there any info - like a web site - on the team that is running their GX and their plans for the future?

Ned M 09-10-2013 05:28 PM

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Originally Posted by texige (Post 2449361)
With GX going away, the car is being upgraded to GT Daytona specs for 2014.

It will be interesting to see how they get this done. To be competitive with current GTDs they'll need to make somewhere approaching 450hp. Hope USCR approves an engine solution for them to run GTD. The car had plenty of stick in the corners vs its GX competitors; just needs more grunt 😎


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