The Lotus Exige Sport 380, you’ll remember, may be the stripped, angrier, trackier form of the Exige, so when we drove it late this past year, it left us battling for superlatives. “About the very best handling vehicle around the planet”, we chosen. Well, if you are wealthy and brave, coupled with been waiting to discover what one with less weight and much more downforce could be like, are we had a winter warmer for you personally.
Yes, this is actually the racing form of the Exige 380. You know what, it’s known as the Lotus Exige Race 380. No marketing money wasted on fancy badges, then. The nowse continues to be allocated to eliminating things racing cars do not need. Individuals ‘things’ include headlights, airbags, glass home windows along with a proper instrument cluster. This isn’t your amateur track day fan’s Lotus.
Adjustable Ohlins dampers happen to be fitted, together with tweakable anti-roll bars and also at their extremities, ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels. Serious brakes are by AP Racing. Weirdly, it can save you an additional 10kg by speccing the titanium exhaust. The vehicle is ￡99,500 before local taxes. Who’s not likely to stump up for featherweight pipes when they’re spending 100 grand on the racecar?
Coming in at 995kg, the 375bhp supercharged V6-powered Exige Race is exactly what you’d call particularly quick. Helped by an Xtrac consecutive paddleshift gear box, -62mph is worked within 3.2 seconds, it will get completely round the Hethel test track inside a frightfully rapid 1min 23.5sec, as well as in the downforce, the larger splitter and wing help generate 240kg of aerodynamic grip at 170mph.
File selecting between this along with a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport underneath the heading ‘very nice problems to have’.