Lotus had high hopes for the 2015 Evora 400 and now the automaker has revealed they have successfully validated their claims at the Hethel test track.

Lotus had high hopes for the 2015 Evora 400 and now the automaker has revealed they have successfully validated their claims at the Hethel test track.

Using a pre-production prototype, Lotus Motorsport Technical Manager Gavan Kershaw was able to lap the track in 1 minute and 32 seconds which is six seconds better than the previous best time set by the Evora S.

In a statement, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales said “Internally, we all knew that the Evora 400 would be capable of exceeding expectations. Our initial pre-production tests provided immense confidence and a six seconds lap time advantage at Hethel."  He added the company's "... commitment to reducing weight to create a lightweight and efficient supercar has paid off."

As a refresher, the 2015 Evora 400 is "over two thirds" new and features revised styling as well as an upgraded interior.  The car also has a new supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 400 bhp (406 PS / 298 kW) and 410 Nm (302 lb-ft) of torque.  It enables the Evora to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h).

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