Lotus Exige V6 Cup breaks cover

Article by Christian A., on August 20, 2012

Lotus Exige V6 Cup made its debut at the Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch this past weekend. Lotus will offer two versions of the V6 Cup -- a Track Day version 9 (priced at £62,995) and what is referred to as a “full-on Competition-spec” car with a price tag that says £74,995. It is powered by a 346bhp 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine, which powers the Lotus Exige S.

Lotus said that the Exige V6 Cup could accelerate to 62mph in 3.5sec and could get to a top speed of 170mph. This car’s weight is at 1080kg. It is equipped with Lotus Dynamic Performance Management, enabling the driver to make the shift between Touring, Sport and Race modes. It features Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo tyres, an aero-optimised front splitter, rear diffuser and wing, to go along with multi-adjustable suspension.

It also offers a roll cage, FIA-approved fire extinguisher, HANS-compliant race seats and a removable steering wheel. Consumers can make the choice between four- or six-point race harnesses. The Lotus Exige V6 Cup will start production this December, with an initial run of 20 cars intended for production through to March 2013. Competition models are built to participate in new and current Lotus Cup championships throughout Europe, Japan and America.

Lotus revealed that the 2010 Exige underwent some changes not just to improve how it looks but to also enhance the aerodynamic performance. Thus, the redesigned front section when combined with the fact that the rear wing is now larger ensures that drag is lowered. Further, it also results in giving this vehicle a more muscular stance and at the same time puts focus on its shrink-wrapped and lightweight appearance.

Additional features of the front section include the air intake whose opening has been made larger as well as more angular. This allows it to channel more air to the radiator and thus increase the engine system’s efficiency. Two more air intakes, which are larger, have been placed just ahead of the wheels in the front and positioned on each side of the main opening.

With this, the amount of air that goes to the twin oil coolers is increased. Meanwhile, having horizontal vanes split the oil cooler air intakes means that the airflow is stabilized and this increases even further its cooling efficiency. The composite rear wing, which was previously mentioned, utilizes the design that was first seen on the Exige GT3 road car concept unveiled during the 2007 Geneva Auto Show.

When compared to the tailgate-mounted rear wing of the 2009 Exige, the one in the 2010 version is further back by 61 mm, wider by 181 mm, and mounted higher by 46 mm. The use of rear end plates made it possible to attach the wing to the bodyshell. This brings two advantages which is to increase the entire structure’s stiffness and allow the airflow that goes over the rear wing to be maximized.

Since this particular air management is able to deliver better stability, it means that drag is lowered. It also results in an impressive downforce measured at 42 kg when running at 160 km/h. Lotus said that ever since the Exige S2 was released in 2004, there has been a significant increase in power, in standard road form, from 190 hp going to 220 hp and all the way to 240 hp. Of course, being a track-focused model, the Lotus Exige Cup 260 has more power increases. The new larger air intakes though will also assist in enhancing the engine cooling that is necessary for the Exige versions that showcase higher power.

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