After showing the awesome new Evora 400 at the Geneva Motor Show, Lotus has put theory into practice by putting its new headline machine through its paces at its Hethel test facility.
Lotus technical manager Gavan Kershaw was able to drive a lap of the facility in 1min, 32sec; some six seconds faster than the best time for the Lotus Evora S.
The time was done in a production-specification Evora 400 on road tyres, which bodes well for potential purchasers.
Of the achievement, Group Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales said: “Our commitment to reducing weight to create a lightweight and efficient supercar has paid off. The extra 55hp in conjunction with the 22kg weight reduction and the tremendous traction from the limited-slip differential [available on manual variants] lead to benchmark handling. We are delighted that our customers will soon feel the benefits, when the first examples are delivered in August of this year [to the UK].”
Although we’ve previously detailed Evora 400 specs, it’s worth picking off some highlights: Top speed is 300km/h, with 0-100km/h achieved in 4.2sec. The supercharged 3.5-litre Toyota-sourced V6 is mid-mounted and produces – as its name suggests – 400hp (298kW) along with 410Nm. The aforementioned 22kg weight reduction leaves the Evora 400 manual at 1415kg with the automatic option adding another 4kg back in.
The Evora 400 is expected in Australia in early-2016, when local pricing will also be announced.