Lotus has released the extreme 430-horsepower coupe Exige Cup 430

12 November, 2017, 03:12 | Author: Pamela Mathis
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The best part is, unlike the Cup 380 - which was limited to 60 units - Lotus won't be putting a cap on 430 production.

Just when we thought Lotus has pretty much squeezed all the performance it could from the Exige, this comes out.

Given that in its lightest possible cofiguration the Cup 430 weighs just 1056kg, that's a power-to-weight ratio of very almost 300kW / ton - which has necessitated a new oil cooler configuration and an uprated 240mm clutch, 12mm larger in diameter.

As the "Cup" name implies, this Exige is a proper track vehicle. Yep, faster even than the road-going version of the 3-Eleven, by an impressive 1.2 second margin. 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 vehicle record for the historic track, but also 1.2 seconds better than the purpose-built Lotus 3-Eleven.

We've seen recently the Elise Cup 260, the Evora GT430, and a myriad of bespoke models, and that's only during the past few months - and Lotus doesn't show any signs of fatigue. It's got more torque, too, producing 325 pound-feet (440 Newton-meters) of it.

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That's down to the aerodynamic tweaks on the 430, m including new carbon fibre ducts, new front splitter, air curtain and new lightweight clamshell.

To balance the downforce front and rear, the new front splitter with trailing lip separates the airflow under the auto so that new air curtain elements int the front clam panel move air though to the front wheel cavities to help reduce turbulence and drag generated by the front wheels.

Like its predecessor, the novelty is equipped with 3.5-liter "six" Toyota with a mechanical supercharger and a six-speed manual transmission. Combined with the power buff, the power-to-weight ratio now sits at 407 hp/ton (only 355 hp/ton for the Cup 380).

Handling-wise, the Exige Cup 430 has things covered thanks to tricks such as a revised steering arm geometry, new Nitron three-way adjustable dampers, and Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars.

Speaking of prices, the Exige Cup 430 costs £99,800 in the UK (VAT included), €127,500 in Germany, and €128,600 in France.

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