Lotus promised in February that the newly revealed Evora 400 could smash its predecessor’s lap record at the Hethel test track in England, and today the company has delivered.
Completing its record lap of the 3.5 kilometre track in the weeks before being unveiled, the 400 locked in a 1 minute 32 second time - a neat six seconds quicker than the Evora S before it.
“Our commitment to reducing weight to create a lightweight and efficient supercar has paid off,” Lotus boss Jean-Marc Gales said.
“The extra 55hp (41kW) in conjunction with the 22kg weight reduction and the tremendous traction from the limited slip differential (LSD) lead to benchmark handling”.
"Internally, we all knew that the Evora 400 would be capable of exceeding expectations,” he added.
First deliveries of the Evora 400 in Europe are expected to begin around August.
Speaking with TMR in February, Lotus Australia General Manager, Glen Sealey, said that while local timing is still to be confirmed, an early 2016 date is the goal.
Mr Sealey also confirmed that the Evora 400 will be offered as a new flagship above the regular Evora range, rather than as a replacement for the Evora and Evora S models.