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Offline AshSimmonds

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http://www.aussieelises.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=9171

Sorry I haven't kept up to date on this car so I may be wrong, but AFAIK it's not an Exige, but an Elise which was rebuilt with a 500hp Audi turbo engine, and has now been given a complete carbon fibre makeover.  Weight unknown, but suggested low 700kg.

(some folk might recognise the Lambo sitting next to it...)


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I guess there is no chance this will grace our shores??

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Lotus has announced the latest round of updates and upgrades to its homologated Exige Cup 260. For 2009, the race-bred two-seater keeps its 257 horsepower engine, but weight-saving measures have knocked 38kg off of the curb weight. Given Lotusí lighter-is-better philosophy, itís no surprise that it focused on dropping mass to increase performance. Itís also no surprise that they were able to find ways to do it in the already ultra-light Exige.


Weight-saving measures include a host of new carbon-fiber panels, including the roof panel, dash top, tailgate, front and rear spoilers, seats and the side intake ducts. A new full-length air scoop is also part of the new roof panel. New lightweight materials are used in the flywheel, rear subframe, battery and supercharger pipes, and the rear window glass has been replaced by a lightweight composite. A set of new ultra-light wheels drops even more weight as well as reducing unsprung weight. And if that wasnít enough, Lotus also tossed out the carpet, mudflaps, interior mirror and the gas struts for the tailgate, just to grab that extra kilogram of weight savings. The result is a car that weighs just 890kg. As the Exige Cup 260 is homologated for road use in the European Union, buyers can opt to have air conditioning and a sound deadening package reinstalled.

The 2009 Exige Cup 260ís supercharged and intercooled 1.8 liter is unchanged, and produces 257 horsepower (260 PS) at 8000 rpm. Torque is also unchanged, at 174 lb-ft (236 Nm) at 6000 rpm. Response from the six-speed gearbox is quickened by the lighter flywheel. Lotus has added the Launch Control and traction control systems that debuted on the Lotus 2-Eleven to the Exige Cup 260.

This is a bare-bones, high performance vehicle, and only hard-core sports car fans and racers need apply.  The Exige Cup 260 is on sale now, with prices starting at £45,995 in the UK.



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Offline allanuber


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It's pretty. Would have to be one for a collector...

Anyone else would be too scared to push it hard on the assumption getting replacement carbon bits is going to be painful?
C'mon, do it!



Offline j15


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It's pretty. Would have to be one for a collector...

Anyone else would be too scared to push it hard on the assumption getting replacement carbon bits is going to be painful?

I wonder if he had to get moulds made to make the carbon fibre panels, or if there is another source for parts.



Offline bbb


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All carbon bits can be bought from a few suppliers overseas, some good quality, some not. Another S1 Exige got all the carbon bits for about 16k I think from Revosport. My brothers S2 Exige is almost all carbon now, its from TWRD which is more expensive but good quality....although the rear clam is cheaper in carbon from overseas than the Lotus AU fiberglass prices....


Another carbon S1 Exige got it all from the states....proper carbon weighs less but makes it pretty harsh, carbon roof and carbon doors makes it noticeably louder in the cabin....which could be either good or bad :-p



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