|2017 Lotus Exige Cup 380|
2017 Lotus Exige Cup 380 Without same and without compromise, the ballistic new Lotus Exige Cup 380 coupe offers the best balance among fully kind accepted street automobile and actual race vehicle to supply the final music-and-back street-legal Lotus.
Evolved from the hugely a hit and succesful Lotus Exige Sport 380, this modern day Lotus supercar is the purest manifestation yet of the employer's Cup concept for sports activities motors. Genuinely eligible for opposition but undeniably elegant, simply 60 editions of this intense Exige are planned for international markets - assuring its repute as one of Lotus' maximum collectable road automobiles.
With a purity of pressure remarkable in avenue motors, and a electricity-to-weight ratio of 355 hp consistent with tonne, the Exige Cup 380 promises proper race tempo, with zero-60 mph in 3.Four seconds (0-a hundred km/h in 3.6 seconds) and top velocity of 175 mph (282 km/h). Key to the Exige Cup 380 accomplishing its low weight of one,057 kg is the complete adoption of carbon fibre and extreme engineering. Making their first look on a road-going Lotus, heavily revised bodywork elements contribute to the improved downforce of the Exige Cup 380, with the auto producing as much as two hundred kg, forty three% extra than the Exige Sport 380. Making the maximum of this aerodynamic downforce and maximising mechanical grip, the Exige Cup 380 functions larger rear tyres (285/30 ZR18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2) as popular.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus percent said, "Developing the Cup 380 has allowed us to indulge our motorsport ambitions on a vehicle that can be used and enjoyed each single day. This is an Exige it really is no longer simply unbeatable point-to-point however also able to triumphing extraordinarily aggressive races. The largest surprise for many is that it is completely avenue criminal - a enormous fulfillment thinking about the automobile's performance talents. Unlike a few competitors' automobiles, this is something that without a doubt can power to a track, set the quickest lap and take the win, earlier than heading domestic. It's supremely usable, but outrageously fast."
At the heart of the brand new Exige Cup 380 lies a concept from the core of considered one of Lotus' founding principles. With an unequalled lineage, the new thoroughbred Lotus Exige Cup 380 is endowed with race vehicle sensibilities and avenue car manners.
Honing the Lotus Exige Cup 380's excessive pace skills was paramount in its improvement, and the inclusion of new wind tunnel evolved aerodynamic factors permit this avenue-going Exige to deliver as much as 2 hundred kg of aerodynamic downforce at a top speed of one hundred seventy five mph.
Located over the wheels, the front louvers equalise the stress differential in the wheel arches, increasing downforce at high pace and under tough braking, at the same time as the cut-out sections behind the rear wheels paintings with the aero blades hooked up either aspect of the race diffuser. Even the Exige's windscreen wiper has been aero tuned - now resting in a vertical function to avoid disrupting air drift.
To harness the big hike in downforce, and offer extended mechanical grip, wider 285/30 ZR18 rear tyres are required - a step up from the 265/35 ZR18 as fitted to the Sport 380. With the two elements running in mixture, this huge boost in grip lets in the car to nook harder and faster which, given with the Exige's existing reputation as a driving force's car, elevates it to an entire new degree.
An essential part of the auto's aerodynamic prowess, the high-gloss, hand-made carbon fibre components include new front splitter, the front get right of entry to panel, bargeboards, roof, diffuser surround, new large aperture air-consumption side pods, a new one-piece tailgate and a directly-cut high performance motorsport derived rear wing.
The new layout one-piece carbon rear tailgate reduces weight by means of 6.5 kg and the removal of gas struts deletes 1 kg. The new carbon side pods save a further 0.Five kg.
Inside the Lotus Exige Cup 380, the carbon keeps with visible-weave, handmade sections which include beautifully specified carbon race seats and door sills as preferred. Cumulatively those composites contribute to the Exige Cup 380's low weight, however every a part of the auto has been considered, even all the way down to the elimination of the boot carpet, to reduce mass. Optional carbon fibre additives consist of one-piece internal door panels, HVAC console and face-degree vent surrounds, which together provide a further 1 kg discount over the standard automobile.
In addition to the Exige's strong, stiff and durable aluminium chassis architecture, the Cup 380 comes with a T45 steel roll over bar as wellknown. Tremendously strong, but mild as compared to alternatives, its cost manner that it is best used inside the highest of motorsport applications. Other racing additions consist of a towing eye on the the front and a material tow strap on the rear.
Extremely brief off the line, the Lotus Exige Cup 380 laps the Hethel tune in 1 minute 26 seconds - a record for a road-felony Exige. Packing the equal 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine as the Exige Race 380, the new Exige Cup 380 boasts 375 hp at 6,seven-hundred rpm and 410 Nm (302 lbft) of torque at five,000 rpm.
Available as trendy with a near-ratio, six-pace manual transmission, the Exige range capabilities Lotus' now famous open-gate guide gearbox design.
There are four user selectable ESP modes (Drive, Sport, Race and Off). Sport, Race and Off boom throttle response, decrease traction slip thresholds and cast off understeer popularity to provide a finer degree of driver manage before intervention and utilises an engine exhaust pass valve which reduces exhaust back strain at higher engine speeds. In a new development, the Lotus Exige Cup 380 includes a variable traction manage characteristic that's linked without delay to the ECU and lets in the amount of wheel slip to be set with the aid of the motive force. The six-role rotary transfer is positioned on the steering column and is only available with ESP switched off, with the percentage of goal wheel slip from 1% to 12% in 5 settings and "off", displayed via the device cluster.
The Exige has long been seemed as turning in benchmark handling, however proprietors of the Lotus Exige Cup 380 can configure the set-up, thanks to the Nitron two-manner adjustable dampers and Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars geared up as fashionable. The big Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (285/30 ZR18 rear and 215/forty five ZR17 the front) are suited for ultra-lightweight cast alloy wheels, available in red, black or silver as trendy. Stopping power is furnished with the aid of AP Racing cast, 4-piston brake calipers and grooved performance two-piece brake discs.
The optional full exhaust system in titanium gets rid of 10 kg from beyond the rear axle, and buyers can specify a number of additions and deletions, including FIA compliant roll cage, complete race harness, electrical cut-off and fire extinguisher controls in addition to airbag deletion and a non-airbag steering wheel.
Despite its pure overall performance credentials, the new Lotus Cup 380 retains its dramatic aesthetic way to the excessive-gloss, visible-weave carbon fibre, but complementing this are a range of five hand finished paint options, which includes Essex Blue, Metallic White, Metallic Silver, Metallic Grey and Metallic Black. Further accentuating its form, a unique pink highlight line defines the Exige's front access panel, while key information, together with the front canard wings, are finished in matt black. Coordinating wheels, spoiler uprights and mirror caps in crimson, silver or black contrast with the primary paint shade, and the entire automobile is finished with specific Cup 380 badging.
The hand finished nature of the Lotus Exige Cup 380 keeps internal, with Lotus' carbon fibre sports activities seats trimmed in Alcantara®, with leather or tartan as a no value option, with contrast stitching and an Alcantara® steerage wheel. As general, light-weight carbon fibre sill covers reduce the load with the aid of zero.9 kg and provide easier ingress and egress by way of up to ten mm, way to their decrease profile and contoured finish. The Exige Cup 380's tool panel has also obtained attention, with new images making it simpler to examine.
For proprietors wanting more, the new Lotus Exige Cup 380 may be personalised via the an increasing number of popular Lotus Exclusive programme. Combining traditional British craftsmanship with present day design, the service inspires clients to spend time tailoring the man or woman in their Lotus with a comprehensive array of options. Since its creation this has proved more and more popular, with 25% of all new cars undergoing a few shape of personalisation.
The Lotus Exige Cup 380 is to be had as a restrained manufacturing run of best 60 automobiles and as a coupe best. It is priced £eighty three,000 together with VAT (UK) and €109,900 (Germany).