Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Technology | By Russell Knight

Lotus unveils new special edition Exige Cup 430

Lotus unveils new special edition Exige Cup 430

Spec the vehicle with further weight-saving options, and that figure goes down to 1,056 kg.

The most extreme civil Exige accelerates to 96 km/h from standstill in 3.2 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than with a modification of the Cup 380.

The company Lotus introduced the Exige extreme auto in the history of the model.

Lotus Group CEO Jean-Marc Gales is confident that the abilities of the Unlimited Edition will exeed expectiations.

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From a standstill, the Cup 430 will sprint to 100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds, and can continue accelerating to a top speed of 290 km/h.

This auto became the fastest vehicle test track "Lotus" in Hotele. Overall weight has been reduced by 12 kg to 1,059 kg. Indeed if you really want to you can delete the airbag and save another 3kg, for a lightest dry weight of 1,056kg.

This is combined with with a newly-designed body, which delivers "enhanced aerodynamic performance to reveal the model's true potential" according to Lotus.

Aero bits include a new front splitter, louvers over the wheel arches, rear diffuser, air intake, and carbon fiber rear wing that help the Cup 430 UE generate 485 lbs of downforce.

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Stopping power comes courtesy of four-piston AP Racing brake calipers and new performance two-piece, J-hook brake discs.

"This is the auto that we have always wanted to build, and I am sure that all Lotus enthusiasts will be delighted with the end product", Gales says.

While road-legal in Europe and Asia, the Exige Cup 430 is a track auto at heart, featuring such essentials as Eibach's adjustable anti-roll bars, Nitron's springs and three-way adjustable dampers ( with 24 click adjustment settings for rebound, 24 for low speed compression, and 16 for high speed compression).

The new edition has a clear focus on track performance, and is said to be the quickest vehicle to go around the Norfolk-based firm's Hethel test track, taking 1 minute 24.8 seconds - 1.2 seconds faster than the road-going version of the Lotus 3-Eleven. Unlike the Cup 380 which was limited to 60 models, the Cup 430 is a full production model.

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Prices will start at £99,800 in the United Kingdom and €127,500 in Europe, depending on the individual country's Value Added Tax system.

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