Continuing its return to North America, Lotus has unveiled a unique Evora Sport 410 in the U.S. and Canada.
Available in the new GP Edition color scheme, as well as Lotus’ standard array of paint options, the new Lotus Evora Sport 410 for North America is the lightest Evora, according to the company. It is also the fastest road-going Lotus ever sold in the U.S., clocking zero to 60 mph in 3.9 secs and a top speed of 190 mph.
Lotus’ Lightweight Laboratory revisited every aspect of the car, to find new weight savings and, as a result, the Lotus Evora Sport 410 is a substantial 132 pouns lighter than the Evora 400.
The next six months of the market’s allocation for the Evora Sport 410 is already spoken for.
Production is limited to just 150 examples a year worldwide
Tipping the scales at just 3,020 lbs, the Evora Sport 410 for North America has set the benchmark through thorough attention to detail, according to Lotus. Employing the latest generation of Lotus’ aluminum 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.
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 for a better body and roll control, according to Lotus. The result is sharper and more direct handling, providing the driver with a more intuitive feel, while primary and secondary ride remain impressive at any speed.
The mass adoption of carbon has not only focused on the technical, saving 31.5 pounds, but also the aesthetic. 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, according to Lotus.
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 141 pounds in aerodynamic downforce-double that of the Evora 400.
In addition to the extensive application of carbon fiber, which saved 31.5 pounds, further headline weight reductions include the introduction of a lithium-ion battery -23.8 pounds, ultra-lightweight forged wheels -15.9 pounds, and a host of incremental improvements such as a new lightweight windscreen surround -7.5 pounds.
Utilizing an integrated water-to-air charge cooler, the Evora Sport 410 is powered by a supercharged, 3.5-liter, six-cylinder engine, producing 400 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 301 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 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, according to Lotus. The optional six-speed automatic transmission with dedicated ECU for ultra-fast changes allows sequential gear selection via lightweight aluminum paddles mounted to the steering wheel.
The Lotus Evora Sport 410 features user selectable ESP driving modes: Drive, Sport, Race and Off. Proportionally increasing throttle response, lowering traction thresholds and removing understeer recognition, it allows progressive degrees of driver control before the system intervenes, according to Lotus. The selectable ESP driving modes also utilize an engine exhaust bypass valve at mid-to-high engine speeds, increasing throttle response in both Sport and Race settings.