We have new details about the 2010 Lotus Evora Cup car, and the project's new test driver Jarno Trulli. The story, and photos, inside.
F1 driver Jarno Trulli has been tapped to help create the Lotus Evora Cup race car. The car was fully tested for the first time this week at the Snetterton track in Norfolk, England.
Trulli, now a part of the 2010 Lotus F1 team, has been a regular Formula One driver since 1997. In 190 races, he has claimed a pole position four times, winning one race outright. That win came at the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix, leading to his personal-best 6th place finish in the World Driver's Championship that year.
The 35-year-old Italian brough engineer Gianluca Pisanello to the Evora Cup project. Together, they "provided specific input into the aerodynamic balance for slow, medium and fast corners, guidance on the racing setup of the suspension geometry and direction on the engine's calibration," according to a press release.
"I have enjoyed driving the road going Lotus Evora very much and I believe that the Evora Cup will be a very competitive race car package," Trulli said. "It was very rewarding to be the first to drive the Evora Cup race car even though the snowy conditions at Snetterton were fairly challenging at times!"
Lotus plans to unveil the final version of the Lotus Evora Cup car, and its aero kit, at next month's Geneva Motor Show. The GT4 car will have a £120,000 starting price, not including taxes. Add £30,000 for a car fit for endurance racing.