· All new supercar from Lotus
· Fastest and most powerful production Lotus ever
· Lighter and more efficient than before
The new Lotus Evora 400 is the latest pure and focused supercar from
Lotus, combining high performance with the legendary Lotus benchmark
handling. It is faster and dynamically more capable than the previous
Lotus Evora leading to greater agility and a more involving drive.
Maximum speed is 186 mph (300 km/h) and acceleration 0-60 mph is just
4.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds). This enables the new Lotus
Evora 400 to lap the challenging test track at the Lotus Headquarters in
Hethel, Norfolk, a scintillating SIX seconds faster than the previous
Over two thirds of the Lotus Evora 400 is new, including its
supercharged and charge-cooled mid-mounted 3.5-litre V6 engine producing
400 horsepower and 410 Nm of torque. A new aluminium chassis
incorporates a new interior and the lightweight composite body has
changed significantly both front and rear.
Following the core values of the company, not only is the new Lotus
Evora 400 faster than the previous model, it is also 22 kg lighter,
achieved through careful and clever design and attention to detail. This
weight reduction is even more impressive considering that the supercar
has more power and a higher standard specification than before.
In describing the remit for the new Lotus Evora 400, Jean-Marc Gales,
Chief Executive Officer for Group Lotus plc, states, “A requirement for
all Lotus cars is to be a benchmark for handling, to be the quickest car
from A to B and to provide the driver with a pure and involving driving
experience. The Evora 400 is the fastest road-going Lotus that we have
ever produced, possessing performance that can only be matched by cars
costing significantly more. It delivers supercar looks allied to
Jean-Marc Gales continues, “We have always said that to make a car
better, you must make it faster and lighter. We have achieved this, of
course, but we didn’t stop there, as the considerable number of changes
in the interior, chassis, engine and body design have warranted
emphatically, the title of a new Lotus Evora.
“Our dealer network stands at 168 worldwide, which is still growing to
reach 200 dealers by the end of 2015, while our sales volumes have
increased by over 50% in the last 10 months. The new Lotus Evora 400
will make its mark as a significant milestone in the history of Lotus.
Looking to the future, the Lotus Evora 400 will remain core to our
product line up for many years to come, with more exciting derivatives
planned within the next few years.”
The new Lotus Evora 400 will enter production for European markets in
the summer and deliveries will commence in August this year. North
American markets will receive the Evora 400 as a 2016 model year
presentation in the Autumn.
Combined production for all Lotus models, the Elise, Exige and Evora,
will increase to 70 cars per week by September 2015 and an additional
150 highly skilled operators and craftsmen and women will be recruited
in the next four months to accommodate this rise in production.
Prices will be announced closer to the on-sale date.
The Lotus Evora 400 in more detail:
· Fastest production Lotus ever, laps Hethel SIX seconds faster than
· Aerodynamic downforce of 32 kg at 150 mph (242 km/h)
Engine power has been increased from that of the Evora S; a respected
345 hp (350 PS; 257.3 kW) to 400 hp (406 PS; 298.3 kW) at 7,000rpm. The
supercharger fitment ensures strong bottom-end torque and the figure has
also been increased to 302 lbs ft (410 Nm) achieved between 3,500 to
6,500 rpm. This translates into even more strident acceleration for a
0-60 mph time of just 4.1 seconds (0-100 kph in 4.2 seconds).
Traction slip thresholds (‘Drive‘, ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’ settings) can be
altered via a driver-selectable switch, which allows the driver enhanced
vehicle control before intervention is required. Both ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’
settings increase throttle responsiveness.
Its top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h) propels the Evora 400 to the upper
segment of supercar performance expectations. The benchmark lap time at
the Lotus Test Track at Hethel, has been slashed by a phenomenal SIX
seconds due to higher engine power, revised spring and damper settings,
a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) and a downforce figure of 32 kg (70
lbs) at 150 mph (242 km/h). This downforce equates to 12 kg, 26 lbs
front; 20 kg, 44 lbs rear, achieved by the Evora 400’s flat-floor,
lightweight composite rear diffuser, three-element rear wing and airflow
Despite the luxury fittings and equipment expected of a modern supercar,
Lotus remains true to its lightweight, dynamic remit and the new Evora
400 tips the scales (unladen) at just 1,415 kgs (3,119 lbs; auto: 1,419
kg, 3,128 lbs), which amounts to a reduction of 22 kg, or 48 lbs (automatic
option: 23 kg / 50lbs) from the outgoing Evora model.
· Limited Slip Differential (LSD) as standard for the manual
· Supercharged and charge-cooled 3.5-litre V6 engine produces more power
The new Lotus Evora 400 is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine but with a
new supercharger, water-to-air charge-cooler and engine management
system. Its power output has increased by 16% from 345 hp (350 PS / 257
kW) to 400 hp (406 PS / 298 kW). Torque has increased from 400 Nm / 295
lbs ft to 410 Nm / 302 lbs ft with maximum torque available from 3500
rpm to 6500 rpm.
The power increase of 55 hp comes from supercharger enhancements (volumetric
capacity has increased from 1.32 L/rpm to 1.74 L/rpm), the application
of a new charge-cooler and engine management upgrades.
While meeting legal pass-by and race track requirements for NVH, sonic
changes have been made to the post-cat exhaust system. It features
revised muffler internals and a switch that can be driver activated,
which allows the exhaust to flow more freely, reducing back pressure
under higher engine loads and where conditions allow. A by-product is an
unique supercar soundtrack through the three-inches wider, central
exiting exhaust pipe.
New engine mounts, which are 5.6 kg lighter than in the previous Lotus
Evora, and a revised rear sub-frame have enabled better engine control
and improved vehicle dynamics.
A number of manual gearbox enhancements have greatly improved shift
quality including a new clutch disc and a low inertia flywheel that
ensure swift and tactile gearchanges. For the automatic transmission
option, a new shift strategy has been developed, with gearchanges made
using the lightweight aluminium paddles mounted to the steering wheel.
For the manual version, a Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD)
has been fitted as standard to the rear axle, which gives a more
involving drive and better traction, to produce better lap times.
An additional benefit arising from the improved efficiency is a
reduction in CO2 exhaust emissions from 229 g/km to 225 g/km (automatic:
220 g/km down from 224 g/km), which equates to a lower tax band in many
markets (subject to Type Approval).
Brakes and Tyres
· Lightweight cast and forged wheel options
· New, larger and more powerful brakes
Braking comes from new, more powerful, two-piece, cross-drilled and
ventilated brake discs, which are 370 x 32 mm front and 350 x 30 mm rear
diameters (previous Evora: 350 x 32 mm front and 332 x 26 mm rear).
Finally, lightweight forged aluminium wheels, 19” on the front and 20”
on the rear, are 3.3 kg lighter than the forged wheels on the previous
Evora and are now shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres (235/35x19
91Y front; 285/30x20 99Y rear), which not only increase vehicle
stability and grip levels but also enhance the overall quality of the
class-leading dynamics package.
The new Evora 400 exudes a visual appeal that is perfectly in line with
its supercar status
· New front end:
o Bold, purposeful front end and bumper design that incorporates larger
cooling apertures and attractive daytime running lamps
· New rear end
o New rear bumper, lightweight composite rear diffuser and three-element
· Two new lighter weight wheel designs (both forged and cast options)
· New door mirror design
The overall effect is of a car with a more aggressive stance, that
appears lower, wider and more planted on the road, despite no increase
in width compared with the previous Evora. The overall length has
increased by 35 mm (1.4 inches) to 4394 mm (173 inches). The approach
angle has been reduced from 11.5 degrees to 10 degrees to aid
Lotus Head of Design, Russell Carr, was adamant
about providing the new Evora 400 with an unique signature.
“We were certain that a more focused and purposeful frontal aspect was
essential for a modern supercar,” he outlines. “However, we were also
sure that to alter greatly the profile of the recognisable,
award-winning, mid-engined Evora design would have been wrong
“Our ambition was to create a high quality innovative design. This was
significantly assisted by an integrated digital design process that
allows us to translate computer data rapidly into physical models, using
our state-of-the-art milling and 3-D printing facilities.”
The front of the car features an evolution of the traditional ‘Lotus
mouth’ that balances perfectly the needs for both form and function. The
large side intakes not only give the car more road presence but also
fulfil the technical requirements to cool the 400 hp engine and increase
At the rear, a wide and powerful look is combined resourcefully with
aerodynamic efficiency. Sharp corner features maximise the width
perception and give clean airflow separation. The distinctive
three-element wing and new lightweight composite rear diffuser
contribute to the impressive 32 kg of downforce at 150 mph.
While there is no increase in frontal area of the Evora 400 (at 1.91m˛),
the small increase in Cd, from 0.33 to 0.35, is due largely to the
cooling requirements driven by the huge increase in engine power.
However the aerodynamic downforce is greatly increased – it is
approximately double that of the previous Lotus Evora at any speed. For
example, at 150 mph the downforce is 32 kg (12 kg on the front and 20 kg
on the rear) for the Evora 400. The previous Evora S generated 6 kg
front and 10 kg on the rear.
· New and revised interior
· Improved cabin occupant entry and exit
A comprehensive round of changes has resulted in an all new interior for
the Lotus Evora 400. Designed elegantly and functionally to be both
lightweight and of high quality, the interior is a perfect match for the
striking exterior of the car.
The high-tech aluminium bonded and extruded chassis has been redesigned
to improve both entry to and exit from the new Lotus Evora 400 cockpit.
The sills are 43 mm per side narrower and 56mm lower than the previous
Evora. The substantial changes to the chassis have been achieved without
degradation of either torsional stiffness, which remains at a rigid
27,000 Nm / degree, or bending stiffness of the chassis.
Ingress, egress and cockpit space are further improved with the
introduction of higher quality, lighter weight and narrower door inner
All new front seats are lighter (by 3 kg each) and provide greater
support for both driver and front passenger. As an option, rear
passengers are also catered for, with the rear seats being 280 mm wider
than the previous Lotus Evora; weight has been reduced in the rear seats
by 3.4 kg.
As a hand-crafted sports car, the bespoke feel is carried across three
new trim levels, including trim upgrades in full Alcantara, or Scottish
leather, with each featuring specific trim detailing. Apart from the
materials used, the new door casings, centre console and more space in
the rear support a determined approach to improve both accessibility
into and egress from the car‘s cabin.
Both comfort and ergonomics have been improved dramatically, with a new
HVAC system that provides greater airflow and operator control, within
an all-new dashboard layout.
As befits a driver orientated car, the cabin features a lightweight
forged magnesium steering wheel with a red race-inspired position stripe
and a revised instrument cluster that possesses simple clear dials
(white on black graphics). Switchgear haptics and ergonomics have also
been improved significantly, the latter through location to the
upper-central dashboard and, for the first time, a new engine start-stop
button has been fitted to the Lotus Evora 400.
A high-end in-car entertainment system is standard, with the latest,
lightweight and slim-line door speakers being fitted within the new door
casings, while A-pillar incorporated tweeters improve the sound
· Hand built at Hethel, England
· High quality and efficient manufacturing process
The new Lotus Evora 400 will be manufactured at the Lotus Headquarters
in Hethel, Norfolk. Three hundred trained and highly skilled operators
and craftsmen and women (rising to 450 in the next four months) assemble
the cars by hand and every car built is road tested. Huge strides have
been made to improve efficiency over the last few months resulting in a
10% reduction in the build cycle time.
Weight reductions have come from all over the car primarily through
attention to detail. It is the Lotus approach – brackets designed
precisely, correct material selection and, wherever possible, a reliance
on multi-functionality. All Lotus staff at Hethel are given the
opportunity to contribute to reducing the weight of each Lotus model
within the Lotus ‘Lightweight Laboratory’, where every component is
scrutinised to determine where “lightness can be added”.
To accommodate the expected worldwide demand for the new Lotus Evora
400, total production of Lotus cars is planned to increase to 70 cars
per week by September 2015. Current build volumes are around 45 cars per
· Global expansion of dealer network
Lotus has 168 dealers globally at present: 14 in the UK, 49 in Mainland
Europe, 49 in North America, 20 in Japan, 8 in China and 24 in other
markets. Since May 2014, 30 new dealers have been recruited and it is
planned to further increase the Lotus dealer network to 200 dealers by
the end of 2015.
Lotus remains agile in its thoughts, actions and its products. Thanks to
a dedicated, skilled and enthusiastic workforce, it is able to maximise
its potential at every stage of its operations. The substantial
structural and material changes made to create the exciting new Evora
400 underpin the company’s intrinsic aims of lightness, super-efficiency,
high performance and purity of driving pleasure.
Jean-Marc Gales states: “Our ten month sales figures showed a volume
increase of over 50%, with the majority of markets increasing sales over
the previous year. The new Lotus Evora 400 joins the Elise range, with
the new S Cup grabbing the recent motoring media headlines, and the
Exige S, enhanced with an exciting new automatic option, sharing the
growth in numbers. Our strategy is being borne out.
“We work to maintain the lightness, purity and performance of our
products as, at Lotus, we love our cars and we know that our customers
do too. The Lotus Evora 400 is a pinnacle of achievement but we shall
continue to aim higher in the months and years to come.”