Lotus validates Evora 400 at Hethel test track

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Lotus has tested its new Evora 400 (above) at Hethel test track in Norfolk, UK, recording a lap time six seconds faster than the previous Evora S.

Two thirds of the 2015 Evora 400 is new, including a supercharged, charge-cooled, mid-mounted 3.5-liter V6 engine. The new power unit produces 406ps and 410Nm of torque. Maximum speed is 300km/h, and the new Evora will sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds.

The validation drive, featuring a standard road specification prototype Evora 400, running on road tires and with standard road suspension, saw the new car record a lap time of 1 minute 32 seconds.

“Our commitment to reducing weight to create a lightweight and efficient supercar has paid off,” says Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus.

“The extra 55bhp (56ps) in conjunction with the 22kg weight reduction and the tremendous traction from the limited slip differential, 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.”

May 7, 2015

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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