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Chapman once again behind the wheel of a Lotus sports car

Chapman once again behind the wheel of a Lotus sports car
• New Lotus Evora GT410 Sport for Clive Chapman
• Hand built at Lotus’ historic Hethel site in Norfolk
• Coincides with 70th anniversary of Colin Chapman’s first car
In an anniversary year, Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus has personally delivered the
keys to one of Lotus’ most advanced cars to Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder Colin
Chapman.
The stunning new Evora GT410 Sport in Empire Green will travel the UK and Europe with
Clive, Director of Classic Team Lotus. Preserving and promoting the history of the famous
motorsport team, Clive and the squad run historic Lotus race cars that appear at
international motoring events and meets around the world.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “With 2018 marking the 70th anniversary of
Colin Chapman’s first car, it’s the perfect time for both us and Classic Team Lotus to join in
celebrating the importance of the marque. The Evora GT410 Sport is one of our most
evolved models yet remains true to the concepts of lightweight design, advanced
aerodynamics and high-speed handling, exactly as Colin Chapman would have expected
from one of his cars. It’s fitting that Clive has chosen to drive one of the greatest and fastest
cars that Hethel has ever produced.
Clive Chapman, son of the Lotus founder and Director of Classic Team Lotus, said,
“Remaining close to the Lotus sports cars of today is important to me and my family; to be
able to appreciate just how far the brand has developed and how advanced the cars are is
a privilege. I’m proud to be behind the wheel of a Lotus sports car and I’m looking forward
to the miles ahead.”
About the Evora GT410 Sport
Drawn from a process of continual evolution, the phenomenal Evora GT410 Sport
incorporates specifically designed composite front and rear body panels and advanced
aerodynamics, so that the GT-class coupe generates up to 96kg of downforce. A hike of
50% over the Evora Sport 410 it replaced, it’s become the benchmark among similarly
priced rivals.
As with all high-performance Evoras, visible-weave carbon fibre plays a considerable role in
the car’s kerb appeal. Standard composite parts include the front access panel, roof panel
and a one-piece louvered tailgate with integrated spoiler, as well as the elements within the
front air blade system and rear wheel exit ports.
The high-output version of Lotus’ supercharged, 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine, with integrated
water-to-air charge cooler, powers the GT410 Sport from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds
(automatic or 4.0 seconds manual) and produces 410 hp at 7000 rpm and 420 Nm of
torque from 3500 rpm. As an alternative to Lotus’ slick, six-speed manual gearbox, with a
Torsen type limited slip differential (LSD), the Evora GT410 Sport can be ordered with an
automatic transmission, which is slightly quicker through the gears. The six-speed auto
gearbox utilises an optimised ECU for ultra-fast changes and gear selection is made via
lightweight aluminium paddles mounted to the steering wheel.
Every new Lotus Evora GT410 Sport can be personalised through the increasingly popular
Lotus Exclusive programme. Developed by the Lotus Design team to inspire customers, it
combines traditional British craftsmanship with the best of modern design and allows
owners to tailor vehicles to their personal taste. Since its introduction, roughly a third of all
new Lotus cars now undergo some form of customisation.

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