Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Lotus Exige Cup 430: Unlimited Edition Packs 430hp in 2328lb package

Lotus Exige Cup 430: Unlimited Edition Packs 430hp in 2328lb package

The Exige Cup 430 borrows a supercharged 3.5-litre V6 engine from its bigger Evora GT430 sibling and stuffs it into a smaller and lighter chassis in the Exige. It was 1.2 seconds faster than the Lotus 3-Eleven road auto. The only transmission available for the Exige Cup 430?

With 303kW per tonne, the Lotus Exige Cup 430: Unlimited Edition claims to be a bona fide supercar killer. Compared to a Cup 380, there's a greater focus on front-end downforce, with 36 per cent now allocated to it - Lotus says this will "ensure accurate high-speed turn in".

Another day, another extreme lightweight Lotus sports vehicle has been revealed. Overall weight has been reduced by 12 kg to 1,059 kg. Combined with its increased power, the Exige Cup 430's power-to-weight ratio has improved from 350-bhp per tonne in the Cup 380 to 401-bhp per tonne in the new model, while producing 220 kg of downforce. The auto tips the scales at 1,056kg or about 2,328 pounds.

Unsurprisingly, carbon-fibre is the main material that contributes to this, and you'll find it on the front splitter, front access panel, roof, diffuser surround, air-intake side pods, one-piece tailgate and the motorsport-derived rear wing.

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. Brakes are AP Racing units to stop it quickly.

"This is the vehicle that we have always wanted to build, and I am sure that all Lotus enthusiasts will be delighted with the end product", Gales says.

While road-legal in Europe and Asia, the Exige Cup 430 is a track vehicle at heart, featuring such essentials as Eibach's adjustable anti-roll bars, Nitron's springs and three-way adjustable dampers ( with 24 click adjustment settings for rebound, 24 for low speed compression, and 16 for high speed compression). There are 430 reasons making this all good news, even taking into account that the Exige Cup 430 won't be able to get a plate in America until 2042. "This auto has no rivals - inside or outside of its price bracket - and it's no exaggeration when we say that nothing can keep up with this Exige on the road or track".

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