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Lotus Cars Australia: Light Is Right

To go fast in a car, you can add power or lose weight. Or both. Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus said: “Adding power makes you faster on the straights, subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere.” Weight becomes an enemy, losing helps everywhere, such as braking and cornering. This philosophy is at the core of the Lotus Cars company and each car remains true to that philosophy.Lotus Evora 400 MY16 - Side Charcoal 1All cars are developed using what Lotus calls the Lightweight Laboratory Concept. All parts are looked at and measured in context to themselves and to the whole car, providing ample opportunity to be redesigned and re-engineered if needing to be. Items such as carbon fibre are weighed up, literally and aesthetically, needing to be seen as adding proper and usable benefits, not just to look good.Lotus Evora 400 MY16 - Black Front 1The benefits of weight reduction come down to weight distribution, suspension calibration, allowing sharper handling and body control. To assist, Lotus don’t just use the super strong carbon fibre, they’re a world leader in using aluminuim, in bonded and extruded forms.Lotus Evora 400 MY16 Chassis Side On 1 As an example, the chassis for the Lotus Elise and Exige weighs just 68 kilograms. This is roughly half the weight of the chassis if it were to be built in steel and being metal, less complicated than using carbon fibre.Lotus Evora 400 MY16 - Black Rear 1To that end, Lotus’ latest offering, the Evora 400, sees unladen wights of 1395 to 1425 kilograms, depending on a buyer going manual or auto. Behind the driver and passenger sits a supercharged 3.5 litre capacity engine, in V6 configuration. Lotus quotes power and torque at 298 kilowatts and 410 torques. These are bolted into a chassis so torsionally strong, Lotus rate it at 27000 Newton metres per degree for rigidity. Sir can specify a six speed, close ratio, manual gearbox or a slick six speed auto.Lotus Evora 400 MY16 - Interior Close Up Rear Seats Red 1But being a light weight doesn’t mean it’s a lightweight when it comes to features: ISOFIX child seat mounts in the rear two seats, heated and folding mirrors, leather trimmed heated seats, Alcantara trim as an option, Michelin Pilot Sport tyres in 235/35/19 &285/30/20 configuration and hiding Eibach springs and Bilstein dampers, bi-xenon headlights and to haul the lot in, AP Racing brakes. Lotus Evora 400 MY16 - Interior Black Close Up Dash RHD 1Needed when there’s a zero to one hundred kilometre per hour time of just 4.2 seconds. Consumption for the combined cycle is quoted as 9.7 litres of unleaded for every 100 kilometres driven.Lotus Evora 400 MY16 - Interior Black RHD 2For prices and extra information on the Lotus range, including the exciting new Evora Sport 410, please contact your local Lotus dealer or go here: Lotus Cars Australia