Lotus has announced a lighter, track-ready variant of the Lotus Exige S that will be heading to America for racers and enthusiasts.
Two model variants will be available; the Track Day version and the full-on Competition-spec. Both cars share the same the 3.5 liter supercharged V6 engine producing up to 346hp. The sports car has a curb weight of 2,381 pounds, 200 pounds lighter than the standard Exige S. It will be able to hit 100km/h in 3.5 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than the normal model. The top speed is 174mph.
A special Lotus Dynamic Performance Management system offers the driver the possibility to switch between Race, Sport and Touring modes. A multi-adjustable suspension, rear diffuser and wing, aero-optimized front splitter and the Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo rubbers complement the trackbiased package. On the inside, you can get a full track package featuring a removable steering wheel, HANS-compliant race seats, a roll cage and a FIA-compliant fire extinguisher. Customers can choose between 4- or 6-point race harnesses.
Pricing of the car is set at close to $100,000 for the bare-bones Cup Car, but a full competition-ready version is available for $118,000. Both prices do not include a twenty percent VAT tax, which makes the cars closer to around $120,000 and $140,000 respectively. The production will start this December with an initial run of 20 units planned.