Lotus Emira Arrives in the USA with F1 Legend Jenson Button at Laguna Seca

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(Monterey, California, USA – 12 August 2021) – Fresh from its triumphant world debut last month, the Lotus Emira is making its first appearance in the USA… with a very special driver at the wheel.

Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button put the all-new petrol-powered sports car through its paces at Laguna Seca Raceway. Like Lotus, Jenson was in California for Monterey Car Week, the Radford 62-2 – a reinterpretation of the Lotus Type 62 to be manufactured using Lotus technology – recently received its world premiere ahead of making its public debut with the Emira on the Lotus stand at The Quail, A Motorsport Gathering. Jenson Button stated after his drive that “This is such a great circuit, most road cars on tracks don’t work, but this does.”

The Emira is an all-new mid-engined sports car that perfectly embodies the ongoing transformation of the iconic British sports car manufacturer. Its striking design is delivering exotic supercar appeal in sports car segment, with inspiration from the Lotus Evija hypercar clear in its fluid surfaces and crisp feature lines. Two petrol engines are available, including a new-to-Lotus 2.0-litre turbocharged ‘i4’ from technical partner AMG as well as the much-loved and characterful 3.5-litre supercharged V6 from the critically acclaimed Evora GT.



A choice of manual, automatic and Dual Clutch Transmission is available, with power output from 360 to 400 hp at launch. All versions will hit 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in less than 4.5 seconds. The USA is a key market for the Emira as Lotus transforms into a truly global performance car company, and Lotus retailers across the country have already seen strong demand from potential customers.

The Lotus Emira will be joined by the Lotus Evija hypercar and the Radford 62-2 at The Quail: A Motorsport Gathering on Friday 13 August. All three will be part of a press conference held at 9.15am PDT (GMT-8) on the Lotus stand.

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Ermagehrd, I wouldn't even consider the grey color but in these pics / vid it still looks so PRETTY! I'm totally in love with the lines on this car, dang!
Does anyone else notice how they lowered the car since Goodwood? I think that partially explains why it looks better.
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That grey seems to have a lot more pop than the car at Goodwood :unsure:
 

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That grey seems to have a lot more pop than the car at Goodwood :unsure:
You're right and there's a simple explanation - that's the power of Californian sunshine vs British summer sun! Our light is also cooler (bluer) as well as being less intense, which is why corals and aquas that look great in Florida and the Caribbean never look as good here.
 

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Does anyone else notice how they lowered the car since Goodwood? I think that partially explains why it looks better. View attachment 184
Well spotted, I read somewhere that many Lotus models sit higher than you would think as they are not averse to designing in bit of body roll, like to have decent suspension travel and the suspension is often softer than you may think for a sports car, which helps with traction by keeping the contact patches square to the road. See esprit from Petrolicious feature below.


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