Saturday 17th March 2018
Car Enthusiast - click here to access the home page


Lotus to build special edition Evora GT430. Image by Lotus.

Lotus to build special edition Evora GT430
Fastest road car ever to come from Lotus sees return of GT badge.
<< earlier article     later article >>


News homepage

Another special edition Lotus? Is it Friday already?

It's true, it has gone a bit mad lately. This latest creation is the Evora GT430, a wild evolution of the regular car that's as quick around the Hethel test track as the 3-Eleven circuit special.

How has Lotus done that then?

Prepare for a tired cliché; it has added more lightness. Immediately evident are the carbon fibre aero add-ons decorating the exterior, from the front splitter to the gigantic rear wing, while neat cut-outs behind the rear wheels and louvres all contribute to 250kg of downforce at 190mph. Not too shabby.

What does it weigh?

A mere 1,258kg dry, which is a healthy 26kg down on the regular car. This is achieved by a comprehensive diet programme that includes lighter brakes, suspension, seats, undertray... the list goes on. Wider rims and tyres and those trick aero bits do reintroduce a few kilos, but power is now up to 436hp to compensate. Not that the Evora was ever slow.

How un-slow is it?

Try 190mph, and 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds. That's rather swift. Mechanical grip is aided by those wider Michelins, along with special Öhlins/Eibach suspension and a Torsen limited-slip differential out back. Drive is transmitted through a six-speed manual 'box.

What's the inside like?

Car bores like us will love it, as it's a beautiful mix of carbon fibre, Alcantara and leather. An infotainment system is an option, but why undo all that hardcore weight reduction? Just point the low nose at your favourite road and go!

I want one. How much?

A not insignificant £112,500. And, Lotus is only making 60, so you'd better be quick. A sure-fire investment? Yep, with the added bonus of being an utter hoot to drive.

Maurice Malone - 24 Jul 2017    - Lotus road tests
- Lotus news
- Evora images

2017 Lotus Evora GT430. Image by Lotus.2017 Lotus Evora GT430. Image by Lotus.   

Range Rover Sport smashes Chinese hillclimb record. Image by Land Rover.
RR Sport SVR record
537hp Sport SVR breaks Ferrari’s Tianmen Road record
latest news

Ford to offer limited-slip diff on new Fiesta ST. Image by Ford.
Fiesta ST tech info
Further chassis goodness for new Fiesta hot hatch includes force-vectoring rear springs and Launch Control.
McLaren F1 to be outpaced by new BP23. Image by McLaren.
McLaren BP23 edges nearer
McLaren announces new, £1.6m Ultimate Series ‘Hyper-GT’ in Geneva… and it’ll do 243mph-plus!

 215 Racing
 A. Kahn Design
 AC Cars
 AC Schnitzer
 Alfa Romeo
 APS Sportec
 Aston Martin
 Auto Union
 Cooper Tires
 David Brown
 David Brown Automotive
 De Tomaso
 Detroit Electric
 Eagle E-type
 edo competition
 FAB Design
 Factory Five

 Faralli & Mazzanti
 General Motors
 Gordon Murray
 Gordon Murray Design
 Gray Design
 Great Wall
 Heffner Performance
 Joss Developments
 Land Rover
 Loma Performance
 Monte Carlo

 Project Runningblade
 Project Velocity
 Red Bull
 Ronn Motor Company
 SDR Sportscars
 Thunder Power
 Tommy Kaira
 Vanda Electrics
 VL Automotive

news by brand

External links:   | Irish Car Market News |

Internal links:   | Home | Privacy | Contact us | Archives | Follow Car Enthusiast on Twitter | Copyright 1999-2018 ©