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.
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We often write about very cool track ready cars from Lotus just to say, this this car won’t be sold in the United States. However, that isn’t the case with the Lotus Elise Race 250. The track ready toy is also pretty quick.
Just how fast is the Race 250? At the company’s Hethel test track the new car was able to manage a lap time of 1 minute 33.5 seconds. That’s 0.5 seconds faster than Elise Cup 220 R.
The Porsche 911 (997) Turbo is a very fast car and can keep up with some of the fastest cars on the road. The modern turbo charged 911 is incredibly fast, but now has no real noticable turbo lage (especially when compared to other older turbo cars). So, a race between a Porsche 911 (997) Turbo and a Ford Ka should be a piece of cake for the Porsche, but there is a catch that could give the Ford an advantage.
For those of us in the United States we are not very familure with the Ford Ka. The Ford Ka is a successful economy car in Europe and is a popular car for Ford in Europe. The newer Ford Ka is 80 percent Fiat 500, and we know that the Fiat 500 is becoming pretty popular here in the US recently. The Ford Ka that will be racing the Porsche 911 (997) Turbo however, is an older car, so it is all Ford.
In the above video the Ford Ka and Porshce 911 (997) Turbo race to the finish line. I mentioned before that there is a catch to the race and it is that the Ford Ka is dropped from a crane. If this sounds like something Top Gear did in the past, they did do something very similure, but using an olde VW Type 1 (a.k.a. VW Bug) and a hellicopter to make for a longer race. Top Gear also didn’t race the Porsche 911 Turbo on a paved surface, so traction was an issue. In this video the race is a bit closer as the track is shorter and the Porsche is on a paved surface.
So, what is faster a Porsche 911 (997) Turbo or a Ford Ka dropped from a crane? You’ll just have to watch the video to find out and once you’ve watched it let us know what you think about it in the comments below.