Lotus Exige Cup 380 revealed with extra downforce
Called the Exige Cup 380, it’s a more hardcore version of the Exige Sport 380, though it runs the same supercharged, 375bhp V6 engine as its sibling. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. 0-60mph is dealt with in 3.4 seconds, while top speed comes in at 175mph.
It’s also only a little lighter than the Sport 380 at 1,057kg dry. Instead, the main changes are aerodynamic – the Cup 380 boasts new bodywork tweaks developed with wind tunnel assistance to deliver up to 200kg of downforce at its 175mph top speed.
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New front louvers work the airflow in the front wheel-arches, while cut-outs behind the rear wheels work with aero-blades flanking the rear diffuser. A huge rear wing sits at the back too, the push the rear axle into the tarmac. The aero changes have even gone so far as a redesigned windscreen wiper.
In tandem with the new levels of downforce, mechanical grip should be improved too – the Cup 380 comes with 20mm wider rear tyres.
A total of 6.5kg is saved compared to the Sport 380 model. As ever, much of the bodywork is constructed from carbon-fibre, the key difference being the new one-piece tailgate made from the composite and the removal of gas struts to prop it up.
Inside, the cabin is finished with visible carbon weave panels and carbon-fibre race seats and doorsills. More optional carbon elements can reduce a further 1kg from the overall weight, and the instrument panel has been slightly redesigned with new dials.
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