One-off creation will be given away as a competition prize by the Jim Clark Trust Foundation

Lotus is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, and in the happiest of coincidences, the sports car manufacturer has just built its 100,000th car. To commemorate the occasion, Hazel Chapman, the widow of Lotus founder Colin Chapman, has approved the launch of the 100,000th Lotus model, a one-off GT410 called the Evora GT410 Jim Clark Trust Special Edition.

What makes the Lotus Evora GT410 Sport Jim Clark Trust Special Edition special?

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The car features exclusive colors to commemorate Jim Clark, the Scottish race car driver who died at the wheel of a Lotus race car at the Hockenheim race track in Germany back in 1968.

The Lotus Evora GT410 Sport Jim Clark Trust Special Edition is a true special edition in every sense of the word. Literally, there’s only one of its kind. The car features exclusive colors to commemorate Jim Clark, the Scottish race car driver who died at the wheel of a Lotus race car at the Hockenheim race track in Germany back in 1968.

The exterior of the Evora GT410 Sport Jim Clark Special Edition proudly wears a red paint finish with matching silver trim spread throughout the body. Lotus didn’t just throw these two colors together by accident. Red and silver were the primary colors of the original Lotus Elan, and they were used on this one-off Evora GT410 Sport to bridge its past to the present and future. Step inside the Evora GT410 Sport Jim Clark Special Edition, and you’ll be surrounded by a tartan interior. Every upholstered item in the cabin of this one-off make comes in the unique color as an homage to the legendary racer from whom the one-off Evora GT410 Sport gets its name.

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It’s still the same lightweight, carbon fiber-clad sports car that Lotus unveiled as part of its 70th anniversary

The exclusive touches end there. By and large, this is still a “standard” Evora GT410 Sport. Its looks didn’t change, and there were no additions to the interior. It’s still the same lightweight, carbon fiber-clad sports car that Lotus unveiled as part of its 70th anniversary. It even features the same 3.5-liter supercharged V-6 engine that produces 410 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, figures that are good enough to get the sports car to 60 mph from an idle position in just 3.9 seconds before jetting off on a top speed run that peaks at 180 mph.

Even if it’s not a “special edition” in the traditional sense that’s littered with exclusive touches and plenty of add-ons, the Evora GT410 Sport Jim Clark Special Edition is a model that stands out on its own, largely because it’s also Lotus’ 100,00th model, a distinction that no less than Hazel Chapman never thought would arrive. “70 years ago, I never dreamt that there would be a 100,000th Lotus,” the wife of Lotus founder Colin Chapman said. “I’m immensely proud of the company and Colin’s legacy. Today Lotus still builds such fantastic sports cars, and I’m touched to be able to see the 100,000th car.”

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You can win the car through a competition organized by the Jim Clark Trust to raise funds for its new museum

The Lotus Evora GT410 Sport Jim Clark Special Edition isn’t for sale. That said, you can win the car through a competition organized by the Jim Clark Trust to raise funds for its new museum. Should you want to enter the competition, you can do so by finding out more about it at www.jimclarklotus.com.

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Press release

Joining the celebrations for one of the world’s most iconic sports car manufacturers, the widow of company founder Colin Chapman has personally approved the 100,000th Lotus, as part of the marque’s 70th anniversary celebration.

Hand built on the same site that Hazel Chapman helped establish, the Jim Clark Trust special edition Lotus Evora GT410 Sport is the 100,000th Lotus built and a milestone in the iconic British company’s history.

Reviewing the car for the first time with her son Clive Chapman, Hazel Chapman said: “70 years ago, I never dreamt that there would be a 100,000th Lotus. I’m immensely proud of the company and Colin’s legacy. Today Lotus still builds such fantastic sports cars and I’m touched to be able to see the 100,000th car.” The Evora continues a lineage of lightweight car design that can trace its roots back to the very first Lotus - an ethos that drives the company to optimise mass and aerodynamics in order to maximise performance and handling.

In 1948 Colin Chapman built his first competition car, following his own theories for improved performance. He formed Lotus Engineering in 1952 and from there the company continued to innovate in both road and race cars. Changing the very nature and intent of vehicle design forever, Chapman was in the vanguard of a new way of thinking and his principles remain as relevant today as they were 70 years ago.

Hazel was the first investor in Lotus. Loaning her then boyfriend Colin the £50 he needed to establish Lotus Engineering in a lock-up borrowed from Hazel’s parents. Colin Chapman re-imagined and re-engineered an Austin Seven to create the first Lotus – the Mark I. Built by hand, and with Hazel helping where needed, Colin completed the car in the spring of 1948 and immediately entered it in competitive trials. With Hazel in the passenger seat and Colin behind the wheel, they picked up two class awards in the Mark I’s first events.

From that small garage on the outskirts of London sprang a global brand and Hazel worked alongside Colin as the business grew and found fame. She was even instrumental in establishing the company’s current site in Hethel, working on the layout and design, as the old airbase was rebuilt as the Lotus headquarters and manufacturing facility.

A fitting tribute to one of the most successful racing drivers of all time, the 100,000th Lotus Evora GT410 Sport is a one-off produced in collaboration with the Jim Clark Trust, which has launched a competition to win the landmark Lotus while raising funds to help complete its new museum. Inspired by the very first Lotus Elan, driven by Clark in the 1960s, the new Evora was conceived and constructed at the famous Hethel site – the home of the company for the last 50 years.

Commissioned to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Clark’s tragic death while competing at Hockenheim in 1968, the 100,000th Lotus was unveiled at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Echoing the original Lotus Elan’s colour scheme, with red paintwork, a silver roof and silver wheels, plus tartan upholstery, it commemorates the legacy of the one of motorsport’s most enduring figures.

About the Evora GT410 Sport

Launched in Lotus’ 70th year, the Evora GT410 Sport is a winning blend of raw ability and style. Drawing from its more potent stablemate, the Evora GT430, it incorporates many high-performance elements yet retains a subtler, understated profile.

Forged though a process of continual evolution, the 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. As with all high-performance Evoras, visible-weave carbon fibre plays a considerable role in the car’s construction, enabling a lightest possible dry weight of just 1,256 kg.

The Evora GT410 Sport is powered by a specially calibrated version of Lotus’ supercharged, 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine. With an integrated water-to-air charge cooler, it produces 410 hp at 7000 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 3500 rpm, allowing the Evora GT410 Sport to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds

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.

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