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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