Ahh, those lucky Europeans. They seem to get to have all the motorsports fun. But we can still watch and appreciate it from afar. Today Lotus unveiled the new Lotus Evora Cup, a race car based on the production Evora, but with another 118 horsepower and about 250 pounds less weight.

The extra power comes from a larger, race-tuned 4.0-liter V-6 engine. The standard Evora gets a 3.5-liter Toyota-sourced unit that's good for 276 horsepower, but the Evora Cup's bigger engine is rated at 394 horsepower. Combined with the Evora Cup's sub-2,640-pound curb weight, it's sure to make for a potent package.

Considering the standard Evora can get to 62 mph in just over 5 seconds, the Evora cup ought to be nipping at the low-four-second range. Other upgrades to the Evora Cup include a dry-sump oil system, a six-speed sequential dog gearbox, and an aero package designed by Dallara, which makes extensive use of carbon fiber.

The car is built to compete in a race series of the same name--the Lotus Evora Cup--to be run throughout Europe. Lotus director of motorsport Claudio Berro calls this move the "first step along the route for Lotus Motorsport to realize its racing ambitions."

For more on the production Lotus Evora we can buy here in the States, check out our full preview.


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