Lotus Evora 400 smashes Evora S lap time at Hethel test track
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The forthcoming Lotus Evora 400 has wiped six seconds off the lap time set by its predecessor around the car maker’s Hethel test track.
Launched at the Geneva motor show talking a big game, the Evora 400 has delivered on its promise that it would “exceed expectations” by lapping the Hethel circuit in 1min 32sec. The lap was completed by Lotus Motorsport technical manager Gavan Kershaw in a standard road-specification Evora 400 prototype with road tyres and standard suspension.
Group Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales said the company’s commitment to reducing weight to create a lightweight and efficient sports car had paid off. The manual Lotus Evora 400 weighs 1419kg, making it 22kg lighter than the Evora S. Its revised 3.5-litre supercharged V6 produces 298kW and 410Nm – up 41kW and 10Nm from its predecessor.