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2 november 2005

Lotus Engineering adds extra power to Chevrolet's latest 4-cylinder performance car



Lotus Engineering adds extra power to Chevrolet's latest 4-cylinder performance car

Led by GM Performance Division and Chevrolet, with help from Lotus Engineering among others, a new contender burst onto the scene this summer in the increasingly popular Time Attack competitions - the Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged. Driven by John Heinricy in the Unlimited Class, the FWD Cobalt SS Supercharged beat the fastest times of the legendary AWD Nissan Skyline by seven seconds in Street Tuner Challenge's Time Attack event on July 21.

Now with some further modifications and added nitrous boost, the Cobalt SS Supercharged looks to make an even bigger splash on Tuesday, Nov.

8 in a return to California's Buttonwillow Raceway Park for the PRIMEDIA Time Attack, where it will seek to record the fastest time in the Unlimited Class as well as overall.

Working in partnership with GM Performance Division and other specialists, Lotus Engineering provided calibration and engineering expertise to help maximize the performance potential of the base supercharged 2.0L ECOTEC engine in the Cobalt SS. In race-ready trim, the nitrous oxide boosted engine delivers an impressive 344 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.

Tim Holland, director of Powertrain Engineering at Lotus' USA office in Michigan, commented: "Handling the calibration aspect of the supercharged 2.0-liter ECOTEC engine was a very rewarding job. Lotus Engineering had already been involved in the development of the standard production engine; therefore being given the chance to make it even more powerful was fantastic. By adding nitrous oxide the engine can now deliver a conservative 344 horsepower in short bursts. I can't wait to see the race for myself on November 8."

Time Attack racing has been popular in Japan for some time, and finally made its way to America in 2003. Taking cues from the Japanese competitions, Time Attack races feature street-based cars on ordinary street tires trying to complete the fastest flying lap time possible on a given track.