Matt Farah Drives the 2018 Lotus Evora 400 on Four Different Race Tracks

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Lotusing (v): Doing everything you possibly can with a Lotus Evora 400.

A couple of years ago, Matt Farah of The Smoking Tire had a Lotus Evora 400 for just under 20 minutes and decided to do a One Take on a windy road. In the process, he fell absolutely fell in love with it. Recently, he had the opportunity to have another Evora 400 for three weeks. If you had a chance to live with a Lotus Evora 400 for a few weeks, what would you do? Well Farah decided to go on a excursion and take the Evora to four different race tracks. Two tracks up in Northern California and two down just a couple of hours from Los Angeles.

The first race track Farah stopped at was Buttonwillow Raceway Park. Despite the tires being over inflated, the Evora seemed right at home on track according to the video. Bone stock without any modifications, the 400 corners flat and pulls out of corners with urgency thanks to it’s 3.5L supercharged Camry-sourced V6 engine. How good does that exhaust note sound? Well, we like it very much at wide open throttle, especially during heel-and-toe downshifts. Matt did mention that downshift blips did act up here and there though. Other than that, the 400 was a walk in the park at Buttonwillow.

Matt Farah Lotus Evora 400


Library voices required at Laguna Seca.

Next up, Farah drove a few hundred miles up north to the world famous WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway in Salinas, CA. Having a “Quite Exhaust Mode” button fitted to the 400, Matt thought he could get away with driving flat-out without having to worry about the 90 decibel sound limit exercised during his track day. Unfortunately, the quiet exhaust mode disengages when the car is driven hard to let the car breathe better. With this slight predicament, Farah was forced to take Turn 5 (Closest to sound station) at a higher gear and lift off to avoid getting black flagged. Once again, the 400 performed like a champ around the circuit.

Two tracks down. Two to go…

Farah then drove not too far away to Sonoma Raceway for another track day. Proving to be the most excited clip due to chasing some traffic, the 400 proved to be an easy car to drive hard even on a more technical track. With the windows up and air conditioning on, the supercharged V6 didn’t show any signs of loss of power or stress all while maintaining 15 MPG while doing hot laps. Very impressive.

Last but not least, Farah made the trek back down to SoCal to the final track, Streets of Willow. By far the tightest and shortest circuit among the lot, the 400 continued to prove why Lotus are known for being one of the best driver’s cars straight from the factory. SOW is known for being hard on brakes, but with the upgraded AP Racing brakes all around, Farah had no issue getting the 400 to stop on a dime at a moment’s notice. For the first time in about a decade, Farah did mention that he made some contact with another car on track, but paid for the damages. Luckily nobody was injured.

Three weeks and four track days with the Lotus Evora 400. Can you say heaven? Would you have done the same? Let us know on the forum!

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Matt Eugenio contributes to Honda-Tech, 6SpeedOnline, and Rennlist, among other Internet Brands Auto sites.

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