Performance

With 55 hp, or 15%, more power than the limited production Exige Cup 380 model it succeeds, and 220 kg of downforce, it’s a monster of a car. Compared to the Exige Sport 350, it has 24% more power and generates the same downforce at 100 mph as the Exige Sport 350 does at its maximum speed of 170 mph. Lotus’ expertise in lightweight design has played its part in reducing the overall dry weight by 12 kg to 1,059 kg, with the vehicle down to 1,056 kg in its lightest configuration. This, combined with the dramatic jump in raw power, raises the Cup’s power to weight from 355 hp / tonne (Cup 380) to 407 hp / tonne. With 430 hp at 7,000 rpm and 440 Nm (325 lbft) of torque from 4,000 rpm, 0-60mph is dispatched in 3.2 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds) with a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). Helping to harness all that power, the Cup 430 benefits from a comprehensive range of new aero elements. A new ultra-lightweight front clam with unique carbon fibre ducts has wider radiator apertures and a new mesh pattern grille to provide a more combative aspect and to allow for a new front splitter and air curtain mechanism to reduce drag. The lightweight rear clam panel supports the larger, straight motorsport wing to increase downforce without impacting upon the car’s overall drag coefficient. The new design front and rear clam panels are 6.8 kg lighter than those on any other Exige.

Weight

As you would expect, the intense use of ultra-lightweight carbon fibre only adds to the overall performance, as well as reinforcing the Exige Cup 430’s physical presence. The hand-made composite components include front splitter, front access panel, roof, diffuser surround, large aperture air-intake side pods, one-piece tailgate and the race derived rear wing. Scratch the surface of the Cup’s capabilities, and you’ll find its motorsport-derived credentials. In addition to revised steering arm geometry, to increase bump steer, the car’s handling characteristics can be altered via the introduction of new Nitron three-way adjustable dampers (adjustable for rebound and low and high-speed compression, giving the ability to fine tune the damping) and Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars, both as standard. The substantial Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (215/45 ZR17 front and 285/30 ZR18 rear) are fitted to ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels, available in red, black or silver as standard. The faster the car, the better the brakes need to be, and the Exige Cup 430 uses some of the largest calipers and discs of any Lotus road car. With forged, four-piston AP Racing brake calipers and new performance two-piece, J-hook brake discs (with higher thermal capacity) front and rear, the system is designed to give improved bite and debris clearance and reduce distortion and vibration and to deliver consistent pedal feel and stopping power lap after lap. The Cup 430 also comes with a tremendously strong, yet light, T45 steel roll over bar, new seatbelt anchorage frame (saving 1.2 kg), a Lithium-Ion battery and front towing eye as standard, as well as a host of options including electrical cut-off and fire extinguisher controls, airbag deletion and a non-airbag steering wheel.

Aerodynamics

At the heart of the car lies Lotus’ most formidable engine, a 3.5-litre supercharged and charge cooled V6 producing 430 hp and 440 Nm. Unapologetically aggressive, the Exige Cup 430’s 220 kg of downforce is developed through the careful management of airflow under and over the car. Vital in keeping the Cup at the top of timing sheets, it’s designed to make the most of 440 Nm (325 lbft) of torque delivered from 4,000 rpm, and delivering the lowest of lap times no matter the track. This not only includes the new front clam panel, incorporating a new design of splitter and carbon fibre air blades, but also the high mounted rear wing. The new body introductions combine form and function, with the new hybrid carbon composite panels not only saving weight, but also delivering the car’s distinctive new styling and aerodynamic set up. Balancing downforce over the entire car was a priority with, when compared to the Exige Cup 380, a greater percentage of downforce allocated to the front to ensure accurate high-speed turn in (36% increased to 45%). The new front splitter with trailing lip helps separate and speed airflow under the car and the inclusion of new air curtain elements into the front clam panel efficiently moves air though to the front wheel cavities to help reduce turbulence and drag generated by the front wheels. The front louvers reduce the pressure within the front wheel arches, increasing downforce. The cut-out sections behind the rear wheels, also reduce wheel arch pressure, whilst the new lightweight aluminium diffuser is 1 kg lighter. Crowning all of this is the carbon fibre straight rear wing, raised higher to further boost downforce, clearly signaling the car’s aggressive intent and pursuit of aerodynamic excellence.

Design

Available as standard with a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission, the Exige range features Lotus’ acclaimed open-gate manual gearbox design. Precisely aligned for fast and seamless shifts, it has recently established itself as a favourite of Lotus customers. To transfer the increased power and torque from the engine to the gearbox, a new 240 mm diameter clutch has been fitted (up 12 mm compared to the Exige Cup 380) which increases the clutch surface area by 11%. Engine note and tone also play big parts in the Cup’s repertoire. With the new induction and supercharger configuration, and a high-flow titanium exhaust system as standard, the Cup 430 sounds like no other Exige at speed. In addition, the titanium exhaust removes 10 kg from beyond the rear axle. The Lotus Exige Cup 430 includes a variable traction control function, linked directly to the ECU. The six-position rotary switch is located on the steering column, and only active with ESP switched to off, with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12% slip) as well as “off”, displayed via the instrument cluster. The composite concept continues into the Cup’s cabin with visible-weave, handmade sections including a new lightweight carbon fibre binnacle surround, Lotus’ bespoke carbon race seats, with new lightweight seat runners, and carbon door sills. Colour keyed inserts for the revised lightweight sports seats, transmission console, HVAC surround and window switches are also standard, along with a centre console, door cards and dashboard trimmed in Alcantara®, with leather or tartan as a no cost option, along with contrast stitching and an Alcantara® steering wheel. In total, the lightweight interior of the Exige Cup 430 is 2.5 kg lighter than on the Cup 380. All the lightweight standard items help reduce the total mass by 29 kg which more than offsets the increase in weight from the chargecooler and cooling system (+15 kg), new higher rated clutch (+0.8 kg) and wider brake discs (+1.2 kg) resulting in an unladen weight of 1,093 kg and 1,059 kg dry. By selecting the airbag deletion option, the customer can take the lightest possible dry weight of the Exige Cup 430 to 1,056 kg.

Top Speed

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Features

  • Fuel-injected and supercharged
  • 1.8-litre engine develops 217bhp (220PS)
  • Delivers 184lbs ft (250Nm) of torque
  • Mid-engine provides balance
  • Lotus-developed Electronic Throttle Control
  • Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)
  • Exhilarating acceleration

  • Anodised, lightweight aluminium, extruded, epoxy bonded and riveted high-stiffness chassis
  • Servo assisted, race-derived, lightweight two-piece J-hook ventilated brake discs and AP Racing four piston calipers (front 332 mm x 32 mm, rear 332 mm x 26 mm)
  • Unequal length, lightweight steel double wishbone suspension (front)
  • Unequal length, lightweight forged aluminium, double wishbone suspension (rear)
  • Adjustable Eibach tubular front and rear anti-roll bars
  • Lotus-tuned, Nitron three-way adjustable dampers adjustable for rebound (24 click adjustment settings)  and low speed compression (24 click adjustment settings) and high speed compression (16 click adjustment settings) and Nitron springs
  • Driver selectable ESP modes – Drive / Sport / Race / Off
  • 6 position variable traction control, with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3% 6% 9%, 12% slip) and “off” displayed via the instrument cluster
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Lightweight lithium-ion battery

  • 6-speed manual transmission, with gearbox cooler, coupled to Lotus’ precision shift aluminium mechanism
  • Lightweight, single-mass, low inertia fly wheel

  • Lightweight front clam including wheel arch louvers, drag-reducing air curtain and splitter
  • Lightweight rear clam including venting for wheel arch and rear aero blades
  • Carbon fibre front access panel
  • Carbon fibre roof panel
  • Aluminium rear diffuser
  • Carbon fibre rear diffuser surround
  • Lightweight carbon fibre tailgate with full width straight profiled rear wing
  • Polycarbondate backlight
  • Brake calipers – red painted with black AP Racing logo
  • Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (17″ front and 18″ rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in silver, black or red.
  • Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front 215/45 R17, rear 285/30 R18)
  • Mud flaps
  • Rear wing uprights and mirror caps linked to wheel colour choice
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rear parking sensors
  • ECE R116 approved immobiliser and remote activated alarm system

 

  • 2 seat configuration
  • Carbon fibre sports seats, trimmed in black Alcantara® and perforated leather with contrast twin stitching
  • Centre console and door panels trimmed in a combination of black Alcantara® and perforated leather, with contrast twin stitching
  • Carbon fibre binnacle top
  • Interior Colour Pack including HVAC console, Gearshift Top Trim, bucket seat eyelets, window lift switch bezels
  • Lotus developed steering wheel trimmed in black Alcantara®
  • Carbon fibre door sill covers

Specifications

PERFORMANCE*
Max power 430 hp at 7000 rpm (436 PS)
Max torque 325 lbft at 2,600 rpm to 6,800 rpm (440 Nm)
0-60 mph 3.2 seconds
0-100 km/h 3.3 seconds
Max speed 180 mph (290 km/h)
Aerodynamic downforce at max speed 220 kg (Front: 100 kg; Rear: 120 kg)
Kerb weight 1,093 kg
Dry weight 1,059 kg
Lowest possible dry weight 1,056 kg
EMISSION AND FUEL CONSUMPTION MPG (L/100km) 
Urban 18.6 (15.2)
Extra Urban 37.2 (8.3)
Combined 26.1 (10.8)
CO2 emissions, Combined 245.0g/km

 

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION AND CHASSIS
3.5 litre V6, 24-valve, water cooled, all aluminium engine, with Edelbrock supercharger and charger cooler Standard
6-speed manual transmission, with gearbox cooler, coupled to Lotus’ precision shift aluminium mechanism Standard
Lightweight, single-mass, low inertia fly wheel Standard
Baffled sump Standard

 

EXTERIOR SPECIFICATION
Lightweight front clam including wheel arch louvers, drag-reducing air curtain and splitter Standard
Lightweight rear clam including venting for wheel arch and rear aero blades Standard
Carbon fibre front access panel Standard
Carbon fibre roof panel Standard
Aluminium rear diffuser Standard
Carbon fibre rear diffuser surround Standard
Lightweight carbon fibre tailgate with full width straight profiled rear wing Standard
Polycarbonate backlight Standard
Brake calipers – red painted with black AP Racing logo Standard
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (17″ front and 18″ rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in silver, black or red Standard
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front 215/45 R17, rear 285/30 R18) Standard
Mud flaps Standard
Rear wing uprights and mirror caps linked to wheel colour choice Standard
LED daytime running lights Standard
Rear parking sensors Standard
ECE R116 approved immobiliser and remote activated alarm system Standard

 

INTERIOR SPECIFICATION
Air Conditioning Standard
2 seat configuration Standard
Carbon fibre sports seats, trimmed in black Alcantara® and perforated leather with contrast twin stitching Standard
Centre console and door panels trimmed in a combination of black Alcantara® and perforated leather with contrast twin stitching Standard
Carbon fibre binnacle top Standard
Interior Colour Pack including HVAC console, Gearshift Top Trim, bucket seat eyelets, window lift switch bezels Standard
Lotus developed steering wheel trimmed in black Alcantara® Standard
Carbon fibre door sill covers Standard
OPTIONAL EXTRAS
INTERIOR & TRIM
Full carpets Option
Floor mats Option
EXTERIOR AND BODY
Ultra light wheel Black (linked to wing upright and mirror caps) NCO
Ultra light wheel Silver (linked to wing upright and mirror caps) NCO
Ultra light wheel Red (linked to wing upright and mirror caps) NCO
Spoiler uprights and mirror caps in red, silver or black (linked to wheels) NCO
COMFORT & COMMUNICATION 
Stereo plus two front speakers Option
Sound Insulation Option
Cruise Control Option
Standard Battery NCO
LIGHTWEIGHT & PERFORMANCE 
Titanium exhaust system Option
Airbags deletion (inc Alcantara non airbag steering wheel) Option
Fire Extinguisher Option
Battery Isolator Option
Standard Battery NCO
PAINT OPTIONS
Signature Paint Option
Metallic Paint Option
LOTUS EXCLUSIVE OPTIONS
Exclusive Paint: Alternative metallic colours Option
Exclusive Paint: Alternative pearlescent colours Option
Exclusive Paint: Custom Colour choice Option
Exclusive Leather: Alternative colour Option
Exclusive Stitch: Alternative colour Option

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