This new auto is the Exige Cup 380, said by Hethel to be "the ideal balance between fully type approved road vehicle and genuine race auto to deliver ultimate track-and-back street-legal Lotus".
A range of aerodynamic components have been added to the Cup 380, ensuring high levels of cornering ability and high-speed stability. Even the Exige's windscreen wiper has been aero tuned - now resting in a vertical position to avoid disrupting air flow.
0-60mph comes in 3.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds) while the top speed is 3mph slower than what the Sport 380 can achieve, mostly because of the increased downforce, at 175mph (282km/h).More news: United States carrier group was not steaming straight to North Korea
Lightweight parts come for the front splitter, access panel, roof, diffuser surround, side pods, tailgate, and rear wing - and they also deliver 441 pounds (200 kilograms) of downforce at 175 miles per hour (282 kph) - a 40 percent increase over the Sport 380.
Under the hood, the Cup 380 uses the same motor as the Sport 380 - a supercharged, 3.5-liter V6 putting out 375 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque.
Lotus has one-upped itself with the new Exige Cup 380. A T45 steel roll-over bar is fitted as standard. A six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard.More news: PDP worker killed, 2 injured in Jammu and Kashmir
There are four user selectable ESP modes (Drive, Sport, Race and Off). In a new development, theLotus Exige Cup 380 includes a variable traction control function which is linked directly to the ECU and allows the amount of wheel slip to be set by the driver. And because it is a genuine track auto as well as a road vehicle, it comes with adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars, adjustable damping, Cup tires as standard, plus a T45 steel rollover bar and towing hooks, meaning it can be legally entered into a race. Stopping power is provided by AP Racing forged, four-piston brake calipers and grooved performance two-piece brake discs. It can be made fully race compliant in fact, with further options including harnesses, an electrical cut-off, an extinguisher, an FIA spec roll cage and a non-airbag wheel.
Inside, Lotus fits carbon-fibre sports seats with Alcantara trim and leather or tartan additions, an Alcantara steering wheel, carbon-fibre sills and improved graphics on the instruments. Since its introduction this has proved increasingly popular, with 25% of all new cars undergoing some form of personalisation. In the United Kingdom, buyers will spend £83,000 in the United Kingdom and €109,900 in Europe.More news: Pro-Islamic State note found near Paris gunman, source says
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