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Thanks to ACP for the compilation of interesting quotes: :scratchchin:


Despite the focus on making the Evora an everyday car, it's still very much a Lotus, with an innovative Versatile Vehicle Architecture chassis structure that is both lightweight and, the company claims, an incredible 50% stiffer than the Ferrari F430.


Riding shotgun, Paul Birch tells me the Evora even outgrips the purebred Exige S on semi-slick tires. "We've measured sustained lateral readings of 1.3 g," he says. "On street tires." It's too wet today to get anywhere near that limit, but rest assured that's a statement we'll be investigating as soon as we have an Evora back in Los Angeles.


It has an all-new monocoque chassis which uses the bonded aluminium principles hatched in the Elise and refined in Lotus’s VVA (Variable Vehicle Architecture) system. Hethel engineers make a special issue of the Evora's stiffness, more than two-and-a-half times that of an Elise.


At the heart of the Evora's abilities lies an all-new chassis architecture. The modular design means Lotus can build new cars – or cars for other manufacturers – very quickly. It's massively strong and light, and requires a force of 19,900 lb per ft (27,000Nm) to twist the chassis just one millimetre.

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Hmmmm, must have made the chassis out of this stuff.   :p

(Hahahaha, bet you were scared when a Mondi post came up under that heading.  :D)

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The modular design means Lotus can build new cars – or cars for other manufacturers – very quickly.

Lotus shopping Evora chassis to other automakers?

Back in the Nineties, shortly after Lotus introduced the original Elise, the company made it known that its new sportscar platform was designed to be easily adapted to different applications – including different powertrains. Companies that were interested in a platform for a niche products using their own powertrains were welcome to contract with Lotus for use of the Elise's underpinnings. Over the years, it spawned several race and concept cars, to say nothing of the production Opel GT, Vauxhall VX220, and of course, the Tesla Roadster.

Now that Lotus finally has its first all-new car in 14 years and several hundred Evoras have been delivered to customers, the same offer is again on the table. In fact, this time the presentation from Lotus Engineering even shows the Evora chassis carrying an electric powertrain.

The versatile vehicle architecture is made largely from aluminum extrusions which can be cut off in different sizes, allowing the chassis to readily be adjusted for length and width as needed. To date, no company that we're aware of has adopted the Evora's architecture. However, given Tesla's relative success in using the Elise as a starting point – and the increased size of the Evora – it should be even more attractive to potential customers. You can check out the full presentation after the jump.

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