2009 Lotus Exige Cup 260
Lotus Exige Cup 260
Lotus Cars Ltd, has unveiled the MY 2009 Lotus Exige Cup 260. A mastermind exploitation of the 2008 Exige Cup Car, this yr’s car uses forward-looking ignitor burthen components and c character personify textile, to concentrate the boilersuit weighting by 38 kg to a tally deal less than 900 kg. Utmost index production of 257 hp (260 PS), corpse the like as the 2008 car, but with deliberate attending to slant simplification item, the 2009 Lotus Exige Cup 260 provides a more spry and dynamical rail focussed thrust and is more open of taming Europe’s well-nigh ambitious raceway circuits.
Outstandingly for such a focussed racecourse and route car, the 2009 Lotus Exige Cup 260 is amply homologated for route use in Europe and key markets in Asia – a mustiness sustain for many wash contention programmes where a route effectual car has to be entered. The Lotus Exige Cup 260 is besides eligible to contend in the new proclaimed 2009 Lotus Cup Europe run serial unionized and run by LoTRDC. The Lotus Exige Cup 260 exploits the Lotus doctrine of victimization burthen reducing to addition execution and cut emissions.
Microphone Kimberley, Head Administrator of Grouping Lotus commented, “Lotus is now accepted globally as one of the leadership in the viridity self-propelled gyration. Colin Chapman, the collapse of Lotus is attributed as locution “Adding ability makes you quicker on the straights; adding nimbleness makes you quicker everyplace” and this instruction is more relevant now than it e’er has been, as decreasing weighting increases the car’s operation and well-nigh significantly efficiency.”
2009 Lotus Exige Cup 260
The Lotus Exige Cup 260 follows this doctrine intimately – the angle rescue syllabus has looked at all areas of the car where components can be replaced with a flatboat edition (without push the costs bey the ambit of the good running day driver or clubman racer) or where components can be remote altogether without detracting from the honour of the drive know:
C fiber (resulting in a slant economy of 12kg):
Whippersnapper components (resulting in a advance slant preservation of 22kg):
Removing another non all-important components and equipment such as the national and bang carpets, movement mudflaps, barrage screening, midland mirror, sunvisors, bum tailboard gas cock, results in a encourage weightiness preservation of 4kg.
Nevertheless, should a client bid, air conditioning and an midland randomness reducing ingroup are uncommitted, collectively the finish orbit of Lotus metal, life-style and agio rouge colors.
The MY 2009 Lotus Exige Cup 260 weighs in at good 890 kg, big an telling index to angle proportion of 288 hp / t (291 PS / t). But, course, might to weightiness unequalled does not piddle a extremely private-enterprise subspecies or raceway car, so in plus, the Lotus Exige Cup 260 has a redoubtable leaning of stock execution focussed equipment.
Wheels and Tyres
Radical whippersnapper wheels, that cut the unsprung batch and give a burthen redemptive of some 10 kg (22 lbs) o’er the already sup igniter bad Exige wheels, are shodden with Lotus particular LTS structure and combine Yokohama A048 LTS tyres to maximize clasp and attain the razz and manipulation targets set by Lotus Technology.
Lotus Exige Cup 260 cars get the guard equipment expected of a racer, with FIA and HANS compliant c fiber whippersnapper sports seating*, formula 3-point “Webb Whorl” harnesses (foursome or six item driver and rider seatbelt harnesses are usable for cartroad use lonesome).
A mellow tractile blade roller o’er basket is now fitted with a personify colorful Lotus Mutant AFrame as touchstone and the flesh is already pre-drilled to fit a wide presence roster coop – a uncomplicated principal fit outgrowth involving equitable the remotion of the ceiling empanel for admission anterior to adjustment. Complemental the extra rubber equipment is a FIA compliant electronic lighting obliterate alternate, with cockpit and international energizing, and a FIA compliant plumbed electrically excited extinguisher organisation, again with cockpit and outside switches.
Care all flow Lotus cars, the Exige Cup 260 is reinforced roughly a real substantial extruded and bonded al build tub. Committed to the frame is a sacrificial vigour riveting complex presence construction intentional to assistance engage smash vigor in the consequence of hob.
Eibach springs, one way adjustable Bilstein dampers and a stiffened and adjustable breast anti-roll bar allows customers to sew the treatment characteristics of the car to their own requirements.
As the Lotus Exige Cup 260 cars are furnished for running use, a two-bagger fleece raceway ascendance arm pair is provided to meet the expected curbing ill-treatment during racing or heavy running day impulsive.
The brakes includes prominent diam 308 mm 2-piece al belled roll cast-iron cross-drilled and ventilated battlefront discs and 282 mm cross-drilled and ventilated discs at the backside, upgraded Pagid RS14 sports bracken pads set into the bracken calipers (AP Racing two opus radially mounted, 4 plunger at the breast and Brembo sliding at the ass), and stainless braided bracken hoses – all joined to the proved Lotus raceway tuned servo-assisted four-channel ABS scheme that enhances braking execution and minimizes fillet aloofness without succession from the accomplishment of the driver.
Performance, Economy and Emissions
The Lotus Exige Cup 260 is one of the fastest route cars approximately a tour. Key to this unbelievable functioning is the streamlined packet, which produces terminated 40 kg of downforce at 160 kilometer increasing grasp and constancy at higher speeds. With a top velocity of circa 245 kph (152 mph) and a cypher to 160 kilometre (100 mph) in circa 9.9 seconds, 0 to 100 kph in circa 4.1 seconds (0 to 60 mph in circa 4 seconds), the MY 2009 Lotus Exige Cup 260 is the everlasting cooperator for the life-threatening racer. Combined Fire Phthisis is 9.1 l/100km and the CO2 emissions 216 g/km.
The charged and intercooled locomotive in the Lotus Exige Cup 260 has a utmost powerfulness turnout of 260 PS (257 hp) at 8000 rpm and a torsion chassis of 236 Nm (174 lbft) at 6000 rpm. This pregnant quantity of additional superpower and torsion now useable conjointly the VVTL-i varying cam organization ensures that thither is a polish and running rescue of superpower from low locomotive speeds clear to the utmost 8000 rpm (8500 rpm passing for 2 seconds). The Roots-type Eaton M62 supercharger (with a sealed-for-life national mechanics significance that it does not command the use of the locomotive’s oil) is run from the crankshaft and has an constitutional ringway valve for portion cargo performance. Tutelage air (air below pressing from the supercharger) is cooled done an air-to-air intercooler (the air enters via the enhanced ceiling exclusive) earlier beingness fed into the locomotive itself. All commission air ducting has been unbroken as short-change as potential with heavy diam pipes to understate limitation and maximize confine reception and efficiency. Quadruplet gamy capability injectors and an uprated fire ticker add extra fire below heavy quickening or uninterrupted highschool upper impulsive. A whippersnapper flywheel is fitted (bountiful level greater flexibleness and answer to the paraphernalia vary), a sports-type clutches scale and great responsibility hold binding transference the locomotive might and torsion to the jackanapes C64 six-speed gearbox (with an aluminum case) – with the like dead separated ratios as the Lotus Exige S. A torque-sensing limited slip differential is fitted as standard, with a plate type limited slip differential available as an option. An Accusump (engine oil accumulator unit) is included in the whole package as an oil reservoir back-up for extreme track use ensuring that, under those conditions, the engine oil pressure remains constant.
Electrical supply is provided by a lightweight motorsport battery which saves a massive 5 kg of weight sitting behind the rear axle – again weight saving is not just the removal of mass but ensuring that this mass is removed where it most effects performance and handling.
Lotus Launch Control and Lotus Traction Control
Keen to pass on lessons learned on the track with the Lotus Exige GT3 racing programme, Lotus Sport has contributed another important technology – launch control combined with variable traction control. This combination has already made its production debut with the track-oriented Lotus 2-Eleven.
The launch control allows the driver to determine the number of revs they wish to use during a standing start. Having programmed that limit, the driver then holds their foot down fully on the throttle pedal and sidesteps the clutch pedal for a very quick departure from the line. The clutch damper cushions the severity of the clutch to transmission engagement to minimise the stresses to the drivetrain. The launch control also keeps wheel-spin at bay until 6 mph, after which the traction control assumes its duties.
As with launch control, the driver can control the amount of traction control you require from the driver’s seat, altering it on the move to suit the characteristics of particular corners. The amount of traction control can be varied in over 30 increments from an optimum 7 percent tyre slip to completely off. The message display in the new instrument pack displays what degree of traction control you have currently dialled in.
For 2009, the Lotus Sport Exige Cup 260 now has a high flow, full-length carbon roof scoop as part of the lightweight carbon roof panel, which not only saves 4 kg but also ensures efficient cooling through the intercooler, which in turn allows the Lotus Exige Cup 260 to gain a higher charge density in the cylinders.
The standard specification Lotus Exige Cup 260 is road legal within the European Union, and can be registered for road use. The Lotus Exige Cup 260 is available now for sale in mainland Europe.
Recommended retail price (including VAT) is £45,995, (an additional £950 is charged for on the road costs. These include delivery, PDI, first service, number plates, first registration fee, valet, 12 months Road Fund Licence and a full tank of fuel.
Recommended retail prices for the following markets (MSRP) (including transport, delivery, local taxes and first service (but excluding registration, license plates and or a full tank of fuel):
Recommended retail prices for the following markets (MSRP) (excluding transport, delivery, local taxes, first service, registration, license plates and full tank of fuel):
The Lotus Exige Cup 260 will have a limited manufacturer’s warranty unless used for competition or timed runs. Any type of timed or competitive vehicle use requires that a suitably qualified specialist applies expert levels of vehicle preparation, servicing and maintenance. The purchaser’s statutory rights are not affected.