Lotus Evora Nabs Aluminum Prize
Group Lotus Plc recently passed along news that the Lotus Evora has already starting winning awards, despite the fact that the vehicle still isn’t slated to arrive in European dealer showrooms until the Summer of 2009. (The Evora may arrive in North America in late 2009 or early 2010.)
The award in question is the “Overall Jury Prize” of the European Aluminum Awards, and it was awarded to Lotus in recognition of the advanced aluminum structure of the still-in-development Evora. Lotus has historically been keen on using aluminum and composite materials in their other vehicles, and the Evora takes that one step further.
“We are absolutely delighted that the Lotus Evora has won such a prestigious award so soon after its official unveiling at the British International Motor Show in July,” Group Lotus Plc CEO Mike Kimberley said in a statement announcing the award. “The Lotus Evora architecture is an advanced, lightweight technology that provides a foundation for our long term model plan for future Lotus and client products.”
The Evora will be powered by a Lotus-massaged Toyota 3.5L V6 (2GR-FE) connected to a 6-speed manual transmission. The car will likely fall into the £40-£50K range when introduced in Europe next year.