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Lotus Exige

Lotus Exige

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The Italian based vehicle importer, UK Garage, has just transformed the Lotus Exige . The Lotus which is now referred to as Extrema exchanges the four cylinder engine that came from the factory in favor of a larger displacement V8. The chassis was widened to fit twice as many cylinders and even wider rubber to handle the additional power. An interesting note is that the engine runs from north to south. The mechanics at UK Garage changed the set-up from a transversely mounted motor (almost all front wheel drives, NSX , Miura ) to a longitudinal layout. There are several GM V8 options buyers can choose from, ranging from 420 HP LS3 all the way up to the 638 HP Supercharged LS9 found in the Corvette ZR-1 .

The Lotus Extrema, in its most powerful form will be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in only 2.9 seconds, reach 100 mph in 7 seconds and have a top speed of more than 200 mph. The Extrema weighs 970 kg with the V8 engine installed.

Further upgrades to the car include a Koni suspension package, 4-piston AP Racing brakes, a full roll cage, a video recording system and a fire suppression system. Pricing has not been confirmed at this time.

Lotus unveiled details on the 2009 Exige Cup 260. For 2009 the sports car is offered with advanced light weight components and carbon fiber body material, to reduce the overall weight by 38 kg (84 lbs) to a total mass less than 900 kg (1980 lbs).

Lotus Exige Cup 260

The supercharged and intercooled engine in the Exige Cup 260 has a maximum power output of 257 hp at 8000 rpm and a torque figure of 174 lbft at 6000 rpm. This means each pony in the car only has to carry around about 7.5 pound.

Lotus Exige Cup 260

Lotus reduced the weight by adding new carbon-fiber panels, including the roof panel, dash top, tailgate, front and rear spoilers, seats and the side intake ducts. Also lightweight materials are used in the flywheel, rear subframe, battery and supercharger pipes, and the rear window glass has been replaced by a lightweight composite.

The 2009 Exige Cup 260 is street legal in Europe and Asia and is on sale now.


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.

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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 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 Exige GT3

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.

Lotus Exige GT3

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.

Press release after the jump.


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.

Press release after the jump.


Lotus Cars has taken one of the most recognisable and iconic Lotus colour schemes from the early 1970s and reintroduced it for the first time with the limited edition Exige Sprint.


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.


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