Lotus unveils new special edition Exige Cup 430

Lotus unveils new special edition Exige Cup 430

The British brand has presented the Lotus Exige sports auto, which became the fastest version for all time of existence of the model.

The 3.5 litre V6 receives a new Edelbrock supercharger and charger cooler, and together, output is increased to 430 hp at 7,000 rpm and 440 Nm of torque at 4,000 to 6,800 rpm.

The latest fire-breathing road-legal racing vehicle to roll out of Lotus's tiny production facility, the Exige Cup 430: Unlimited Edition, offers extreme levels of acceleration, grip and handling, but best of all, it's set to be a standard, full-production model rather than a limited-run special edition. The unit is linked as standard to a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission with the famous open-gate design. Yet it won't fly away, as its revised aero package generates 485 lbs. of downforce near its 180 miles per hour top speed.

Unfortunately, Lotus had no time to figure out how to make that happen, since the auto was limited to sixty units, and that allocation was gone within a week.

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This auto became the fastest vehicle test track "Lotus" in Hotele. Thanks to a new spoiler on that rear clam and a reprofiled splitter on the front one (amongst numerous other tweaks), the Exige Cup 430 produces a maximum of 220kg of downforce.

Since we're talking about Lotus, weight reduction plays a major part on the Cup 430, with the auto tipping the scales at just 1,056 kg (2,328 lb) in its lightest configuration. The new 17-inch wheels in front and 18 inch back with them to fit tires Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2.

Also part of the package is a variable traction control function with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12% slip) as well as insurance worrying "off".

Stopping power comes courtesy of four-piston AP Racing brake calipers and new performance two-piece, J-hook brake discs. The coupe Exige Cup 430 drove a lap in 1 minute 24.8 seconds - 1.2 seconds faster than the track Roadster 3-Eleven. "As well as a significant power hike, the Cup 430 has benefited from extensive development in areas essential to Lotus' DNA, in order to ensure that the full potential of the Exige's incredible chassis can be exploited".

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