Lotus is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its factory in Hethel, Norfolk, England with a limited edition run of its Lotus Evora 400.
The Hethel Edition 400 is basically a cosmetic series, available in three limited colours — Essex Blue, Motorsport Black and Racing Green — with matching interior trim and, of course, the customary designation badge. More than likely it won’t be available on this side of the Atlantic, mainly because the regular Evora 400 isn’t either.
“The Evora 400 is the latest in a long line of world-beating sports and racing cars to have all been hand built in Hethel over the last 50 years,” said Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus. “We are immensely proud to be part of the community and it is entirely fitting that this limited edition be dedicated to our home. We’re looking forward to celebrating our connections to Norfolk throughout 2016, and more Lotus Hethel Anniversary news will be announced soon.”
Basically buyers wanting the limited edition model will pay a premium for the new colour palette, which comes with the options of red or black leather or Alcantara interior trim. Lightweight silver aluminum wheels are part of the package, showing contrasting colour brake calipers. Bespoke graphics are also part of the package.
The rest is also attainable in the widely praised Evora 400 — high-performance from a supercharged 3.5-litre V-6 (the 400, designated by 400 hp, with a torque peak of 302 lb-ft), light overall weight (1,395 kg, primarily due to the all-aluminum chassis and composite bodywork) and legendary Lotus handling (downforce is pegged at 32 kg, at 241 km/h).
It is capable of sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in just over four seconds, and can hit a top speed of 300 km/h. Performance is identical between manual and automatic models, with the only difference being the top speed of just 280 km/h with the automatic. Stopping is entrusted to 370mm disc brakes all around.
Among the car’s standards are a Torsen limited slip differential, climate control and an infotainment system. The driver selectable Lotus Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) can adapt throttle response, traction slip thresholds and understeer recognition, according to Sport or Race modes.
Along with the automatic (with paddle shifters, of course), cruise control is also optional. The Hethel Edition 400 goes for £75,500 (about $140,000 Canadian) in the UK, and up to €105,400 (about $154,000) in Italy.