No, not at that German circuit - Evora gets out at Hethel and is much, much quicker than before
What with the Elise's 20th anniversary, the Exige Roadster Auto and the new Club Racer models, the Evora 400 appeared to have slipped slightly in Lotus's list of priorities. But of course it's still on track (no pun intended) for first deliveries in August and therefore media drives are hopefully not too far away.
Evora gets LSD for the first time
It's time then for the track sign-off, with the important number from Hethel being 1:32. That is the Evora's time around the 2.2-mile Lotus test circuit with Gavan Kershaw driving, a full six seconds faster than the old Evora S. That sounds like a very significant improvement but of course it's hard to quantify with so few other cars having driven there. For some context though Dale clocked a 1:45 at a wet and greasy Hethel when testing the Elise S Cup...
The car seen here is a 'standard road specification prototype', running road tyres and road suspension. You have to wonder sometimes why anyone bothers with adaptive dampers when Lotus does the conventional methods so well but that's a discussion for another time. Looks pretty damn good here, doesn't it? Don't forget the 400 is 22kg less than the Evora S with a standard limited-differential, as well as the additional 55hp.
But then ride and handling isn't an area where the Evora really needed to improve. Let's see how the rest of the car stacks up soon.
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Regardless, I really want this Evora to be excellent, it has all the ingredients to be!
StottyEvo01 May 2015
6 seconds That puts it a league above the out going Evora.
I wonder if they'll test it at the Ring, if it has the potential to upset Porsche...
Frimley111R01 May 2015
'Evora with more power and less weight goes faster shocker!'
LotusEspritTurbo01 May 2015
This is going to be a good car. I hope it sells in bucket loads.
RobM7701 May 2015
Assuming that GK is more or less as quick as MB, six seconds is a huge amount, and more than I expected from a seventh more horsepower and a bit of shed weight, so that's a great achievement by Lotus and hints at how good the new model is.
Does anyone have a compilation of Hethel times so we can compare Lotuses past and present?