Lotus Planning F1-Inspired Evora GTE For Geneva Motor Show

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Kimi Raikkonen will be on hand at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, fielding questions about a new F1-inspired version of the Lotus Evora GTE.

So far, details on the car are basically nil, but we expect a sharper-performing, F1-liveried (or at least color-schemed), likely somewhat gussied up version of the already pretty sharp GTE. The GTE is 165 pounds lighter than a standard Evora, and makes 438 horsepower, so an even hotter version stands to be a serious performer, worthy of the F1 tie-in.

The move mimics Infiniti's involvement of Sebastian Vettel in producing a special-edition version of the FX50, and may hint at further involvement of the Lotus F1 Team program with the company's production vehicles. Lotus has already launched an F1-inspired version of the Evora S, dubbed the Evora S GP (pictured below) -- though it's essentially just an appearance package.

The debut will happen at 11:15 central European time, March 6th, and we'll be there to cover it live. Follow the link to catch all of our Geneva Motor Show coverage.

2012 Lotus Evora S GP Edition

2012 Lotus Evora S GP Edition

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