The Lotus Exige has always been one of our weapons of choice when it comes to a really fast drive that concludes with a belt around a race track, and to make all that even more appealing Lotus Australia has now released the Exige Cup 260.
The motorsport focused version of the Exige S features the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever fitted to a Lotus production car, along with extensive use of carbon-fibre and weight saving, which makes the Lotus Exige Cup 260 the star performer in the road-going Lotus range.
The Lotus Exige Cup 260 represents the pinnacle of Lotus road capability, designed to be perfectly at home on road, the racetrack or even competitive organised motorsport; the Exige Cup 260 is the very definition of a race car for the road.
Following demand for a car with dual abilities, general manager of sales and marketing for Lotus Cars Australia, Jonanthan Stretton, has secured a small number of these road racer Cup 260 models for the Australian market.
“Lotus has always had a strong link to motorsport that reaches back to the 1960s when it was a force in Formula One.
“The line between road and race has been diminishing over the years and in the Cup 260 we have an all-purpose car that continues the tradition of light weight, outstanding performance and versatility.
“The Cup 260 will satisfy a range of users who want the utmost from a performance car in regard to speed, power and usability,” said Mr Stretton.
“A number of our customers have suggested they wanted a car that could be used on road, on the track and, with minimal amendments, in Australian Motorsport events too, and the Cup 260 provides the answer.
“This is the first time the Cup 260 version has been made available in Australia and forms part of the 2009 range.
“Priced at just $139,990, the Lotus Exige Cup 260 performs better than exotic supercars two and three times its price, “ he added.
The new Lotus Exige Cup 260 is eligible for a wide range of Motorsport in Australia, from key tarmac rally events including Targa Tasmania to the Australian GT Championship.
Standard race safety equipment includes high-sided and HANS-compatible carbon fibre racing seats designed with a central cut-out to accept a crotch harness strap for five- and six-point safety harness mounting.
The cabin also features a two-kilogram fire extinguisher and a remote internal safety disconnection for the battery (there is also an external disconnection for the battery and an extinguisher activation point).
A main rear roll cage hoop integrated into the body structure allows easy fitment of an A-frame and FIA approved front roll-cage for Motorsport event use.
The Exige Cup 260 exploits the Lotus philosophy of using weight reduction to increase performance and reduce emissions.
The Cup 260 uses advanced lightweight components and carbon fibre elements to reduce overall weight from an Exige S by 45kg, bringing the total to just 890kg.
Maximum power output of 192kW ensures the 2009 Exige Cup 260 provides the most agile and dynamic track focused drive of any Exige sold in Australia.