brand new CAR: Lotus Exige Cup 380: 1,057Kg, 375bhp, 175mph!
Lightweight lovers Lotus have launched their fastest track day special ever – the insane, 1.057Kg, 3.4 to 60mph, 175mph, 375bhp Exile Cup 380, available right now at £83,000.
in addition to also also having been lucky enough to see that will car testing on roads local to the Hethel track (the idea’s just up the road coming from Road HQ), in addition to also also hear the idea caning around their test track… expect one seriously fast son of a (glue) gun 😉
Without equal in addition to also also without compromise, the ballistic brand new Exige Cup 380 coupe provides the perfect balance between fully type approved road car in addition to also also genuine race car to deliver the ultimate track-in addition to also also-back street-legal Lotus.
Evolved coming from the hugely successful in addition to also also capable Exige Sport 380, that will latest Lotus supercar will be the purest manifestation yet of the company’s Cup concept for sports cars. Genuinely eligible for competition yet undeniably elegant, just 60 editions of that will extreme Exige are planned for worldwide markets – assuring its status as one of Lotus’ most collectable road cars.
having a purity of drive unheard of in road cars, in addition to also also a power-to-weight ratio of 355 hp per tonne, the Exige Cup 380 delivers genuine race pace, with 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds) in addition to also also top speed of 175 mph (282 km/h). Key to the Exige Cup 380 reaching its low weight of 1,057 kg will be the comprehensive adoption of carbon fibre in addition to also also extreme engineering. generating their first appearance on a road-going Lotus, heavily revised bodywork elements contribute to the increased downforce of the Exige Cup 380, with the auto generating up to 0 kg, 43% more than the Exige Sport 380. generating the most of that will aerodynamic downforce in addition to also also maximising mechanical grip, the Exige Cup 380 features larger rear tyres (285/30 ZR18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2) as standard.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “Developing the Cup 380 has allowed us to indulge our motorsport ambitions on a car that will can be used in addition to also also enjoyed every single day. that will will be an Exige that will’s not just unbeatable point-to-point although also capable of winning highly competitive races. The biggest surprise for many will be that will the idea’s fully road legal – a considerable achievement considering the auto’s performance capabilities. Unlike some rivals’ cars, that will will be something that will definitely can drive to a track, set the fastest lap in addition to also also take the win, before heading home. the idea’s supremely usable, yet outrageously fast.”
About the Exige Cup 380
At the heart of the brand new Exige Cup 380 lies a concept coming from the core of one of Lotus’ founding principles. With an unrivaled lineage, the brand new thoroughbred Lotus Exige Cup 380 will be endowed with race car sensibilities in addition to also also road car manners.
Honing the Exige Cup 380’s high speed abilities was paramount in its development, in addition to also also the inclusion of brand new wind tunnel developed aerodynamic elements allow that will road-going Exige to deliver up to 0 kg of aerodynamic downforce at a top speed of 175 mph.
Located over the wheels, the front louvers equalise the pressure differential within the wheel arches, increasing downforce at high speed in addition to also also under hard braking, whilst the cut-out sections behind the rear wheels work with the aero blades mounted either side of the race diffuser. Even the Exige’s windscreen wiper has been aero tuned – right now resting in a vertical position to avoid disrupting air flow.
To harness the huge hike in downforce, in addition to also also provide increased mechanical grip, wider 285/30 ZR18 rear tyres are required – a step up coming from the 265/35 ZR18 as fitted to the Sport 380. With the two elements working in combination, that will huge boost in grip allows the auto to corner harder in addition to also also faster which, given with the Exige’s existing reputation as a driver’s car, elevates the idea to a whole brand new level.
An integral part of the auto’s aerodynamic prowess, the high-gloss, hand-made carbon fibre components include brand new front splitter, front access panel, bargeboards, roof, diffuser surround, brand new larger aperture air-intake side pods, a brand new one-piece tailgate in addition to also also a straight-cut high efficiency motorsport derived rear wing.
The brand new design one-piece carbon rear tailgate reduces weight by 6.5 kg in addition to also also the removal of gas struts deletes 1 kg. The brand new carbon side pods save a further 0.5 kg.
Inside the Exige Cup 380, the carbon continues with visible-weave, handmade sections including beautifully detailed carbon race seats in addition to also also door sills as standard. Cumulatively these composites contribute to the Exige Cup 380’s low weight, although every part of the auto has been considered, even down to the removal of the boot carpet, to reduce mass. Optional carbon fibre components include one-piece inner door panels, HVAC console in addition to also also face-level vent surrounds, which together offer yet another 1 kg reduction over the standard car.
In addition to the Exige’s strong, stiff in addition to also also durable aluminium chassis architecture, the Cup 380 comes having a T45 steel roll over bar as standard. Tremendously strong, yet light compared to alternatives, its cost means that will the idea’s only used inside highest of motorsport applications. various other racing additions include a towing eye at the front in addition to also also a fabric tow strap at the rear.
Extremely quick off the line, the Exige Cup 380 laps the Hethel track in 1 minute 26 seconds – a record for a road-legal Exige. Packing the same 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine as the Exige Race 380, the brand new Exige Cup 380 boasts 375 hp at 6,700 rpm in addition to also also 410 Nm (302 lbft) of torque at 5,000 rpm.
Available as standard having a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission, the Exige range features Lotus’ right now famous open-gate manual gearbox design.
There are four user selectable ESP modes (Drive, Sport, Race in addition to also also Off). Sport, Race in addition to also also Off increase throttle response, lower traction slip thresholds in addition to also also remove understeer recognition to provide a finer degree of driver control before intervention in addition to also also utilises an engine exhaust bypass valve which reduces exhaust back pressure at higher engine speeds. In a brand new development, the Lotus Exige Cup 380 includes a variable traction control function which will be linked directly to the ECU in addition to also also allows the amount of wheel slip to be set by the driver. The six-position rotary switch will be located on the steering column in addition to also also will be only available with ESP switched off, with the percentage of target wheel slip coming from 1% to 12% in 5 settings in addition to also also “off”, displayed via the instrument cluster.
The Exige has long been regarded as delivering benchmark handling, although owners of the Exige Cup 380 can configure the set-up, thanks to the Nitron two-way adjustable dampers in addition to also also Eibach adjustable front in addition to also also rear anti-roll bars fitted as standard. The substantial Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (285/30 ZR18 rear in addition to also also 215/45 ZR17 front) are fitted to ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels, available in red, black or silver as standard. Stopping power will be provided by AP Racing forged, four-piston brake calipers in addition to also also grooved performance two-piece brake discs.
The optional full exhaust system in titanium removes 10 kg coming from beyond the rear axle, in addition to also also buyers can specify numerous additions in addition to also also deletions, including FIA compliant roll cage, full race harness, electrical cut-off in addition to also also fire extinguisher controls as well as airbag deletion in addition to also also a non-airbag steering wheel.
Despite its pure performance credentials, the brand new Lotus Cup 380 retains its dramatic aesthetic thanks to the high-gloss, visible-weave carbon fibre, although complementing that will are a range of 5 hand finished paint options, including Essex Blue, Metallic White, Metallic Silver, Metallic Grey in addition to also also Metallic Black. Further accentuating its shape, a unique red highlight line defines the Exige’s front access panel, while key details, including the front canard wings, are finished in matt black. Coordinating wheels, spoiler uprights in addition to also also mirror caps in red, silver or black contrast with the main paint colour, in addition to also also the whole car will be finished with unique Cup 380 badging.
The hand finished nature of the Exige Cup 380 continues inside, with Lotus’ carbon fibre sports seats trimmed in Alcantara®, with leather or tartan as a no cost option, with contrast stitching in addition to also also an Alcantara® steering wheel. As standard, lightweight carbon fibre sill covers reduce the weight by 0.9 kg in addition to also also provide easier ingress in addition to also also egress by up to 10 mm, thanks to their lower profile in addition to also also contoured finish. The Exige Cup 380’s instrument panel has also received attention, with brand new graphics generating the idea easier to read.
For owners wanting more, the brand new Exige Cup 380 can be personalised through the increasingly common Lotus Exclusive programme. Combining traditional British craftsmanship with modern design, the service inspires customers to spend time tailoring the character of their Lotus having a comprehensive array of options. Since its introduction that will has proved increasingly common, with 25% of all brand new cars undergoing some form of personalisation.
The Exige Cup 380 will be available as a limited production run of only 60 cars in addition to also also as a coupe only. the idea can be ordered right now, priced £83,000 including VAT (UK) in addition to also also €109,900 (Germany).