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Lotus Exige Cup 380: King of the Road and Race

Sailun Tires

The adrenaline tingling through your veins – you got the need for speed!

To claim king of the road and race, you need something special. An arsenal you can drive to a local track, set the fastest lap, and take the win, before heading home.

Lotus’ new thoroughbred Exige Cup 380 provides that perfect balance between fully type approved road car and genuine race car to deliver the ultimate track-and-back street-legal Lotus. It’s supremely usable, yet outrageously fast!

With a purity of drive unheard of in road cars, Exige Race 380 is fitted with a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine and a power-to-weight ratio of 355 HP to deliver genuine race pace, with 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds) and top speed of 175 mph (282 km/h).

The Exige Cup 380 is a more track-focused with an extensive use of carbon fiber components that make it look like a race car, but this beast is road-legal.

Revised bodywork elements fitted for the first time to a road-going Exige, such as front canards to equalize the pressure differential within the wheel arches, increasing downforce at high speed and under hard braking, and cut-out sections behind the rear wheels work with aero blades located on both sides of the race diffuser enabling the car to generate up to 200 kg – that’s 43 percent more than the Exige Sport 380. Lotus is so obsessed with making the Exige Cup 380 as aerodynamic as possible, the windshield wiper has been moved to a vertical position to avoid disrupting air-flow.

To harness the huge hike in downforce, and provide increased mechanical grip, the substantial Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (285/30 ZR18 rear and 215/45 ZR17 front) are fitted to ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels.

Indeed, the Exige Cup 380 is not just unbeatable point-to-point and capable of winning highly competitive races: it is also a car that can be used and enjoyed every single day.

With only 60 examples to be produced, it will certainly be a rare gem to add in your dream garage with prices starting at 83,000 GBP (around $106,000). No word on US availability yet, sadly.


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