Evora classing discussion
I have a buddy looking to nationally campaign an Evora with the SCCA. He's proposing the Street Action Committee (SAC) reclassify the Evora models per the following letter. I'd like to share it here and get feedback from other Lotus (Evora, primarily) owners. He's open to suggestions. Here's his draft letter:
Thanks for taking the time to address my letter. I would like to make a few requests for reclassing and I am tempted to write multiple letters. However, they are very closely related so I will combine them here. First, let me outline what I would like you to consider.
1) Class the 2017+ Evora 400 in SS
2) Reclass the 2011+ Evora S from SS to AS
3) Reclass the 2010+ Evora (NA) from AS to BS
I'll explain my reasoning for these three changes, which I suspect will becoming increasingly difficult in that order. I think I've spoken to some people on the board about these cars before and I'm in the somewhat rare position to have owned one before and autocrossed it.
The Evora 400 is not currently classed in Street, but has now been available for 6 months at US dealers. There are few to zero used ones, but every dealer has new examples. It's a 400hp, 3000lb, mid-engined car.
To properly consider the the 2011-2014 Evora S, I think one has to look at more complete specifications. I retreived mine from the Lotus shop manual along with notes from owning a 2011.
Weight: ~3150 lbs 39% F, 61%R, 3100 lbs with most Street class allowances
Power: 345 hp
Width: 69"F 72"R (track width ~= 62" hub-to-hub)
Wheelsize: 19x8 F 20x9.5R
The suspension is double A-arm front and rear.
There are two gearsets available, but both do 62-63 mph in 2nd gear on stock tires.
I contend that this vehicle is eclipsed completely by both the C6 and C5 z06 and has very little chance of being an overdog. It is very comparable to the Cayman of the same vintage. It gains better suspension geometry, but gives up the limited slip differential.
The Evora NA specifications are very similiar, but have some important differences.
b) ~3090lbs 39%F, 61%R
c) Spring rates about 10% softer
Other changes such as the omission of the Evora S air-to-oil cooler have little bearing on Solo.
I've owned one of these and ran it with the CCR region circa 2012. I no longer do. With that generation of tires (RE11, Z1*), it was very close to the pace of an S2000 and other (at the time) AS cars. It certainly wasn't a C5 FRC beater.
The closest match for the vehicle is probably the '07-'08 Cayman S, which is one of the cars to have in BS. Again it's not overdog, but the Evora could be a contender here. Fortunately it's not priced to the moon or hard to find in the after market. There's dozens on ebay and autotrader and the running costs are pretty low. For what it's worth, I would feel outclassed running against one in national events.
2006 Lotus Elise