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What can you possibly achieve in six seconds in everyday situations? Perhaps take note of the title and the first question here? See, six seconds in real life might not seem like a lot but on the circuit, it’s a whole different story – even a second might feel like a lifetime to racing drivers.

So when it was announced that the 2016 Lotus Evora 400 had taken a whole six seconds out of the Evora S‘s best lap time at Hethel, we can understand why this is news worth shouting about. To quell speculations, Lotus has stated that the pre-production Evora 400 prototype responsible for the 1:32 lap time was trimmed to the exact road-going specification (with road tyres) and featured a standard suspension setup.

The previous lap time of 1:38 was set by Gavan Kershaw, Lotus Motorsport’s technical manager, who was also the man responsible for piloting the Evora 400 around Hethel this time round.

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“Our commitment to reducing weight to create a lightweight and efficient supercar has paid off. The extra 55 hp in conjunction with the 22 kg weight reduction and the tremendous traction from the Limited Slip Differential (LSD) lead to benchmark handling,” said Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales.

The Lotus Evora 400 was first unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It featured a supercharged 3.5 litre V6 engine pushing out 400 hp (an increase of 55 over the Evora S) and 410 Nm of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and automatic transmission with power going to the rear wheels. A 0-100 km/h time of just 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 300 km/h is quoted.