Europa

06 December 2005 NEWS RELEASE

The New Lotus Europa S - ‘Business Class by Lotus’


The new Lotus Europa S, a Grand Tourer (GT) inspired two-seater will provide Lotus customers
with a spectacular sportscar with significantly enhanced levels of touring and cruising capability. It
will provide drivers with higher levels of practicality and refinement to complement the simplicity
of the Lotus Elise and Exige models.
The Lotus Europa S follows the core Lotus philosophy of performance through light weight
enabling this refined and very high performing GT car to weigh just 995 kg. This low weight has
been obtained through the clever use of advanced and high tech materials including an extruded
and bonded aluminium chassis, composite body panels and a very advanced composite energy
absorbing front crash structure.
When compared to the award winning Lotus Elise, the Europa S has a larger boot / luggage
compartment and easier cabin access, resulting from lower chassis sides and a higher roof line.
Coupled with luxuries such as full leather interior, driver and passenger airbags and carpets all as
standard, Lotus has created a “Business Class” driving experience.
However, the Europa S is not a derivative of the Elise or the Exige and has been allocated a
separate Lotus type number of Type 121 - the Elise and Exige are both Type 111.
The new mid-engined coupe will deliver high levels of performance from a high torque (263 Nm
or 194 lbft at 4200 rpm) 2.0-litre turbo engine producing 149 kW (200 hp or 203 PS) at 5400rpm.
The Lotus Europa S achieves around 90% of its maximum torque at only 2000 rpm to give “super
car” levels of acceleration from low engine speeds, propelling the car from 0 –96 km/h (60 mph)
in around 5.5 seconds, and 160 km/h (100 mph) in around 14 seconds. Maximum speed is
approximately 225 km/h (140 mph). Being a Lotus, the Europa S has a phenomenal power to
weight ratio of 201 hp / tonne (204 PS / tonne or 6.68 kg / kW).
Tony Shute, Head of Product for Lotus Cars explains the concept behind the new product: “The
Lotus Europa S has allowed Lotus to exploit its extensive capabilities in developing a
sophisticated GT car which successfully complements the range of existing cars. The ‘Grand
Tourer’ concept underpinning the Europa S provides the driver with a refined environment,
incorporating innovative styling features which do not compromise the superior performance and
handling that is synonymous with the Lotus marque.”
Describing the Lotus Europa S, Russell Carr, Chief of Design for Lotus says: “The form of a
design should reflect the spirit of the car, and the Lotus Europa S is no different. Where the
rebellious track-focused personality of the Exige is characterised by shrink-wrapped athletic
forms communicating agility and power, the Europa S has a more fluid, understated language
reflecting its more sophisticated persona.”
The introduction of a GT car, represents both an important and unique addition to the Lotus
product range, as Clive Dopson, Managing Director of Lotus Cars, explains: “The launch of the
Europa S re-affirms our position as an innovative player in the highly competitive sportscar
marketplace. It allows Lotus to extend its product appeal beyond our traditional customer base,
and provides yet another demonstration of the key Lotus brand attributes and high levels of
quality for which we are particularly proud.”
Production of the Lotus Europa S is scheduled to commence in July 2006 at the award winning
and world leading Lotus manufacturing facility at the Lotus Headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk, UK.
The Europa S will be sold in all markets where the Lotus brand is present, except for the USA
and Canada.
Final pricing and full specifications will be announced closer to the on-sale date, but the price is
expected to be the region of £33000 (49000 Euros) depending on individual market taxation.


Predicted Performance figures:
Target acceleration
0 to 96 km/h (60 mph): 5.5 seconds (approximately)
0 to 160 km/h (100 mph): 14.0 seconds (approximately)
Maximum speed: 225 km/h (140mph) (approximately)

 



28 February 2006 NEWS RELEASE

The New Lotus Europa S - ‘Business Class by Lotus’


Overview
The new Lotus Europa S, a Grand Tourer (GT) inspired two-seater, will provide Lotus
customers a spectacular sportscar with significantly enhanced levels of touring and cruising
capability, as well as higher levels of practicality and refinement to complement the simplicity
of the Lotus Elise and Exige models.
The Europa S follows the core Lotus philosophy of performance through light weight, enabling
this refined and high-performing GT car to weigh a mere 995 kg, making it class- leading in
this respect. This low weight has been obtained through the clever use of advanced and hightech
materials including an extruded and bonded aluminium chassis, composite body panels
and a very advanced composite energy absorbing front crash structure.
When compared to the award-winning Lotus Elise, the Europa S has a larger boot / luggage
compartment and easier cabin access, resulting from lower chassis sides and a higher roof
line. Combined with a full leather interior, Satellite Navigation, driver and passenger airbags
and carpets all as standard, Lotus has created a “Business Class” driving experience which
remains true to the Company’s design philosophy.
The new mid-engine coupe will deliver high levels of performance from a high torque (263 Nm
or 194 lbft at 4200 rpm) 2.0-litre turbo engine producing 149 kW (200 hp or 203 PS) at
5400rpm.
The Lotus Europa S achieves around 90% of its maximum torque at only 2000 rpm to give
class-leading levels of acceleration from low engine speeds, propelling the car from 0 – 96
km/h (60 mph) in around 5.5 seconds, and 160 km/h (100 mph) in around 14 seconds.
Maximum speed is approximately 225 km/h (140 mph). Being a Lotus, the Europa S has a
competitive power to weight ratio of 201 hp / tonne (204 PS / tonne or 6.68 kg/kW).
The introduction of a GT-inspired car, represents both an important and unique addition to the
Lotus product range, as Clive Dopson, Managing Director of Lotus Cars, explains: “The launch
of the Europa S re-affirms our position as an innovative player in the highly competitive
sportscar marketplace. It allows Lotus to extend its product appeal beyond our traditional
customer base, and provides yet another demonstration of the key Lotus brand attributes and
high levels of quality for which we are particularly proud.”
Trevor Houghton-Berry, Head of Commercial Operations for Lotus Cars explains further the
positioning of the Lotus Europa S: "No longer will the outrageous fun and exhilaration of
driving a true Lotus require Lotus customers to make such significant compromises when it
comes to the practicality of living with their 'pride and joy' on a daily basis. The purity and
simplicity of the Lotus Elise and Exige ranges is now perfectly complemented with the arrival
of the new Europa S - a car which stays true to the Lotus philosophy of 'Performance through
light weight', but recognises that for some, the Elise and Exige experience may sometimes
prove just a little too 'extreme'!"
Full production of the Lotus Europa S is scheduled to commence in July 2006 at the awardwinning
and world-class Lotus manufacturing facility at the Lotus Headquarters in Hethel,
Norfolk, UK.


The Lotus Europa in more detail
The project and testing programme
The Lotus Europa S went from concept to production in just 28 months. This rapid
development was down to the capabilities of the Lotus Engineering and Lotus Manufacturing
divisions.
Extensive testing was conducted around the world in hot and cold climates, high humidity, city
and urban environments as well as on the freeways and autobahns around Europe. Also used
was the demanding 4 km (2.25 mile) Lotus test track and the roads around the Hethel
headquarters – regarded by many as some of the world’s most demanding with an almost
unique variety of surfaces and conditions.
However, engineering a vehicle is only one of the challenges to developing a successful
product. The Europa S was developed for manufacture by the team responsible for what is
regarded by many as the finest niche vehicle and low volume manufacturing facility in the
world. This manufacturing facility, based at the Lotus Headquarters in Hethel, England
currently produces 4000 to 4500 cars per year (with the Elise and the Exige). The Europa S
will reach maximum volume rate in late Summer 2006 after a steady volume ramp up starting
in late Spring 2006. Volumes are expected to be in the order of 500 cars per year but this
figure is flexible and volumes can be rapidly altered to meet demand when required.


Lotus Manufacturing and Supply Chain
Lotus uses a worldwide network of high quality suppliers who not only have excellent products,
but are also willing to work with Lotus to produce components specifically designed and
developed to meet the exacting requirements of a Lotus vehicle. With the Europa S
programme, special attention has been paid to broadening this supplier network in South East
Asia, resulting in the body panels for example, being produced in Malaysia through a new
partnership between Lotus and a leading local aerospace manufacturer.
Such activity has been strongly supported by Proton, the parent company to Lotus, who
continue to provide assistance in this region.
Lotus remains committed to using environmentally friendly high solids water based paints, and
each car is carefully inspected to ensure an “A1” class finish.
Each car goes through a number of quality checking stages before being delivered to the
customer – these quality standards are world class - Lotus was the first vehicle manufacturer
and engineering consultancy in the world to be awarded the prestigious QS9000 which is
linked to ISO9001/2000.
It is this attention to detail that lead to Lotus to be awarded the prestigious ‘World Class
Manufacturer of the Year’ award in 2005.
Each Europa S will take about 3 ½ days and 130 man-hours to build.
Tony Shute, Head of Product for Lotus Cars explains the concept behind the new product:
“The Europa S has allowed Lotus to exploit its extensive capabilities in developing a
sophisticated GT-inspired car which successfully complements the range of existing cars. The
‘Grand Tourer’ concept underpinning the Europa S provides the driver with a refined
environment, incorporating innovative styling features which do not compromise the superior
performance and handling that is synonymous with the Lotus marque.”


Chassis
The market and customer requirements for a GT-inspired car are quite different to the current
range of Lotus cars, the Elise and the Exige. Therefore the challenge for the Lotus engineers
was to design a car that could be constructed around the extruded and bonded Aluminium
chassis - similar to that used in the Elise and Exige – but which also incorporates significantly
enhanced levels of practicality, refinement for the occupants and increased touring and
cruising capability.
The chassis for the Lotus Europa S weighs just 68 kg while maintaining high levels of stiffness
and strength. To make access to the cockpit easier for driver and passenger, the sills, when
compared to the Elise and Exige have been lowered by 40 mm (1.6 inches) and reinforced to
maintain chassis stiffness. Again, when compared to the Elise and the Exige, the door glass is
50 mm (2 inches) higher giving a total door opening access for the driver and passenger of an
additional 90 mm (3 ½ inches).
The engine is mounted to a lightweight and strong, galvanised steel subframe. The lightweight
steel wishbones are also mounted to this steel assembly.
The Lotus vehicle dynamics team were set a tough challenge to produce a ride and handling
package for the Lotus Europa S that combines compliance and comfort with the legendary
Lotus agility, responsiveness and handling.
Steve Swift, Head of Vehicle Engineering explains the relationship between ride and handling
for the Lotus Europa S: “"The Europa is a true GT concept and the ideal companion for a long
journey home.”
Elegant and lightweight 17” diameter wheels front and rear are shod with bespoke Bridgestone
Potenza tyres (175/55 R17 on the front and 225/45 R17 on the rear).


Brakes
The light weight of the Lotus Europa S contributes to the high performance braking capability
through Lotus/AP-Racing twin-piston fixed aluminium alloy brake calipers at the front and
Brembo single-piston sliding calipers at the rear. The 282 mm diameter ventilated discs are
linked to a servo-assisted, 4-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).


Interior
First and foremost, the Europa S is a car that is the Lotus take on the GT concept. As a high
performing sportscar it needs the driving tools to help it be a leader in its class. The driving
position is the same as in the Elise and Exige, a small ergonomically shaped steering wheel is
located to hand and the lightweight steel and extruded aluminium pedals are positioned to
make heel and toe changes easy. ProBax seats help to significantly improve the postural
position of the driver and passenger by maintaining the natural curvature of the spine, so
improving comfort and improving the body’s blood flow.
The interior of the Europa S is a luxurious environment for a Lotus. A leather interior (black or
black with tan) comes as standard. This leather interior extends not just to the seats, and
steering wheel but also the centre console and door inserts (perforated leather). Carpet lines
the floor area and part of the chassis’ sides – in fact the only area where carpet or leather is
untrimmed is on the footplate just forward of the seats.
Other standard interior equipment includes driver and passenger airbags, air conditioning, a
Satellite Navigation system with CD/MP3 player with the speakers mounted in the rear bulk
head and on the top facia panel, central door locking and electric windows.
Furthermore, as the Europa S is so highly equipped there are no additional cost options, other
than premium paint or custom colours.


Safety systems
The key aspect to enjoyable driving is safety. The chassis is very strong and stiff, creating a
safety cell around which are clad lightweight energy absorbing composite crash structures and
body panels. The front crash structure is made from an advance lightweight composite
material which is 3-4 times more energy absorbing than the equivalent structure in steel.
Coupled with the driver’s and passenger’s airbags, the Europa S has tried and tested active
and passive safety systems.
The light weight of the Europa S is significant in reducing occupant injury. By being so light,
there is less energy to dissipate in the event of a crash, when compared to a much heavier
sportscar.
But of course the best way to remain unhurt in an accident is to avoid the accident in the first
place. Like all Lotus cars, the Europa S has high levels of grip, predictable, responsive
handling, incredible ABS-assisted braking performance and almost peerless feedback to the
driver about how the car is behaving in a variety of driving conditions.


Styling
Russell Carr, Chief of Design for Lotus led the design team in producing an elegant, beautiful
and sophisticated GT-inspired car.
It was important that the essence of current and classic Lotus products be captured in the
design of the Europa S.
Describing the Europa S, Russell Carr, Chief of Design for Lotus says: “The form of a design
should reflect the spirit of the car, and the Europa S is no different. Where the rebellious trackfocused
personality of the Exige is characterised by shrink-wrapped athletic forms
communicating agility and power, the Europa S has a more fluid, understated language
reflecting its more sophisticated persona.”
Carr continues: “The Europa from the late 1960s and early 1970s was a great design in its
own right - elegant, purposeful and effective. However, we did not set out to bring the classic
Europa design up to date, but instead started with a clean sheet to produce a characterful car
worthy of being called a Lotus.”


Engine and powertrain
The new mid-engine coupe will deliver high levels of performance from a high torque (263 Nm
or 194 lbft at 4200 rpm) Ecotec Z20LER 2.0-litre (1998 cc) turbocharged engine producing 149
kW (200 hp or 203 PS) at 5400rpm. A bespoke engine management system completes the
engine unit.
The Lotus Europa S achieves around 90% of its maximum torque at only 2000 rpm to give
class-leading levels of acceleration from low engine speeds, propelling the car from 0 – 96
km/h (60 mph) in around 5.5 seconds, and 160 km/h (100 mph) in around 14 seconds.
Maximum speed is 230 km/h (143 mph). Being a Lotus, the Europa S has a competitive power
to weight ratio of 201 hp / tonne (204 PS / tonne, 6.68 kg/kW)
An aluminium 6-Speed gearbox joins the engine to an open differential.


Heritage
The first Lotus Europa was first introduced in 1966 and by the time it finished production in
1975, a total of 9887 examples had been built. These Europas used a Renault engine in the
early versions and the later models (the Europa Special) used the Lotus Twin Cam engine
producing up to 126 hp. The Lotus Europa was regarded as one of the finest handling
sportscars of its time and was Lotus’ first mid-engine road car.


Market position
The Lotus Europa S is a key vehicle in the Lotus product portfolio. Enthusiastic and keen
drivers for whom performance and track day competitiveness are the most important criteria
are likely to venture down the Exige route, where as those drivers who are willing to sacrifice
the extra 5% of track day performance for a more GT type drive, extra space and more luxury
are likely to opt for a Europa.


Pricing and Timing
The Europa S will be sold in all markets where the Lotus brand is present, except for the USA
and Canada.
Final pricing and full specifications will be announced closer to the on-sale date, but the price
is expected to be in the region of £33,000 (49,000) depending on individual market taxation.
The Europa S is expected to go on sale in the UK in September with other markets from
November.


Predicted Performance figures:
Target acceleration
0 to 96 km/h (60 mph): 5.5 seconds (approximately)
0 to 160 km/h (100 mph): 14.0 seconds (approximately)
Maximum speed: 230 km/h (143 mph) (actual)
Satellite Navigation note:
Individual market availability is dependant on CD mapping
Ends.


03/03/08 - 2008 Lotus Europa Range

Group Lotus plc unveils a new updated and significantly enhanced range of Europa’s at the 78th annual Geneva International Motor Show.

Group Lotus plc unveils a new updated and significantly enhanced range of Europa’s at the 78th annual Geneva International Motor Show. The new entry level Europa is priced at £27,950 MSRP / €37,500, with the range topping Europa SE available for a competitive £32,995 MSRP/ €41,500 (Euro prices are without taxes, delivery & other related costs).

These new Europa variants have been designed and developed especially for European customers and will be sold exclusively across Europe from June 2008. The Europa is now available to a larger target audience with the entry level car providing a more accessible way to own a Europa and the SE designed to appeal to those who are even more style conscious and want increased levels of performance.

Mike Kimberley, CEO of Group Lotus plc commented: “As the true driver will know, this Europa range, offers access to Lotus’ unique DNA for those who perceive the Elise and Exige as a little too uncompromising for everyday use. The new Europa SE sits at the more refined end of the Lotus spectrum, providing a terrific mix of performance, agility and style, but incorporates Lotus’s values and heritage”.

The Europa has a mid-mounted 2 litre turbo charged engine, tuned in the SE with an all new calibration to 225 PS and with 300 Nm of torque to offer effortless cruising capability. Even though the Europa is engineered with more relaxed driving characteristics it provides amazing performance, with 0-60 mph in the SE dispatched in 5.5s (0-100 km/h in 5.7s estimated) and
the sprint to 100 mph (160 km/h) taking just 13.0s (estimated). Given the legal opportunity to stretch its legs, the Europa SE will hit a top speed of 143 mph (estimated).

The Europa now offers increased levels of comfort over the Elise and Exige whilst enhancing the focused driving experience that you would expect from a Lotus. These models are both equipped with race car derived double wishbone suspension to give an exceptional driving feel with Lotus DNA. The sleek Europa body work, together with the assistance of the flat underbody, generates positive downforce to provide balanced handling at speed.

The Europa SE has attractive and light weight new wheels, which are shod with wider, high performance tyres, for increased levels of grip. These new high performance wheels are larger with 17” rims up front, and larger 18” rims on the rear. The new wheels house high performance AP Racing four pot brakes and larger (308 mm) diameter discs.

The SE interior has been updated by Lotus Design with a stylish new design that works in harmony with the premium avant-garde Ice White of the Geneva Show car. The interior is finished using 4 hides of soft, lightweight high-grade leather, to ensure that every surface has a luxuriant tactile feel. As with all 2008 Lotus road cars, the Europa and Europa SE come with driver and passenger airbags and an engine start button as standard. The Europa interior is furnished with leather sports seats and comes as standard with a high quality stereo system.




05/2008

Lotus Europa S - UK Technical Specification

Engine: Mid-mounted, transverse, 1998cc turbo charged engine, 4cylinders in line, water cooled with double overheadcamshafts. 4 valves per cylinder, multi-point sequentialsystem fuel injection and electronic ignition.GM Ecotec Family 2 Z20LER
Engine management: Bosch

Max Power 197 hp (147 KW) (200 PS) at 5400 rpm
Max Torque 200 lbft (272 Nm) at 5000 rpm
Power to weight ratio 198 hp/t (148 kW/t, 205 PS/t)
Specific power output 99 hp/l (74 kW/l, 100 PS/l) 

EmissionsControl: Three-way catalytic Emissions control converter.Euro IV emissions compliant with full On-Board Diagnostics(OBD). 

Transmission:
M32 Gearbox, aluminium construction, 6-speed, constantmesh helical gears and open differential. 

Suspension: Fully independent sport suspension utilising unequal lengthwishbones, Bilstein mono-tube gas damper, Eibach coaxialcoil spring at each corner and front anti-roll bar. 

Chassis: Lotus designed lightweight structure of epoxy bondedaluminium alloy extrusions with integral steel seat-beltsupport structure and lightweight steel rear subframe.Steering Solidly mounted mechanical rack and pinion steering boxwith 2.8 turns lock-to-lock. 

Brakes: Servo-assisted, 4-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)with Lotus/AP-Racing twin-piston fixed aluminium alloyfront brake calipers, Brembo single-piston sliding rearcalipers and 288 mm diameter, 26 mm thick front and rearcast-iron ventilated discs. 

Wheels: Unique lightweight wheels (17” front and rear) 

Tyres:
Front: Bridgestone Potenza 175/55 R17
Rear: Bridgestone Potenza 225/45 R17 

Gear ratios:
First                                          3.818 :1
Second                                     2.158 :1
Third                                         1.475 :1
Fourth                                       1.067 :1
Fifth                                          0.875 :1
Sixth                                         0.744 :1
Reverse                                     3.545 :1
Final drive                                  3.941 :1Performance Figures

0-60 mph                                   5.59 s
0-100 km/h                                5.87 s  
0-100 mph (0-160 km/h )             13.6 s
Maximum speed                         242 km/h (150 mph)

Fuel consumption - urban                       12.7l/100km
Fuel consumption - extraurban                38.9 mpg (7.26 l/100km)
Fuel consumption - combined                 30.4 mpg (9.29l/100 km)
C02 emissions                                       220 g/km

Weight distribution                                 38% Front - 62% Rear
Fuel tank capacity                                 43.5l (9.6 gal (UK))
Luggage capacity                                   154l - 50 kg 

Dimensions:Dimensions
Wheelbase                                            2330 mm
Track - front                                           1457 mmTrack - rear                                            1490 mm
Overall length                                         3900 mm – approx
Overall width (door mirrors excluded)        1714 mm
Overall width (door mirrors included)         1850 mm
Overall height - midladen (as per
unladen with 2x 75 kg occupants)            1120 mm
Overhang - front                                      815 mm
Overhang - rear                                       754 mm

Ground cleareance - midladen (as
per unladen with 2x 75 kg occupants)      140 mm
Vehicle mass - unladen
(running
order, full tank of fuel,
no occupants,
no luggage)                        995 kgAero

Aero package consists of flat underbody and rear lip spoiler 

Arrêt de la production en mai 2010!

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