Following the recently announced Elise Cup 250, and the Exige Sport 350, Lotus cut the weight of the Evora 400 by 150 pounds. Combining carbon fiber components as standard, and sharing the 410 hp supercharged engine with the 3-Eleven, the Lotus Evora Sport 410 makes 0-60 time in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 186mph.
This new Evora has been re-engineered, covering every aspect of the car, including a front splitter, roof panel, hatch, and rear diffuser along with lighter weight door trim panels and the addition of carbon fiber components across the entire car. The one-piece carbon hatch incorporates a louvered section, inspired by some of Lotus’ heritage models. These changes have also improved the car’s aerodynamic downforce by 15% with no increase in drag.
It’s not a stripped-out special, with a lower center of gravity and lowered weight. Lightweight, 10-spoke forged aluminum wheels and optional Michelin Cup 2 tires, complete the car’s dynamic revisions. As a result, handling is sharper, along with better body and roll control, yet ride comfort and composure is retained. Complementing this is a higher-output version of the supercharged, 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine, developed through the Lotus 3-Eleven project which has beaten Nürburgring records: The car produces 410 hp at 7000 rpm and 410 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm.
The Evora Sport 410’s manual gearbox features a low inertia flywheel, helping ensure swift gear changes, while a Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) gives better traction and faster exit speeds when cornering. Available as an option, an automatic transmission offers gear selection via aluminum flappy paddles mounted to the steering wheel. The Evora Sport 410 also features Lotus’ Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) which, selected via a dashboard switch, provides ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’ settings. Proportionally increasing throttle response, lowering traction slip thresholds and removing understeer recognition, it allows enhanced control before the system intervenes.
The Evora Sport 410 comes with carbon fiber sports seats trimmed with Alcantara, along with the steering wheel and centre console. An integrated touch-screen entertainment system can also be specified, including iPod connectivity and Bluetooth functionality. Weight saving measures includes one-piece door trim panels finished in Alcantara, with contrast stitching, the deletion of door arm rests and stowage pockets, the relocation of hatch and fuel filler release buttons and the removal of speakers —if an entertainment system is not specified.
The Lotus Evora Sport 410 will be limited to a global production run of one-hundred and fifty vehicles per year and will be available in all major markets from June 2016. A specific North American version of the Evora Sport 410 will be announced later in 2016.
Anyone interested in the new Lotus Evora Sport 410 should visit: www.lotuscars.com/lotus-evora-range