Board: Lotus Language: English Region: Worldwide Share/Save/Bookmark Close

Forum - Thread

    Lotus Evora GTE ready for Le Mans

    June 12th, 2009 – didn’t something happen that day? Indeed – Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer, Thomas Gruber and Germany’s Alex Müller got to the finish of the 79th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, sensationally taking third place in their class in their very first appearance!

    “It was an incredible moment – it will live on forever in my memory”, Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer says looking back . . .

    Two years later – this weekend (June 11th & 12th) – the squad from Oeynhausen in Lower Austria will again compete in this classic event – but under completely new conditions:

    Jetalliance Racing has become Lotus Jetalliance – climbing up a step, so to speak, now being the official factory team of the traditional British marque. And with the Lotus Evora GTE a completely newly-developed car is being fielded. Following the première at the ILMC round in Spa, Le Mans is now the first great crucible for this new racing car – but also for the entire team!

    And the latter has been working almost continuously since Spa to be ready for Le Mans. The new Lotus testing area in Hethel has recently seen almost daily night shifts to further develop the Evora GTE and to eliminate the mistakes that occurred at Spa.

    New team, new car – and new drivers as well. Because none of the triumvirate that was successful in those days is still actively involved in driving – team owner Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer and Thomas Gruber will be on location but will not race themselves: “As I’ve already said in the run-up, I’m currently indispensable as the CEO of Jetalliance. And you can’t contest such a race without intensive preparation. But I’m looking forward to it nevertheless – because I’m proud that we will be there at such a traditional event as the Lotus factory team”, Lichtner-Hoyer explains.

    The same goes for Vitus Eckert – the chairman of Jetalliance’s supervisory board was originally slated for the amateur car – but he too had to pass for occupational reasons.

    Because of Lichtner-Hoyer’s absence from the cockpit due to professional necessities no Austrian will on the starting grid for the Lower Austrian team this year. One car will be driven by the two Englishmen James Rossiter and Johnny Mowlem as well as Switzerland’s Jonathan Hirschi. All three drivers bring a lot of endurance racing experience with them so that they should also be able to help the team. Three successful amateurs – namely Martin Rich (GBR), Oskar Slingerland (NED) and John Hartshorne (GBR) – will share the second Evora GTE.

    As far as expectations are concerned, team manager Jan Kalmar has a realistic outlook: “We managed to build a new car in record time and have even contested a race with it already – but the fact remains that we’re still in the early stages of development. Even with the rule changes recently issued by the ACO sanctioning body we probably won’t be in a position to win. But I can promise one thing – we will be closer. Because Spa has shown that we have a lot of potential, but also that there’s still a lot of work ahead of us. We’ve accepted that and made a lot of changes to the cars. But we also lost a lot of time this way and weren’t able to run the endurance test earlier than this week. That’s actually unheard of in motor racing – but for us the time factor is really our biggest rival right now. We will head for Le Mans directly after testing.”

    However not just the Evora, appearing in a new livery for the first time, will be the focus of attention, but also the exclusive hospitality that Lotus Jetalliance has put up in the paddock area for customers and friends of its sponsors – droves of supporters are therefore guaranteed, plenty of people keeping their fingers crossed as well . . .



    Re: Lotus Evora GTE ready for Le Mans

     They have been given a good restrictor break (and a weight reduction) so they should be quite competitive.

    Re: Lotus Evora GTE ready for Le Mans

     I think this is the first time Lotus has had a factory team at Le Mans since 1996, when they ran the Esprit GT1 car. So this is pretty exciting.sil964.jpg


    "We all love the music. What we hope is that the music loves us." -- Tom Waits

    Re: Lotus Evora GTE ready for Le Mans

    It looks amazing. Im always rooting for Lotus as an underdog brand on any race they take part on.



    Board Subject Last post Rating Views Replies
    Porsche Sticky OFFICIAL: New 991.2 GT3 (2017) 12/15/18 10:01 AM
    Na Mezger
    409458 5202
    Porsche Sticky SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA 12/13/18 8:47 PM
    324271 2007
    Porsche Sticky The moment I've been waiting for... 12/8/18 8:33 AM
    213240 1083
    Porsche Sticky OFFICIAL: 911 GT2 RS (2017) 12/14/18 5:41 AM
    199220 2680
    Porsche Sticky OFFICIAL: 991.2 GT3 RS (2018) 12/16/18 8:54 AM
    128385 2443
    AMG Sticky Mercedes E63 S AMG (2018) - Short Review (updated on a regular basis) 12/6/18 3:34 PM
    34244 321
    Porsche Sticky OFFICIAL: The new Porsche 992 – a design icon and high-tech sports car 12/17/18 9:25 AM
    21299 337
    Porsche Sticky Paint protection film 9/25/18 6:14 PM
    14436 121
    Porsche Sticky Child seats in a 991 11/29/18 3:43 PM
    13868 35
    Porsche 991 GT3 RS 1/9/18 1:43 PM
    527471 5816
    Porsche OFFICIAL: 991 Turbo and Turbo S 4/3/18 9:15 AM
    484301 4254
    Porsche 992 (Next 911 generation 2019/2020) Thread Closed 11/29/18 11:38 AM
    297629 3195
    Porsche OFFICIAL: 911 R (2016) 9/13/18 10:12 AM
    281230 2589
    Porsche Cayman GT4 11/29/18 3:41 PM
    266984 2622
    Porsche OFFICIAL: New 991.2 Turbo and Turbo S 1/23/18 12:27 AM
    192212 1074
    Ferrari 488 GTB/GTS 11/26/18 11:32 AM
    191970 1768
    McLaren McLaren on a winning streak 12/16/18 1:27 PM
    184032 3295
    Others Audi R8 V10 Plus (2016 model) - Review (updated Feb 13th 2017) 12/17/18 8:50 AM
    152147 2489
    Porsche Boxster Spyder (981) 8/31/18 10:25 AM
    143285 757
    Porsche OFFICIAL: New Panamera (2016) 1/6/18 10:41 PM
    129062 1284
    Ferrari Ferrari F12 Berlinetta / 599 GTO Successor 5/22/18 9:16 PM
    112020 789
    Others VW caught cheating emissions tests 5/3/18 7:52 PM
    CGX car nut
    106815 871
    Porsche Porsche Mission E - the future of Porsche? 12/10/18 3:41 PM
    90179 1252
    Porsche Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design 12/7/18 10:15 PM
    Boxster Coupe GTS
    67336 673
    Porsche UPDATES: 2018 Porsche Cayenne 2/6/18 2:13 PM
    57513 423
    Others Tesla Roadster 12/17/18 2:27 AM
    47234 1494
    Porsche OFFICIAL: New 991.2 Carrera GTS models 11/3/18 11:09 AM
    47150 477
    Others Tesla Model X Thread Closed 2/23/18 3:41 PM
    43024 1122
    AMG AMG GT R 11/30/18 4:10 PM
    42287 605
    Porsche OFFICIAL: New 991.2 Turbo S Exclusive Series (2017) 12/4/18 3:17 PM
    39793 650
    279 items found, displaying 1 to 30.