Like spreading Marmite on Vogels toast some things just naturally go together in this world. That’s the case for Lotus and Cosworth. Back in 1967 when Keith Duckworth, Mike Costin and Ford got together to create the DFV Formula One engine, Lotus was the first team to make the move and drop it into a car. The DFV would go on to major success winning 12 world drivers championships and 10 F1 constructors titles.
Now Lotus and Cosworth are making moves to rekindle the old flame and get back together working on high-performance engines. The current-generation Lotus Elise, Exige and Evora are all powered by Toyota-developed engines, and now Cosworth will be upgrading these units for new Lotus road and race machines, with the first being the new Evora Cup car.
The GT4-class Evora (pictured) is now propelled by a 400-horsepower 4.0-litre version of Toyota’s V6 engine with dry-sump lubrication all supplied by the engine specialists. With a new Esprit on the cards for Lotus it looks like Cosworth will have a prime opportunity to display its tuning prowess.