Video: Lotus Emira in dynamic testing

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Lotus releases film of its new Emira being put through its paces by chassis guru Gavan Kershaw.

Lotus is whetting appetites for its brand-new Emira sports car, ahead of first deliveries commencing next year, with a new video showing the car in dynamic testing.

The short film shows the forthcoming rival to the Jaguar F-Type and Porsche Cayman undergoing high-speed testing at Lotus’ Hethel test track in the hands of Gavan Kershaw, director of Attributes & Product Integrity and long-standing chassis guru.

While also showing the car’s ability to transition into neat power slides, Kershaw explains how the Emira’s supercharged 3.5-litre V6 offers excellent response from low revs and a crescendo of performance that builds as the revs increase.

Kershaw also explains the car’s drive four drive modes. Tour is designed to give “maximum stability and control” while Sport allows “body slip” and improves throttle response. Race mode changes the digital instruments to a more performance-oriented set-up and allows further slip angles via reduced stability control, without reducing the ABS response for secure braking. Finally, Fully Off is self-explanatory, turning all stability systems off to make the car “100% controlled by the driver”.

Furthermore, Kershaw gives a description of the car’s interior design, which is claimed to be “really modern in feel” with perfect manual gearshift positioning. Finally, claims are made about the car’s thermal management and downforce generation.

John McIlroy

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