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shockwaveracing 02-25-2005 07:47 PM

Lotus Exige Sport 240R
 
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Limited Edition Lotus Sport Exige 240R

Highest Performing, Limited Edition Exige:

Lotus Sport, the performance division of Lotus Cars Ltd., has
developed the Lotus Sport Exige 240R, a limited edition high performance
sportscar with total global build volumes kept strictly to 50 cars.

Lotus Sport will build the Lotus Sport Exige 240R within its
facilities at the Group Lotus Headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk. This
facility, located in the centre of the famous Hethel Test Track, has a great
history of producing bespoke versions of Lotus products and can list the
Lotus Sport Exige 400 hp racecar and over 100 Elise and Exige racing cars in
its portfolio.

With a supercharged and intercooled high revving engine producing
over 240 hp and over 170 lbft of torque, the Lotus Sport Exige 240R reaches
60 mph in less than 4 seconds and 100 mph (160 km/h) in less than 10 seconds
before topping out at 155 mph (249 km/h). At this top speed the advanced
aerodynamics produce 113 kg of downforce increasing grip, stability and
safety.
The 50 versions of the Lotus Sport Exige 240R will be built as post
registration official factory conversions of new Lotus Exiges. Up to 40 of
these cars will be sold in the EU and the balance is intended to be
predominantly sold in Japan. The suffix of 240R indicates the approximate
horsepower of the engine, conservatively rounded down from the actual figure
of 243 hp (181 kW, 247 PS). The total unladen weight is approximately 930 kg
and the power to weight is approximately 261 hp / tonne (195 kW / tonne, 266
PS / tonne).

All 50 cars will be built to order and to further identify and
maintain the exclusivity of the Lotus Sport Exige 240R, they will only be
available in Sport Yellow or Sport Black - both unique and exclusive colours
specifically blended to denote the brand colour scheme of Lotus Sport.

The Lotus Sport Exige 240R will be sold at a Recommended Retail
Price of 43,995 (62,000 Euros).

The Lotus Sport Exige 240R also has a unique interior trim in black
with Lotus Sport Yellow highlights in leather. A unique numbered Lotus Sport
build plate is fitted to the aluminium chassis member on the passenger side.
The interior also includes sports seats, driver and passenger four-point
harnesses which are fitted to a cross bar that is part of the motorsport
specification T45 roll bar.
New lightweight five spoke forged alloy wheels are of a slightly
wider section to the standard Exige wheel to accommodate the optional extra
track only specification slick tyres as well as the Yokohama A048 tyres,
which come as standard. These wheels are painted in "Satin Black" for the
Sport Yellow painted version of the Lotus Sport Exige 240R and "High Power
Silver" for the Sport Black painted version.

In addition to the powerful four-cylinder engine, the Lotus Sport
Exige 240R also includes specially developed Lotus Sport parts including
upgraded brakes, stiffer springs and 2-way adjustable Ohlins dampers with
ride height adjustment, an adjustable front anti-roll bar, twin oil coolers
and an Accusump.

Clive Dopson, Managing Director of Lotus Cars Ltd. is very
enthusiastic about the new Lotus Sport Exige 240R: "The Lotus Sport Exige
240R is a classic example of Lotus' focused attitude to performance through
lightweight. We believe that this car, even though it will be built in small
volumes, is a very significant addition to the Lotus product portfolio and
will go down in history as such. I am sure that the fortunate fifty
customers of the car will agree."

Chris Arnold, General Manager for Lotus Sport comments: "The Lotus
Sport brand has been around for a number of years, and in that time has
developed a number of performance upgrades for customers. The Lotus Sport
Exige 240R is probably the most complete in-house Lotus Sport product that
has been developed. It is a testament to the capability of the Elise
platform and the competence of the standard Exige that we haven't had to
make any structural changes to the car to accommodate the power of a 3 litre
engine, albeit in the guise of a 1.8 litre engine."

Chris Arnold continues: "These fifty cars are unique, both in
appearance and in equipment levels. After we have made these fifty cars, we
will not be building any more to this complete specification. Lotus Sport
has the Lotus product experience to be able to chose the right components
for the Lotus Sport Exige 240R so if customers want the ultimate road going
Exige, I recommend that they do not delay and contact their nearest Lotus
dealer as soon as possible!"

Niko_Fx 02-25-2005 07:51 PM

[QUOTE]With a supercharged and intercooled high revving engine producing
over 240 hp and over 170 lbft of torque, the Lotus Sport Exige 240R reaches
60 mph in less than 4 seconds and 100 mph (160 km/h) in less than 10 seconds
before topping out at 155 mph (249 km/h). At this top speed the advanced
aerodynamics produce 113 kg of downforce increasing grip, stability and
safety.[/QUOTE]

Amazing...

Do you have any more pictures?

shockwaveracing 02-25-2005 07:59 PM

they were the only ones available on the lotus media site at the moment... i will have a look later to see if they put some more images up...

Sweeney921 02-25-2005 08:19 PM

that is a AWESOME lotus! wait, they all are :D

aNOBLEman 02-25-2005 08:49 PM

WOW! First of all that has very good looks. Second it has the acceleration of much more expensive cars. Third it can handle as good or better than much more expensive cars. Amazing!

jcp123 02-25-2005 09:37 PM

It just looks...oversculpted to me. A simpler body on this thing would look amazing...

Spastik_Roach 02-26-2005 12:06 AM

Simple body does not equal Elise or Exige. Any Elise or Exige must have a crazy body.

McLareN 02-26-2005 04:58 AM

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Lotus Sport Exige 240R #2:

VtecMini 02-26-2005 05:36 AM

VtecMini disapproves.

First Lotus Exige: 780kg
Lotus Exige S2: 875kg
Lotus Sport Exige 240R: 930kg

Truly Mr Chapman would be turning in his grave if he knew.

johnnyperl 02-26-2005 01:03 PM

i agree.
also, why did they need a supercharger?
the exige/elises that have the honda KO22A engines acheive this easily and they are all NA, too bad honda didnt partner with lotus.
I love lotus but i dont like this one.

Matra et Alpine 02-26-2005 01:14 PM

They're building 50 of them.
So they'll be purchased by rich folks to look good in their garages.
What's the betting half of them end up in LA ???

So weight isnt' actually an issue. It's for the "cachet" they'll be bought by people who have more money than sense.

The purists and trackday warriors will still be buying the K-series Lotii in droves :)

shockwaveracing 02-26-2005 07:31 PM

[QUOTE=johnnyperl]the exige/elises that have the honda KO22A engines acheive this easily and they are all NA[/QUOTE]

which models have this honda engine?

johnnyperl 03-04-2005 12:13 PM

[QUOTE=Matra et Alpine]What's the betting half of them end up in LA ???[/QUOTE]

i dont think a single one will end up in LA.

the honda equiped cars have had the engines swapped.

Matra et Alpine 03-04-2005 01:57 PM

[QUOTE=johnnyperl]i dont think a single one will end up in LA.

the honda equiped cars have had the engines swapped.[/QUOTE]
The 240R doesn't use the Honda engine.
It's based of the Toyota version - see highlight

But looks like you could be right, they're not bothering with the US market !!!! - see highlight

From LOTUS Press Release ..... ( full pdf is [URL=http://www.grouplotus.com/mediactr/pr_download.php?pid=209]here [/URL] )
NEWS RELEASE
Limited Edition Lotus Sport Exige 240R
Highest Performing, Limited Edition Exige:
Lotus Sport, the performance division of Lotus Cars Ltd., has developed the Lotus Sport Exige 240R, a limited edition high performance sportscar with total global build volumes kept strictly to 50 cars.
Lotus Sport will build the Lotus Sport Exige 240R within its facilities at the Group Lotus Headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk. This facility, located in the centre of the famous Hethel Test Track, has a great history of producing bespoke versions of Lotus products and can list the Lotus Sport Exige 400 hp racecar and over 100 Elise and Exige racing cars in its portfolio.
With a supercharged and intercooled high revving engine producing over 240 hp and over 170 lbft of torque, the Lotus Sport Exige 240R reaches 60 mph in less than 4 seconds and 100 mph (160 km/h) in less than 10 seconds before topping out at 155 mph (249 km/h). At this top speed the advanced aerodynamics produce 113 kg of downforce increasing grip, stability and safety.
The 50 versions of the Lotus Sport Exige 240R will be built as post registration official factory conversions of new Lotus Exiges. [B]Up to 40 of these cars will be sold in the EU and the balance is intended to be predominantly sold in Japan.[/B] The suffix of 240R indicates the approximate
horsepower of the engine, conservatively rounded down from the actual figure of 243 hp (181kW, 247 PS). The total unladen weight is approximately 930 kg and the power to weight is approximately 261 hp / tonne (195 kW / tonne, 266 PS / tonne).
...........
The standard Exige uses a 189 hp (141 kW, 192 PS) [B]2ZZ-GE 1.8 litre VVTL-i[/B] (Variable Valve Timing with Lift intelligent) engine [B]supplied by Toyota.[/B]............
Lotus Sport and Lotus Engineering had to ensure that there were minimal changes to the base 2ZZ-GE engine, which arrives fully dressed from Toyota for the Exige and the Elise 111R. The lightweight 2ZZ-GE engine, with a compact metal matrix composite alloy cylinder block, is a perfect unit on which to conduct the necessary research, as it runs to a high 8500 rpm, with a very high compression ratio of 11.5:1. [B]The only changes needed to be made to the engine were the addition of a low pressure Eaton M62 Supercharger (and the longer drive belt that this requires), the intercooler and a new intake manifold, plenum and induction system[/B].

johnnyperl 03-09-2005 11:42 AM

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[QUOTE=Matra et Alpine]The 240R doesn't use the Honda engine.
It's based of the Toyota version - see highlight[/QUOTE]
i was refering to these...
[URL=http://www.prototyperacing.com/k20kit.htm]http://www.prototyperacing.com/[/URL]
247.7Hp @ 7,790 (!) Rpm

there are some european shops who do a similar conversion.


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