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    Lotus Exige Cup

    Lotus Sport, the motor sport division of Lotus Cars Ltd., has developed two higher performance versions of the 2006 Model Year Lotus Exige, the Lotus Exige Cup and the Lotus Exige Cup 240, both developed for track use straight out of the box.

    The Lotus Exige Cup cars are based on the new 2006 Model Year Exige and are completely track ready sports coupés with uprated clutch, sports exhaust, adjustable suspension, uprated brakes, limited slip differential, switchable traction control, a T45 steel roll-over hoop and Aframe
    with harness mounts, fuel and ignition kill switches and a fully plumbed in fire extinguisher system. An FIA approved 6 point roll cage is a no cost option*.

    As the names suggest, the Lotus Exige Cup cars are available with two different engine variants. The Lotus Exige Cup uses a 192 PS (189hp / 141kW) and 181Nm four cylinder 1.8 litre 2ZZ VVTL-i engine, and the Lotus Exige Cup 240 uses a supercharged and intercooled high revving 1.8 litre four cylinder engine producing 247 PS (243hp / 181kW) at 8000 rpm and a torque figure of 236 Nm at 7000 rpm.

    Performance from both the variants is phenomenal with the Lotus Exige Cup reaching 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds and 160 km/h in 13.2 seconds, with a top speed of 237 km/h. The Lotus Exige Cup 240 reaches the 100 km/h mark in around 4.5 seconds and 160 km/h in 11.3 seconds. Top speed is 249 km/h.**

    Both versions are built as official factory conversions of new Lotus Exige cars by Lotus Sport
    at its facilities at the Group Lotus Headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk, UK. Each car features a
    Lotus Sport build plate.

    Apart from the differences in engine performance, the Lotus Exige Cup cars have identical
    specification.

    Engine

    The Lotus Exige Cup uses a 192 PS 2ZZ-GE 1.8 litre VVTL-i (Variable Valve Timing with Lift –
    intelligent) engine. This high revving engine is governed to a maximum engine speed of 8500 rpm with a change between two cams (a high speed cam and a low speed cam) at between 5800 rpm and 6200 rpm depending upon the operating conditions of the car.

    The supercharged and intercooled engine in the Lotus Exige Cup 240 has a maximum power output of 247 PS (243 hp / 181 kW) at 8000 rpm and a torque figure of 236 Nm at 7000 rpm. This vast amount of extra power and torque now available means that the cam change between the low-speed cam and the high-speed cam now takes place at around 4000 rpm giving a smooth and linear surge of power from 4000 rpm all the way to the maximum 8300 rpm. The Roots-type Eaton M62 supercharger (with a sealed-for-life internal mechanism meaning that it does not require the use of the engine’s oil) is run from the crankshaft, and has an integral bypass valve for part load operation. Charge air (air under pressure from the supercharger) is cooled through an air-to-air intercooler (the cooling air enters via the roof scoop) before being fed into the engine itself. All charge air ducting has been kept as short as
    possible with large diameter pipes making sure that the bends in these ducts are not too tight,
    to the benefit of throttle response and efficiency. Four high capacity injectors add additional fuel
    under hard acceleration or high speed driving.

    A sports-type clutch plate and heavy duty clutch cover transfers the engine power and torque to the lightweight C64 six-speed gearbox (with an aluminium casing) – with the same perfectly spaced ratios as the standard Elise 111R and Exige.

    A torque-sensing type limited slip differential is fitted as standard and works in harmony with the
    Lotus switchable traction control system. The system works though the engine, reducing power
    to maintain traction, is active above 8 km/h and operates much more quickly than many brake-based
    systems.

    An Accusump (engine oil accumulator unit) is included in the whole package as an oil reservoir
    backup for extreme track use ensuring that, under these conditions, the engine oil pressure
    remains constant.

    Wheels and Tyres

    Y-type 8-spoke lightweight cast alloy wheels in High Power silver are shod with Lotus specific
    Yokohama Advan A048 tyres (rated W and annotated with “LTS”) to maximise grip and achieve the ride and handling targets set by Lotus.

    Brakes

    The brake system includes cross-drilled and ventilated discs and upgraded sports brake pads set into the brake calipers (AP Racing on the front and Brembo on the rear), high grade silicon brake fluid, stainless steel braided brake hoses all linked to the proven Lotus track tuned servoassisted
    four-channel ABS system that enhances braking performance and minimising stopping distance without taking over from the skill of the driver.

    Suspension

    Suspension is provided by Öhlins springs and two-way adjustable dampers (which have 22
    compression and 60 rebound settings and ride height adjustment to reduce the ride height from
    130 mm to 120 mm) and an adjustable front anti-roll bar (five settings). Full instructions and
    recommended settings are provided to allow customers to tailor the handling characteristics of
    the car to their own requirements.

    As the Lotus Exige Cup cars are modified for track use, a double shear track control arm brace
    is provided to cope with the expected kerb abuse during racing and hard track day driving.

    Safety Equipment

    The Lotus Exige Cup cars have all the safety equipment that is expected for a track car with 4 point seat belt harnesses (for track use only), two sports seats clad in suede-effect material and using ProBax technology, a T45 steel roll-over hoop and A-frame with harness mounts, a mechanical ignition kill switch with cockpit and external activation and a plumbed electrical fire extinguisher system, again with cockpit and external activation. A FIA approved 6-point roll cage is a no cost option, race ready for customers wishing to compete in motorsport activities.

    Interior

    The interior makes use of lightweight and simple race specification materials including aluminium window winders, acrylic capped door panels and carbon-effect leather door inserts.

    Exhaust System

    A “Level One” stainless steel sports exhaust is fitted with the bifurcated exhaust pipes exiting from the centre of the anodised-finish 3-piece rear diffuser. Front driving lamps, twin oil coolers and air conditioning* complete the equipment package for the Lotus Exige Cup cars.

    The Lotus Exige Cup has a Recommended Retail Price of 47,621+VAT in mainland Europe and CHF83,948 including all taxes in Switzerland.

    The Lotus Exige Cup 240 has a Recommended Retail Price of £45,995 in the UK, 56,034+VAT in mainland Europe, and CHF101,026 including all taxes in Switzerland.

    ---- Specifications ----

    Price
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    Production
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    Engine
    1.8 liter inline-4

    Weight
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    Aspiration
    supercharger

    Torque
    174 lb-ft @ 7000 rpm

    HP
    243 hp @ 8000 rpm

    HP/Weight
    --

    HP/Liter
    135 hp per liter

    1/4 mile
    --

    0-62 mph
    4.5 seconds

    Top Speed
    155 mph

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    I really like Lotuses, but I think the Elise/Exige arent quick enough for what they offer. Light-weight, bare-bones (not anymore from some specs they offer) but I think they need to make a really high powered one, with 400bhp. Or is that encroaching on space that will be occupied by a future model?
    I understand that they have amazing handling in a relatively small package, making it quicker than most from A to B or around a track anyway. But they are so good, why not be even better!
    Porsche!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RazaBlade
    I really like Lotuses, but I think the Elise/Exige arent quick enough for what they offer. Light-weight, bare-bones (not anymore from some specs they offer) but I think they need to make a really high powered one, with 400bhp. Or is that encroaching on space that will be occupied by a future model?
    I understand that they have amazing handling in a relatively small package, making it quicker than most from A to B or around a track anyway. But they are so good, why not be even better!
    http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/forum...ad.php?t=11398

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    Quote Originally Posted by RazaBlade
    I really like Lotuses, but I think the Elise/Exige arent quick enough for what they offer. Light-weight, bare-bones (not anymore from some specs they offer) but I think they need to make a really high powered one, with 400bhp. Or is that encroaching on space that will be occupied by a future model?
    Possibly, but more likely is that 400bhp in such a short wheelbase will be uncontrollable. And getting the power reliably without lots of extra weight in all the wrong places. Nope, imho, more power will compromise a near perfect setup. Let the 'next' car balance the design to match 400hp
    I understand that they have amazing handling in a relatively small package, making it quicker than most from A to B or around a track anyway. But they are so good, why not be even better!
    You ever seen a Mini with a Rover V8 crammed in ?
    LOTS more power and can't do anything with it and is a nightmare to get the front to turn.
    More is not always better. Colin Chapman rule 101

    PS: get someone to take you on track r on a quiet known country lane and experience an Elise/Exige and THEN coem bakc if you think it's not quick enough
    "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

    You ever seen a Mini with a Rover V8 crammed in ?
    LOTS more power and can't do anything with it and is a nightmare to get the front to turn.
    More is not always better. Colin Chapman rule 101

    PS: get someone to take you on track r on a quiet known country lane and experience an Elise/Exige and THEN coem bakc if you think it's not quick enough
    sounds more like colin chapman rule number 1
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    Sex is what they want. - Frasier

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matra et Alpine
    PS: get someone to take you on track r on a quiet known country lane and experience an Elise/Exige and THEN coem bakc if you think it's not quick enough
    I can relate to that

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    Sorry about the quite random post by myself, it was a long day today. Now that Ive got my thinking cap on, 2 points
    (a) thanks for pointing that out 6'bore, cant believe I forgot about it. See, I didnt just randomly come up with 400bhp, the Sport Exige was sitting quietly in my brain somewhere when I conjured up that figure
    (b) as always, good point Matra. I think BMW has warped my understanding of speed, these crazy horsepower figures they have for 'executive saloon' size cars makes all other cars somehow seem inadequate. How silly of me....
    Porsche!

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    Damn that's a nice car

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    Nice find 6'bore!

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    you would think the 0-60 time would be faster, well I did.
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    ATHEIST and damn proud of it.

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    400 bhp and Elise/Exige are oxymorons to me.

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    I drove the Elise for an entire day it is plenty quick. It takes a bit of time to get near its top speed but other than that it is more than enough for anyone who wants a fun second car. The Exige, being a used more hardcore on the track though, would be much better with "240R" package. See my Elise video I did during my test drive, its short. http://youtube.com/watch?v=CXhJ9UrMF_E

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    Quote Originally Posted by RazaBlade
    I... I think they need to make a really high powered one, with 400bhp.
    Google "forcefed, elise" to see the result of request.

    Or watch the video:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...&q=lotus+elise

    Also, check Car and Driver Nov 2005 where a 320hp supercharged hondata elise beats that 400hp forcefed turbocharged elise even though the Forced elise outaccelerated and outbraked the Hondata elise. BTW, the video is of the C/D competition.
    Zag when they Zig

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    hondas and bmws suck---exige and somewhat the elise are the best if you dont have the mclaren f1 around , so screw all yall suckers

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