News emerged from Norfolk – actually Goodwood, to be precise – that Lotus is planning an open-top version of the recently-launched Lotus Evora 400. Building this model makes perfect sense for the British automaker since it is one of the easiest projects they have ever undertaken and yet it gives them access to a whole new market.
Lotus Evora 400 features an extruded and bonded aluminium tub chassis with immense structural rigidity that can easily handle getting its roof chopped off. What’s more, they are not going to design a complicated folding metal roof, or even a soft top, for the Evora Roadster.
The roof arrangement for the Lotus Evora 400 Roadster will be like that of many a modern super cars, i.e. two lightweight removable pieces that can be stored behind the front seats. They are manual, of course, but they weigh around 3kg each which makes them very easy to handle.
Lotus Evora 400 Roadster is being developed mainly for the U.S. market on which the Brits count heavily in order to achieve their goal of selling 3,000 cars this year – a thousand more than what they managed last year. Mechanically, the car will be identical to the coupe version, meaning it will be powered by a 3.5 liter V6 unit developing 400 horsepower