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Meet The Lotus Exige Cup 430: The Most Extreme Exige Yet

10 November 2017, 06:23 | Brandon Parsons

Lotus Exige Cup 430

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Yes, that's 430hp in an Exige.

The new, high-performance version of the sports auto has seen some major revisions - the main feature being the engine from its larger stablemate, the Evora GT430.

From a standstill, the Cup 430 will sprint to 100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds, and can continue accelerating to a top speed of 290 km/h. Blimey. Thanks to a weight reduction of 12kg - we'll get to that in a second - Lotus claims a power-to-weight ratio of 407hp per tonne.

Lotus is unleashing so many new hardcore variants of its lightweight sports cars that it's getting hard to keep track. The new design front and rear clam panels are 6.8 kg lighter than those on any other Exige.

We've seen recently the Elise Cup 260, the Evora GT430, and a myriad of bespoke models, and that's only during the past few months - and Lotus doesn't show any signs of fatigue. Compared to a Cup 380, there's a greater focus on front-end downforce, with 36 per cent now allocated to it - Lotus says this will "ensure accurate high-speed turn in".

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The Lotus Exige Cup 430 begins at £99,800 and is now available to order, although delivery dates have yet to be confirmed.

Lotus has ditched everything it possibly can from the auto in order to boost its power-to-weight ratio and handling prowess, meaning that everything that remains is absolutely crucial in ensuring it still qualifies as a road-legal vehicle, albeit one capable of generating 220kg of downforce evenly split across front and rear axles. In its lightest configuration, the vehicle weighs just 1,056 kg.

The result is a 316kW/440Nm race-ready road vehicle which weighs in at a very healthy 1,056kg. Every little helps, right? - Picture courtesy of Group Lotus plcNEW YORK, Nov 10 - The latest fire-breathing road-legal racing vehicle to roll out of Lotus's tiny production facility, the Exige Cup 430: Unlimited Edition, offers extreme levels of acceleration, grip and handling, but best of all, it's set to be a standard, full-production model rather than a limited-run special edition.

If you thought Lotus was done improving the Exige, you're sadly mistaken.

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