Lotus Racing, the motorsport arm of Group Lotus Plc, tips a nod to its enthusiast racing heritage with its plans to unveil two new Exige models, both set to wow race car aficionados during the 2013 Autosport International show.
With links to its award winning cousin the Exige S, the two new derivatives are set for their first public debut and will be another exclusive for the show. The cars, the Exige V6 Cup, the latest Cup version for track or road and its pure race-bred sibling the Exige V6 Cup R will be unveiled on stand 2550, in Hall 20.
One, no less than a track day hero derived from the Exige Cup whilst the other, Cup R, which was bred solely for racing, remain true to Lotus genealogy; distinctly recognisable as offspring of the award-winning Exige S. Visually compelling are the car’s bespoke liveries and interior, courtesy of the skilled team at Lotus Design. The Exige Cup R is distinguished with its extended front splitter, and you can almost anticipate the down force by just looking at its bruiser of a rear wing. Both mouth wateringly muscular and ready to battle on track, it’s little wonder they’ve drawn such admiration.
Both cars are powered by a 3.5 litre supercharged V6 engine generating 350 PS on the Cup and 366 PS on the Cup R. Lotus is about lightness, and the V6 Cup weighs a feather-like 1,080 kg and the Cup R is even lighter with an unladen mass of just 1,040 kg, some 120 kg lighter than the original Exige S.
The Exige V6 Cup is priced from £52,495.00 for the base model and the Exige V6 Cup R from £62,495.00 (all prices exclude VAT, local taxes and on-road costs).
The two new Exige race cars will make up part of a three car line-up, where the race winning Evora GT4 will also be on display as a perfect contender for race teams looking to compete in, amongst others, the newly announced SRO GT4 European Trophy.
Plus, for those that visit the stand there is the opportunity to win a Driving Experience Day courtesy of the Lotus Driving Academy.
Around the show, visitors can also get close to the championship winning Evora GTC, the car that romped to victory last season in the MSA British GT Endurance Championship under the guidance of Richard Adams and his Bullrun Team. The car will be on display courtesy of Britcar, stand 2200.
In addition, the award-winning Exige S and Evora S road cars will also be drawing the fans as they have been selected to take part in Autocar’s ‘Best of British’ parade which can be seen at regular intervals in the Live Arena. All models are in current production at the Hethel factory and available to order.