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2011-02-11 07:27

CUSTOM CLASS: Composite craftwork by Mansory should reduce the Evora’s mass, improve agility. There could be additional modifications too.

After revealing the most ambition production expansion plan in history at the Paris auto show last year staff at Lotus have been awfully busy trying to execute CEO Dany Bahar’s future vision for the company.

So busy are Lotus’s engineers and design staff that the company has taken an unprecedented step and partnered with a German aftermarket tuning specialist to prepare an exhibit ‘special’ for its Geneva auto show display stand in March.

Kourosh Mansory, operating from his fabrication base in Germany, has a stellar reputation for stylishly enhancing the world’s most expensive cars – specialising in Bentley and Aston Martin products.

Mansory’s obsession with premium British brands stood him in good stead when Lotus was looking for a tuner with the required credentials to do some ‘official’ commissioned work for Hethel.

FACTORY CUSTOM EVORA?

The result is a rather special version of Lotus’s Evora 2+2 sports car. Although Lotus is keeping this custom car’s specifications secret for now the media-release images showcase Mansory’s signature composite craftsmanship with carbon-fibre liberally added to the Evora’s surfacing.

Around the rump there is a louvre section mounted over the rear windscreen (vanquishing rear-view visibility), an elaborate diffuser/lower fascia combination and ornate spoiler are added too - all made of carbon-fibre.

Along the flanks the rocker panels and mirrors are resurfaced in carbon-fibre and a composite roof should lower the Evora’s centre of gravity, improving its inherent poise even further.

The Mansory Evora’s styling enhancements are completed courtesy of carbon-fibre air-intake surrounds underscored by a composite splitter, both design features crafted into a new front bumper.

ALL WILL BE REVEALED...

Although it is unusual for a brand with such unparalleled engineering resources (and heritage) to commission an aftermarket tuner to partner on a new model, Lotus HQ is a very busy place, with resources spread rather thin. Preparing five new models for production by 2015 is a monumental project so it is unsurprising to find Lotus contracting work on an Evora 'facelift' to an aftermarket tuner.

Officially, Lotus says all details will be revealed in Geneva at 2.15pm on March 1, 2011, when the Mansory Evora will answer a question that has always laboured the conscience of Elise, Evora and Esprit owners - is it always wise to customise?

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