With no new brand cars to launch, and a host of amazing debuts from various other manufacturers, Lotus looks lost in Frankfurt. It does have the Type 124 Racer on its stand though, and that's well worth a gander.
What's all the fuss about?
No fuss, though the decaled Evora on Lotus's plinth has all the hallmarks of a racer that's about the do the business - and it's surprisingly neatly finished for a racing special. The Type 124 is built for endurance racing and will compete at various events across the globe from next year, including the Nurburgring 24hrs race, the BritCar 24hrs and the Dubai 24hrs. A theme developing here...
Anything that stands out?
Lots actually. The Toyota V6 powering the regular Evora in 276bhp form gets a boost to a heady 394bhp, and on top of that the whole car is lightened by a significant 200kg. There's also talk among Lotus chiefs of supercharging it to even greater power figures.
A six-speed sequential transmission operated by paddles replaces the standard 'box and its driver is shrouded in a full FIA-spec roll cage, as well as sitting in front of a massive 120-litre racing fuel tank. The dampers are adjustable (presumably between hard and rock hard) and the 18-inch lightweight alloy wheels are shod in racing slicks.
When can I buy one?
From now if you're interested, but it's a pretty niche product and it's still in development technically, so there are no official prices to report.