Steer clear of the presses: Lotus has released a brand new vehicle and, in news that’ll surprise nobody, it’s another special edition. Dubbed the (deep breath slowly) Exige Cup Type 25, the eco-friendly-and-yellow Brit pays tribute towards the 1963 Lotus Type 25 that dominated F1.
Power originates from exactly the same 3.5-litre supercharged V6 offered within the ‘regular’ Exige Cup 430, the Cup Type 25 pumps out 321kW and 440Nm for any 3.3-second sprint to 100km/h, along with a 290km/h top speed.
Lotus states it’s among the quickest cars ever around its Hethel test track, lapping the three.5km circuit in 1:24.8.
How’s it so quick? Along with the effective engine, the Cup Type 25 has mastered the dark art of the rules of aerodynamics, developing 220kg from the stuff as fast as possible.
There’s a carbon splitter and new air curtains in advance to higher direct air across the underbody, along with louvres around the wheel arches to reduce the turbulence produced by the leading wheels.
Lower back, you will find large cutouts behind the wheels to lessen pressure, plus a tall rear wing and aggressive, functional diffuser. The aerodynamic elements are constructed with carbon-fibre, inside a push to shave precious kilograms from the already lightweight Exige package. Give a titanium exhaust towards the mix, and you’re playing a raw, loud, light special.
There’s a flexible traction control function, including a six-position controller inside, together with three-way adjustable dampers and adjustable anti-roll bars at both sides. If you’re obtaining the sense this vehicle targets weekend track players, you’d be right.
Consistent with that theme, the vehicle rides on lightweight, machined, forged aluminium wheels calculating 17 inches in advance and 18 inches in the rear, covered with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. You will find four-piston AP Racing brake calipers and 2-piece dvds hiding behind individuals wheels, made to resist fade during intense track sessions.
Inside, you will find in-house carbon-fibre bucket seats, carried out with a stripe to complement the outside paint. You will find also body-colour inserts around the seats, transmission tunnel, Heating and cooling surrounds and window switches. The apparatus knob is completed in wood, like a nod towards the Type 25 racer.
Just 25 examples is going to be built. Proprietors can collect their cars from Hethel, and each vehicle is going to be offered having a signed, hardback copy from the book Jim Clark: Tribute to some Champion.
“We are proud to have named this excellent Lotus Exige Cup 430 in honor from the Lotus Type 25, a vehicle which made indelible mark on the introduction of motorsport. It was revolutionary when introduced and also the first vehicle to win Lotus a Constructor’s World Championship, the very first of seven,” Jean Marc Gales, Lotus Chief executive officer, stated.
“It is an ideal illustration of Lotus’ design philosophy – light, yet incredibly strong and peerless around the race track. That very same ethos, our company DNA, can be found in the Exige Cup 430 Type 25, that is lighter than its predecessors as well as more effective. Coupled with a category-leading balance in handling and agility, it’s our ultimate point-to-point two-seater sports vehicle.”
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