Lotus Evora Sport 410: The pure-bred Sportscar that took a year to develop

Lotus has unveiled the most potent Evora yet, the Evora Sport 410. The pure-bred Lotus Evora Sport 410 is massively lighter, with more power and huge gains in aerodynamic efficiency.

Designed to deliver both on track and on the road, the Lotus Evora Sport 410 is truly formidable. The car’s vastly improved aerodynamic configuration delivers an unparalleled level of handing and high-speed stability, and the addition of performance orientated wheels, tyres and critical parts, including the new titanium exhaust.

2016 Lotus Evora 410 front 2016 Lotus Evora 410 profile 2016 Lotus Evora 410 rear

It took Lotus 12 months to come up with this pure-bred sportscar. Key to the cut in weight, by more than 70 kg, has been the adoption of hand-made carbon fiber components. Rather than just replacing existing parts with lighter versions, each has been redesigned and enhanced in order to make the most of the composite’s properties. Covering the car from front to back, these include front splitter, revised front access panel, roof section, tailgate, rear quarter panels, and rear diffuser. These are joined by race-derived carbon sports seats, which themselves save 9kg each.

In addition to boosting acceleration, the car’s dry weight of just 1,270 kg (1,280 kg without the optional titanium exhaust) results in sharper and more intuitive handling. Lowering the center of gravity, it has allowed for the recalibration of the suspension. Meantime, the re-valved dampers provide an increase in compression and rebound, while the effective rise in spring rate and a reduction in ride height by 5mm provide better body and roll control, yet ride comfort and composure are retained.

Inspired by some of Lotus’ most-famous heritage models, the one-piece carbon tailgate incorporates a louvered section which, together with carbon rear quarter panels, help provide the car with a sleek, fastback silhouette.

A significant chunk of the development time was spent honing the car’s aerodynamic performance. The use of the new carbon components, and the careful modelling of air flow over and under the sculptured bodywork has effectively doubled downforce, now up to 64 kg, yet resulted in a slightly lower drag coefficient overall.

Developed through the Lotus 3-Eleven project, the Evora Sport 410’s engine is a higher-output version of the supercharged, 3.5-liter 6-cylinder unit, producing 410 hp at 7000 rpm and 410 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm.

As befitting a car of such capability, the Evora Sport 410 is equipped with bespoke, ultra-lightweight forged 10-spoke aluminium wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

2016 Lotus Evora 410 sterring 2016 Lotus Evora 410 interior 2016 Lotus Evora 410 engine bay

Purists will opt for the Evora Sport 410’s six-speed manual gearbox, which features a low-inertia flywheel, to help ensure swift changes, while a Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) gives better traction, and faster exit speeds when cornering. Available as an option, the six-speed automatic transmission utilizes an optimized gearbox ECU for ultra-fast changes, while gear selection is made via lightweight aluminium paddles mounted to the steering wheel.

The new Evora Sport 410 also features Lotus’ Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) which, selected via a dashboard switch, provides ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’ settings.

Only available in a 2+0 configuration, the Evora Sport 410’s carbon fiber sports seats are trimmed with Alcantara as standard, along with the steering wheel, lower dashboard, transmission tunnel and center console. An integrated touch-screen entertainment system can also be specified, including iPod connectivity and Bluetooth functionality. Other interior highlights include optional color coded interior components and one-piece door trim panels finished in Alcantara with contrast stitching. Weight of the overall car can be further slashed with the deletion of door arm rests and stowage pockets, the relocation of tailgate and fuel filler release buttons and the removal of speakers.

The Lotus Evora Sport 410 is limited to a global production run of 150 vehicles per year, and is on sale in Europe and rest of world markets now at 108,500 Euros. Personalization of the sportscar is available through the Lotus Exclusive program.

Lotus Evora Sport 410 Specification:

Max power 410 hp (416 PS, 306 kW) at 7000 rpm
Max torque 410 Nm (302 lbft) at 3500 rpm
0-100 km/h 4.2 seconds
Max speed 190 mph (305 km/h)
Fuel Consumption mpg (l/100 km): Combined 29.1 (9.7)
CO2 emissions 225 g/km
Kerb weight 1,325 kg
Dry weight: without titanium exhaust 1,280 kg/with titanium exhaust 1,270 kg)

Edited: Lotus

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