What is it?
Consider the Evora Sport 410 Lotus’s equivalent of a Ferrari Speciale model or a Porsche 911 GT3; indeed, that’s not our summation but that of Hethel, keen to assert just how focused this new Evora is.
To that end, the power gain – a modest 10bhp over the Evora 400 – is not the main talking point, the attention instead focusing on mass reduction and chassis set-up. So the Sport 410 weighs a significant 70kg less than the already lithe Evora 400 – now just 1280kg dry – with a titanium exhaust able to shed another 10kg for £5500. Lotus claims a ready-to-go weight (all fluids and with a 90% fuel load) of 1325kg. That’s not a great deal of mass for 410bhp to move around, the 309bhp per tonne power-to-weight ratio enough for a 4.0sec sprint to 60mph and 190mph flat out.
The weight saving has come through a myriad of fascinating measures, from the small (the door card panels are now 2kg lighter each) to the more significant (the one-piece carbonfibre tailgate contributes 12kg).
In addition to the reduced mass, this car also benefits from a 5mm drop in ride height, stiffer dampers, increased downforce and standard Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. Lotus claims a significant three-second advantage over the standard Evora 400 around its Hethel test track.