After being in manufacturing for greater than 20 years, an period within the historical past of Lotus Automobiles is about to finish … the enduring Elise manufacturing will finish after 25 years, whereas the genre-creating Exige will fade out after 21 years. However the manufacturing of those vital fashions won’t finish at a low, Lotus Automobiles created 5 particular, light-weight, extra highly effective, and better-equipped variations as their final evolution.
Two new variants for the Elise and three extra based mostly on the Exige are developed for discerning clients that need to personal a bit of historical past, these fashions will include bespoke paint end, new decals, new wheel finishes … and naturally ‘Closing Version’ badges, three of those 5 specials can even include elevated energy.
Lotus Elise Sport 240 Closing Version
The Elise Sport 240 Closing Version beneficial properties an additional 23bhp from a revised calibration and so replaces the Sport 220. Delivering 240bhp and 244Nm of torque, the engine has been tuned to offer beautiful real-world efficiency and class-leading effectivity. The 0-60mph dash is accomplished in 4.1 seconds due to a power-to-weight ratio of 260bhp per tonne. CO2 emissions of 177 g/km are extraordinarily low for the efficiency on supply.
The automotive comes with 10-spoke Anthracite light-weight solid alloy wheels as commonplace (6J x 16” entrance and 8J x 17” rear). They’re 0.5kg lighter than the wheels on the Elise Sport 220 and shod with Yokohama V105 tires (195/50 R16 entrance and 225/45 R17 rear).
Additional weight financial savings could be achieved with an intensive vary of optionally available carbon fiber panels, together with sill covers and engine cowl, lithium-ion battery plus a light-weight polycarbonate rear window. With all of the light-weight choices chosen, the mass of the Elise Sport 240 reduces farther from 922kg to 898kg.
Lotus Elise Cup 250 Closing Version
Key to the Elise Cup 250’s efficiency is its aerodynamics and downforce linked to its energy and light-weight. With aerodynamically optimized parts such because the entrance splitter, rear wing, rear diffuser, and aspect flooring extension, this Closing Version automotive produces 66kg of downforce at 100mph and 155kg of downforce at its most pace of 154mph.
The automotive is shod in new 10-spoke Diamond Minimize ultra-lightweight M Sport solid wheels (7J x 16” entrance and 8J x 17” rear) with Yokohama A052 tires (195/50 R16 entrance and 225/45 R17 rear). The in depth checklist of normal gear contains Bilstein sports activities dampers and adjustable anti-roll bars, to assist maximize the aerodynamic downforce obtainable and increase grip while sustaining the legendary Elise dealing with. Additionally fitted as commonplace is a light-weight lithium-ion battery and polycarbonate rear window.
Different light-weight carbon fiber choices, as on the Elise Sport 240 Closing Version, can be found lowering the mass to an unladen weight of simply 931kg.
Lotus Exige Sport 390
The brand new Exige Sport 390 replaces the outgoing Exige Sport 350. The ability enhance of 47bhp comes from a revised calibration linked to the Edelbrock supercharger with chargecooling, to supply 397bhp and 420Nm. Linked to a light-weight weight of 1,138kg, the Exige Sport 390 accelerates to 60mph in simply 3.7 seconds earlier than reaching a prime pace of 172mph.
The superior aerodynamics are fastidiously balanced, producing 70kg of downforce on the rear and 45kg up entrance for a complete of 115kg at prime pace. To place this energy on to the street, the Exige Sport 390 has 10-spoke silver light-weight solid alloy wheels (7.5J x 17” entrance and 10J x 18” rear) and Michelin PS4 tyres (205/45 ZR17 entrance and 265/35 ZR18 rear).
Lotus Exige Sport 420 Closing Version
The Exige Sport 420 Closing Version beneficial properties an additional 10bhp and replaces the outgoing Sport 410. It’s the quickest Exige obtainable, topping out at 180mph, with 0-60mph accomplished in 3.Three seconds. With its mild weight of 1,110kg and 420bhp (giving an influence to weight of 378bhp per tonne) and 427Nm from the supercharged and chargecooled V6 engine, coupled with a flat torque curve and most energy obtainable to most revs, the Exige is thought to be probably the most full driving automotive of its class.
The checklist of normal gear is spectacular. Entrance and rear Eibach anti-roll bars are adjustable and the three-way adjustable Nitron dampers enable for various excessive and low pace compression settings. The automotive rides on 10-spoke Anthracite light-weight solid alloy wheels (7.5J x 17” entrance, 10J x 18” rear) with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (215/45 ZR17 entrance and 285/30 ZR18 rear). Stopping energy comes from AP Racing brakes with solid, four-piston calipers and two-piece J-hook brake discs. With a better thermal capability and improved chunk, these discs supply improved particles clearance and diminished vibration for extra constant pedal really feel and better, fade-free efficiency.
Lotus Exige Cup 430 Closing Version
The Cup 430 stays the range-topping Exige. Already legendary in its quick lifetime, it’s thought to be being one of many world’s quickest real-world sports activities automotive. It isn’t simply suited to its driver’s favorite street, but additionally at house on a difficult circuit.
Chargecooled for a constant 430bhp and able to producing 171kg of downforce, that is the street and observe automotive to rule all of them. The unconventional aero package deal shouldn’t be for present; the Exige Cup 430 generates as a lot downforce at 100mph because the Exige Sport 390 does at 170mph. Weighing simply 1,110kg the power-to-weight ratio hits a staggering 387bhp per tonne. With 440Nm of torque from 2,600rpm, 0-60mph is accomplished in 3.2 seconds on the way in which to a prime pace of 174mph. Downforce is balanced in any respect speeds, with the automotive producing 76kg on the entrance and an extra 95kg on the rear, giving a complete of 171kg.
The whole lot in regards to the Exige Cup 430 is targeted upon efficiency whether or not that’s driving on the street or observe. Each automotive comes with motorsport-grade carbon fibre panels embrace the entrance splitter, entrance entry panel, roof, diffuser encompass, enlarged air-intake aspect pods, one-piece tailgate and race-derived rear wing. Along with revised steering arm geometry to extend bump steer, dealing with traits could be altered through the Nitron three-way adjustable dampers (excessive and low pace compression plus rebound adjustment) and Eibach adjustable entrance and rear anti-roll bars, each as commonplace. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (215/45 ZR17 entrance and 285/30 ZR18 rear) are fitted to ultra-lightweight 10 spoke diamond minimize light-weight solid alloy wheels (7.5J x 17” entrance, 10J x 18” rear).
Braking comes through solid, four-piston AP Racing brake calipers and better thermal capability two-piece J-hook brake discs entrance and rear. The system is designed to provide improved chunk and diminished vibration, delivering constant pedal really feel and fade-free stopping energy lap after lap.
With a high-flow titanium exhaust system as commonplace, the Cup 430 appears like no different supercar at pace. Motorsport-derived variable traction management linked on to the ECU helps maximise traction on nook exit by managing the large surge of torque. It’s managed through a six-position rotary change situated on the steering column. Solely lively with the ESP stability management switched off, the 5 pre-set traction ranges are displayed on the instrument cluster.
When manufacturing of the Lotus Elise, Exige and Evora finish later this 12 months, the ultimate mixed manufacturing complete can be within the area of 55,000 vehicles. Collectively they account for greater than half of Lotus’ complete street automotive manufacturing for the reason that first Lotus in 1948.