No, is not about extreme patriotism in here! This is just the star of the Discovery Channel’s popular series ‘How Do They Do It?’.
With its voluptuous curves and cut-away details, the Exige is one of the most distinctive and unique cars on the road, so it was a perfect choice for the ‘How Do They Do It?’ team who were looking for a challenging case study for their vehicle wrapping feature. ‘Totally Dynamic’ who specialise in the application of vinyl wraps were assigned the project and took 10 hours to transform the iconic Exige for the documentary which follows the project from brief to the finished car making its track debut.
The scheme was developed by Lotus Design to move away from the traditional static Union Jack to that of a flying flag to show the essence of movement and speed. The finished car is a real attention seeker and has amazing track presence.
Angelo Lazaris will present the 2008 Lotus Exige GT3 this week-end at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Based on the European race car that competed in the FIA GT3 category, this is the world’s fastest Lotus, fitted with extreme aerodynamic aids and a highly developed 1.8-litre engine based on the same unit in the Exige S road car.
Lotus Engineering’s work on the 1.8-litre VVTL-I four-cylinder Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine has been pushing the boundaries of just what is attainable from a production road car engine. It has evolved from 189 hp, to 252 hp as fitted to the road registerable (UK) Lotus 2-Eleven, now peaking at a massive 350 hp, in 2007 GT3 specification - or an increase of 85 percent.
That’s an 89 percent increase over base specification, and a colossal 198 hp per-litre. In comparison a Porsche 997 GT3 generates 111hp/litre and the Aston Martin DBRS9 achieves 83hp/litre in race trim. A Holden Commodore SS road car produces just 60hp/litre.
Lotus revealed the MY2008 Sport Exige Cup 260, a direct development of the 2007 Exige Cup Car. The Exige Cup 260, once again represents Lotus’ most radical version of the Exige, with the track environment being its home and for 2008, the Lotus Sport Exige Cup 260 has full European homologation for road use.
The Sport Exige Cup 260 is powered by a supercharged and intercooled engine that delivers 257 hp at 8000 rpm and a peak torque of 236 Nm (174 lbft) at 6000 rpm. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 4.1 seconds and the 0 to 100 mph in 9.9 seconds. It can hit a top speed of 147 mph.
The Exige Cup 260 is available now for sale in mainland Europe at -56,034 euro.
Lotus Sport, the race car performance arm of Lotus Cars Ltd, today unveiled the Lotus Exige GT3 concept road vehicle. With its debut at the 77th annual Geneva International Motor Show, the 275 PS (271 bhp / 203 kW) Exige GT3 is a bold, no-holds-barred, lap record-breaking, breathtaking performance machine that embraces all that is expected of a race-bred Lotus.
Lotus Cars Australia has donated a special new recruit to the NSW Police Bankstown Local Area Command with the arrival of a high performance Lotus Exige. The lightweight, high performance Lotus Exige sports car will be used by Bankstown Local Area Command for a number of community policing roles over the next six months, including most importantly, helping to build better relations between police and local performance car enthusiasts and youth.
At the 2006 Los Angeles International Auto Show, Lotus Cars USA, the subsidiary of Lotus Cars in North America, unveiled the MY2007 Lotus Sport Exige Cup. The 252 bhp, supercharged and intercooled sportscar is a completely out-of-the-box track car with a specification designed to prepare the budding driver for the grid at some of the finest and most challenging circuits in North America.