Lotus Exige Race 380
The Lotus Exige Sport 380 may feature the same engine as a Toyota Camry, but thanks to its lightweight design it is quicker than many cars with much more horsepower. Lotus likes to take the David role in David and Goliath battles and they are taking the battle to the track.
The Lotus Exige Race 380 makes the featherweight Sport 380 look like its fat uncle. The racing version of the 380 is able to lap the Hethel track 1.5 seconds faster than the quick Exige Cup R.
The mid-mounted 3.5-liter supercharged V6 pumps out a strong 375 horsepower. With modern sports cars that is a paltry amount, but weight is the great equalizer. The Toyota source power plant only needs to push 2,195 pounds. As a result 0-60 mph comes in just 3.2 seconds.
Over the road legal Sport 380 the Race 380 gets modifications to the gearbox, suspension, aerodynamics and electrical systems. Thanks to the aero kit 529 pounds of down force are available at 170 mph. Being a track only vehicle the Lotus Exige Race 380 includes safety equipment such as a full cage and six-point harness.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc, commented: “The Lotus Exige Sport 380 is a real giant slayer on the road, and one of the quickest A to B supercars around. It gave us the ideal platform from which to develop the new Exige Race 380 – a peerless competition car designed to beat the best. By setting its weight below 1000kg, its power to weight is unsurpassed in its class. When lapping Hethel, it’s a phenomenal 1.5 seconds faster than the previous Exige Cup R – a massive performance gain. It’s an unparalleled race car that follows the philosophy of Colin Chapman and we can’t wait for customers to experience its capabilities.”
Unfortunately, the Exige Race 380 will not be coming to our shores directly, but importing may be possible after purchasing the car in England. In the U.K. the Race 380 can be order for £99,500.