- Hethel Lap Time of 1:32 (six seconds faster than
previous Evora S)
- Increased power, reduced weight and improved handling
contribute to faster lap time
- Validates Evora 400 as the new Lotus supercar.
Evora 400 at Hethel track (Image: Groep Lotus)
Having stated that the new Evora 400 supercar would exceed
expectations, Lotus has now validated the claim. Early tests,
carried out by Gavan Kershaw, Technical Manager for Lotus
Motorsport, allowed Lotus to boast of a six seconds per lap
advantage at Hethel. This validation drive of a standard road
specification prototype Evora 400, running on road tyres and
with standard road suspension supports the initial claim.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc stated: “Internally, we
all knew that the Evora 400 would be capable of exceeding
expectations. Our initial pre-production tests provided immense
confidence and a SIX seconds lap time advantage at Hethel. The
previous best time achieved in the Evora S model was 1 minute 38
seconds; the new lap time set by Gavan is 1 minute 32 seconds.
“Our commitment to reducing weight to create a lightweight and
efficient supercar has paid off. The extra 55 hp in conjunction
with the 22 kg weight reduction and the tremendous traction from
the Limited Slip Differential (LSD) lead to benchmark handling.
We are delighted that our customers will soon feel the benefits,
when the first examples are delivered in August of this year.”
The new Lotus Evora 400 is the latest pure and focused supercar
from Lotus, combining high performance with the legendary Lotus
signature benchmark handling. It is faster and dynamically more
capable than the previous Lotus Evora leading to greater agility
and a more involving drive.
Maximum speed is 186 mph (300 km/h) and acceleration 0-60 mph is
just 4.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds). Over two thirds of
the Lotus Evora 400 is new, including its supercharged and
charge-cooled mid-mounted 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 400
horsepower and 410 Nm of torque. A new aluminium chassis
incorporates a new interior and the lightweight composite body
has changed significantly both front and rear.
The new Evora 400, which was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show
in March will enter production for European markets in the
summer and deliveries will commence in August this year. North
American markets will receive the Evora 400 as a 2016 model year
presentation in the Autumn, with China markets taking first
deliveries in early 2016.