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10 November 2017, 06:22 | Jodi Jackson
Lotus Exige Cup 430
The vehicle called the Cup 430 has replaced the track Cup 380, the circulation of which was limited to around 60 copies.
Lotus is unleashing so many new hardcore variants of its lightweight sports cars that it's getting hard to keep track.
The most extreme Exige road spends on acceleration from 0 to 96 km/h in 3.2 seconds, that's 0.2 seconds less than with the Cup 380. The Exige 430 now comes with 485 pounds (220 kilograms) of downforce, along with a very light body. In its lightest configuration, the auto weighs just 1,056 kg. Spec the auto with further weight-saving options, and that figure goes down to 1,056 kg. This contributes to another statistic - the Cup 430 has a power-to-weight ratio of 407 hp per tonne.
Despite the larger engine and the addition of a rear wing, weight is kept down with the introduction of "ultra-lightweight" front and rear bodywork, featuring carbon-fibre air intakes. The system is created to give "improved bite and debris clearance and reduce distortion and vibration and to deliver consistent pedal feel and stopping power lap after lap".
"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". The Cup 430 also includes a steel roll-over bar, new seatbelt anchorage frame and a front towing eye as standard. They even did a lap of the Hethel Circuit - and the Exige 430 turned out a time of 1 minutes 24.8 seconds, which is not only a production auto record for the historic track, but also 1.2 seconds better than the purpose-built Lotus 3-Eleven.
"This vehicle has no rivals - inside or outside of its price bracket - and it's no exaggeration when we say that nothing can keep up with this Exige on the road or track".
The Exige Cup 430 is priced from an eye-watering £99,800 (AU$170,000) and it is only available in the UK, Italy, Germany and France. That time was 2014, and since then we've had a Cup 360 (with 360hp), a Cup 380 (go on, guess), plus all the accompanying Exige Sport models, and now there's this: the Exige Cup 430.
Prices will start at £99,800 (RM549,910) in the United Kingdom and €127,500 (RM622,387) in Europe, depending on the individual country's Value Added Tax system.
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