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Carbon and titanium lighten the load for driver-focused Lotus Evora 400

Carbon and titanium lighten th...
The Lotus Evora 400 can be made faster and more focused with the right options
The Lotus Evora 400 can be made faster and more focused with the right options
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The carbon package on the Evora 400 makes it lighter and better looking 
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The carbon package on the Evora 400 makes it lighter and better looking 
A titanium exhaust is optional, for less weight and more noise
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A titanium exhaust is optional, for less weight and more noise
The glossy carbon of the splitter stands out against the car's red paint
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The glossy carbon of the splitter stands out against the car's red paint
All North American cars will get a cupholder as standard
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All North American cars will get a cupholder as standard
The Evora 400 isn't cheap with all the lightweight features fitted
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The Evora 400 isn't cheap with all the lightweight features fitted
The Lotus Evora 400 can be made faster and more focused with the right options
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The Lotus Evora 400 can be made faster and more focused with the right options
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Compared to most cars the Lotus Evora 400 is a stripper special with little regard for comfort, but the lightweight wizards working under Jean-Marc Gales think more pounds can be shed. Having applied their considerable nous to a new set of options, Lotus engineers have trimmed a further 42 kg (93 lb) from the car, making the driving experience even more focused in the process.

The weight savings come courtesy of an extensive set of factory-fit options, designed to remove some of the compromises from the Evora 400. The most noticeable external change is the Carbon Pack, which makes for a 5 kg (11 lb) saving. Speccing it replaces the roof, front splitter elements, mirror caps and rear diffuser trim with artfully finished handmade carbon fiber parts.

Having specced the Carbon Pack, we'd also be taking a look at the lightweight titanium exhaust and lithium-ion battery for an extra 20 kg (44 lb) weight saving. Not only is it light, the exhaust should free up a bit of extra growl from the mid-mounted supercharged V6, and the tip will slowly turn a beautiful shade of bluey-purple as it's used.

A titanium exhaust is optional, for less weight and more noise
A titanium exhaust is optional, for less weight and more noise

The final step in the Evora 400's quest for enlightenment is to delete the rear seats and air-conditioning. As well as shaving another 17 kg (37 lb) from the curb weight, making the car a two-seat sauna feels properly in line with the traditional Lotus racing values.

Interestingly, US and Canadian cars come as standard with a cupholder and oddment tray, which weighs just 120 g (0.25 lb). It's convenient, but having paid big bucks for such a light car, we'd recommend sticking to skim milk if you plan on using it.

"The Lotus Evora 400 is already the lightest carin its segment, with super car performance, benchmark handling and the purity of the driving experience expected of a Lotus," says Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus. "We are now giving customers an opportunity to drive an even lighter and more responsive car."

All North American cars will get a cupholder as standard
All North American cars will get a cupholder as standard

With the full gamut of lightweight options fitted, the Evora 400 tip will tip the scales at 1,353 kg (2,983 lb) in Europe. Thanks to that figure jumps to 1,388 kg (3,060 lb) on North American cars – blame stricter Government safety regulations for that one.

Regardless of where you are, making the car lighter will have a similar effect on your wallet. The carbon package costs £6,500 ($10,000 through US dealers), the titanium exhaust is worth £5,500 ($8,000) and the lithium-ion battery is worth another £1,350 ($1,690) on top of the £72,000 ($91,900) sticker price.

Source: Lotus

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3 comments
Howell Haus
They will almost certainly attract buyers with the same range of environmental intellect as themselves...
Meanwhile, the glaciers are melting, fires rage, rivers and oceans rise. When are we going to wake up ? #VoteWithYourWallet
Martin Hone
$1690 for a Lithium-ion battery ? Who are they kidding ? And the thing still weighs close to 3000 lbs..............! Wake me when they get serious about making a lightweight sportster.
Don Duncan
Howell Haus: Did you know annual deaths with temp increase go down? And the plants like it hotter also (more food). Two inconvenient truths? Not that it matters, because sun spot activity is the controlling factor. "Meanwhile" you are free to ignore the science and sacrifice, but count me out.