Lotus has accomplished the impossible and improved the track-car-for-the-street, the ExigeCup 260. The Exige Cup 260 is already known to be a union of precision, lightness and a perfect balance between minimalism and equipment. Lotus made it even lighter with a weight of only 1,958 pounds, a reduction of 84 pounds to the Exige Cup 240, unveiled in 2006.
Producing 260 horsepower from its supercharged four-cylinder Toyota engine, the 2010 ExigeCup 260 gets to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.
The 2010 Exige Cup 260 has a series of improvements similar to the Exige GT3 race car, including an even more extensive use of carbon fiber, on the roof, driver and passenger seats, one-piece dash top, rear tailgate, center tunnel, front splitter, side intake ducts, rear spoiler, and more.
Improving the car's handling and lap times are lightweight motorsports wheels, two-way adjustable Ohlins dampers and 30% greater rear chassis stiffness. More aerodynamic improvements copied from the facelifted 2010 Exige base model also improve the car's high-speed characteristics. On sale now in the UK, the car is priced from £45,000 (about $73,000). Pricing and availability have yet to be announced in the US.
The 2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260 has a design and aerodynamic performance that is better compared to the Lotus Exige S that was introduced early this year. The rear wing is lightweight and has an unpainted carbon chord composite.
This was inspired by the Exige GT3 road car concept which was first displayed during the 2007 Geneva Motorshow. Unlike the 2009 Lotus Exige Cup 260, the tailgate-mounted wing of the 2010 version is wider by 181 mm, longer by 61 mm, and higher by 46 mm. The wing is fastened with the rear bodyshell clam through the use of rear end plates.
This helps the entire structure have increased stiffness and it allows as much airflow to go on its rear wing. Because of the airflow management, the 2010 model has better stability and it also had its drag reduced. In addition, its downforce is 42 kg at 160 km/h. The front portion meanwhile has been redesigned to have a larger air intake which is also more angular.
This helps it channel extra air to its radiator and therefore make the engine more efficient. There are also two air intakes placed on the each side of the main aperture and just in before its front wheels. This helps increase the air flow that goes to the twin oil coolers. Splitting the oil cooler intakes are the lightweight carbon fibre horizontal vanes that stabilize the air flow and enhance the cooling efficiency.
The 2010MY Exige has an aerodynamic splitter that has been mounted beneath its three air intakes. The splitter also uses a carbon chord composite and is therefore lightweight. This is stretched to wrap the entire front end and with the chiseled side lips raised, this redirects the air on its tires and reduces the drag further.