Lotus Continues to Lighten the Load
There have been more new Lotus models built now than most other times in the past. This car company has been working toward lighter and more agile cars over the past few years and doesn’t’ seem ready to stop anytime soon. Lotus has put together some of the models of their long lauded Exige that are more impressive than ever before including the Exige Sport 380 which is already considered to be the fastest Exige ever but now there could be one that’s even faster than this car and its ready to take the game to the track.
This new car is called the Exige Race 380 and it’s a track-only version of the Exige Sport 380 which came in as the previous lightest model at a scale tipping 2,447 pounds. The Race 380 is even lighter at only 2,200 pounds but you can even cut that by another 22 pounds by opting for the titanium exhaust. This new Exige Race 380 will handle the track with ease and perform in a way you’ve not seen before from this car, making it a car that’s ready to head to the track and bring home some checkered flags.
The performance and power for this car comes from a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine that makes 380 horsepower and 302 lb.-ft. of torque which is the same performance numbers you find in the Exige models that make it on the road. The difference for the Race 380 when it comes to performance starts with the transmission which is an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission, making it right for the track and able to give you the ride and power deliver you need to enjoy on the track. This makes the new Exige Race 380 one of the most impressive cars on the track in nearly every way.
If you’re looking for numbers, think about the fact the new Race 380 can reach sixty mph in only 3.2 seconds. This is a full 0.3 seconds faster than the Sport 380. Around the lap this is a car that has been able to make the ride around the Hethel track in 1:23.5 which is 1.5 seconds faster than the Exige Cup R was able to accomplish. This is a quick car that will be ready to take on the track for anyone who has a serious desire to spend some time at the track rolling out some of the fastest laps possible in a seriously fast car.
As for other changes to the car there have been some improvements to give the car new vents on the front and rear bumpers, the addition of a rear mounted grill to boost air circulation through the engine bay, a new front splitter gives the car lower pressure from underneath, 17 and 18-inch front and rear wheels that are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, AP racing brakes, an improved diffuser and a large rear wing all give this car more of what you want from it and make it the perfect track car for anyone who wants to make some fast laps.