Building 100,000 units isn’t a big deal for most automakers, but Lotus celebrated the occasion by building a one-off model to pay tribute to racing driver Jim Clark.
Designed to commemorate his tragic death 50 years ago, the Evora GT410 Sport was unveiled over the weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Since it draws inspiration from an Elan S2 that Clark drove in the 1960s, the Evora has a red exterior with a contrasting silver roof and bright wheels. The car has also been equipped with silver mirrors, tartan upholstery and Clark’s signature on the buttresses.
One thing the cars don’t have in common is the Evora’s supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that develops 410 hp (305 kW / 415 PS) and 420 lb-ft (569 Nm) of torque. Thanks to the powerful engine and the extensive use of carbon fiber composites, the model accelerates from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.0 seconds before topping out at 190 mph (305 km/h).
While the Evora is certainly faster, Clark’s Elan wasn’t just any regular model. It was the first S2 built and it was given to him by Lotus founder Colin Chapman. Clark used the car extensively and after just one year of use, he had already logged over 15,000 miles (24,140 km) behind the wheel.
Over the course of his racing career, Clark won the Indianapolis 500 and was crowned Formula 1 World Champion twice. Out of the 72 Grand Prix races that he competed in, Clark took 25 wins and 33 pole positions – all while driving a Lotus.
Unfortunately, Clark’s life was cut tragically short in 1968. Clark was competing in a race at the Hockenheimring, when he lost control and crashed into some trees.
The one-off Evora GT410 Sport is being raffled off to raise funds for a new Jim Clark Museum in his hometown of Duns. Tickets cost £20 ($26.37) and the raffle is open to a global audience.