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Lotus Showcases Its Latest Little Track Monster

Lotus Showcases Its Latest Little Track Monster

We've seen recently the Elise Cup 260, the Evora GT430, and a myriad of bespoke models, and that's only during the past few months - and Lotus doesn't show any signs of fatigue. Lotus are experts when it comes to making its cars ludicrously light, and the Exige 380 is no different.

The result is a 316kW/440Nm race-ready road vehicle which weighs in at a very healthy 1,056kg. As the name implies, there's a healthy boost of power included - motivation comes from the same supercharged 3.5-liter Toyota V6 used inside the Exige 380, but with a jump from 380 horsepower (283 kilowatts) up to 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts).

The Exige Cup 430 is an evolution of the Cup 380, a vehicle we found so much fun to drive that we really wished it could come to America, if only as a strictly track-bound offering. There's also a new design to discuss - motivated by the bettered aerodynamics, with new front splitter, front louvers, and a huge rear wing, among others.

"This is the vehicle that we have always wanted to build, and I am sure that all Lotus enthusiasts will be delighted with the end product".

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"This vehicle has no rivals - inside or outside of its price bracket - and it's no exaggeration when we say that nothing can keep up with this Exige on the road or track".

You won't be surprised to learn that the 430 is aimed at owners who want to blat round a track, so it gets nearly shiny Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and a close-ratio 'box too, and it all adds up to what Lotus say is now the quickest vehicle they make round the track at Hethel.

Thankfully, among the car's standard features are a roll cage, harness-style seatbelts and fixed towing hooks front and rear for those moments when exuberance takes over and the vehicle leaves the track.

There's more, too. The Nitron dampers are now three-way adjustable - rebound, low-speed compression, high-speed compression; the clutch has been upgraded to deal with the extra power; and the Cup 430 also uses "some of the largest calipers and rotors of any Lotus road auto". Prices start at 99,800 GBP ($130,967) but no word on United States availability.


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