Lotus Exige Cup 380

 

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The famous words of Lotus founder Colin Chapman “Simplify, then add lightness” is exactly what Lotus is doing time and time again with their models. This time it’s the Exige Cup 380, which makes the same 375 horsepower from its supercharged 3.5-liter V6 but sheds 117 pounds from the already featherweight 2,447-pound Exige Sport 380.

The weight savings come in the form of many carbon-fiber parts including a one-piece rear hatch, side intakes, hood, front splitter, side sills, and seats. Lotus goes so far that it removed the gas struts from the hatch to spare 2.2 pounds. If you are really intense about the weight savings, you can spare another 2.2 pounds by choosing lightweight HVAC and air vents, and 22 pounds with an optional lightweight sport exhaust system.

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The Exige Cup 380 wouldn’t be a complete track monster without some more downforce, which it apparently has 43 percent more than the sport. That comes out to 441 lbs at the Cup 380’s top speed of 175 mph. Changes to the front bumper and splitter, vents over the front wheels, more vents behind the back wheels, and another back wing all add to the increase in downforce.

The Cup 380 also gets some other track ready goodness. The back tires are wider than the sports at 285 mm. The Cup 380 additionally has 2-way adjustable struts and adjustable front and rear sway bars. It also comes with 4-piston brake calipers at all four corners, and a standard steel roll bar keeps the driver safe. If you really want to go full track-attack mode, you can also option an FIA-spec full roll cage.

Only 60 Exige Cup 380 will be made and only for Europe. Another wicked car that North America will miss out on.

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