Marcus De Guzman / Lotus | August 17, 2017 13:55
Lighter, more powerful Lotus Evora GT430 let loose
The most powerful and lightweight Evora has just been unleashed. Only 60 examples will be hand-built at the company's Norfolk, England facility and all will come with an aerodynamic exterior, coupled to a supercharged V6 engine.
Say hello to the 2018 Lotus Evora GT430. Sitting atop the Evora lineup, Lotus claimed that the GT430 is their fastest road going production car to date. This is made possible thanks to an uprated 3.5-liter supercharged V6. It generates 436 PS at 7000 rpm along with 440 Nm of torque available at 4500 rpm. The increase in torque is all thanks to the new air-to-liquid gearbox cooler which was first introduced in the North American version of the Evora 400.
Apart from that, the supercharged V6 also benefits from a titanium exhaust which cuts down weight by 10 kg, along with a six-speed manual gearbox which comes with a low-inertia single mass flywheel for faster gear changing. A Torsen-type limited-slip differential also ensures that the GT430 has better traction and faster exit speeds from the corners. 0 – 97 km/h is achieved at a swift 3.7 seconds while top speed is rated at 305 km/h. At top speed, Lotus said that the Evora GT430 produces up to 250 kg of downforce.
Giving the car better downforce and a lighter curb weight comes courtesy of full carbon fiber components. Both the front and rear bumpers are made from the lightweight composite and feature exposed carbon fiber weavings. Other components of the car such as the front splitter, new roof panel, one-piece rear tailgate and rear wing are also made from carbon fiber. According to Lotus, the Evora GT430 only weighs in at 1,258 kg, 26 kg lighter than the Evora Sport 410.
Combined with the new limited-slip differential and extra downforce, Lotus said that the Evora GT430 will have better cornering ability and high-speed stability. Grip, on the other hand, is provided by huge Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The front axle rolls on 245/35/19 rubber while the rear gets wider 295/30/20 tires. Housed within the tires themselves are forged aluminum wheels that can be painted black, silver, gloss red and gloss black.
A set of Lotus-tuned Ohlins TTX two-way adjustable dampers are equipped on the Evora GT430. It has a twenty click-adjustment compression and rebound settings, and is 10 kg lighter compared to the ones used in the Evora Sport 410. Ultra lightweight springs from Eibach are also standard, along with front and rear anti-roll bars.
Like the exterior, the cabin of Evora GT430 also comes with exposed carbon fiber weaving. In addition, the lightweight racing seats, door sills and instrument binnacle are all made from lightweight carbon fiber. Available extras include the Sparco seats which are also made from carbon fiber and four-point harnesses with titanium rear frame. A mix of leather and Alcantara blankets the interior of the GT430.
“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,” said Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus.