March 25, 2015 @ 02:38 PM

The Evora that goes at the speed of light

Lotus has just made its fastest road-going car ever and this one is for the long run. By Chris Ng


Lotus has just made its fastest road-going car ever and this one is for the long run. By Chris Ng

 
There’s nothing truly complicated about this Lotus or any Lotus for that matter. Take a light car then tuck a large engine in the middle to make it go very fast – the formula is that simple. The same method is also executed for the Evora 400 but with even more lightness added on. It also has more power, more downforce and higher specification than before. Looks like Lotus has finally begun to knock on the doors of the supercar club but will they open the doors and let it in is another matter. Maybe, they should. 
 
Jean-Marc Gales, Lotus’ new boss, seem to think so, “The Evora 400 is the fastest road-going Lotus that we have ever produced, possessing performance that can only be matched by cars costing significantly more. It delivers supercar looks allied to supercar performance.”
 
The Evora 400’s numbers bolster the entry form. A slash in weight and increase in power allow the Evora 400 to lap the famed Lotus Test Track in Hethel six seconds quicker than the old car. Revised spring and damper, a limited slip diff and massive downforce all around are the reasons that such a feat is possible. Power is also another factor.
While the mid-mounted engine is the same 3.5-litre V6, its supercharger has been uprated to give a stronger bottom-end torque and a 10Nm boost in figures, totaling to 410Nm between 3500rpm to 6500rpm. Power is also up from 345bhp to 400bhp, which is where we think the ‘400’ in the ‘Evora 400’ come from. Creative.  The Evora 400 is accelerates to 60mph from zero in 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 300kph.
 
The new kerb weight of the car is 1415kg, which is down by 22 kilos despite having more luxury appointments than the old Evora. The interior has changed. The sills are 43mm narrower and 56mm lower on each side, so it is even easier to get in and out. The seats are 3kg per seat lighter than before. There are three choices of skins that you can cover the interior with including full Alcantara or Scottish leather. High-end in-car entertainment is said to come as standard and there’s even a new start-stop button fitted into an Evora for the first time. So yes, perhaps they are making a charge to the upper class.

The question isn’t whether or not the Evora 400 can achieve its sales target but rather if it can win over the supercar crowd. It is up to Lotus’ dealer network, growing to 200 dealerships worldwide by year’s end, to do the upselling. Already, Hethel plans to add another 150 highly skilled operators and craftsmen and women within the next four months in anticipation of their increased production. At present, the combined production for all Lotus models – the Elise, Exige and Evora – will increase to 70 cars per week, up from the current 45. They need to make this work; the Evora 400 is an integral part of their long term plan.

“Looking to the future, the Lotus Evora 400 will remain core to our product line up for many years to come, with more exciting derivatives planned within the next few years,” said Gales. 

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