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    Lotus Exige Sport 240R

    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!"
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    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.
    Amazing...

    Do you have any more pictures?

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    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...

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    that is a AWESOME lotus! wait, they all are

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    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!

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    It just looks...oversculpted to me. A simpler body on this thing would look amazing...
    An it harm none, do as ye will

    Approximately 79% of statistics are made up.

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

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    Lotus Sport Exige 240R #2:
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    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.

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    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.

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    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
    "A woman without curves is like a road without bends, you might get to your destination quicker but the ride is boring as hell'

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyperl
    the exige/elises that have the honda KO22A engines acheive this easily and they are all NA
    which models have this honda engine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matra et Alpine
    What's the betting half of them end up in LA ???
    i dont think a single one will end up in LA.

    the honda equiped cars have had the engines swapped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyperl
    i dont think a single one will end up in LA.

    the honda equiped cars have had the engines swapped.
    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 here )
    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. 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 (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) 2ZZ-GE 1.8 litre VVTL-i (Variable Valve Timing with Lift intelligent) engine supplied by Toyota.............
    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. 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.
    "A woman without curves is like a road without bends, you might get to your destination quicker but the ride is boring as hell'

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

    there are some european shops who do a similar conversion.
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