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  1. È il caso di aprire il topic sulle scelte strategiche del Gruppo Geely che possiede marchi già presenti in Europa come Volvo, Lynk & Co, Polestar, LEVC e Lotus, le cinsesi Geely, Farizon (commerciali) Geometry (marchio elettrico) e la malese Proton e questa estate ha rilevato il Gruppo Lifan. Nel campo motociclistico attraverso la controllata QJIAN JIANG possiede QJMOTOR, KEEWWY e l'italiana Benelli. Inoltre è attiva anche nel campo della ricerca della auto/droni per il trasporto aereo di persone con due società: la Terrafugia e la Volocopter con il 10%. È anche attiva nei servizi di sharing con StarRides e CAOCAO. Geespace nel settore aerospaziale. Possiede inoltre il 50% di smart. Oltre a questo è il primo azionista del Gruppo Daimler con il circa il 10% ed è anche il primo azionista di Volvo Group (società separata dalla Volvo Cars che possiede tra l'altro Volvo Trucks e Renault Trucks) Ha all'attivo ad oggi diverse JV con Daimler: la cogestione di smart dove Geely si occuperà della produzione e fornirà la base per i nuovi modelli che nasceranno sulla piattaforma SEA, StarRides un servizio simile a Uber, con Volocopter per lo sviluppo taxi-drone, con Volvo per lo sviluppo congiunto di motori e sistemi ibridi, con Volvo Trucks per lo sviluppo dell'idrogeno a cui si aggiunge un'altra JV che comprende anche IVECO e Shell sempre legata al mondo dell'idrogeno e dell'autotrasporto. Questa settimana sono state annunciate anche queste JV: con il "Google cinese" Baidu per l'uso della piattaforma EV SEA per la prima vettura del motore di ricerca cinese con Foxconn che fornirà e produrrà per contro di terzi auto basate sulla piattaforma SEA (Foxconn ha siglato in passato due JV con FCA e Byton per la fornitura e lo sviluppo di una piattaforma EV, non si sa se sarà la SEA a questo punto) con il Gruppo Renault che svilupperà insieme a Lotus una sportiva a marchio Alpine che dovrebbe anche questa nascere su base SEA C'è da aggiungere anche che nel 2019 ha cercato di rilevare IVECO da CNH ma l'offerta è stata ritenuta troppo bassa da EXOR. C'è del movimento e credo che siamo solo all'inizio
  2. Probabilmente uno dei più conosciuti in Europa per i suoi trascorsi storici, Geely nasce nel 1986 a Taizhou Zheijang ma soltanto nel 1997 comincia a produrre vetture. Ad oggi è il brand cinese più attivo in Europa, avendo sotto la sua ala brand di spessore come Volvo, Polestar, Smart e Lotus. Di proprietà anche la recente Lynk & Co., la malese Proton e l'inglese The London Electric Vehicle Company, atta alla produzione di veicoli per il trasporto pubblico. Restano in Cina il brand omonimo Geely, Zhidou ed il nuovo Geometry (veicoli elettrici). Anche il brand di veicoli volanti, Terrafugia, fa parte del gruppo Geely
  3. Autocar.co.uk 62 esemplari su meccanica Lotus/Toyota V6, di cui 12 in edizione Gold Leaf. Prezzo ignoto ma si mormora intorno ai 500k.
  4. Al debutto l’ultima delle Lotus a combustione, disponibile con il 2.0 a 4 cilindri di origine Mercedes-AMG, ricalibrato per 360 hp circa e abbinato al 7 rapporti automatico di Mercedes. Per chi preferisse il caro vecchio V6, c’è anche quello, ed è il solito 3.5 di Toyota, qui con 400 cv e cambio manuale o automatico a 6 rapporti. Le dimensioni sono molto vicine a quelle di Evora, con un passo di 2575 mm; il peso invece è di 1405 kg per la variante base (5kg in più rispetto ad Evora). Dentro lo step è incredibile, con materiali di qualità, schermo da 10.25” per infotainment e da 12.3” per la strumentazione, sedili regolabili e luci ambient (gli ultimi due opzionali). Per la prima volta su una Lotus e sempre a scelta, anche un pack ADAS, sensori di parcheggio, airbag a tendina, keyless go, specchietti ripiegabili elettricamente: insomma, Emira è davvero un qualcosa di nuovo per Lotus. Prezzi da circa 72.000€. Press Release: Lotus Press Release Test Drive: Lotus Topic Spy: ➡️ Lotus Emira 2022 - Prj. Type 131 (Spy)
  5. Registrati i bozzetti dell'ipotetico concept che anticipa il prossimo SUV di casa Lotus. Secondo i media cinesi dovrebbe essere su telaio Volvo CMA con motore benzina piu elettrico, io invece credo che utilizzerá il telaio Volvo SPA gia visto su S90 ed XC90 con il powertrain T8 rivisto! In ogni caso dovrebbe essere una piccola bomba visto il recente debutto Polestar nella galassia marchi della Geely. Essendo di base un derivato Volvo niente trazione posteriore, ma non vedo il problema, Porsche sono anni che proprone i suv di casa VW vestite a festa! Fonte https://carnewschina.com/2017/10/26/leaked-patent-drawings-new-lotus-suv/
  6. Oggi nell'ambito della presentazione del nuovo piano EV di Lotus è stato annunciato che per il 2025 arriverà un secondo SUV del marchio inglese, questa volta di seg. D, progetto Type 134. Sarà evidentemente una concorrente della Maserati Grecale Folgore e della Porsche Macan EV. Basta sulla nuova piattaforma elettronica Lotus Premium sarà prodotta nel nuovo stabilimento Lotus a Wuhan, in Cina
  7. Oggi nell'ambito della presentazione del nuovo piano EV di Lotus è stato annunciato per il 2023 l'arrivo della prima berlina-coupé di seg E 4 porte del marchio inglese, progetto Type 133. Sarà evidentemente una concorrente della Porsche Taycan. Basta sulla nuova piattaforma elettronica Lotus Premium sarà prodotta nel nuovo stabilimento Lotus a Wuhan, in Cina
  8. Autocar parla di lavori in corso grazie ai fondi Geely sia per l'ammiraglia della gamma Lotus (da posizionarsi sopra Evora, ai livelli della McLaren 570S e Audi R8) che per la sostituta della Elise, che sicuramente sarà piü costosa rispetto all'attuale. I motori Toyota sopravvivono sul breve/medio termine, ma la loro sostituzione per qualcosa made in Volvo é praticamente inevitabile. Autocar.co.uk
  9. Rinasce la famosa carrozzeria inglese Radford - ora tra i soci proprietari c’è l’ex F1 Janson Button ed il meccanico di Affari a 4 ruote Ant Anstead - , che costruirà auto su base Lotus. Il teaser anticipa una coupé compatta che dovrebbe ispirarsi alle Lotus del passato. La piattaforma usata dovrebbe essere quella in alluminio che ha dato vita alle Elise ed Exige. Non ci sono informazioni in merito al motore. La sortiva verrà presentata per fine anno.
  10. Buonasera Lawrence Stroll sembra intenzionato a prendere il controllo di Aston Martin https://www.autonews.com/automakers-suppliers/aston-martin-could-be-bought-canadian-billionaire-report-says Sarebbe una mossa interessante da fare per Ferrari o Exor secondo me. Non sapevo che Aston Martin stava perdendo soldi.
  11. CEO di Lotus, Phil Popham Hypercar Elettrica di Lotus da circa 1000 CV, autonomia di 250 km e AWD.
  12. (Hethel, UK – 8 February 2021) – This year marks the end of an era for Lotus Cars. As the business moves towards an exciting future as outlined in recent announcements, time is being called on production of the iconic Elise and the genre-creating Exige, after 25 and 21 years respectively. In honour of these two legendary models, Lotus has announced a range of five new Final Edition cars which have higher power, greater standard specification and – in true Lotus style – light weight. These cars are the ultimate versions of the Elise and Exige, and mark the pinnacle of technical development to showcase more than two decades of engineering excellence. To be built in limited numbers, each is a fitting tribute to performance cars that are, almost uniquely, legends in their own lifetime. Five new variants – two Elise and three Exige – have been created and Lotus is anticipating high demand from global markets as customers rush to buy a slice of history. They are available with unique paint colours, new exterior decals, new wheel finishes, new trim and Final Edition badging. The improvements continue under the skin, a fact reflected in new names which reveal higher power outputs on three of the five – the Elise Sport 240, Elise Cup 250, Exige Sport 390, Exige Sport 420 and Exige Cup 430. The Elise and Exige Final Edition cars are on sale now, with the MSRP for selected markets listed below. For other markets please contact the appropriate official Lotus Cars importer. Italy(inc VAT) Elise Sport 240 € 60,290 Elise Cup 250 € 67,940 Exige Sport 390 € 84,290 Exige Sport 420 € 104,460 Exige Cup 430 € 134,660 As revealed last month, the Lotus Evora has also entered its final year of production. Further announcements about plans to celebrate this model will be announced in due course. The Lotus Elise Final Edition range in detail The Elise is a truly iconic Lotus, with 2021 serving as the 25th and final year of production. These two new Final Edition cars are a fitting tribute, and the exclusivity and rarity will no doubt ensure high demand and guarantee future classic status. They retain all the core values and features that have made the Elise such an iconic car – a small, light and agile two-seater powered by a supercharged and chargecooled 1.8-litre, four-cylinder mid-mounted engine. As standard, both Final Edition cars receive the most extensive list of interior and exterior features ever. The biggest change is the all-new TFT digital dashboard with the choice of two screens, one with a conventional set of dials and the other a race car-style with digital speed read-out and an engine speed bar. The steering wheel is of a new design and clad in leather and alcantara. It features a flat base to create better leg clearance for taller drivers and to aid ingress and egress. Every car comes with a Final Edition build plaque, plus new seat trim and stitch patterns. A new selection of colours has been introduced for both the Elise Sport 240 and the Elise Cup 250, harking back to some of the iconic colour schemes from the Elise and Lotus’ past. These include Azure Blue, the colour used in the first production car images for media in 1996; Black, the brand colour of the motorsport division when the company ran the successful Autobytel Lotus Elise Championship race series; and Racing Green, an homage to the colour of the original car unveiled at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show. Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition The Elise Sport 240 Final Edition gains an extra 23bhp from a revised calibration and so replaces the Sport 220. Delivering 240bhp and 244Nm of torque, the engine has been tuned to provide stunning real-world performance and class-leading efficiency. The 0-60mph sprint is completed in 4.1 seconds thanks to a power-to-weight ratio of 260bhp per tonne. CO2 emissions of 177 g/km are extremely low for the performance on offer. The car comes with 10-spoke Anthracite lightweight forged alloy wheels as standard (6J x 16” front and 8J x 17” rear). They’re 0.5kg lighter than the wheels on the Elise Sport 220 and shod with Yokohama V105 tyres (195/50 R16 front and 225/45 R17 rear). Further weight savings can be achieved with an extensive range of optional carbon fibre panels, including sill covers and engine cover, lithium-ion battery plus a lightweight polycarbonate rear window. With all the lightweight options chosen, the mass of the Elise Sport 240 reduces further from 922kg to 898kg. Lotus Elise Cup 250 Final Edition Key to the Elise Cup 250’s performance are its aerodynamics and downforce linked to its power and light weight. With aerodynamically optimised components such as the front splitter, rear wing, rear diffuser and side floor extension, this Final Edition car produces 66kg of downforce at 100mph and 155kg of downforce at is maximum speed of 154mph. The car is shod in new 10-spoke Diamond Cut ultra-lightweight M Sport forged wheels (7J x 16” front and 8J x 17” rear) with Yokohama A052 tyres (195/50 R16 front and 225/45 R17 rear). The extensive list of standard equipment includes Bilstein sport dampers and adjustable anti-roll bars, to help maximise the aerodynamic downforce available and boost grip whilst maintaining the legendary Elise handling. Also fitted as standard is a lightweight lithium-ion battery and polycarbonate rear window. Other lightweight carbon fibre options, as on the Elise Sport 240 Final Edition, are available reducing the mass to an unladen weight of just 931kg. The Lotus Exige Final Edition range in detail The Exige range is celebrated in its final year of production with three new models – the Exige Sport 390, Exige Sport 420 and Exige Cup 430. Like the Elise, new equipment for this final year of production includes unique paint choices, new decals and two new wheel finishes. All versions of the Exige also come with the TFT digital dashboard, Final Edition build plaque, new steering wheel, plus new seat trim and stitch patterns. All models are powered by a 3.5-litre supercharged V6 with a baffled sump, mounted in a lightweight and rigid chassis that provides thrilling acceleration and instant response. Pure unassisted steering offers exquisite feedback and vivid communication at all speeds. The Exige benefits from a bespoke version of Lotus’ pioneering bonded aluminium chassis, a unique rear subframe and forged aluminium double wishbone suspension at the rear. Like the Elise Final Edition range, the Exige is also available in a selection of new colours representing significant cars in its history. These include Metallic White, from the unveiling of the V6 Exige at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011, and Metallic Orange, which was used on the first press fleet car in 2000 and the and the Exige GT3 concept from the Geneva Motor Show 2007. Lotus Exige Sport 390 Final Edition The new Exige Sport 390 replaces the outgoing Exige Sport 350. The power increase of 47bhp comes from a revised calibration linked to the Edelbrock supercharger with chargecooling, to produce 397bhp and 420Nm. Linked to a light weight of 1,138kg, the Exige Sport 390 accelerates to 60mph in just 3.7 seconds before reaching a top speed of 172mph. The advanced aerodynamics are carefully balanced, generating 70kg of downforce at the rear and 45kg up front for a total of 115kg at top speed. To put this power on to the road, the Exige Sport 390 has 10-spoke silver lightweight forged alloy wheels (7.5J x 17” front and 10J x 18” rear) and Michelin PS4 tyres (205/45 ZR17 front and 265/35 ZR18 rear). Lotus Exige Sport 420 Final Edition The Exige Sport 420 Final Edition gains an extra 10bhp and replaces the outgoing Sport 410. It is the fastest Exige available, topping out at 180mph, with 0-60mph completed in 3.3 seconds. With its light weight of 1,110kg and 420bhp (giving a power to weight of 378bhp per tonne) and 427Nm from the supercharged and chargecooled V6 engine, coupled with a flat torque curve and maximum power available to maximum revs, the Exige is regarded as the most complete driving car of its class. The list of standard equipment is impressive. Front and rear Eibach anti-roll bars are adjustable and the three-way adjustable Nitron dampers allow for different high and low speed compression settings. The car rides on 10-spoke Anthracite lightweight forged alloy wheels (7.5J x 17” front, 10J x 18” rear) with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (215/45 ZR17 front and 285/30 ZR18 rear). Stopping power comes from AP Racing brakes with forged, four-piston calipers and two-piece J-hook brake discs. With a higher thermal capacity and improved bite, these discs offer improved debris clearance and reduced vibration for more consistent pedal feel and greater, fade-free performance. Lotus Exige Cup 430 Final Edition The Cup 430 remains the range-topping Exige. Already legendary in its short lifetime, it is regarded as being one of the world’s quickest real-world sports car. It is not just suited to its driver’s favourite road, but also at home on a challenging circuit. Chargecooled for a consistent 430bhp and capable of generating 171kg of downforce, this is the road and track car to rule them all. The radical aero package is not for show; the Exige Cup 430 generates as much downforce at 100mph as the Exige Sport 390 does at 170mph. Weighing just 1,110kg the power-to-weight ratio hits a staggering 387bhp per tonne. With 440Nm of torque from 2,600rpm, 0-60mph is completed in 3.2 seconds on the way to a top speed of 174mph. Downforce is balanced at all speeds, with the car generating 76kg at the front and a further 95kg at the rear, giving a total of 171kg. Everything about the Exige Cup 430 is focused upon performance whether that’s driving on the road or track. Every car comes with motorsport-grade carbon fibre panels include the front splitter, front access panel, roof, diffuser surround, enlarged air-intake side pods, one-piece tailgate and race-derived rear wing. In addition to revised steering arm geometry to increase bump steer, handling characteristics can be altered via the Nitron three-way adjustable dampers (high and low speed compression plus rebound adjustment) and Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars, both as standard. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (215/45 ZR17 front and 285/30 ZR18 rear) are fitted to ultra-lightweight 10 spoke diamond cut lightweight forged alloy wheels (7.5J x 17” front, 10J x 18” rear). Braking comes via forged, four-piston AP Racing brake calipers and higher thermal capacity two-piece J-hook brake discs front and rear. The system is designed to give improved bite and reduced vibration, delivering consistent pedal feel and fade-free stopping power lap after lap. With a high-flow titanium exhaust system as standard, the Cup 430 sounds like no other supercar at speed. Motorsport-derived variable traction control linked directly to the ECU helps maximise traction on corner exit by managing the giant surge of torque. It’s controlled via a six-position rotary switch located on the steering column. Only active with the ESP stability control switched off, the five pre-set traction levels are displayed on the instrument cluster. When production of the Lotus Elise, Exige and Evora end later this year, the final combined production total will be in the region of 55,000 cars. Together they account for more than half of Lotus’ total road car production since the first Lotus in 1948.
  13. Oggi ho visto questa ed ero già contento così Poi 20 minuti dopo ho visto questa... Perdonatemi, lo so che non è il topic giusto, forse bisognerebbe aprirne uno di avvistamenti di supercar.
  14. Arriva il M.Y. 2020 per la Lotus Evora che vede scomparire gli allestimenti Evora Sport 410 ed Evora 400, per un più classico "GT". Il V6 3.5 Toyota sviluppa ora 416 CV e 430 Nm di coppia - con cambio manuale - che salgono a 450 Nm con la trasmissione automatica. Per scaricare al suolo, efficacemente, la potenza, Lotus aggiunge un differenziale LSD di tipo Torsen. Con questi numeri, lo scatto da 0 a 100 km/h è coperto in 3.9 secondi (sia manuale, sia auto secondo Lotus). Rispetto alla Evora Sport 410, la nuova Lotus Evora GT è dimagrita di circa 32 kg, di cui 22 kg sono abbattuti grazie all'utilizzo - optional - del Carbon Package, che aggiunge cofani, portiere, estrattore posteriore e tetto in fibra di carbonio. Altri 10 kg (circa) sono limati grazie all'utilizzo dell'impianto di scarico in Titanio (optional). Nuovi cerchi in lega in alluminio forgiato da 19 e 20 pollici, contribuiscono a ridurre le masse non sospese. L'impianto frenante è costituito da 4 dischi AP Racing (anteriori ventilanti) che vengono morsi da pinze a 4 pistoncini. Grazie ad una rivisitazione dell'aerodinamica ed all'utilizzo di un nuovo labbro inferiore, nuove feritoie sui passaruota, condotti in fibra di carbonio sulle ruote posteriori, il carico aerodinamico sviluppato dalla Lotus Evora GT 2020 è aumentato a 64 kg. I conducenti possono scegliere tra quattro modalità di controllo della stabilità per modificare l'esperienza di guida: Guida, Sport, Race e Off. Quest'ultimo spegne tutte le diavolerie elettroniche, mentre le modalità Sport e Race aumentano la risposta dell'acceleratore e danno maggior libertà al controllo di trazione. All'interno la nuova Evora GT troviamo sedili in Alcantara con cuciture a contrasto; l'utilizzo di pregiati pellami è optional. La pelle e l'Alcantara rivestono un volante in magnesio ed il gruppo strumenti è realizzato con fibra di carbonio a vista. Un sistema di infotainment con uno schermo da 7 pollici viene fornito con Apple CarPlay e Android Auto, connettività Bluetooth e navigazione. La Lotus Evora GT del 2020 parte in USA da $ 96.950 ( + TASSE). Inoltre, per ottenere la più leggera Evora GT possibile, il Carbon Pack costa altri $ 10.000, mentre lo scarico in titanio costa altri $ 8.000. Lotus Evora GT US-Spec 2020
  15. La Lotus Evora GT410 Sport sostituisce la precedente Lotus Evora Sport 410 del 2016. La GT410 Sport è dotata di nuovi pannelli compositi anteriori e posteriori, e sebbene non abbia nessuno degli elementi di carico aerodinamico più elevati della sua versione "pistaiola", genera ancora il 50% in più di carico aerodinamico rispetto al suo predecessore. A spingere la Lotus Evora GT410 Sport è un motore 6 cilindri sovralimentato da 3,5 litri che produce 416 CV e 420 Nm di coppia da 3.500 giri / min. Ha anche un peso a secco di appena 1.256 kg . Il risultato di questo è un tempo di accelerazione da 0 a 60 mph (96 km / h) di soli 3,9 secondi per la versione automatica e 4 secondi per il manuale. Ha affermato l'amministratore delegato di Lotus, Jean-Marc Gales . La GT410 Sport ha anche un rapporto peso / potenza di 326 CV / T e una velocità massima di 305 km / h. La vettura è equipaggiata con pneumatici Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, mentre le sospensioni ultraleggere, con basso carico laterale e gli ammortizzatori sportivi Bilstein sono tutti di serie. Lotus offrirà anche un pacchetto di sospensioni touring come optionalgratuito, con ammortizzatori non regolabili e pneumatici Michelin Pilot Sport 4S. I clienti dei mercati europei e dell'area Asia-Pacifico possono già effettuare gli ordini per la nuova Evora GT410 Sport, mentre quelli che vivono negli Stati Uniti e in Cina dovranno aspettare fino all'estate. Considerando che i compratori britannici spenderanno oltre £ 85.900 per questo, quelli che vivono in Germania, Francia o Italia dovranno sborsare rispettivamente € 110.900, € 111.900 e € 116.000.
  16. Corpo vettura in fibra di carbonio, stickers esterni che ricordano il dualismo "UK - China" (dato che il colosso Geely possiede Lotus) ed è praticamente una versione stradale della GT4 ufficiale. La massa complessiva è di 1200 kg. Il motore Toyota V6 da 3,5 litri che con questa configurazione eroga 456 CV e 510 Nm di coppia massima , è associato ad una trasmissione sequenziale a 6 rapporti.
  17. Lotus Engineering e Williams Advanced Engineering inizieranno a lavorare insieme. Lotus contribuirà con le proprie conoscenze sui materiali e sulle strutture leggere, Williams fornirà la tecnologia per le trasmissioni elettriche e la tecnologia delle batterie - tra cui quelle per il campionato Formula E . Tuttavia, non si tratta di una fusione, entrambi funzioneranno in maniera indipendente. "La collaborazione fa parte della nostra strategia per acquisire una maggiore conoscenza di un settore automobilistico che sta subendo rapidi cambiamenti", afferma il CEO di Lotus Cars, Phil Popham. Craig Wilson, CEO di Williams Advanced Engineering, ritiene che, insieme a Lotus, verrà sviluppata la prossima generazione di trasmissioni e propulsori. Via Teknikensvarld
  18. New engine installation, delivering 430 hp and 440 Nm •New design generating 220 kg of downforce •407 hp per tonne provides unrivalled performance •0-60 mph in 3.2 secs, dry weight from 1,056 kg Unlimited in every sense, the new series production Exige Cup 430 is Lotus’ wildest incarnation of its fire-breathing, point-to-point two-seater sports car. New to the Exige, the Cup 430 sees the introduction of a savage, high-performance engine installation, mated to a new supercharger and chargecooler, designed specifically for the unique demands of this vehicle. A development of the powertrain recently used on the phenomenal Lotus Evora GT430, it’s perfectly paired with a newly-designed body, which delivers enhanced aerodynamic performance to reveal the model’s true potential. The result is a strikingly different beast of pure performance, that’s not for the faint of heart.With 55 hp, or 13%, more power than the limited production Exige Cup 380 model it succeeds, and 220 kg of downforce, it’s a monster of a car. Compared to the Exige Sport 350, it has 24% more power and generates the same downforce at 100 mph as the Exige Sport 350 does at its maximum speed of 170 mph. Lotus’ expertise in lightweight design has played its part in reducing the overall dry weight by 12 kg to 1,059 kg, with the vehicle down to 1,056 kg in its lightest configuration. This, combined with the dramatic jump in raw power, raises the Cup’s power to weight from 355 hp / tonne (Cup 380) to 407 hp / tonne. With 430 hp at 7,000 rpm and 440 Nm (325 lbft) of torque from 4,000 rpm, 0-60mph is dispatched in 3.2 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds) with a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). Helping to harness all that power, the Cup 430 benefits from a comprehensive range of new aero elements. A new ultra-lightweight front clam with unique carbon fibre ducts has wider radiator apertures and a new mesh pattern grille to provide a more combative aspect and to allow for a new front splitter and air curtain mechanism to reduce drag. The lightweight rear clam panel supports the larger, straight motorsport wing to increase downforce without impacting upon the car’s overall drag coefficient. The new design front and rear clam panels are 6.8 kg lighter than those on any other Exige. Focused fairly and squarely on aggressive track performance and point-to-point supremacy, the new Lotus Exige Cup 430 is capable of covering the Hethel circuit in 1 minute 24.8 seconds – the fastest production car to lap the famous circuit – 1.2 seconds faster than the Lotus 3-Eleven (Road). Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “This is the car that we have always wanted to build, and I am sure that all Lotus enthusiasts will be delighted with the end product. As well as a significant power hike, the Cup 430 has benefited from extensive development in areas essential to Lotus’ DNA, in order to ensure that the full potential of the Exige’s incredible chassis can be exploited. This car has no rivals – inside or outside of its price bracket - and it’s no exaggeration when we say that nothing can keep up with this Exige on the road or track.” Lotus Exige Cup 430 – carbon based light form Lotus’ most extreme Exige packs the company’s most potent powertrain into its smaller vehicle architecture to provide a level of performance that is a step beyond what most drivers can exploit. The car’s distinctive and aggressive new styling perfectly matches the character of the new Exige Cup 430. Signaling the most motorsport focused models in Lotus’ range, the Cup variants are centered on only the essential. Extending this philosophy to its limit, the new Cup 430 is at the apex of the Exige line-up – with only a track-only racer capable of exceeding the car’s abilities. With the Exige already regarded as the standard for purity of purpose, Lotus’ engineers have built upon this benchmark, ensuring that the application of more power is complemented by a class-leading handling balance, characterised by precision and tactility. At the heart of the car lies Lotus’ most formidable engine, a 3.5-litre supercharged and charge cooled V6 producing 430 hp and 440 Nm. Unapologetically aggressive, the Exige Cup 430’s 220 kg of downforce is developed through the careful management of airflow under and over the car. Vital in keeping the Cup at the top of timing sheets, it’s designed to make the most of 440 Nm (325 lbft) of torque delivered from 4,000 rpm, and delivering the lowest of lap times not matter the track. This not only includes the new front clam panel, incorporating a new design of splitter and carbon fibre air blades, but also the high mounted rear wing. The new body introductions combine form and function, with the new hybrid carbon composite panels not only saving weight, but also delivering the car’s distinctive new styling and aerodynamic set up. Balancing downforce over the entire car was a priority with, when compared to the Exige Cup 380, a greater percentage of downforce allocated to the front to ensure accurate high-speed turn in (36% increased to 45%). The new front splitter with trailing lip helps separate and speed airflow under the car and the inclusion of new air curtain elements into the front clam panel efficiently moves air though to the front wheel cavities to help reduce turbulence and drag generated by the front wheels. The front louvers reduce the pressure within the front wheel arches, increasing downforce. The cut-out sections behind the rear wheels, also reduce wheel arch pressure, whilst the new lightweight aluminium diffuser is 1 kg lighter. Crowning all of this is the carbon fibre straight rear wing, raised higher to further boost downforce, clearly signaling the car’s aggressive intent and pursuit of aerodynamic excellence. As you would expect, the intense use of ultra-lightweight carbon fibre only adds to the overall performance, as well as reinforcing the Exige Cup 430's physical presence. The hand-made composite components include front splitter, front access panel, roof, diffuser surround, large aperture air-intake side pods, one-piece tailgate and the race derived rear wing. Scratch the surface of the Cup’s capabilities, and you’ll find its motorsport-derived credentials. In addition to revised steering arm geometry, to increase bump steer, the car’s handling characteristics can be altered via the introduction of new Nitron three-way adjustable dampers (adjustable for rebound and low and high-speed compression, giving the ability to fine tune the damping) and Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars, both as standard. The substantial Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (215/45 ZR17 front and 285/30 ZR18 rear) are fitted to ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels, available in red, black or silver as standard. The faster the car, the better the brakes need to be, and the Exige Cup 430 uses some of the largest calipers and rotors of any Lotus road car. With forged, four-piston AP Racing brake calipers and new performance two-piece, J-hook brake discs (with higher thermal capacity) front and back, the system is designed to give improved bite and debris clearance and reduce distortion and vibration and to deliver consistent pedal feel and stopping power lap after lap. The Cup 430 also comes with a tremendously strong, yet light, T45 steel roll over bar, new seatbelt anchorage frame (saving 1.2 kg), a Lithium-Ion battery and front towing eye as standard, as well as a host of options including, a dealer fit FIA compliant roll cage, electrical cut-off and fire extinguisher controls, airbag deletion and a non-airbag steering wheel. Key to the Cup’s potency is the Exige’s newly-developed powertrain. Based on the benchmark engine from the recently launched Evora GT430, it features an Edelbrock supercharger and water to air charge cooler to generate more power through cooling the higher pressure charged intake air. Specifically developed for the Exige, the engine’s calibration allows for a redline of 7,000rpm, helped in part by a new intake system and larger throttle body. In order to handle the extra power, a new oil cooler configuration and uprated clutch are required. Available as standard with a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission, the Exige range features Lotus’ acclaimed open-gate manual gearbox design. Precisely aligned for fast and seamless shifts, it has recently established itself as a favourite of Lotus customers. To transfer the increased power and torque from the engine to the gearbox, a new 240 mm diameter clutch has been fitted (up 12 mm compared to the Exige Cup 380) which increases the clutch surface area by 11%. Engine note and tone also play big parts in the Cup’s repertoire. With the new induction and supercharger configuration, and a high-flow titanium exhaust system as standard, the Cup 430 sounds like no other Exige at speed. In addition, the titanium exhaust removes 10 kg from beyond the rear axle, The Lotus Exige Cup 430 includes a variable traction control function, linked directly to the ECU. The six-position rotary switch is located on the steering column, and only active with ESP switched to off, with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12% slip) as well as “off”, displayed via the instrument cluster. The composite concept continues into the Cup’s cabin with visible-weave, handmade sections including a new lightweight carbon fibre binnacle surround, Lotus’ bespoke carbon race seats, with new lightweight seat runners, and carbon door sills. Colour keyed inserts for the revised lightweight sports seats, transmission console, HVAC surround and window switches are also standard, along with a centre console, door cards and dashboard trimmed in Alcantara®, with leather or tartan as a no cost option, along with contrast stitching and an Alcantara® steering wheel. In total, the lightweight interior of the Exige Cup 430 is 2.5 kg lighter than on the Cup 380. All the lightweight standard items help reduce the total mass by 29 kg which more than offsets the increase in weight from the chargecooler and cooling system (+15 kg), new higher rated clutch (+0.8 kg) and wider brake discs (+1.2 kg) resulting in an unladen weight of 1,093 kg and 1,059 kg dry. By selecting the airbag deletion option, the customer can take the lightest possible dry weight of the Exige Cup 430 to 1,056 kg. For owners wanting to brand the new Exige their own, the Cup 430 can be personalised through Lotus’ Exclusive programme. Combining traditional British craftsmanship with modern design, the service inspires customers to spend time tailoring the character of their Lotus with a comprehensive array of options. Since its introduction this has proved increasingly popular, with over 25% of all new cars undergoing some form of personalisation. Launching the new Lotus, Jean-Marc Gales said, “The Exige continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in terms of performance, agility, aerodynamics and rapid covering of ground from A to B in a production road car. There isn’t another car on sale that can match the new Exige Cup 430; it will go down as a ground-breaking car in the history of Lotus.” The Exige Cup 430 is available as a series production car and can be ordered now, priced £99,800 including VAT (UK) and €127,500 (Germany) and €128,600 (Franc
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