The Lotus Evora Sport 410 astonished the world after arriving as the more powerful and lighter edition of the already impressive Evora 400. Now, Lotus Cars is throwing in another amazing version of the Evora that is more powerful and ever lighter than the Sport 410 – the new Lotus Evora GT430.
Lotus described its latest creation as it most potent road-going model ever. The carmaker also called the Evora GT430 as a beautiful and pure combination of elegance and power. Of course, the secret to this is not just the distinctive design and unique body work of the new Evora GT430. Aside from employing a more powerful development of its 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine, Lotus has made full advantage of its prowess and expertise in the field of lightweight engineering. Moreover, the carmaker made sure that the new Evora GT430 comes with advanced aerodynamics, providing the vehicle with a lot of downforce to match its superior firepower.
Installed at the core of the new Evora GT430 is a 3.5-liter supercharged and charge-cooled V6 engine that is also found in the Evora Sport 410. However, this mill is now tuned to deliver more output to 430 hp (436 PS) at 7,000 rpm as well as more torque 440 Nm (325 lbft) available at 4,500 rpm. Lotus was able to squeeze more torque from the engine by employing an air-to-liquid gearbox cooler. Interestingly, the new Evora GT430 comes with a titanium exhaust, which is around 10 kg lighter than in the Evora Sport 410. The V6 engine sends power to the wheels of the Evora GT430 through a standard six-speed manual transmission with a low-inertia, single-mass flywheel. The new Evora GT430 also employs a Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) for better traction and faster exit speeds during cornering.
Overall, the new Evora GT430 is lighter by 26 kg (to 1,258 kg) than the Evora Sport 410, thanks to Lotus’ decision to retain only the parts and components essential to achieve greater performance. The new Evora GT430 has a distinct full carbon front and rear bumpers with exposed visible weave sections as well as a new front splitter, roof panel, front access panel and full width rear wing all finished in high-gloss, visible carbon fiber. The rear end of the Evora GT30 is provided with a one-piece carbon tailgate with a louvered section.
While its lightweight carbon rear wing as well as larger wheels and tires added 9 kg to the overall weight, these were offset by a number of lightweight solutions. The lighter mass of the new Evora GT430 comes from its carbon body panels (-4.7 kg), standard titanium exhaust (-10 kg), Ohlins and Eibach adjustable spring and damper assembly (-10 kg), lightweight interior components (-2.5 kg) as well as lightweight rear brake discs (-2 kg). The employment of a thinner aluminum undertray, lightweight polycarbonate backlight glass, lightweight aluminum brackets and a re-profiled fluid fill system also contributed to the lighter mass of Lotus newest creation.
In effect, the new Lotus Evora GT430 could sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h). This is helped by the fact that various aerodynamic solutions generate up to 250 kg of downforce.
The interior of the new Evora GT430 reveals standard carbon race seats, new carbon door sills as well as a new lightweight carbon instrument binnacle cover. The sports car’s dashboard, steering wheel, door panels, center console and transmission tunnel feature black Alcantara/perforated leather trim as complemented by contrast twin color stitching.
Lotus is also allowing customers to avail of an array of optional features like carbon-backed Sparco seats, full leather or full Alcantara trims as well as an integrated touch-screen infotainment system. Those interested could now order their examples of the Lotus Evora GT430, with the North American version set to be introduced in spring 2018. Only 60 examples of the Lotus Evora GT430 will be produced.