Lotus has unveiled the all-new Evora 400, the latest pure and focused supercar from the British sports car manufacturer. The sports car combines performance with the legendary Lotus benchmark handling. It is faster and dynamically more capable than the previous Lotus Evora, resulting in greater agility and a more involving drive.
The all-new Evora 400 is capable of sprinting from zero to 100 kph in 4.2 seconds. With a top speed of 300 kph, the new Lotus lapped the challenging test track at the Lotus Headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk, a scintillating six seconds faster than its predecessor.
Engine power has been increased from that of the Evora S – a respected 400 hp at 7,000 rpm. The supercharger fitment ensures strong bottom-end torque and the figure has also been increased to 410 Nm achieved between 3,500 and 6,500 rpm. This translates into even more strident acceleration for a 0-100 kph time of just 4.2 seconds.
Traction slip thresholds (‘Drive‘, ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’ settings) can be altered via a driver-selectable switch, which allows the driver enhanced vehicle control before intervention is required. Both ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’ settings increase throttle responsiveness.
Its top speed of 300 kph propels the Evora 400 to the upper segment of supercar performance expectations. The benchmark lap time at the Lotus Test Track at Hethel has been slashed by a phenomenal six seconds because of higher engine power, revised spring and damper settings, a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) and a downforce figure of 32 kg at 242 kph. This downforce equates to 12 kg at the front and 20 kg at the rear, achieved by the Evora 400’s flat-floor, lightweight composite rear diffuser, three-element rear wing and airflow management strategy.
Despite the luxury fittings and equipment expected of a modern supercar, Lotus remains true to its lightweight, dynamic remit and the new Evora 400 tips the scales at just 1,415 kg, which amounts to a reduction of 22 kg from the outgoing Evora model.
While meeting legal pass-by and race track requirements for noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), sonic changes have been made to the post-cat exhaust system. It features revised muffler internals and a switch that can be driver-activated, which allows the exhaust to flow more freely, reducing back pressure under higher engine loads and where conditions allow. A by-product is a unique supercar soundtrack through the three-inch, central exiting exhaust pipe.
A number of manual gearbox enhancements have greatly improved shift quality including a new clutch disc and a low inertia flywheel that ensure swift and tactile gear-changes. For the automatic transmission option, a new shift strategy has been developed, with gear changes made using the lightweight aluminum paddles mounted on the steering wheel. For the manual version, a Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) has been fitted as standard to the rear axle, which gives a more involving drive and better traction, to produce better lap times.
Brakes and Tires
Braking comes from a new, more powerful, two-piece, cross-drilled and ventilated brake discs, which are 370 mm x 32 mm front and 350 mm x 30 mm rear diameters.
Finally, lightweight forged aluminium wheels, 19 inches on the front and 20 inches on the rear, are 3.3 kg lighter than the forged wheels on the previous Evora and are now shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, which not only increase vehicle stability and grip levels, but also enhance the overall quality of the class-leading dynamics package.
The new Evora 400 exudes a visual appeal that is perfectly in line with its supercar status. The Evora 400 has a bold, purposeful front end and bumper design that incorporates larger cooling apertures and attractive daytime running lamps. The overall effect is of a car with a more aggressive stance, that appears lower, wider and more planted on the road, despite retaining its width compared with the previous Evora.
The front of the car features an evolution of the traditional ‘Lotus mouth’ that balances perfectly the needs for both form and function. The large side intakes not only give the car more road presence but also fulfill the technical requirements to cool the 400 hp engine and increase aerodynamic down-force.
At the rear, a wide and powerful look is combined resourcefully with aerodynamic efficiency. Sharp corner features maximize the width perception and give clean airflow separation. The distinctive three-element wing and new lightweight composite rear diffuser contribute to the impressive 32 kg of down-force at 240 kph.
Over two thirds of the Lotus Evora 400 are new, including its supercharged and charge-cooled mid-mounted 3.5-liter V6 engine, producing 400 horsepower and 410 nm of torque. A new aluminum chassis incorporates a new interior and the lightweight composite body has changed significantly both front and rear.