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by the track, to be enjoyed on the road
Ever wondered what it would be like to
drive a race car on the road? Then get behind the wheel of the Exige,
the road going racer based on the Sport Elise competition car. The link
between Lotus road cars and race cars has always been strong, but the
Exige merges the two disciplines in spectacular style.
This stunning race replica offers the full
track car experience and purity of purpose, yet has more than enough
refinement to make it practical for regular road use. A gutsy 180PS
1.8-litre engine married to a lightweight bodyshell and a superlative
chassis, ensure that the Exige makes rival sports coupes seem tame by
comparison. Extreme driver satisfaction is guaranteed.
We realise that the lure of the track is
irresistible when you own a car which looks and drives like this one,
not only can you upgrade your Exige from the Lotus accessory range,
but you can also choose certain items from the Lotus Motorsport parts
inventory. Today a track day, tomorrow...
What the papers say...
|'As you've probably guessed by
now, I really rather like the Exige. It combines truly head-scrambling
dynamics with head-turning looks, has the composure and compliance
to tackle the toughest country road and yet there's enough racing
pedigree left intact for it to feel perfectly at home on the track.
If you like your cars to have an equal quotient of power and poise,
a harmony of grunt and grip that enables you to exploit every ounce
of forward motion and wring every last drop of mechanical grip from
the chassis (not to mention a little bit extra from thin air), then
the Exige has your name written all over it.'
evo, September 2000
Exige - Take the Chequered Flag!
has always been a strong link between Lotus racecars and road cars,
but seldom has that relationship been so direct as with the launch of
the new Exige. Stick on some race numbers and a set of slick tyres,
and the Exige would be virtually indistinguishable from the Lotus Sport
hardly surprising, as the Exige is a road-going replica of the Sport
Elise racer, albeit with a few concessions to type approval regulations
and the rigours of everyday road use. But in most respects the Exige
is very much what it looks like a racecar turned road legal.
to give customers the chance to share in the experience of the cars
in the Autobytel Lotus Championship, the Exige is a pure driver's machine,
and in true motorsport style provides for only those essentials that
add to the driving experience. In other words it's a car which won't
suit everyone, just those who place high value on exhilaration, all-round
performance and driver satisfaction.
uses the same sleek and aerodynamic bodyshell as the Sport Elise,
although some changes have had to be made to make the car road-friendly.
The front apron/splitter assembly has been raised and modified
to improve the ramp approach angles the Sport Elise set-up
is so low you'd never be able to drive it into a petrol station,
or even up your own driveway. To balance the changes of the front-end
aerodynamics and to comply with European homologation regulations
the rear wing design has been resized and styled to match the
rear of the car. The result is an aerodynamic package that remains
faithful to that of the racer and Lotus philosophy, a highly stable
combination of downforce and low drag. In fact, in wind tunnel
tests the car generates 80 kilos of downforce at 100 miles per
is to the panel above the engine bay, changed from a solid panel
to a neatly styled transparent polycarbonate tailgate glass and
composite moulding to improve rear visibility. The Sport Elise's
roof forced air intake is retained to work in combination with
new cooling vents in the tailgate, recognising the fact that unlike
racecars, road cars are sometimes stuck in traffic.
the Exige has two seats, rather than the single centrally located item
in the Sport Elise racer; the central driving position was considered,
but Lotus engineers decided that if you own a car as thrilling as the
Exige, you'll want to share the experience with friends and family.
Both seats feature optional race-style four-point harnesses.
the Exige has the same broad track as the Sport Elise and the same wide
wheels and tyres, although slicks being a tad impractical for road use,
it's fitted with a set of specially developed Yokohama A039s. It has
the excellent Lotus sports suspension with retuned spring and damper
rates to exploit the exceptional level of aerodynamic performance and
high levels of downforce. Slowing the Exige down shouldn't be a problem
either with the top class AP Racing front brake calipers and 282mm diameter
cross-drilled and ventilated discs all round.
beneath the Exige's engine cover is a 179PS (132.5kW) derivative of
the 1.8-litre K series motor. Although hardly lacking in power in standard
form, this engine can easily be upgraded to 195PS (143.2kW) using products
from the Lotus performance accessories range.
owners wanting to personalise their Exige can upgrade many aspects
of the car using accessories not just from the standard Lotus
range, but from the Lotus Motorsport range, too.
in the great tradition of Lotus founder Colin Chapman, is quite
literally a racecar which has been converted for road use. In
fact, some of the very first Lotus cars, such as the Lotus 8 and
the legendary Lotus 11, were track cars made road legal.
is available throughout the Lotus dealer network, priced at £29,995
EXIGE TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
Unique fixed head, lightweight glass fibre reinforced composite bodywork,
based on the Lotus Sport Elise.
front air splitter and high level fixed rear wing facilitates balanced
aerodynamic downforce characteristics of 35 kg (front) and 45 kg (rear)
at 100 mph, increasing cornering grip and high speed stability whilst
retaining the same drag coefficient as the standard Elise.
air intake integrated in the roof for engine bay forced cooling, combines
with tailgate central exit duct for hot air extraction. New opening
polycarbonate tailgate glass for baggage stowage access and increased
Lotus designed lightweight structure of epoxy bonded aluminium alloy
extrusions with integral steel rollover structure.
Fully independent front and rear double wishbone systems with co-axial
coil springs mounted on adjustable platforms to Koni monotube racing
dampers, adjustable link front stabiliser bar, extruded Aluminium front
and forged steel rear uprights.
Rack and pinion steering.
2.8 handwheel turns lock to lock.
Front and rear 282mm diameter cast iron cross-drilled ventilated discs.
Non servo assisted pedal actuation, with front to rear hydraulic system
AP Racing opposed piston front calipers, Brembo single piston sliding
rear calipers with mechanical cable operated parking brake system.
Rimstock, Aluminium Alloy Lotus Sport wheels.
Front - 7J x 16 inch
Rear - 8,5J x 17 inch
New unique Yokohama A039 tyres developed in conjunction with Lotus to
maximise grip and achieve Lotus ride and handling performance criteria.
Front - 195/50ZR16
Rear - 225/45ZR17
Electronic Stack Instruments unit with analogue display comprising re-calibrated
Speedometer and Tachometer with multifunction LCD incorporating fuel
and temperature read out and seat belt warning.
2 Seats. Fore / aft adjustable drivers seat (passengers seat fixed in
rearmost position.) Electrical service components and Engine Management
Controller are assembled to the rear bulkhead for accessibility but
with theft/tamper protection cover.
6 inch dipped beam lamps, with aerodynamic clear perspex covers, and
low mounted main beam lamps fitted as standard equipment.
4 cylinder in-line 1.8 litre, transverse mid mounted, water cooled with
front mounted oil cooler. Double overhead camshafts with mechanical
tappets and electronic multi-point fuel injection system. Lotus developed
engine management controller.
177 bhp / 179PS / 132.5kW @ 7800rpm
Torque 171 Nm @ 5000rpm
5 speed transaxle driving rear wheels.
Close ratio gears fitted as standard equipment.
Final drive 4.200
Maximum speed 136 mph (219 km/h)
0 60 mph 4.7 Sec
0 100 km/h 4.9 Sec
100 mph 12.3 Sec
Wheel base 2300 mm
Front track 1454 mm
Rear track 1489 mm
Overall length 3780 mm
Overall width 1720 mm (excluding mirrors)
Overall height 1175 mm (including integrated air intake scoop)
Ground clearance 112/122 mm (front/rear when mid laden)
Tank capacity 40 litres
Fuel grade 95 RON minimum
Dry weight 724 Kg
Unladen weight 780 Kg
Weight distribution 41/59 (% front/rear)
META alarm system controller with immobiliser and key fob operation.
In Car Entertainment (ICE) fitting kit including all wiring, roof mounted
aerial and coaxial lead with ground plane tin foil, integral bulkhead
and speaker mounting panel. Battery trickle charger wiring and socket.
META microwave alarm and siren with bonnet and boot switches. Alpine
speakers and grills. 4-point competition style safety belt harness and
cross car beam mounting structure. Competition style seats with unique
trim inserts and colours matched to door trim panels and steering wheel.