Lotus reveals new Exige Cup 430

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Lotus Exige Cup 430

"This vehicle has no rivals - inside or outside its price bracket - and it's no exaggeration when we say that nothing can keep up with this Exige on the road or track".

Compared to the Exige Cup 380 model it replaces, the Cup 430 adds 55 hp and 220 kg (485 lb) of downforce for a significant performance boost.

The latest fire-breathing road-legal racing vehicle to roll out of Lotus's tiny production facility, the Exige Cup 430: Unlimited Edition, offers extreme levels of acceleration, grip and handling, but best of all, it's set to be a standard, full-production model rather than a limited-run special edition.

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Lotus has revealed the latest range-topping Exige - the Cup 430. The 430's excellent power-to-weight ratio helps it rocket to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 180 miles per hour.

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That's down to the aerodynamic tweaks on the 430, m including new carbon fibre ducts, new front splitter, air curtain and new lightweight clamshell. Blimey. Thanks to a weight reduction of 12kg - we'll get to that in a second - Lotus claims a power-to-weight ratio of 407hp per tonne.

Also part of the package is a variable traction control function with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12% slip) as well as insurance worrying "off". Indeed if you really want to you can delete the airbag and save another 3kg, for a lightest dry weight of 1,056kg.

Stopping power comes courtesy of four-piston AP Racing brake calipers and new performance two-piece, J-hook brake discs.

You won't be surprised to learn that the 430 is aimed at owners who want to blat round a track, so it gets nearly shiny Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and a close-ratio 'box too, and it all adds up to what Lotus say is now the quickest vehicle they make round the track at Hethel.

Like the predecessor, the new Lotus Exige Cup 430 has under the hood a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder Toyota engine with a mechanical supercharger, while its productivity increased to 430 horsepower with 440 Nm of torque.

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