From 1972 to 1986, Team Lotus’ Formula One cars were wrapped in its now famous black and gold livery. Now, Lotus is honoring this iconic livery and the race cars that wore it by making it available with the latest version of its United States-bound sports car.
Dubbed as the Lotus Evora Sport 410 GP Edition, this exclusive version of the Lotus Evora Sport 410 celebrates the successful return of Lotus to North America. It is basically the Lotus Evora Sport 410 featured in the new GP Edition color scheme. This famous black and gold color scheme was worn by Lotus F1 cars that grabbed five Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships and 35 Grand Prix. Legendary drivers who had piloted these black-and-gold Lotus F1 cars included Ayrton Senna, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell and Ronnie Peterson.
Now only five customers will have a chance to own the exclusive run of five Evora Sport 410 GP Edition models. Of course, the base Evora Sport 410 is also an exclusive model by itself, with only 150 examples to be built every year. The new Evora Sport 410 GP Edition was developed by Lotus Exclusive, a program that allows customers to suit the character of their Lotus cars with a wide array of options.
Underpinned by the latest generation of Lotus’ aluminum architecture, the new Evora Sport 410 for North America features a number of standard carbon fiber components like the front splitter, roof section, revised front access panel, rear quarter panels, rear diffuser and the louvered one-piece carbon tailgate. The use of the carbon fiber components allowed Lotus to cut the sports car’s weight by around 31.5 lbs (14.3 kg). Likewise, the design of these new carbon components, as well as through channeling of air over and under the sports car’s bodywork, allowed it to boast of a lower coefficient of drag while generating up to 141 lbs. (64 kg) of downforce. This means that the new Evora Sport 410 is more stable during high speeds.
Serving as the core of the new Evora Sport 410 is a supercharged, 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine – featuring an integrated water-to-air charge cooler – that delivers 400 hp of max output at 7,000 rpm and 301 lb.-ft. (410 Nm) of peak torque at 3,500 rpm. This amount of power is send to the wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox, as complemented by a Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD). An optional six-speed automatic transmission with dedicated ECU and lightweight aluminum paddles is available. This new sports car – considered as the fastest road-going Lotus in the US – could sprint from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds to achieve a top speed of 190 mph.
Furthermore, the new Evora Sport 410 rides on ultra-lightweight 10-spoke forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires as standard, although Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires are offered as a dealer fit option.
The new Lotus Evora Sport 410 in North America has a manufacturer suggested retail price of $104,200 (excluding taxes) while the Lotus Evora Sport 410 GP Edition has an MSRP of $110,000.