Lotus Cars always has something up its sleeve. This time, they decided to improve the already spectacular Evora, putting in more power and lessening the weight, to come up with an even more sensational Lotus Evora Sport 410. This comes even as car enthusiasts are still reeling from the recently announced new models Elise Cup 250 and the Exige Sport 350.
Engineers at the famous Lotus Lightweight Laboratory must have had put enormously effort in successfully pulling off an seemingly impossible feat – taking off a massive 70kg from the Evora model to come up with the new Lotus Evora Sport 410.
In the lighter car, high performance carbon fibre components had to be standard. When combined with the 410 HP supercharged engine with the track-bred 3-Eleven, the Lotus Evora Sport 410 eats up the road faster than its predecessor, a mere 3.9 seconds to reach 0-60 mph and an amazing 186 mph top speed.
Group Lotus PLC CEO Jean-Marc Gales admits that they couldn’t just help it, they just wanted to make the Evora better: lighter, faster and sharper. In essence, they took the core quality of what Evora really is and focused on developing those aspects.
This did not come as a surprise to industry observers as Lotus has always been known for its continuous improvements. For the new Evora to come into being, its predecessor had to be thoroughly re-evaluated, analyzed, optimized, reengineered and its every component assessed. This resulted to a simplified carbon fibre tailgate which combined five elements into one, new lighter-weight door trim panes and the introduction of carbon fibre throughout the entire car.
Fortunately, the Sport 410 improved on the previous enhancements done when the Evora 400 was made, which comes with a leap of improvements from the first generation Evora. People might expect that the significant weight reduction of the Sport 410 has to have a setback in terms of usability. However, in the case of the new Lotus Evora Sport 410, the new car still retains the qualities necessary for everyday use. But then, it came with undeniable gains in performance of course.
For example, the 70 kg weight reduction coupled with the power boost of the engine resulted in the car being able to lap the Lotus’ Hethel test track in 1 minute and 28 seconds which is 3 seconds faster than the Evora 400. It is a classic of the Lotus principle of “adding lightness” and a reflection of the company’s expertise.
In addition, Lotus has always been known for its philosophy of continuous improvement. In the case of the new Lotus Evora Sport 410, the car has a lower centre of gravity while is kerb weight is slashed to just 1,325 kg which translates to an impressive 309 hp/tonne power to weight ratio.
The car’s lower weight has likewise granted it a sharper and agile handling – with greater accuracy and feel. Jean-Marc added that the Evora already had the best chassis, which means that the Evora Sport 410 built from there and took it to another level.
Augmenting the drastically reduced weight is a more powerful version of the supercharged, 3.5 litre 6-cylinder engine which had the distinction of beating Nurburgring records. Developed by the Lotus 3-Eleven project, the engine is capable of generating 410 hp at 7,000 rpm with an impressive 410 Nm torque at the lower 3,500 rpm.
But perhaps the biggest impact on the whole design improvement is the incorporation of the high-performance carbon fibre components into the design of the new Lotus Evora Sport 410.The tailgate, rear diffuser, front access panel, front splitter, roof panel and even the race-derived sports seats are all made of this high performance carbon fibre.
Carbon rear quarter-light panels combined with the one-piece carbon tailgate produced a fastback-style trailing roofline with is sleeker and pays homage to some of Lotus’ most famous heritage models. In additional to its aesthetic appeal, the new changes have improved the car’s aerodynamic downforce by 15% without affecting its drag. A recalibrated suspension was allowed because of the low weight and meant the new Evora Sport 410 is 5 mm lower than the previous Evora 400.
These changes resulted to better roll control and sharper handling without compromising ride quality and comfort. The new car comes with a super lightweight 10-spoke forged aluminium wheels and optional Michelin Cup 2 tyres.
The Evora Sport 410 has a manual gearbox with low inertia flywheel, Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) which meant faster exit speeds upon cornering and better traction as well. For those who prefer it, an automatic transmission is available as an option. Lotus’ Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) is available in the new Lotus Evora Sport 410. Its setting can be accessed via a dashboard switch for either ‘Sport’ or ‘Race’ modes.
Carbon fibre sports seats with Alcatara trimmings along with steering wheel and center console are standard to the new Lotus Evora Sport 410. In addition, an entertainment system with touch screen controls might be specified and comes with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity. A personalized Evora Sport 410 is possible with the recently launched Lotus Exclusive programme. The Lotus company plans to produce a total of 150 Lotus Evora Sports 410 cars per year and will be available starting June 2016.