The British automaker Lotus is noted for releasing low production, limited editions of its sports car lineage. Now the Hethel-based automobile manufacturer is back at it again with its latest special edition vehicle christened the "Exige Cup 380"- proclaimed to be the most track-focused sports car that is now legal to roam the streets.
Lotus has found a solution to make an Exige a slicker sports car. The newest Exige version utilizes the same mechanical features of its predecessor, the Exige Sport 380, but it boasts one factor that puts it a notch above its big brother- you can attach a plate number on it. Lotus specifically made a new sports car that consumers can take to the track, set personal speed records there, and then drive home. You won’t be needing a loyal vehicle hauler; this sports car can easily become your ultimate weekend buddy.
Akin to the Race 380 and Sports 380 units, power is delivered via the 3.5 L supercharged V6 that specifically yields an impressive 375 hP (280 kW) and 302 lb-ft of torque (419 Newton-meters), driving the rear wheels via a 6 speed manual transaxle that is impelled by an aesthetically detailed exposed shifter mechanism. The new Cup 380 can accelerate to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometer per hour) in only 3.4 seconds - a tenth of a second faster than the Sport 380, but 2 tenths slower compared to the Race 380.
Carbon Fibre is the main feature of the Cup 380's structure, both in its structural parts and as an inclusion of its vast aerodynamic set. The carbon fiber build is not just for the eye catching design, but also for the Cup 380 to accelerate better. The specific tweaks include lightweight parts for the anterior splitter, diffuser surround, rear wing, access panel, side pods and its rear wing.
Thanks to the modified parts, all of these contributed to the 441 lbs of downforce (200 kg) at about 175 mph (282 kph), a much needed 40 percent push compared to the Sport 380. The Cup 380 is also considerably lighter, weighing only an estimated 2,330 lbs (1,057 kg) compared to the 2,447 lbs (1,110 kg) of the Sports 280 and 2,200 lbs (998 kg) of the Race 380. If you want the Cup 380 to shed more weight, you can obtain an optional full titanium exhaust that can further drop 10kg from the sports car.
The new Exige is race track ready with its standard roll bar and 4 stability control options including the Race and Off settings. The Cup 380 is also fitted with a 2 way adjustable dampers, and you can opt to tune the front and the rear anti roll bars, enabling you to set it up for any circuit lane. Fancy owning a Lotus Exige Cup 380? Sadly, the company will only produce 60 units worldwide. The Cup 380 will bear a price tag of £83,000 in the UK and €109,900 in Germany.