Norfolk-based sports car makers Lotus have released a new version of the Exige, dubbed the Sport 380. The new car, based on a standard Exige, is more powerful, more aerodynamic, lighter, and lower than the car it’s based on.
Weighing in at a whisker over a tonne, the Sport 380 now eeks out 276hp and 410Nm from its supercharged 3.5-litre V6, and when paired with a reduced wight of just 1,066kg, the Sport 380 boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 353hp per tonne. The little rocket will hurtle from rest to 100km/h in just 3.5 seconds, on to a top speed of 287km/h.
With liberal use of carbon fibre on everything from the front splitter to access panels, wings, and the rear diffuser, Lotus thought it best to also replace the wheels and rear window with lighter units as well. They even went as far as to groove the brake discs and use a lithium-ion battery, just to save a few grams.
The panels, wings, and bodywork have all been reworked to get the most downforce, with the lightning-quick Exige managing to produce some 140kg of downforce at top speed. That’s a 60% increase over the downforce generated by the tamer Sport 350.
Visually, the Exige Sport 380 is differentiated by some bespoke paint colours, and unique accents around the body. The seats can be trimmed in Alcantara, leather, or in tartan cloth.
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