New Lotus Evora GTE vs the Stig
The most powerful road-going Lotus ever vs our tame racing driver
Posted: 12 Jul 2012
It never happens. The GTE eventually starts to understeer, and, if especially provoked, flare into brief drifty arcs, but it never really wants to showboat, or teach short but violent lessons in the physics of snap-back. The rear diff has a habit of gifting traction but pushing the nose, and throttle trimming does all you need to tidy up.
It promotes fast rather than furious, is calm, precise and - frankly - a surprise.
It is not, as you might have assumed by looking at it, particularly hard work. Quite reasonably, in my opinion, I had decided - before actually setting foot in one - that it would be vicious, hot, vein-pulsingly fast and about as forgiving as a landmine. Horror-movie adrenalin. That the engine would scream and make power in inaccessible strata. That the suspension would be that misguided concept of sporty that conflates fast with viciously rigid, and tries to underline hardcore credentials by punching your spinal column through the roof of your mouth when you run over a cat's eye. That the steering would be twitchier than a caffeinated gerbil, and that I would hate it completely for being none of the things I like, and then have to ham it up a bit, or risk sounding like James May.