It’s only fitting, then, that some seven decades years since its establishment, his son has taken delivery of the company’s latest sports car. CEO Jean-Marc Gales personally delivered the Evora GT410 Sport to Clive Chapman.
Colin Chapman’s Son Takes Delivery Of A New Lotus Evora GT410 Sport
The company may not bear his name like those founded by Enzo Ferrari, Bruce McLaren, or Ferdinand Porsche, yet Lotus was founded by Colin Chapman and will forever remain tied to his legacy. It’s only fitting, then, that some seven decades years since its establishment, his son has taken delivery of the company’s latest sports car.
Clive chose a deep Empire Green for his GT410 Sport. The 2+2 coupe packs a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 upgraded to 410 HP (416 PS/306 kW) and 309 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. It can be had with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission and features a Torsen limited slip differential.
It also boasts 50 percent more downforce over the previous Evora Sport 410. Though slightly less extreme than the GT430, the GT410 hustles to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.9 seconds (with the automatic, 4.0 with the manual) and tops out at 190 mph (305 km/h).
The younger Chapman will drive the car across the UK and Europe as he and the rest of the Classic Team Lotus run their fleet of historic racing cars at vintage motorsport events.
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This Lotus Evora GT410 Sport Was Built For Colin Chapman’s Son
This is a big year for Lotus. The UK sports car company, which has had its share of ups and downs over the decades, is finally in the upswing, thanks to its new parent company Geely. There’s now consistent cash flow and new Lotus sports cars are on their way. Aside from all of that, this is also the 70th anniversary of when late founder Colin Chapman built his first car, so it’s only appropriate for his son, Clive, to be part of the festivities.
Clive Chapman is clearly a Lotus guy, and he’s just taken delivery of a new Evora GT410 Sport, hand-built specifically for him at the firm’s Hethel facility. Speaking when the younger Chapman took delivery, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales stated that ‘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.’ Powered by a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 with 410 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, the Evora GT410 Sport can do 0-60 mph in a mere 3.9 seconds, or 4 seconds flat when equipped with a manual gearbox; the optional six-speed automatic with a Torsen type limited slip diff, is slightly quicker through the gears. ‘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, said Clive Chapman. ‘I’m proud to be behind the wheel of a Lotus sports car and I’m looking forward to the miles ahead.’
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A Chapman is back behind the wheel of a Lotus
Tell us if you’ve heard this one before: A Chapman behind the wheel of a Lotus. Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder, Colin Chapman, received his keys to a’new Evora GT410 Sport last week.
Lotus announced the delivery Friday, as Clive and his’Evora GT410 Sport prepared for a trek across the United Kingdom and Europe. Clive is still involved with Lotus as’Director of Classic Team Lotus. His job, along with a team, is to preserve and promote Lotus history and motorsport. He often runs vintage Lotus race cars at events around the world.
Colin Chapman founded the company in 1952 and famously quipped, “Adding power makes you faster on the straights. Subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere.” The ethos would serve Lotus throughout its history with an emphasis on lightweighting over gobs of power.
The GT410 Sport’s delivery couldn’t come at a better time, either. The car celebrates the 70th anniversary of Colin Chapman’s first vehicle.
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