Celebrating the most successful Lotus Formula One car of all time, which achieved 20 Grand Prix victories between 1970 and 1975, the Type 72 features a number of enhancements that draw on the history of Lotus racing.
The Australian version comes with Sport and Performance packs as standard as well as a torque-sensing limited slip differential.
The Performance Pack adds 20hp over the standard Exige S taking power to 240hp (179kW) and torque from 215Nm to 230. A new ECU and upgraded fuel injectors help the supercharged 1.8-litre engine reach even greater heights.
Other racing additions include a new clutch plate and cover, front AP Racing four piston brake callipers with 308mm discs, variable slip traction control and a full-length roof scoop.
The Sport Pack features twin oil coolers, steel main roll hoop, adjustable front anti-roll bar and black microfibre ProBax sports seats with gold Type 72 stitching.
The black and gold colour scheme continues inside and out with the Type 72 livery finished by the same sign writer responsible for painting Team Lotus racing cars. Each car also comes with a build plate commemorating one of the F1’s 20 victories.
Staying true to the Lotus philosophy of “performance through light weight”, the 935kg Exige S Type 72 races from 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 235km/h. Not that it really matters, but environmentally it does alright too, managing fuel economy of 6.5 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 199g/km on the extra-urban cycle.
Lotus Australia’s three Exige S Type 72s will go on sale for $109,000 (plus dealer delivery and statutory government charges).