The special-liveried Lotus Evora Sport 410 in GP Edition has made its grand entry into the U.S. and Canada. The new Lotus Evora Sport 410 for North America is the lightest and most focused iteration of the Evora, and joins the benchmark Evora 400 in the company’s line-up as a fully type approved model.
The Evora 410 GP is also the fastest road-going Lotus ever sold in the US, clocking 0-60 mph in 3.9 secs and a top speed of 190 mph. A literal translation of Lotus’ simplify then add lightness manifesto, this new 2017 MY version has undergone considerable development to meet the specific demands of the North American market.
The Evora Sport 410 is the latest Lotus to undergo the company’s extensive development program. Designed to be compliant with all regional emissions and safety considerations, it retains the same chassis configuration as European models and is engineered to ensure that none of the car’s inherent finesse is lost in translation.
Tipping the scales at just 1,370 kg, or 1,320 kg with no fuel and lightweight options selected, the Evora Sport 410 for North America has set the benchmark through thorough attention to detail. Employing the latest generation of Lotus’ famous aluminium architecture, which provides high torsional rigidity at a reduced weight, the new Lotus receives a comprehensive array of carbon-fiber components as standard. Covering the car front to back, they include the front splitter, revised front access panel, roof section, tailgate, rear quarter panels, and rear diffuser; all hand-made specifically for the car. The GP edition is created in honor of Team Lotus’ iconic F1 color scheme raced between 1972 and 1986.
In addition to boosting performance, reducing the car’s kerb weight has also lowered its center of gravity, delivering gains in ride and handling. Less mass has allowed the recalibration of the suspension and a revised chassis setup, including improved wheel geometry and re-valved dampers. This has provided an increase in compression and rebound, while the effective rise in spring rate and a reduction in ride height by 5 mm provide better body and roll control.
The mass adoption of carbon has not only focused on the technical, saving 14.3 kg, but also the aesthetic. Endowing the car with considerable visual drama, the new composite components provide a high level of engineered detail. The most striking is the louvered, one-piece carbon tailgate which, together with carbon rear quarter panels, help provide the car with a sleeker, fastback profile.
Significant time was allocated to developing the car’s aerodynamic performance. The design of the new carbon components, and the careful working and channeling of air over and under the sculptured bodywork, has resulted in a slightly lower drag coefficient and the generation up to 64 kg in aerodynamic downforce, double that of the Evora 400.
In addition to the extensive application of carbon fiber, which has saved 14.3 kg, further headline weight reductions include the introduction of a lithium-ion battery -10.8 kg, ultra-lightweight forged wheels -7.2 kg, and a host of incremental improvements such as a new lightweight windscreen surround -3.4 kg; all of which contribute towards the massive (60 kg overall weight reduction.
Utilizing an integrated water-to-air charge cooler, the Evora Sport 410 is powered by a supercharged, 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine, producing 400 hp at 7000 rpm and 410 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm. The Evora Sport 410 comes as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, which features a low-inertia flywheel for rapid shifts, while a Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) provides greater traction, and faster exit speeds when cornering. The optional six-speed automatic transmission with dedicated ECU for ultra-fast changes allows sequential gear selection via lightweight aluminium paddles mounted to the steering wheel. At the same time, the Lotus Evora Sport 410 features user selectable ESP driving modes (Drive / Sport / Race / Off).
With such a large performance envelope, the Evora Sport 410 is equipped with bespoke, ultra-lightweight wheels, saving 7.2 kg, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres. The 10-spoke forged aluminium wheels cut un-sprung weight and have been produced specifically to work with the Sport 410, and Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres are available as a dealer fit option.
Inside, the Evora 410 GP include optional color coded interior components, seats trimmed in Alcantara and an integrated touch-screen entertainment system with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth.
The Evora Sport 410 GP Edition will be limited to an exclusive run of five vehicles and has been designed to illustrate what can be achieved through the Lotus Exclusive program.