Despite two retirements, three finishes in the last 5 races and a DNS (Did Not Start) in the last race, Pastor Maldonado still came out a big winner at the Monaco Grand Prix after being handed the keys to a brand new Evora S by his team, Lotus.

The Lotus Evora S is the more powerful version of the acclaimed Evora that was introduced in 2008 and has received rave reviews from automotive journalists around the world.  This trim uses a supercharged 3.5L Toyota 2GR-FZE V6 with 345HP mated to a 6-speed transmission with IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift), goes from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds and with a top speed of 269km/h. 

Maldonado’s Evora S comes in Aspen White and with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, Pastor will feel right at home.

Being an Evora S, this will come with the Sport Pack option.  There’s an option to raise the rev limit and change the dynamic stability control settings to suit the Maldonado’s preference.

"It is our pleasure to present the Evora S to Pastor Maldonado, our newest Lotus F1® Team driver and ambassador. I am sure he will enjoy this car as much as the Evora S customers do around the world. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish the best of luck to the Lotus F1® Team for their up and coming race in Canada. The whole of the Lotus community will be watching in support," said newly appointed Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales.

"I would like to thank Lotus CEO Jean-Marc and everyone at the Lotus factory for the opportunity of driving this great car. I'm excited to take the famous Monaco hairpins in this. It looks like pure fun on four wheels,” said Maldonado.

Maldonado is the second Lotus team driver to receive a brand new car after Romain Grosjean took delivery of an Exige S coupé last summer.