Lotus recently revealed its most powerful road legal model ever, the Evora GT430. It is lighter than all Evoras so far at a new benchmark dry weight of 1258 kg, and why won't it be. Lotus has been known for its lightweight engineering. What adds to its lightness is hand crafted carbon fibre components.
The Evora GT430 is capable of attaining 0-100 kph in a mere 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 305 kph. Just 60 units of the GT430 will be built and supplied to select markets with a price tag of £112,500.
It is powered by a new development of the 3.5-litre V6 supercharged and charge cooled engine producing 430 hp and 440 Nm. The increase in torque is facilitated through the introduction of an air-to-liquid gearbox cooler as standard.
The increase in power is put to use by a significant hike in downforce. The Evora GT430 has specifically designed body panels, featuring exposed carbon weave sections, front and rear, the Lotus GT430 generates up to 250 kg of downforce through advanced aerodynamics.
To harness the increased downforce and power, mechanical grip is provided by 10 mm wider Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, with 245/35 R19 at the front and 295/30 R20 at the rear, on one inch wider 10.5J rear wheels. Ultra-lightweight forged aluminium wheels are standard, in either black or silver, with optional finishes available in gloss red or a gloss black machined rim design.
Every Evora GT430 will have options for customisations through Lotus Exclusive programme. Developed by the Lotus Design team, roughly a third of all new Lotus cars now undergo some form of customisation. Could this be a choice over the Porsche GT3? Well, at least for 60 people.