The ultimate Lotus
Move over Evora Sport 410, a new model has arrived to lay claim to the title of fastest Lotus on the market: the Evora GT430.
Only 60 global units of this limited edition sports car were hand-built in Norfolk, England, which pays homage to the Esprit V8 GT and GT3 of old. The fully homologated model features an extensive use of exposed carbon-fibre never seen before, from the bumpers to exterior panels. A new CF splitter, along with bigger front intakes, air blades and louvres positioned above the forward fenders, ducts behind the rear wheels and a tall motorsport wing all contribute to 250 kilograms of maximum downforce helping keep the rubber side down.
“The Evora GT430 is a landmark car for Lotus. Lightweight engineering and class-leading handling, paired with Lotus’ aerodynamic expertise, define the Evora GT430 as a legendary Lotus. It’s a truly beautiful car, meticulously finished in hand-crafted carbon, and employing the latest aerodynamics and lightweight materials. This highly developed vehicle perfectly reflects Lotus’ attention to engineering and design. We expect the lucky owners to be blown away by its pure presence and staggering performance,” says former Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales.
Powertrain and handling
Propelling the two-seater is a massaged version of the Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre supercharged V6 motor, mated to a six-speed manual transmission, producing 430 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque. That’s good for a 0 to 100 km/h time of just 3.7 seconds, and speeds top out at 305 km/h. An Eibach spring/Öhlins damper suspension setup, aided by anti-roll bars, Torsen-type limited slip differential and forged aluminum wheels wrapped in sticky 245/35/19 (front) and 295/30/20 (rear) Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, are responsible for getting the Gt430 tidily around corners. AP Racing four-piston brake calipers take care of stopping duties.
As is expected, every component used in construction has been scrutinized for their ability to increase performance. While the CF spoiler and large wheels and tires add nine kilograms, the overall package tips the scales at an impressively modest 1,258 kilograms — less than the Sport 410 — via weight reduction elsewhere like the implementation of a titanium exhaust system and the use of aluminum and polycarbonates underneath the bodywork.
Yin and yang
“Lotus is famous for using its technical expertise to develop the lightest engineering solutions,” says Gales. “Yes, it is hugely powerful but, the GT430 is not about brutal performance. It’s an intricate balance of power, finesse and road holding, no matter the speed, and is a true track-and-back sports car, supremely focused and immensely fast.”
It’s not all function and no form. The CF Sparco racing bucket seats (four point harnesses are optional), along with the steering wheel, dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel and centre console are trimmed in either combination red and black Alcantara and perforated leather, or full Alcantara/full leather. Twin colour red and white contrast stitching adds a finishing touch. Customers interested in a little customization may do so through the Lotus Exclusive programme.