Lighter Lotus Evora about to bloom in US market

  • Evora Sport 410 GP Edition from Lotus
  • Aero downforce 140kg at top speed
  • Fastest, most focused, Evora on market
LOTUS EVORA 410. Image: Lotus Motors
LOTUS EVORA 410. Image: Lotus Motors

NEW YORK – British automaker Lotus Cars, said to be enjoying “runaway success” since its return to North America, has unveiled the Evora Sport 410 in one of the company’s most famous liveries for order in the US and Canada.

The car is designated as the GP Edition, though other colours are available, and is listed as the lightest and most focused iteration so far of the range. It joins the Evora 400.

LOTUS EVORA 410. Image: Lotus Motors
LOTUS EVORA 410. Image: Lotus Motors

It’s also the fastest road-going Lotus yet sold in the US, capable of 0-100km/h in 3.9sec and topping 304km – a really useful attribute when, for instance, negotiating morning traffic in Los Angeles or New York or adhering to the US’ 90km/h speed limit on the open freeways.

‘RIVALS EMBARRASSED’

A comprehensive weight-slashing programme has lopped 60kg off the Evora 400 to create the 410; each, of course, is hand-assembled.

Group Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales told The Corner in a media release: “In 2016 we embarrassed rivals with a car that cost less but out-classed their best. This year the same rivals are in for a surprise – lighter, less drag, more downforce means the Evora Sport 410 is not only faster on the straight but also through curves.

LOTUS EVORA 410. Image: Lotus Motors
LOTUS EVORA 410. Image: Lotus Motors

“It is without equal; refined and intuitive, and shows we are making our best cars yet. The reaction to the Sport 410 has been exceptional.”

The Evora Sport 410 can trace its lineage back to Colin Chapman’s founding beliefs: building pure, light, aluminium- and carbon-rich, sports cars. It retains the chassis configuration of European models. Mass has dropped to 1370kg fully fuelled.

LOTUS EVORA 410. Image: Lotus Motors
LOTUS EVORA 410. Image: Lotus Motors

Carbon units include front splitter, revised front access panel, roof section, rear hatch, rear quarter panels and rear diffuser. Each is hand-made.

The shed 60kg, Lotus says, has allowed recalibration of the suspension and a chassis revision that includes modified wheel geometry and re-valved dampers which claim to have improved compression and rebound and brought 5mm reduction in ride height.

AERO EFFECT DOUBLED

The result is sharper and more direct handling, providing the driver with a more intuitive feel, while primary and secondary ride remain impressive at any speed.

Significant time was allocated to the car’s aerodynamic performance and increase in high-speed downforce – doubled, in fact, that of the earlier Evora 400.

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The Sport 400 is energised by a supercharged 3.5-litre, 300kW (at 7000rpm), 410Nm (at 3500rpm), six-cylinder engine which spins a six-speed manual gearbox. Traction benefits, Lotus says, come from a limited-slip differential.

LOTUS EVORA 410. Image: Lotus Motors
LOTUS EVORA 410. Image: Lotus Motors

A six-speed auto/manual transmission is an option but the 410 comes with selectable driving modes: Drive / Sport / Race / Off. Choice proportionally increases/decreases throttle response, lowering traction thresholds and removing understeer recognition to allow progressive degrees of driver control until the system intervenes.

The Evora Sport 410 comes with ultra-light, 10-spoke, alloy wheel rims and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres. Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres are an option.

None of the above can be enjoyed unless the car is comfortable so the seats are trimmed with Alcantara, as are the steering-wheel, lower facia, transmission tunnel and centre console. An integrated touchscreen entertainment system can also be specified.

TRADITION OF CRAFTSMANSHIP

More than 400 dedicated team members hand-build every Lotus at the company’s headquarters in Hethel, England, Lotus’ home for 50 years (as of 2017).

The Lotus Exclusive programme, combining traditional British craftsmanship with modern design, inspires customers to spend time tailoring the character of their Lotus with a comprehensive array of options – with 25% of production undergoing some form of personalisation.

Availability and price

Only 150 Lotus Evora Sport 410 units will be assembled each year. The car can be ordered in the US for a base (excluding taxes) $104 200 (about R1.5-million, Apl 2017). The Lotus Evora Sport 410 GP Edition for $110 000 (R1.54-million).

Potential customers in South African can speak to their local dealer.

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