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The girl behind the badge - Elisa Artioli and the Lotus Elise
17.08.2018
- Elisa Artioli returns to Lotus 22 years after launch of Elise
- Lotus Elise named after Elisa
- Surprise reunion with the first ever production line built Lotus Elise
- Lotus visit includes her first-ever track laps in a Lotus
Reunited with the iconic car that bears her name, Elisa Artioli paid tribute to one of the most renowned and lightweight sports cars ever made, the Lotus Elise, and drove her first ever laps of the Hethel test track.
Returning to the home of Lotus in Hethel, Elisa was reunited with the second Elise ever built, and the first built down the production line, a car with which she was photographed 1996. As well as the surprise reunion with the Elise, she took to the famous Hethel test track for a series of laps behind the wheel in a Lotus Exige Sport 410 and Evora GT410 Sport.
The granddaughter of Lotus’ then Chairman, Romano Artioli, Elisa was the original inspiration for the car’s name, and was present for its launch in 1995.
Exige Type 49 And 79 Celebration Cars Mark 40th, 50th & 70th Lotus Milestones ...
14.07.2018
... At Goodwood Festival Of Speed 2018
- Lotus Celebration Exige Type 49 and 79 unveiled at Goodwood
- Marking anniversaries of World Championship winning F1 race cars
- Part of Lotus’ 70th birthday activity at the Festival of Speed
- Lotus Exige Type 49 debuts on the famous Hillclimb
- Celebrations show bespoke nature of Lotus Exclusive
With a pedigree and heritage like no other, Lotus has today unveiled two unique Celebration cars, the Exige Type 49 and 79, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 to pay homage to some of the most recognisable racers in the British brand’s history and its 70th birthday.
The Exige Type 49 and 79 Celebration cars have been hand crafted by Lotus Exclusive in a salute to Lotus’ 70th birthday, and the victory anniversaries of two historic race cars that helped define the brand as one of the all-time great automotive marques. On display and in action over all four days of the Festival of Speed weekend, with the Exige Type 49 competing in the timed supercar runs on the Saturday, they’re a fitting tribute to one of the pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit of Lotus’ founder.

In 1948 Colin Chapman built his first competition car, in a small London lock-up garage, following his own theories for improved performance. He formed Lotus in 1952 and from there the company continued to innovate in both road and race engineering. Changing the very nature and intent of car design for ever, Chapman was at the vanguard of a new way of thinking and his concepts are as relevant today as they were 70 years ago.

Speaking of the unveiling, and the company’s 70th anniversary, Group Lotus’ chief executive officer, Mr. Feng Qingfeng, said: “Lotus is an iconic British brand and its contribution to both the world of motorsport, and development of sports car as we know them today, is undeniable. To be able to unveil our Celebration Exiges at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is truly historic, especially as the cars that inspired them are also here on display and in action. These Celebration cars are a fitting tribute to our past, but they reflect our future and show that we’re still true to our principles in building the very best luxury sports cars.”

In addition to 2018 marking the anniversary of Lotus’ birth, it’s a milestone for two historic racers. With the two one-off cars containing the marque’s DNA, the Exige Type 49 marks the 50 years since Graham Hill clinched both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championship in the Lotus Type 49. The Exige Type 79 salutes the 40 years since Mario Andretti won his World Championship, and Lotus the Constructors’ Championship, in the Lotus Type 79.
The Type 49 and 79 are just two of the cars that helped forge Lotus’ reputation in competition. In Formula 1 alone it has more than 500 Grand Prix starts, complete with 81 victories and 13 World Championships. As well as the laurels gained in Grand prix racing, Lotus has successfully competed in Rally, Le Mans, Indy and saloon car classes around the world.

A Celebration of Cups

Far from being just for show, the Exige Type 49 and 79 Celebration cars by Lotus Exclusive pack phenomenal performance into one of the all-time great chassis designs. Based on the wildest ever incarnation of the Exige the Cup 430, the Type 49 and 79 set the fastest lap time for a road car around Lotus’ hallowed Hethel test track, covering the 2.2 miles in just 1 minute 24.8 seconds. Showing its potential, the Exige Type 49 is taking to the Hill for the Festival weekend, with demonstration runs over all four days and a sprint against the clock in the timed Supercar run on the Saturday afternoon.

Employing a supercharger and chargecooler designed specifically for the potent engine, both the Exige Type 49 and 79 possess 430 hp at 7,000 rpm and 440 Nm (325 lbft) of torque from 4,000rpm. 0-60mph is demolished in just 3.2 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds) before they reach a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h).

As the leader in lightweight sports cars, the Type 49 and 79 maximise the benefits of the latest technologies and advanced materials to weight just 1,056 kg in their lightest configuration, bestowing the Celebration cars with a power to weight of 407 hp / tonne. In addition to cutting mass, the carbon composite body panels also deliver the cars’ distinctive styling and aerodynamic set up. The high-gloss visible weave components include the front splitter, front clam, air blades, unique bargeboards, roof panel, rear tailgate, straight-cut wing and diffuser surround. Aerodynamically evolved, the cars deploy up to 220 kg of downforce through the careful management of airflow under and over the car. Air curtain elements and louvers in the front clam panel efficiently regulate turbulence and drag, and reduce pressure within the front wheel arches, increasing downforce. The cut-out sections behind the rear wheels also reduce wheel arch pressure, while the high mounted straight rear wing and rear diffuser plant the cars to maximise traction and stability at high speeds.

With Nitron three-way adjustable dampers (tuning rebound, as well as low-speed and high-speed compression) and Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars, as standard, the cars use Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (215/45 ZR17 front and 285/30 ZR18 rear), fitted on ultralightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels. Superior stopping power is provided by forged, four-piston AP Racing brake calipers and race-derived two-piece, J-hook brake discs - provide improved bite and consistent stopping power after high-intensity track work.

A Celebration of Lotus Exclusive

These two unique Celebration cars perfectly demonstrate the appeal of Lotus Exclusive, which offers Lotus buyers a unique ownership proposition by combining traditional British craftsmanship with modern design.

Developed by the in-house Design team, the Exclusive scheme has been conceived to inspire customers to further personalise the character of their Lotus cars. With the ability to tailor vehicles to their taste, it provides an alluring alternative to an off-the-peg sports car - covering everything from colour coding through to race car preparation. Establishing itself with new buyers, roughly one third of all new Lotus cars built feature some form of personalisation.

Both the one-off Celebration Exige Type 49 and 79 appearing a Goodwood Festival of Speed have been curated by Lotus Exclusive to provide a bespoke yet tasteful interpretation of the marque’s two iconic race cars. Inspired by the famous racing colours schemes of their namesakes, they connect the brand to its past but anchor it to the present, with the formidable Exige Cup 430.
Respectively finished in solid red and motorsport black, the 49 and 79 augment subtle but sharp contrasting pinstripes on the front splitters, front access panels, bargeboards, roof panels and rear wings in Championship Gold. Comprehensively composite in nature, both incorporate carbon fibre front splitters, air curtains, front access panels, side intakes, hard top roof panels, lightweight full tailgate panels, straight rear wings and rear diffuser finishers into their design. Ultra-lightweight gold painted wheels with diamond cut rims, and red brake calipers, seal their appeal along with unique Type decals on each rear buttress.

Inside, each cars’ racing colours are referenced, with Lotus’ in-house manufactured carbon race seats trimmed in black Alcantara®, and finished with colour keyed red and gold, or black and gold, contrast double stitching. This is echoed by the door panels and face-level vents, transmission console, and complemented by the cabin’s anodised aluminium and carbon fibre elements - including door sills and an instrument binnacle cover. Topping off Lotus’ acclaimed open-gate manual gearbox, designed specifically for fast and fluid shifts, is a wooden gear knob. With every single Lotus Sports hand built by a team of skilled craftsmen and women, the Lotus Exclusive scheme draws on the collective to create something exceptional for the customer. Including everything from non-standard paint colours, stand-out roof panels, tasteful colour decals, as well as contrast brake calipers, the same level of attention can be centred on the cabin, with bespoke upholstery and finish options available.

Lotus Exclusive is available on all Lotus cars, from the entry level Elise to the range topping Evora, with a full range of performance options making it truly made to measure.

A Celebration of Champions – the Lotus Type 49 and 79
As two cars that cleared the field before them and dominated the sport, the Lotus Type 49 and 79 F1 single seaters are as memorable for their design and colours schemes as they are for their race victories. Part of Lotus’ unrivalled motorsport legacy, they are exemplars or the brand DNA as defined by company founder Colin Chapman.

Designed to accommodate the new Cosworth DFV engine, the Lotus Type 49 won its first race with Jim Clark at the wheel in Zandvoort 1967. The following year, resplendent in the Gold Leaf colours, it powered Graham Hill to his second World Championship, and Lotus to the Constructors' Championship, and It continued to win races until 1970. Its four-year reign at the front of the grid marks the Lotus 49 as one of the most significant racing cars of all time.
Equally as inspiring, the Lotus 79 is regarded as one of the most visually stunning F1 cars ever built - especially in the John Player Special livery. With the underside of the car designed as an inverted wing, the resulting reduction in air pressure beneath the body dramatically boosted aerodynamic downforce. In the 1978 season the Lotus Type 79 proved almost unbeatable, helping Mario Andretti to the F1 Drivers' Championship and Lotus to the Constructors' Championship. Lotus is proudly celebrating its 70th anniversary at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 as an Automotive Partner of the event. This year’s Festival will allow visitors to see some outstanding cars from the marques’ past running the Hill. This includes Jim Clark’s World Championship winning Lotus 25, Graham Hill’s World Championship winning Lotus 49, Ayton Senna’s first F1 race winning car, the Lotus 97T, and the revolutionary Lotus Type 56 gas turbine Indycar. Acting as the centre of the celebrations, Lotus’ current line-up of sports cars will be proudly displayed on the company’s stand in the main exhibitors’ space. This includes the Celebration Exige Type 79, which is appearing with a Type 79 racing car campaigned by Mario Andretti as part of his Championship winning year.
Marcus Blake Appointed As Commercial Director for Group Lotus Plc
01.07.2018
Lotus is pleased to announce that Marcus Blake joins the iconic British sports car company as Commercial Director responsible for all sales, marketing and aftersales activities for Lotus Cars worldwide.
Marcus joins at a very important time for the Norfolk based business, which, under Geely and Etika ownership is embarking upon a period of investment and product development to enable Lotus to reach its full potential in the rapidly changing automotive industry.

Prior to joining Lotus, Marcus held a number of global commercial roles at Aston Martin, most recently that of Global Marketing Director.

Feng Qingfeng, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc welcomes Marcus to the team, “With extensive global experience leading sales, marketing, aftersales and dealer development, Marcus will help drive forward our exciting plans for Lotus in the future. We plan to grow our business through a global footprint of highly professional dealers, ahead of the introduction of high performance, innovative Lotus sports cars that will further grow this legendary brand.”

Marcus Blake said, “I am delighted to be joining Lotus at this pivotal time. I have long been an admirer of the achievements of Lotus over the years, from the extensive motorsport victories through to the peerless drivers’ cars produced today. I look forward to bringing my experience to Lotus to help grow this distinctive and iconic British brand for the future.” Marcus Blake holds a BEng - Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Warwick.
Geely Holding Announces Management Change At Group Lotus
11.06.2018
- Feng Qingfeng to succeed Jean-Marc Gales as Lotus Global Chief Executive Officer
- Jean-Marc Gales to become Chief Strategic Advisor to Lotus Chairman
June 4th 2018, Hangzhou, China. Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding), China’s leading privately-owned automotive group, announced today that Mr. Feng Qingfeng, vice president and chief technical officer of Geely Auto Group, has been appointed to succeed Jean-Marc Gales as chief executive officer of Group Lotus effective immediately. Mr. Jean-Marc Gales has chosen to leave for personal reasons and will become Chief Strategic Advisor to Lotus Chairman, Daniel Donghui Li.
Geely Holding, which acquired a controlling stake in Group Lotus in 2017, thanked Mr Gales for his contribution to the company over the past four years.

Daniel Donghui Li, chief financial officer of Geely Holding and Lotus Cars Chairman, said: “Jean-Marc has stabilised and turned Lotus to profitability for the first time in the iconic brands history with new industry leading products and unique business models since joining the company in 2014. Lotus is poised for the next phase of growth under Feng Qingfeng’s leadership, where its expertise in lightweight materials and sport cars-engineering will form part of the wider expansion of Geely ‘s automotive portfolio. At the same time I will welcome Jean-Marc‘s Council as Chief Strategic Advisor to myself and the Board of Directors”
Geely acquired a majority holding in UK-based Lotus – a world leader in high-performance lightweight sports cars – as part of its agreement last year to acquire 49.9 percent of the shares of PROTON from HICOM Bhd (DRB) of Malaysia, Lotus’s former parent.

Feng Qingfeng (Mr. Feng) said: “I am honoured to have been appointed to lead this iconic British sports car group. With Geely’s global synergies and total support I am confident that Lotus has an exciting opportunity to achieve its full potential as a luxury sports brand, based around its engineering legacy and its future product pipeline.”

On 2017 Group Lotus sold 1600 sports vehicles, an increase of 10% versus 2016, produced at its plant in Norfolk, England. In 2017 the company showed a profit for the first time in history.
Lotus Launches The New Exige Sport 410
10.05.2018
- New series production model for revised Exige range
- Ultimate road car developed directly from the track focused Exige Cup 430
- 0-60 mph in 3.3 secs, 410 hp, 420 Nm, dry weight from 1,054 kg
- Outstanding performance from 389 hp per tonne
- 150 kg of downforce
- Available in Coupe and Roadster configurations
With a stunning combination of raw speed and real-world ability, the Lotus Exige Sport 410 joins a line-up like no other to complete the Exige family of peerless sports cars.

Starting with the revised Exige Sport 350, the comprehensive Exige range now includes the new Exige Sport 410 and culminates with the extreme Exige Cup 430: each at a distinct price point, performance level and degree of motorsport focus.

Developed directly from the track focused Exige Cup 430, the Exige Sport 410 is designed to be the ultimate road drive, unrivalled in its class.

This latest addition to the Exige range packs the advanced chassis, suspension and powertrain set-up from its more powerful stablemate, the track focused Exige Cup 430, with a recalibrated engine producing 410 hp (416 PS) at 7,000 rpm and 420 Nm (310 lbft) on tap from 3,000 rpm to 7000 rpm. The high-performance 3.5-litre, supercharged and charge cooled V6 engine combined with a dry weight of just 1,054 kg (lightest possible dry) delivers a class-leading power to weight ratio of 389 hp / tonne, and makes the Exige Sport 410 the lightest V6 Exige ever.
Capable of 0-60 mph in just 3.3 seconds, it records fierce in-gear acceleration before reaching a top speed of 180 mph / 290 km/h (Coupe configuration) – equal to the range-topping Exige Cup 430.

The Exige Sport 410 has been developed to generate 150 kg of downforce, sharing design cues from the Exige Cup 430, adopting a visually arresting revised lightweight front clam panel incorporating wider grilles and carbon fibre air curtains and front splitter.
As with all Lotus cars, the Exige Sport 410 has outstanding handling and lightweight agility engineered into its very DNA. Conveying an extraordinary level of tactility and precision, it’s developed to perform at its very best with maximum enjoyment and driver feedback on the road.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “With every new Lotus we look to move the bar higher and apply technology and development ideas drawn from top-of-the-range models. Our agility as a company means that the lessons learnt today can quickly be incorporated into the cars of tomorrow and the Exige Sport 410 is a perfect example of this. We have taken the Exige Cup 430, the ultimate track-centric Exige, and developed it into the perfect road orientated sports car, ensuring that we stay ahead of rivals when it comes to cars that deliver a truly engaging analogue driving experience.”
Completing the update to the entire Exige range, the new front clam design also transitions across to the Exige Sport 350, giving a visual refresh to the entry-level model in the Exige line-up.

Both the Exige Sport 410 and Exige Sport 350 are available in Coupe and Roadster configurations, with the Roadster having a lightweight black removable soft-top which can be easily stowed within the car for open-top driving. The Roadster configuration is not available for the Exige Cup 430.

The Exige Sport 410 – forged through development

Reflecting its Sport nomenclature, the new Exige Sport 410 treads the fine balance of cars that retain their focus on road driving yet remain supremely responsive and agile. Whilst Lotus’ Cup variants are developed with circuit driving at heart, the Sport models are tuned to provide the perfect balance of performance, agility and power delivery for the road.

Working from Lotus’ standpoint as the leader in lightweight design, every gram has been justified, from the standard lightweight carbon front splitter and access panel at the front to the carbon side pods, tailgate and wing at the rear.
Distinctive in its appearance, thanks to wider aperture grilles in the new front clam panel, the Exige Sport 410’s revised aero configuration provides total downforce of 150 kg (60 kg at the front and 90 kg at the rear); developed through extensive CFD modelling and wind tunnel testing in order to preserve the car’s handling balance and high-speed stability.

The front splitter helps separate and speed airflow under the car, and the inclusion of air curtain elements into the front clam panel efficiently moves air through to the front wheel cavities to help reduce turbulence and drag created by the front wheels. In addition, the enlarged front clam panel openings, with wider radiator apertures, aid cooling. At the rear, the extended Aluminium diffuser, combined with the new high-mounted wing all contribute to the Exige Sport 410’s enhanced downforce.
The Exige Sport 410 uses the Exige Cup 430’s 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine with supercharger and water-to-air charge cooler, calibrated to generate 410 hp (416 PS) at 7,000 rpm and 420 Nm (310 lbft) of torque from 3,000 rpm to 7,000 rpm. The latest addition to the range also employs the oil cooler configuration and larger clutch from the Exige Cup 430, perfectly matched to the closeratio, six-speed manual transmission with exposed-gear-change linkage.

Befitting an industry benchmark, the Exige Sport 410 takes the chassis, suspension and dampers from the Exige Cup 430, re-tuning the three-way adjustable Nitron dampers for a road bias and to suit the car’s revised aerodynamic set-up. These can be customised to the driver’s precise requirements (rebound and low and high-speed compression) along with the Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars, fitted as standard, which complete the car’s class-leading chassis setup.

The Exige Sport 410 is fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (285/30 ZR18 rear and 215/45 ZR17 front), 20 mm wider at the rear deliver improved traction and work in harmony with the car’s ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels, which are available in either black or silver. Braking is courtesy of AP Racing, with forged, four-piston calipers and performance two-piece J-hook brake discs. With a higher thermal capacity and improved bite, these discs have better debris clearance and impart consistent pedal feel with greater stopping power.
Performance options for the Exige Sport 410 include a full exhaust system in titanium, removing 10 kg from beyond the rear axle, and a number of high-gloss, visible weave carbon fibre components including instrument binnacle, sill covers, barge boards and roof. A host of motorsport-centric options are also available including electrical cut-off and fire extinguisher controls, airbag deletion, a non-airbag steering wheel, 4-point harnesses and a dealer fit FIA compliant roll cage.
Centre of attention in the cabin is Lotus’ acclaimed open-gate manual gearshift design giving quick and precise changes. The fine detailing continues with an Alcantara® steering wheel and Lotus’ own carbon fibre sports seats trimmed with either a combination of Alcantara® and leather or optional full leather, both featuring contrast stitching.
The optional Interior Colour Pack (in a choice of four colours) provides contrasting surrounds to the transmission console, HVAC surround, carbon seat eyelets and electric window bezels. As standard, the centre console and dashboard are trimmed in Alcantara® with the door cards, a combination of Alcantara® and leather. Air conditioning and an integrated entertainment system including iPod® connectivity and Bluetooth® functionality can also be specified.
Lotus Exclusive

The new Exige Sport 410 can be personalised through the popular Lotus Exclusive programme. Combining traditional British craftsmanship with modern design, the service inspires customers to spend time tailoring the character of their Lotus with a comprehensive array of options.
Exige Sport 410 – Technical Specification

PERFORMANCE Exige Sport 410
Max power 410 hp at 7,000 rpm (416 PS)
Max torque 310 lbft from 3,000 to 7,000 rpm (420 Nm)
0-60 mph 3.3 seconds
0-100 km/h 3.4 seconds
Max speed (Coupe) 180 mph (290 km/h)
Max speed (Roadster) 145 mph (233 km/h)
CO2 emissions 240 g/km
Fuel consumption
Urban
Extra-urban
Combined
 
14.9 l/100 km 8.1 l/100 km
10.6 l/100 km
Unladen weight 1,108kg
Dry weight 1,074kg
Lightest possible dry weight
(with all possible lightweight options)
1,054 kg
Power-to-weight ratio
(lightest possible dry weight)
389 hp per tonne
Aerodynamic downforce at maximum speed 150 kg Front: 60 kg, Rear: 90 kg

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
3.5 litre V6, 24-valve, water cooled, all aluminium engine, with Edelbrock supercharger and charger cooler
6-speed manual transmission, with gearbox cooler, coupled to Lotus’ precision shift aluminium mechanism
Lightweight, single-mass, low inertia fly wheel and 240 mm diameter clutch
Baffled sump

CHASSIS AND BODY
Anodised, lightweight aluminium, extruded, epoxy bonded and riveted high-stiffness chassis
Servo assisted, race-derived, lightweight two-piece J-hook ventilated brake discs (front
332 mm x 32 mm, rear 332 mm x 26 mm) and AP Racing four piston calipers 
Unequal length, lightweight steel double wishbone suspension (front)
Unequal length, lightweight forged aluminium, double wishbone suspension (rear) Adjustable Eibach® tubular front and rear anti-roll bars
Lotus-tuned, Nitron three-way dampers, adjustable for rebound (24 click adjustment settings) and low speed compression (24 click adjustment settings) and high speed
compression (16 click adjustment settings) and Nitron springs
Driver selectable ESP modes – Drive/Sport/Race/Off
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Lightweight lithium-ion battery

EXTERIOR SPECIFICATION
Lightweight front clam including drag-reducing air curtain and carbon fibre splitter
Carbon fibre front access panel
Lightweight carbon fibre tailgate with aerodynamically optimised rear wing in carbon fibre
Lightweight carbon fibre side pods
Lightweight aluminium rear diffuser
Polycarbonate backlight
Hardtop or soft-top
Brake calipers – red painted with black AP Racing logo
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (17" front and
18" rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in silver or black
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front 215/45 ZR17, rear 285/30 ZR18)
Mud flaps
LED daytime running lights
Rear parking sensors
ECE R116 approved immobiliser and remote activated alarm system

INTERIOR SPECIFICATION
2 seat configuration
Carbon fibre sports seats, trimmed in black Alcantara® and leather with contrast twin stitching  
Centre console and door panels trimmed in a combination of black Alcantara® and leather, with contrast twin stitching
Lotus developed steering wheel trimmed in black Alcantara®

OPTIONS: INTERIOR AND TRIM UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Leather trim pack £1,500 €2,000
Tartan trim pack £1,500 €2,000
Interior colour pack £500 €700
Full carpets £350 €490
Floor mats £100 €140

OPTIONS: COMFORT AND COMMUNICATION UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Air conditioning £1,250 € 1,650
Stereo plus two front speakers £400 € 560
Sound insulation £500 € 700
Cruise control £110 € 150

OPTIONS: LIGHTWEIGHT AND PERFORMANCE   UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Carbon fibre hardtop (Coupe)   £3,000 €4,000
Carbon fibre hardtop (Roadster)   £3,000 €4,000
Carbon fibre binnacle top   £1,000 €1,300
Carbon fibre sill covers   £1,200 €1,600
Carbon fibre rear diffuser finish   £1,200 €1,600
Carbon fibre barge boards   £2,800 €3,900
Titanium exhaust   £5,500 €7,300
A-frame, for fitment of 4 point harness (available via Lotus Aftersales post registration), Alcantara® non-airbag steering
wheel, airbag deletion 
  £2,600 €3,500
Fire extinguisher and battery isolator (incl. exterior kill switch)   £2,600 € 3,500
Standard battery   NCO NCO

PAINT OPTIONS UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Signature Paint £900 € 1,250
Metallic Paint £900 € 1,250

LOTUS EXCLUSIVE OPTIONS   UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Exclusive paint: alternative metallic colours   £2,300 €3,000
Exclusive paint: alternative pearlescent colours   £3,600 €4,700
Exclusive paint: custom colour   £5,000 € 6,500
choice      
Bespoke double colour stitching (any colour)   £600 €780
Exclusive leather: alternative colour   £2,500 € 3,250
Specified forged wheel in alternative finish   £1,200 €1,600

The above options represent just a sample of what is available through Lotus Exclusive. Further information on the Lotus Exclusive programme, including a comprehensive list of the available customisation options can be found at: www.lotuscars.com/exclusive

MARKET  RETAIL PRICE
UK £85,600 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Germany €111,800 (incl. VAT at 19%)
France €112,800 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Italy €117,100 (incl. VAT at 22% and transport)
Premieren - Präsentation des neuen Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25 in Hockenheim
21.04.2018
Premieren - Präsentation des neuen Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25 in Hockenheim anlässlich des Jim Clark Revival
Die öffentliche Präsentation des neuen Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25 wird anlässlich des Bosch Hockenheim Historic – Jim Clark Revival stattfinden. Der neue Lotus Exige Type 25 ist eine Referenz der Marke an einen der erfolgreichsten und einflussreichsten Rennwagen aller Zeiten – den Lotus 25. Auf Basis des Exige Cup 430 ist der zweisitzige Type 25 ein reinrassiger Sportwagen der in enger Kooperation mit dem Classic Team Lotus entwickelt wurde. In Referenz an den Lotus 25 der die Formel 1 Saison überlegen dominierte  zeichnet sich der neueste Lotus durch weiterentwickelte Features und wird mit der  einzigartige Lackierung „Metallic Lotus Racing Green“-  mit dem typischen gelben Streifen oder Old English White ausgeliefert.
Der Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25 wird von einem  430 PS 440 Nm , 3.500 ccm V6 Kompressor Motor mit Ladeluftkühlung angetrieben. Er beschleinigt von 0 auf 60 mph in 3,2 Sekunden und ist der schnellte Sportwagen seiner Klasse. Die weiterentwickelte Aerodynamik produziert einen Anpressdruck von bis zu 220 kg.
Jean Marc Gales der CEO von Group Lotus PLC sagt:

„Der Lotus 25 war ein revolutionärer Rennwagen und der erste Lotus der eine Formel 1 Weltmeisterschaft gewann. Insgesamt hat Lotus 7 Weltmeisterschaften gewonnen. Mit seinem ultimativen Leichtbau und Aerodynamik hat der Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25 die gleiche Marken DNA wie der Lotus 25 und ist ein  ultimative Sportwagen für Puristen.“

„Bosch Hockenheim Historic – Jim Clark Revival“ ist eine jährlich Renn-Veranstaltung für Historische Rennwagen zur Erinnerung an Jim Clark, den 2 fachen Formel 1 Weltmeister - der mit seinem Lotus 25 im Jahre 1963  und mit seinem Lotus 33 die Weltmeisterschaft des Jahres 1965 gewonnen hat. „Bosch Hockenheim Historic – Jim Clark Revival“ wird diese Jahr vom 20. bis 22. April durchgeführt.
Final Evolution - The New Lotus 3-Eleven 430
22.02.2018
- Substantial power increase to 430hp
- 920 kg and 467 hp per tonne
- 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds, top speed of 180 mph
- Lightweight full carbon bodywork - exposed on the flanks
- Higher performance brakes and enhanced aerodynamics
- Limited to 20 vehicles worldwide
The new Lotus 3-Eleven 430 has retaken the title as Lotus’ quickest street-legal sports car - a fitting send off for the company’s legendary road racer.

The most extreme machine that Lotus builds, the new 3-Eleven 430 is the fastest Lotus road car to lap the challenging Hethel circuit, 0.8 seconds quicker than the second place Exige Cup 430, and two seconds quicker than the previous 3-Eleven, delivering a benchmark time of 1 minute 24 seconds.

Upgraded and specifically re-optimised for the 3-Eleven, the supercharged and charge-cooled 3.5-litre V6 engine produces 430 hp and 440 Nm, propelling the 3-Eleven 430 from 0-60 mph in an astonishing 3.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds) and a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h) - up from 3.3 seconds (0-60 mph) (3.4 seconds 0-100 km/h) and 174 mph (280 km/h) for the previous version of the Lotus 3-Eleven.

Designed to provide enthusiast drivers with the purest and most direct of driving experiences, the 3-Eleven is cut from the same cloth as the most iconic Lotus cars. Remaining true to the company’s edicts, it employs a lightweight carbon-composite body and a bespoke extruded and bonded aluminium chassis. Sculpted part-exposed carbon side panels and striking carbon interior panels all contribute to the exceptional light weight.
Originally unveiled in the summer of 2015 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the 3-Eleven was met by rapturous crowds and universal acclaim. Its unashamedly aggressive styling, lightweight design and hypercar-humbling performance set new standards for speed and agility at any price. From remarkable sector times on the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit during its development, the original Lotus 3-Eleven went on to lap the Hockenheimring short circuit in an incredible 1 minute 6.2 seconds at the hands of “Sport Auto Magazine”, setting a production car lap record for the German publication.

As the company enters its 70th anniversary, the new 3-Eleven 430 is a celebration of the company’s legacy of pure performance and intelligent engineering, as it readies its new range of sports cars.

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc commented: “When we first unveiled the Lotus 3-Eleven it heralded a new generation of truly focused, world-class sports cars. It altered perceptions of what was possible at this price category, and today the new 3-Eleven 430 moves the benchmark to remain the ultimate weapon in focused road driving and track work.”
About the Lotus 3-Eleven 430

Historically, Lotus’ ‘Eleven’ nomenclature is reserved for models which bridge the gap between road and track in the most direct way possible. As a result, these open-cockpit specials have become some of the brand’s most collectable – revered for their lack of embellishment or gimmickry.

As production draws to a close, this final evolution of the formidable 3-Eleven raises the bar beyond the reach of aspiring rivals. Packing more power than before, thanks to the development of Lotus’ signature supercharged V6 engine, it’s a suitable send off for such a respected and highly capable sports car.

With new part-visible weave carbon-composite bodywork, the 3-Eleven shows it mettle as the very epitome of lightweight engineering. Revised for the 430 edition, the road car has a dry weight of 920 kg (5 kg less than the previous model), giving a power to weight ratio of a mighty 467 hp per tonne – an increase of 23hp per tonne.
With an increased performance envelope, the Lotus 3-Eleven 430 has also evolved its aero accordingly. Already noted for its high levels of downforce, the carefully optimized design integrates a higher mounted straight-cut rear wing (50 mm higher than previous model) with re-profiled end plates, a long front splitter and lip spoiler, and a flat floor with rear diffuser to increase downforce by 44 kg to 265 kg at maximum speed.

The car’s standard specification does little to belie its intentions, with a Torsen-type limited slip differential, Öhlins DFV one-way adjustable dampers and Eibach® adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars. In addition, 6-position variable traction control, linked directly to the ECU, with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12% slip and “off”) allows owners to tune their preferred setup. These features are joined by Lotus’ slick, six-speed manual gearbox and acclaimed open-gate design - precisely engineered for fast and seamless shifts.

The Lotus 3-Eleven 430 employs Michelin® Cup 2 tyres (225/40 ZR18 front and 275/35 ZR19 rear) to transfer its considerable power to the road. This mechanical grip, combined with the considerable aerodynamic downforce, allows drivers to tap into the model’s lateral acceleration potential of  up to 1.5 g whilst cornering.
The Lotus 3-Eleven relies on AP Racing four-piston callipers front and rear and new, two-piece J-Hook brake discs (332 mm front and rear) which provide improved bite and debris clearance and reduce distortion and vibration. Each corner is finished by Lotus-designed ultra-lightweight forged aluminium wheels, finished either in gloss or satin black.

Launching the new Lotus, Jean-Marc Gales said, “The development of the original 3-Eleven focused our thoughts on a Lotus of pure simplicity and advanced our thinking on the sports cars of the future. The 3-Eleven 430 is the ultimate conclusion of that work, a super car killer and something that we’re all immensely proud of.”

To find out more about the Lotus 3-Eleven: www.lotuscars.com/lotus-3-eleven-range.

The 3-Eleven 430 is available as a limited series production road car of 20 vehicles and can be ordered now, priced at £102,000 including VAT and on the road costs.

3-Eleven 430 – Technical Specification

PERFORMANCE
Max power 430 hp (436 PS) at 7000 rpm
Max torque 440 Nm (325 lbft) from 4,500 rpm
0-60 mph 3.1 seconds
0-100 km/h 3.2 seconds
Max speed 180 mph (290 km/h)
Dry weight 920 kg
Power-to-weight ratio (dry weight) 467 hp / tonne
Aerodynamic downforce at maximum speed 265 kg (Front: 100 kg; Rear: 165 kg)
Hethel lap time 1:24 seconds

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
3.5 litre V6, 24-valve, water cooled, all aluminium engine, with Edelbrock supercharger with integral intercooler
6-speed manual transmission, with gearbox cooler, coupled to Lotus’ precision shift aluminium mechanism
Lightweight, single-mass, low inertia fly wheel
Motorsport baffled sump  

CHASSIS AND BODY
Anodised, lightweight aluminium, extruded, epoxy bonded and riveted high-stiffness chassis
New, lightweight two-piece grooved ventilated J-Hook brake discs and AP Racing four-piston callipers (front 332mm x 32mm, rear 332mm x 26mm)
Unequal length, fully independent double wishbone suspension with Eibach® tubular front and rear anti-roll bars
Öhlins® DFV one-way adjustable dampers
AP Racing® brake calipers, red painted finish with black logo
Michelin® Cup 2 tyres (front 225/40 R18, rear 275/30 R19)
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (18" 7.5J front and 19" 9.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in satin black finish
MSA approved rollcage as standard for national use
Adjustable Traction Control
Lotus tuned ABS system

EXTERIOR SPECIFICATION
Carbon spar rear wing, angle tuned to balance front lip spoiler
Extended splitter
Carbon fibre body shell
Front lip spoiler
Red painted supercharger cover
Oval exhaust finisher
LED front daytime running lights with integrated direction indicators
LED rear lamps with integrated direction indicators

INTERIOR SPECIFICATION
Carbon fibre driver’s seat with 4-point harness
Lightweight driver's footrest
Lightweight aluminium pedal pads
Engine start/stop button
Page toggle switch

FUEL SYSTEM
48 litre steel tank

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Revised splash screen graphics to display 3-Eleven 430
Lightweight lithium-ion battery
Full colour TFT display with driver selection modes for road/track
Lightweight electrical harness

OPTIONS: PERFORMANCE AND TRACK   UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Adjustable anti-roll bars   £1,000 €1,400
Öhlins® TTX 2-way adjustable dampers   £2,500 €3,500
Titanium exhaust   £5,500 €7,300
Road to track logger and GPS unit   £1,500 € 2,100
Pro Analysis upgrade to data logger   £1,300 € 1,820
Removable steering wheel   £650 €910
Carbon passenger seat with passenger 4-point harness   £2,000 €2,800
Carbon passenger seat with 3-point harness   £1,000 €1,400
Fire extinguisher and battery isolator   £2,500 €3,500
Carbon tonneau cover   £2,000 € 2,800

PAINT AND LIVERY OPTIONS UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Metallic or Signature paint £900 €1,250
Lotus Exclusive Paint £POA € POA
Colour Scheme 1: Red and Silver £4,000 €5,200
Colour Scheme 2: Blue and Silver £4,000 €5,200
Colour Scheme 3: Green and Yellow £4,000 €5,200
Colour Scheme 4: Black and Gold £4,000 €5,200

MARKET 3 ELEVEN 430 RETAIL PRICE
UK £102,000 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Germany €129,000 (incl. VAT at 19%)
France €130,100 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Italy €132,300 (incl. VAT at 22% and transport)

UK IVA option where markets allow.
The New Lotus Evora GT410 Sport
13.01.2018
- New, aerodynamically optimised GT series model
- Succeeds highly acclaimed Evora Sport 410
- Comprehensive carbon-fibre components as standard
- Weight from 1,256 kg (dry)
- 0-60 mph in 3.9 secs, 410 hp and from 326 hp per tonne
- Top speed 190 mph (305 km/h)
Relentless in its development of world-class sports cars, Lotus has unveiled the new Evora GT410 Sport to complete the revised line-up of Hethel’s fastest model.

Launched in Lotus’ 70th year and ahead of its anniversary celebrations, the new Evora GT410 Sport takes one of Lotus’ success stories, and refines it through the application of enlightened design. Available in both 2 seat and 2+2 configurations, and in manual and automatic transmissions, the Evora GT410 Sport draws from the phenomenal Evora GT430 to provide advanced aerodynamics to an already celebrated sports car.
Combining the latest design philosophy with a car acclaimed by both critics and customers, it packs raw performance with Lotus’ latest aerodynamic developments, to provide a first-class replacement for the Evora Sport 410 model.

Employing key elements of the GT430’s sculptured body style, including specifically designed new composite front and rear body panels, but without some of the high downforce elements, the new Evora GT410 Sport enjoys a far subtler and sleeker silhouette. However, as with all Lotus sports cars, aerodynamic downforce is a requirement and this new GT-class coupe generates up to 96kg of downforce (50% more than the Evora Sport 410) making it the new benchmark when compared to similarly priced rivals.

The Evora GT410 Sport is powered by a specially calibrated and tuned higher-output version of Lotus’ supercharged, 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine with integrated water-to-air charge cooler, producing 410 hp at 7000 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 3500 rpm. It powers the GT410 Sport from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds (automatic) and the manual version in 4.0 seconds.
The development of the new Evora GT410 Sport afforded Lotus the opportunity to optimise mass, resulting in an unladen weight of 1,297 kg and a lightest possible dry weight of 1,256 kg (including all the optional titanium exhaust, saving 10 kg, and the Lotus-tuned Öhlins TTX aluminium two-way adjustable dampers, saving 13 kg) – a total saving of 98 kg when compared to the Evora 400 benchmark, and up to 28 kg less than the already featherweight Evora Sport 410.

Launching the new Evora GT410 Sport, Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “We are continually exploring new ideas, innovating and evolving our cars in pursuit of perfection. The new Evora GT410 Sport takes the lessons learnt from the development of the GT430 to deliver something outstanding and highly capable.”
Lotus Evora GT410 Sport in more detail

Lotus’ newly defined GT-class sports car captures the essence of the company’s headline model. The application of top-down evolution introduces the new front and rear aesthetic, first seen on the GT430. As a result, the car’s design combines considerable physical presence with natural aerodynamic ability.

The revised front panel features two enlarged carbon fibre ducts, with integrated air blades, to efficiently move air around the front wheels reducing turbulence and decreasing drag. Additional downforce is created by the combination of the deep front splitter and new motorsport-derived rear diffuser, mounted beneath the new style metal mesh grille which gives a cleaner finish. Sculptured carbon fibre ducts behind each rear wheel vent high pressure air as quickly as possible from the rear wheel arches, balancing downforce.
Cumulatively this all works to boost downforce to 96 kg at 190 mph, a sizable jump of 50% over the outgoing Evora Sport 410, and a massive three-times that of the Evora 400 with an improved drag coefficient. This elevates the Evora GT410 Sport to the top ranks of Lotus’ most aerodynamically efficient road cars.

As with all high-performance Evoras, carbon fibre plays a considerable role in the car’s construction. Standard carbon composite components include the front access panel, roof panel and a one-piece louvered tailgate with integrated spoiler, as well as the elements within the front air blade system and rear wheel exit ports.
This focus on the car’s critical mass delivers its headline power-to-weight ratio of 326 hp / tonne and the top speed to 190 mph (305 km/h).

Despite the car’s low mass, a range of lightweight options can be specified for the Evora GT410 Sport. This includes a titanium exhaust, cutting 10 kg from beyond the car’s rear axle.

Making the most of the traction on tap, the Evora GT410 Sport uses Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (235/35 R19 at the front and 285/30 R20 at the rear) with a sports suspension package of Eibach ultra-light, low-sideload springs and Bilstein sports dampers – all fitted as standard.

A touring suspension package is available as a no cost option, featuring Bilstein® non-adjustable dampers, with touring specification, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.

For full damper adjustability, a race suspension package using Lotus-tuned lightweight Öhlins TTX aluminium two-way adjustable dampers (twenty click adjustment compression and rebound) which save 13 kg, can be specified to tune the Evora GT410 Sport to precisely suit particular road or track conditions.

Reducing un-sprung mass, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19" 8J front and 20" 9.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) are available in either silver or matt black. The option of upgrading to one inch wider (10.5J) rear wheels as used on the Evora GT430, is available and stopping power comes courtesy of AP Racing four-piston calipers front and rear with lightweight 2-piece cross-drilled and ventilated brake discs (front 370mm x 32mm, rear 350mm x 32mm).
In addition to Lotus’ slick, six-speed manual gearbox with a Torsen type limited slip differential (LSD), the Evora GT410 Sport is also available with an automatic transmission option. Slightly quicker through the gears, with a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds, the six-speed automatic transmission utilises an optimised gearbox ECU for ultra-fast changes. Gear selection is made via lightweight aluminium paddles mounted to the steering wheel.
The new Evora GT410 Sport features four driver selectable ESP modes – selected via a dashboard switch. ‘Drive’, ‘Sport’, ‘Race’ and ‘Off’. Sport and Race settings increase throttle response, respectively increasing traction slip - allowing the driver a finer degree of control before intervention.

As with its Evora stablemates the Evora GT410 Sport cabin includes Lotus’ beautifully detailed carbon race seats (2+0 configuration only) and carbon door sill inserts. The steering wheel, dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel, centre console and instrument binnacle are all trimmed in black Alcantara®, complemented by contrast twin colour stitching. Optional Sparco race seats are available in both 2+0 and 2+2 configurations with the latter requiring either the optional wider 10.5J rear wheel option, as featured on the Evora GT430, or the lightweight forged wheel option from the Evora 400, which benefits from a 9.5J rear wheel size.  An integrated 7” touch-screen infotainment system with AppleCarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth® functionality, satellite navigation and reversing camera can also be specified.
Jean-Marc Gales concluded, “Starting 2018 in style, the Evora GT410 Sport is just the beginning of an incredibly strong year for Lotus. The core principles of Lotus and our founder Colin Chapman remain paramount as we work on the next generation of vehicles whilst building our best sports cars yet.”
Every new Lotus Evora GT410 Sport can be personalised through the increasingly popular Lotus Exclusive programme. Developed by the Lotus Design team to inspire customers, it combines traditional British craftsmanship with the best of modern design, and allows owners to tailor vehicles to their personal taste. Since its introduction last year, roughly a third of all new Lotus cars now undergo some form of customisation.

The new, fully homologated Lotus Evora GT410 Sport range can be ordered now in European and Asia Pacific markets, following in summer 2018 for the USA and China.
Evora GT410 Sport - Technical Specification

PERFORMANCE UNITS MANUAL AUTOMATIC
Max power PS/hp 416/410 416/410
Max torque Nm 420 420
0-60 mph s 4.0 3.9
0-100 km/h s 4.2 4.1
Max speed mph/kmh 190/305 171/275
CO2 emissions g/km 225 230
Kerb weight kg 1,320 1,331
Dry weight kg 1,279 1,292
Lightest possible dry weight kg 1,256 1,267
Cd   0.35 0.35
Downforce kg 96 96
Power-to-weight ratio (dry) hp/tonne 326 324
Frontal area m2 1.91 1.91

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
3.5 litre V6, 24-valve, water cooled, all aluminium engine, with Edelbrock supercharger
6-speed manual transmission, with gearbox cooler, coupled to Lotus’ precision shift aluminium mechanism
Lightweight, single-mass, low inertia fly wheel
Torsen Type Limited Slip Differential (manual only)

CHASSIS AND BODY
Anodised, lightweight aluminium, extruded, epoxy bonded and riveted high-stiffness chassis
Servo assisted, lightweight 2-piece cross-drilled and ventilated brake discs and AP Racing four piston calipers (front 370mm x 32mm, rear 350mm x 32mm)
Unequal length, high lateral stiffness, forged aluminium, double wishbone suspension with Eibach® tubular front and rear anti-roll bars
Sports suspension package: Eibach® ultra-light, low-sideload springs, front and rear, fitted to Bilstein® sports dampers
Lotus tuned hydraulically-assisted, rigidly-mounted, rack and pinion steering system, with 2.86 turns lock-to-lock
Driver selectable ESP modes – Drive/Sport/Race
Active exhaust valve control
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Lightweight lithium-ion battery

EXTERIOR SPECIFICATION
Lightweight rear sport diffuser (new aluminium diffuser)
Carbon fibre front access panel
Carbon fibre roof panel
Lightweight carbon fibre tailgate with integrated rear spoiler and louvered backlight
Side sills in matt black finish
Mirror caps in gloss black finish
Glass rear quarter panel
AP Racing® brake calipers, yellow finish with black logo
Michelin® Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front 235/35 R19, rear 285/30 R20)
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19" 8J front and 20" 9.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in silver or matt black
Powerfold and heated door mirrors
Bi-xenon headlights
LED daytime running lights
Oval exhaust finisher
Thatcham approved immobiliser and remote activated alarm system

INTERIOR SPECIFICATION
2+0 seat configuration
Carbon fibre sports seats, trimmed in black Alcantara® with contrast twin stitching in yellow or red
Instrument panel, centre console and door panels trimmed in black Alcantara® with contrast twin stitching in yellow and white or red and white
Steering wheel trimmed in black leather and Alcantara®, with black stitching
Door grab handle in black Alcantara®, gear lever gaiter and hand brake sleeve in black leather
Alcantara® trimmed binnacle cover and switch cover
Interior Colour Pack: centre console panel and door grab handles in contrast yellow or red finish
Instrument panel surround, steering wheel finisher, HVAC panel and door release levers in gunmetal finish
Rear parking sensor
Lightweight aluminium gear knob
Aluminium face level vents and blanking plate surround
Dark grey headlining
Black carpet
Carbon fibre door sill inserts
Lightweight driver's footrest
Lightweight aluminium pedal pads

OPTIONS: TRANSMISSION AND PERFORMANCE   UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
6-speed automatic transmission   £ 2,000 € 2,600
Race suspension package: Lotus-tuned, Öhlins® TTX aluminium two-way adjustable dampers – twenty click adjustment compression and rebound; twin tube design; low internal friction   £ 5,500 € 7,300
Touring suspension package: Bilstein® non-adjustable dampers, with touring specification and Michelin PS4S Tyres (Evora 400 specification)   NCO NCO
Titanium Exhaust   £ 5,500 € 7,300

OPTIONS: INTERIOR AND TRIM   UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
2+2 seating configuration (must be specified with Sparco® sports seats and either of the Evora GT430 or Evora 400 forged wheel options – priced separately)   NCO NCO
Sparco® sports seats, trimmed in black Alcantara®, with contrast twin stitching in yellow or red   £ 3,500 € 4,600
Lotus developed steering wheel trimmed black Alcantara® with red racing line indicator   £ 300 € 400
Leather Pack: Full black leather interior, including seats, instrument panel upper and door panel upper (replacing Alcantara® components)   NCO NCO

OPTIONS: EXTERIOR AND BODY   UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, forged aluminium wheels (19" 8J front and 20" 10.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in silver or black (GT430 design)   £ 2,000 € 2,600
Lotus designed, lightweight, forged aluminium wheels 19" 8J front and 20" 9.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels)  in silver or black (Evora 400 design)   NCO NCO
Carbon fibre rear diffuser surround   £ 1,000 € 1,300
Mud flaps   £ 150 € 200

OPTIONS: COMFORT AND COMMUNICATION   UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Air conditioning   £ 1,500 € 2,000
Premium infotainment unit (7" screen, including AppleCarPlay & Android Auto, satellite navigation and reversing camera)   £ 2,000 € 2,600
Sub-woofer and amplifier   £ 400 € 550
Sound insulation   £ 250 € 350
Cruise Control   £ 300 € 400

PAINT AND LIVERY OPTIONS   UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Signature paint   £ 1,200 € 1,650
Metallic paint   £ 1,200 € 1,600

LOTUS EXCLUSIVE OPTIONS   UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Exclusive Paint: Alternative metallic colours   £ 2,500 € 3,250
Exclusive Paint: Alternative pearlescent colours   £ 4,000 € 5,200
Exclusive Paint: Custom colour choice   £ 5,500 € 7,100
Interior Colour Pack in alternative finish   £ 600 € 780
Bespoke double colour stitching (any colour)   £ 800 € 1,050
Specified forged wheel in alternative finish   £ 1,500 € 2,000
The above options represent just a sample of what is available through Lotus Exclusive. Further information on the Lotus Exclusive programme, including a comprehensive list of the available customisation options can be found at: www.lotuscars.com/exclusive       

MARKET EVORA GT410 SPORT RETAIL PRICE
UK £ 85,900 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Germany € 110,900 (incl. VAT at 19%)
France € 111,900 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Italy € 116,000 (incl. VAT at 22% and transport)
The New Lotus Exige Cup 430: Unlimited Edition
11.11.2017
- Full-production model is most extreme Exige ever conceived
- New engine installation, delivering 430 hp and 440 Nm
- New design generating 220 kg of downforce
- 407 hp per tonne provides unrivalled performance
- 0-60 mph in 3.2 secs, dry weight from 1056 kg
Unlimited in every sense, the new series production Exige Cup 430 is Lotus’ wildest incarnation of its fire-breathing, point-to-point two-seater sports car.

New to the Exige, the Cup 430 sees the introduction of a savage, high-performance engine installation, mated to a new supercharger and chargecooler, designed specifically for the unique demands of this vehicle.  A development of the powertrain recently used on the phenomenal Lotus Evora GT430, it’s perfectly paired with a newly-designed body, which delivers enhanced aerodynamic performance to reveal the model’s true potential. The result is a strikingly different beast of pure performance, that’s not for the faint of heart.

With 55 hp, or 13%, more power than the limited production Exige Cup 380 model it succeeds, and 220 kg of downforce, it’s a monster of a car. Compared to the Exige Sport 350, it has 24% more power and generates the same downforce at 100 mph as the Exige Sport 350 does at its maximum speed of 170 mph.

Lotus’ expertise in lightweight design has played its part in reducing the overall dry weight by 12 kg to 1,059 kg, with the vehicle down to 1,056 kg in its lightest configuration. This, combined with the dramatic jump in raw power, raises the Cup’s power to weight from 355 hp / tonne (Cup 380) to 407 hp / tonne.
With 430 hp at 7,000 rpm and 440 Nm (325 lbft) of torque from 4,000 rpm, 0-60mph is dispatched in 3.2 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds) with a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). Helping to harness all that power, the Cup 430 benefits from a comprehensive range of new aero elements. A new ultra-lightweight front clam with unique carbon fibre ducts has wider radiator apertures and a new mesh pattern grille to provide a more combative aspect and to allow for a new front splitter and air curtain mechanism to reduce drag. The lightweight rear clam panel supports the larger, straight motorsport wing to increase downforce without impacting upon the car’s overall drag coefficient. The new design front and rear clam panels are 6.8 kg lighter than those on any other Exige.

Focused fairly and squarely on aggressive track performance and point-to-point supremacy, the new Lotus Exige Cup 430 is capable of covering the Hethel circuit in 1 minute 24.8 seconds – the fastest production car to lap the famous circuit – 1.2 seconds faster than the Lotus 3-Eleven (Road).

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “This is the car that we have always wanted to build, and I am sure that all Lotus enthusiasts will be delighted with the end product. As well as a significant power hike, the Cup 430 has benefited from extensive development in areas essential to Lotus’ DNA, in order to ensure that the full potential of the Exige’s incredible chassis can be exploited. This car 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.”
Lotus Exige Cup 430 – carbon based light form

Lotus’ most extreme Exige packs the company’s most potent powertrain into its smaller vehicle architecture to provide a level of performance that is a step beyond what most drivers can exploit. The car’s distinctive and aggressive new styling perfectly matches the character of the new Exige Cup 430.

Signaling the most motorsport focused models in Lotus’ range, the Cup variants are centered on only the essential. Extending this philosophy to its limit, the new Cup 430 is at the apex of the Exige line-up – with only a track-only racer capable of exceeding the car’s abilities.

With the Exige already regarded as the standard for purity of purpose, Lotus’ engineers have built upon this benchmark, ensuring that the application of more power is complemented by a class-leading handling balance, characterised by precision and tactility.

At the heart of the car lies Lotus’ most formidable engine, a 3.5-litre supercharged and charge cooled V6 producing 430 hp and 440 Nm.
Unapologetically aggressive, the Exige Cup 430’s 220 kg of downforce is developed through the careful management of airflow under and over the car. Vital in keeping the Cup at the top of timing sheets, it’s designed to make the most of 440 Nm (325 lbft) of torque delivered from 4,000 rpm, and delivering the lowest of lap times not matter the track. This not only includes the new front clam panel, incorporating a new design of splitter and carbon fibre air blades, but also the high mounted rear wing.  The new body introductions combine form and function, with the new hybrid carbon composite panels not only saving weight, but also delivering the car’s distinctive new styling and aerodynamic set up.

Balancing downforce over the entire car was a priority with, when compared to the Exige Cup 380, a greater percentage of downforce allocated to the front to ensure accurate high-speed turn in (36% increased to 45%). The new front splitter with trailing lip helps separate and speed airflow under the car and the inclusion of new air curtain elements into the front clam panel efficiently moves air though to the front wheel cavities to help reduce turbulence and drag generated by the front wheels. The front louvers reduce the pressure within the front wheel arches, increasing downforce. The cut-out sections behind the rear wheels, also reduce wheel arch pressure, whilst the new lightweight aluminium diffuser is 1 kg lighter. Crowning all of this is the carbon fibre straight rear wing, raised higher to further boost downforce, clearly signaling the car’s aggressive intent and pursuit of aerodynamic excellence.
As you would expect, the intense use of ultra-lightweight carbon fibre only adds to the overall performance, as well as reinforcing the Exige Cup 430's physical presence. The hand-made composite components include front splitter, front access panel, roof, diffuser surround, large aperture air-intake side pods, one-piece tailgate and the race derived rear wing.

Scratch the surface of the Cup’s capabilities, and you’ll find its motorsport-derived credentials. In addition to revised steering arm geometry, to increase bump steer, the car’s handling characteristics can be altered via the introduction of new Nitron three-way adjustable dampers (adjustable for rebound and low and high-speed compression, giving the ability to fine tune the damping) and Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars, both as standard.

The substantial Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (215/45 ZR17 front and 285/30 ZR18 rear) are fitted to ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels, available in red, black or silver as standard.

The faster the car, the better the brakes need to be, and the Exige Cup 430 uses some of the largest calipers and rotors of any Lotus road car. With forged, four-piston AP Racing brake calipers and new performance two-piece, J-hook brake discs (with higher thermal capacity) front and back, the system is designed to give improved bite and debris clearance and reduce distortion and vibration and to deliver consistent pedal feel and stopping power lap after lap.

The Cup 430 also comes with a tremendously strong, yet light, T45 steel roll over bar, new seatbelt anchorage frame (saving 1.2 kg), a Lithium-Ion battery and front towing eye as standard, as well as a host of options including, a dealer fit FIA compliant roll cage, electrical cut-off and fire extinguisher controls, airbag deletion and a non-airbag steering wheel.

Key to the Cup’s potency is the Exige’s newly-developed powertrain. Based on the benchmark engine from the recently launched Evora GT430, it features an Edelbrock supercharger and water to air charge cooler to generate more power through cooling the higher pressure charged intake air. Specifically developed for the Exige, the engine’s calibration allows for a redline of 7,000rpm, helped in part by a new intake system and larger throttle body. In order to handle the extra power, a new oil cooler configuration and uprated clutch are required.

Available as standard with a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission, the Exige range features Lotus’ acclaimed open-gate manual gearbox design. Precisely aligned for fast and seamless shifts, it has recently established itself as a favourite of Lotus customers. To transfer the increased power and torque from the engine to the gearbox, a new 240 mm diameter clutch has been fitted (up 12 mm compared to the Exige Cup 380) which increases the clutch surface area by 11%.
Engine note and tone also play big parts in the Cup’s repertoire. With the new induction and supercharger configuration, and a high-flow titanium exhaust system as standard, the Cup 430 sounds like no other Exige at speed. In addition, the titanium exhaust removes 10 kg from beyond the rear axle.

The Lotus Exige Cup 430 includes a variable traction control function, linked directly to the ECU. The six-position rotary switch is located on the steering column, and only active with ESP switched to off, with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12% slip) as well as “off”, displayed via the instrument cluster.

The composite concept continues into the Cup’s cabin with visible-weave, handmade sections including a new lightweight carbon fibre binnacle surround, Lotus’ bespoke carbon race seats, with new lightweight seat runners, and carbon door sills. Colour keyed inserts for the revised lightweight sports seats, transmission console, HVAC surround and window switches are also standard, along with a centre console, door cards and dashboard trimmed in Alcantara®, with leather or tartan as a no cost option, along with contrast stitching and an Alcantara® steering wheel. In total, the lightweight interior of the Exige Cup 430 is 2.5 kg lighter than on the Cup 380.

All the lightweight standard items help reduce the total mass by 29 kg which more than offsets the increase in weight from the chargecooler and cooling system (+15 kg), new higher rated clutch (+0.8 kg) and wider brake discs (+1.2 kg) resulting in an unladen weight of 1093 kg and 1059 kg dry.  By selecting the airbag deletion option, the customer can take the lightest possible dry weight of the Exige Cup 430 to 1056 kg.
For owners wanting to brand the new Exige their own, the Cup 430 can be personalised through Lotus’ Exclusive programme. Combining traditional British craftsmanship with modern design, the service inspires customers to spend time tailoring the character of their Lotus with a comprehensive array of options. Since its introduction this has proved increasingly popular, with over 25% of all new cars undergoing some form of personalisation.

Launching the new Lotus, Jean-Marc Gales said, “The Exige continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in terms of performance, agility, aerodynamics and rapid covering of ground from A to B in a production road car. There isn’t another car on sale that can match the new Exige Cup 430; it will go down as a ground-breaking car in the history of Lotus.”
To find out more about Lotus Exige Cup 430: www.lotuscars.com/lotus-exige-range.

The Exige Cup 430 is available as a series production car and can be ordered now, priced £99,800 including VAT (UK) and €127,500 (Germany) and €128,600 (France).

Information

Exige Cup 430 – Technical Specification

Performance Exige Cup 430
Max power 430 hp at 7,000 rpm (436 PS)
Max torque 325 lbft from 4,000 rpm to 6,800 rpm (440 Nm)
0-60 mph 3.2 seconds
0-100 km/h 3.3 seconds
Max speed 180 mph (290 km/h)
CO2 emissions 242 g/km (TBC)
Unladen mass 1,093 kg
Dry mass 1,059 kg
Lightest possible dry mass 1,056 kg
Power-to-weight ratio (dry mass) 407 hp per tonne
Aerodynamic downforce at maximum speed 220 kg
Front: 100 kg, Rear: 120 kg
Hethel lap time 1:24.8 seconds

Engine and Transmission
3.5 litre V6, 24-valve, water cooled, all aluminium engine, with Edelbrock supercharger and charger cooler
6-speed manual transmission, with gearbox cooler, coupled to Lotus’ precision shift aluminium mechanism
Lightweight, single-mass, low inertia fly wheel and 240 mm diameter clutch
Baffled sump
Titanium exhaust system

Chassis and Body
Anodised, lightweight aluminium, extruded, epoxy bonded and riveted high-stiffness chassis
Servo assisted, race-derived, lightweight two-piece J-hook ventilated brake discs (front 332 mm x 32 mm, rear 332 mm x 26 mm) and AP Racing four piston calipers
Unequal length, lightweight steel double wishbone suspension (front)
Unequal length, lightweight forged aluminium, double wishbone suspension (rear)
Adjustable Eibach® tubular front and rear anti-roll bars
Lotus-tuned, Nitron three-way dampers, adjustable for rebound (24 click adjustment settings) and low speed compression (24 click adjustment settings) and high speed compression (16 click adjustment settings) and Nitron springs
Driver selectable ESP modes – Drive/Sport/Race/Off
6 position variable traction control, with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12% slip) and “off” displayed via the instrument cluster
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Lightweight lithium-ion battery

Exterior Specification
Lightweight front clam including wheel arch louvers, drag-reducing air curtain and carbon fibre splitter with rubber lower lip
Lightweight rear clam including venting for wheel arches
Lightweight aluminium rear diffuser
Carbon fibre front access panel
Carbon fibre roof panel
Carbon fibre rear diffuser surround
Lightweight carbon fibre tailgate with full width straight profiled rear wing
Polycarbonate backlight
Brake calipers – red painted with black AP Racing logo
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (17" front and 18" rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in silver, black or red.
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front 215/45 R17, rear 285/30 R18)
Mud flaps
Rear wing uprights linked to wheel colour choice
LED daytime running lights
Rear parking sensors
ECE R116 approved immobiliser and remote activated alarm system

Interior Specification
2 seat configuration
Carbon fibre sports seats, trimmed in black Alcantara® and new design perforated leather with contrast twin stitching
Centre console and door panels trimmed in a combination of black Alcantara® and perforated leather, with contrast twin stitching
Carbon fibre binnacle top
Interior Colour Pack including HVAC console, gearshift top trim, bucket seat eyelets, window lift switch bezels
Lotus developed steering wheel trimmed in black Alcantara®
Carbon fibre door sill covers

Options: Interior and Trim UK Retail Price DE Retail Price
Full Carpets £350 € 490
Floor Mats £100 € 140

Options: Exterior and Body   UK Retail Price DE Retail Price
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels in black (linked to wing uprights)   NCO NCO
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels in silver (linked to wing uprights)   NCO NCO
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels in red (linked to wing uprights)   NCO NCO

Options: Comfort and Communication UK Retail Price DE Retail Price
Air Conditioning £1,250 € 1,650
Stereo plus two front speakers £400 € 560
Sound Insulation £500 € 700
Cruise Control £110 € 150

Options: Lightweight and Performance   UK Retail Price DE Retail Price
Airbag deletion (including Alcantara non airbag steering wheel) and A-frame for fitment of 4 point harness (available via Lotus Aftersales post registration)   £2,600 €3,500
Fire Extinguisher   £1,300 € 1,750
Battery Isolator   £1,300 € 1,750
Standard battery   NCO NCO

Paint Options UK Retail Price DE Retail Price
Signature Paint £900 € 1,250
Metallic Paint £900 € 1,250

Lotus Exclusive Options UK Retail Price DE Retail Price
Exclusive Paint: Alternative metallic colours £2,150 € 2,910
Exclusive Paint: Alternative pearlescent colours £3,000 € 4,200
Exclusive Paint: Custom Colour choice POA POA
Exclusive Leather: Alternative colour £2,250 € 3,000
Exclusive Stitch Alternative colour £300 € 400
     
The above options represent just a sample of what is available through Lotus Exclusive. Further information on the Lotus Exclusive programme, including a comprehensive list of the available customisation options can be found at: www.lotuscars.com/exclusive

Market Retail Price
UK £99,800 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Germany €127,500 (incl. VAT at 19%)
France €128,600 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Italy €133,160 (incl. VAT at 22%)
Lotus Elise Cup 260: Sports Car Alchemy
21.10.2017
- New ultra-rare edition with just 30 examples worldwide
- Race-car derived ultimate Elise
- Advanced aerodynamics generate 180 kg of downforce
- Lightweight carbon fibre components included as standard
- 0-60 mph in 3.8 secs and 250 hp, dry weight from 862 kg
Rare and race-bred, the extreme limited-edition Lotus Elise Cup 260 packs the company’s passion for motorsport engineering into one of the most accomplished cars it has ever produced. Taking what’s widely regarded as the benchmark for intuitive handling and driver involvement, Lotus has integrated some of the latest design philosophies from high-performance stablemates including the Exige Cup 380, and the mighty Evora GT430, as well as building upon the track and competition only Elise Race 250.

Setting a standard for outright track pace and low lap times, this ultimate Elise has been unveiled as the company prepares for the 70th anniversary of when founder Colin Chapman built his first car in 1948. Referencing Lotus’ motorsport successes, the new Elise Cup 260 has a laurel wreath decal on the left buttress and the Union Jack on both the rear wing end plates together with the option of finishing the car in iconic Championship Gold.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “Our philosophy for producing extraordinary vehicles is world famous, but the new Elise Cup 260 goes beyond what many believed possible from our smallest car. It is directly developed from the Elise race cars that are competing in series around the world, giving the ultimate Elise experience on the road. More power, motorsport components and the introduction of aerodynamics unheard of in its class make driving this Elise an unrivalled experience.”

Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman and Director of Classic Team Lotus, said, “Each and every one of the sports cars produced by Group Lotus today carries the true spirit of Lotus, laid down by my father nearly 70 years ago. I am extremely proud that his legacy and achievements are being acknowledged and celebrated in this iconic version of the Elise.”
Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman and Director of Classic Team Lotus
Taking a blend of exotic and lightweight materials to produce a truly noble sports car, the Elise Cup 260 is considerably greater than the sum of its parts. Building on the production Elise Cup 250 released earlier this year, and drawing heavily on the development the motorsport Elise Race 250, the Elise Cup 260’s performance is formed through a first-class combination of intelligent engineering and advanced aerodynamics as well as a boost in engine performance. Not only the lightest ever Elise Cup, it’s also the heaviest at speed – with the car’s design and aero configuration generating up to 180 kg of downforce at 151 mph. Key to this exceptionally high level of downforce are the new louvred front wheel-arch vents, lightweight carbon fibre front splitter and wide high mounted rear wing. With a no-holds-barred approach, the Elise Cup 260 includes nearly all of the lightweight Elise Cup options as standard, ranging from the sill covers, roll hoop cover, front access panel and engine cover which are all in carbon to the two-piece brake discs. With a race chassis developed by Lotus Motorsport, two way adjustable Nitron dampers – fitted to an Elise for the first time, a polycarbonate backlight glass and hand-trimmed interior with bespoke detailing, the Elise Cup 260 will earn its reputation as the ultimate Elise.

Lotus Elise Cup 260 – race proven

Lotus’ coveted Elise and Exige Cup versions represent a model’s most concentrated iteration – conceived, designed and constructed using the company’s unique sports car DNA – each with the express aim of providing an unrivalled driving experience on the road as well as the track.

Delivering big gains from focused development, the new Elise Cup 260 provides a sparkling blend of purpose with purity at the top of the Elise line up. With 250 hp from the supercharged engine, designed to make the most of the Elise’s exceptionally stiff extruded and bonded aluminium chassis, it endows the Elise Cup 260 phenomenal straight-line speed, agile handling and, with the significant downforce available and the wider, road-legal motorsport tyres, harder and faster cornering. These elements combine to deliver a lap of the Hethel track in just 1 minute 32 seconds, 2.5 seconds faster than the Elise Cup 250.

The Elise Cup 260 continues the new model’s visual styling, first introduced on the Elise Sport and Sprint models, but incorporates the aero lessons learnt from Lotus’ latest models, including the Evora GT 430. This includes louvred front wheel arch vents to reduce lift, and a new oversize motorsport-derived rear wing, developed from the Lotus 3-Eleven. Working with the redesigned lightweight front clam panel, with wider apertures, carbon front splitter and the rear diffuser, these generate up to 180 kg of downforce at the car’s top speed of 151mph. This is a 44% gain on the already impressive Elise Cup 250, allowing greater grip levels and higher cornering speeds.
As befitting the marque which was first to build and run a carbon fibre F1 car, the Elise Cup 260 comes with lightweight carbon fibre and composite components as standard. These include the large rear wing, the front access panel which saves 1.1kg, the engine cover saving 3.3kg, the roll hoop cover, 0.7kg and the side sill covers, 0.8kg. Ultra-efficient and lightweight two-piece brake discs save a further 4 kg. Standard lightweight parts carried over from the Elise Cup 250 include Lotus’ beautifully finished lightweight carbon race seats, weighing 6 kg each, a Lithium-Ion battery, saving 9 kg, lightweight forged alloy wheels and a polycarbonate rear screen. Collectively the Elise Cup 260 is 15 kg lighter than the Elise Cup 250, weighing in at just 902 kg (unladen) and 862 kg in the lightest possible dry configuration.
The all-alloy, chargecooled supercharged 1.8-litre engine has undergone development, with new induction components and revised calibration. Delivering 250 hp and 255 Nm of torque it’s mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with sports ratios. The change to the induction system including a race derived performance air filter and the Elise’s tuned exhaust note means that the Elise Cup 260 retains the crown for best-sounding forced-induction four-cylinder on the market. Overall, the fall in mass and rise in power boosts acceleration, with 0-60 mph dispatched in 3.8 seconds and a power to weight ratio of 290 hp / tonne (dry). Emissions figures are also impressive, at 175 g / km CO2.
Providing its trademark handling and steering feel, the Elise Cup 260 features fully independent double wishbone suspension with an adjustable front anti-roll bar, with Nitron coaxial coil springs and, for the first time on an Elise, adjustable Nitron high-performance dampers. With 24 settings for rebound and compression, the dampers allow owners to perfectly dial-in the car’s setup to their preference.

As standard, the Elise Cup 260 comes with ultra-lightweight motorsport forged alloy wheels (16-inch at the front and 17-inch at the rear) and are fitted with Yokohama Advan Neova AD08R tyres (205/45 R16 front & 235/40 R17 rear) which have been specifically developed for high performance track and road use. 10 mm wider front and rear than the tyres fitted to the Elise Cup 250, they provide the mechanical grip necessary to exploit the power and downforce the car generates. Braking is provided by AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and Brembo at the rear, which are perfectly matched to the lightweight two-piece brake discs.
The Elise Cup 260’s interior bears testament to the car’s handbuilt nature, with beautifully detailed components. Centre of attention is the detailed, manual gearbox’s open gate mechanism, which is both technically and aesthetically appealing. Developed by Lotus, it provides precise and direct gear changes for quicker shifting.
The finish of Lotus’ in-house manufactured carbon race seats, trimmed in black Alcantara® with contrast red or yellow stitching, is echoed by the door panels and face-level vents. Bodywork keyed colour inserts for the sports seats, transmission console, HVAC surround and window switches are both complemented by the cabin’s exposed aluminium and carbon fibre elements including a new carbon fibre instrument binnacle cover.
Interior options include an Alcantara® trimmed steering wheel and sill covers, leather or tartan trim packs for seats or door panels. Other options, including an in-car entertainment system, including iPod® connectivity and Bluetooth® functionality, can all be selected when ordering.
Summing up the new Lotus, Jean-Marc Gales said, “As we near the 70th anniversary of the inception of Colin Chapman’s engineering legacy, it’s only right that we build the very best cars as special editions, and the Elise Cup 260 is certainly worthy of that accolade. Our special editions have always proved extremely popular with our customers around the world, and we know they value the extensive development work that goes into each one. With just 30 examples to be built, there’s no doubt that the Elise Cup 260 is a future classic.”

The car shown is painted in Championship Gold to commemorate the forthcoming 70th Anniversary of Lotus. This colour is available across the whole Lotus range through the Lotus Exclusive programme, from November 2017 onwards.
To find out more about Lotus Elise Cup 260: www.lotuscars.com/elise-cup-260.

Elise Cup 260 - Technical Specification

Performance Elise Cup 260
Max power 250 hp at 7200 rpm
(253 PS)
Max torque 255 Nm at 4000 – 6500 rpm
0-60 mph 3.8 seconds
0-100 km/h 4.2 seconds
Max speed 151 mph (243 km/h)
Fuel Consumption mpg (l/100 km)
Urban
Extra Urban
Combined
28.0 (10.1)
47.1 (6.0)
37.7 (7.5)
CO2 emissions 175 g/km
Kerb weight 902kg
Dry weight 869kg
Lightest possible dry weight 862kg

Engine and Transmission
All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16-valve with chargecooled supercharger
Mid mounted, transverse, rear wheel drive
Exposed Aluminium gearshift mechanism
6 speed manual gearbox with sports ratios
Electronic Differential Lock
Performance air filter

Chassis and Body
Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure
T45 motorsport hoop
Fully independent double wishbone sports suspension
Adjustable Nitron high performance dampers, front and rear
AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and single-piston rear calipers
ABS system
Driver selectable ESP modes
Lightweight lithium-ion battery

Exterior Specification
Louvred wheel arch vents to reduce aerodynamic lift
Carbon fibre front splitter (replacement with composite component at no cost)
Carbon fibre front access panel
Carbon fibre engine cover
Carbon fibre roll hoop cover
Carbon fibre, race derived rear wing
Ultra lightweight black forged alloy wheels (16” front and 17” rear)
Front Yokohama Advan AD08R tyres 205/45 R16
Rear Yokohama Advan AD08R tyres 235/40 R17
Two-piece high-performance brake discs, 288 mm diameter, front and rear
Red painted brake calipers
Polycarbonate backlight glass
Black soft-top
Clear sill stone chip protection film

Interior Specification
Black Alcantara® trim, with contrast red or yellow stitch  including seats, door panels and face-level vents)
Carbon fibre sports seats
Black Alcantara® trimmed steering wheel
Carbon fibre sill covers
Exposed gearshift design
Polished aluminum gear knob and leather handbrake sleeve
Interior Colour Pack – Seat eyelets, centre console surround, HVAC surround and window lift switch bezel painted in red, yellow, silver, orange, black or white
Engine start push button
Driver and passenger airbags
Tyre puncture repair kit

Options: Interior and Trim   UK Retail Price   DE Retail Price
Leather Trim Pack - Black leather, with contrast red or yellow stitch (including seats, door panels and face-level vents)   £1,000   € 1,400
Tartan Trim Pack - Yellow or Red tartan inserts, with contrast red or yellow stitch  (including seats and door panels)   £1,000   € 1,400
Black Alcantara® trimmed sill covers   £200   € 270
Full carpet   £350   € 490
Floor mats   £100   € 140

Options: Exterior and Body   UK Retail Price   DE Retail Price
Carbon fibre hard top   £3,000   € 4,000
Matt Black painted hard-top   £1,000   € 1,400
Ultra lightweight silver forged alloy wheels (16” front and 17” rear)   NCO   NCO
Mud flaps   £150   € 210

Options: Comfort and Communication   UK Retail Price   DE Retail Price
Air conditioning   £1,250   € 1,650
Bluetooth enabled stereo plus two front mounted speakers   £400   € 560
Sound insulation   £350   € 490
Cruise control   £110   € 150
Standard battery   NCO   NCO

Options: Lightweight and Performance Weight Saving UK Retail Price   DE Retail Price
Titanium exhaust 7kg £4000   € 5,500

Paint Options UK Retail Price   DE Retail Price
Signature paint £825   € 1,155
Metallic paint £825   € 1,155

Lotus Exclusive Options UK Retail Price   DE Retail Price
Exclusive Paint: Alternative metallic colours £1,860   € 2,600
Exclusive Paint: Alternative colours (e.g. Championship Gold) £2,850   € 4,000
Exclusive Paint: Custom colour choice POA   POA
Exclusive Leather: Alternative colour £2,250   € 3,000
Exclusive Stitch: Alternative colour £300   € 400

The above options represent just a sample of what is available through Lotus Exclusive. Further information on the Lotus Exclusive programme, including a comprehensive list of the available customisation options can be found at: www.lotuscars.com/exclusive

Market   Retail Price
UK   £59,500 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Germany   €76,000 (incl. VAT at 19%)
France   €76,640 (incl. VAT at 20%)
The New, Expanded Lotus Evora GT430 Range
08.09.2017
- Evora GT430 Sport joins the line-up
- Available with both manual and automatic transmission and two body configurations
- Carbon-fibre and titanium components as standard
- Variable traction control and adjustable dampers
- 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and 430 hp
- Fastest ever road-going Lotus - top speed 196 mph (315 km/h)
Following the stunning debut of the Lotus Evora GT430, Lotus has introduced an expanded Evora GT430 line-up designed to appeal to a wider range of customers who want the ultimate in high performance sports cars.

Adding to the acclaimed Evora 400 and Evora Sport 410 models, the new Evora GT430 range now includes two body options and a choice of manual or automatic transmission. Joining the recently announced Evora GT430 is the Evora GT430 Sport, a new member of the family that carries the same phenomenal firepower and sculptured body-style but without the additional downforce-creating aerodynamic elements. Both models are powered by the same 3.5-litre V6 supercharged and charge cooled engine, producing 430 hp and 440 Nm of torque (Automatic version: 450 Nm).

Without the aerodynamic elements, the Evora GT430 Sport weighs 10kg less at 1248 kg (dry), bringing the power-to-weight ratio to 345 hp / tonne and the top speed to 196 mph (315 km/h) making it the fastest Lotus production car ever.
The Evora GT430 is differentiated from the Evora GT430 Sport through the inclusion of motorsport derived aerodynamics provided by a carbon fibre splitter, a large, profiled carbon wing and louvers on top of each front wheel arch which reduce pressure within the front wheel arches together with wider wheels and tyres.

Automatic transmission will be available from January 2018 for both the Evora GT430 body configurations. With 10 Nm more torque (450 Nm), the Automatic version is even quicker, with a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds. The six-speed automatic transmission utilises an optimised gearbox ECU for ultra-fast changes, whilst gear selection is made via lightweight aluminium paddles mounted to the steering wheel.

Boasting a high specification, the new Evora GT430 range includes, as standard, Öhlins TTX two-way adjustable dampers, J-grooved and ventilated brake discs - paired with AP Racing four-piston calipers all round, a Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) and an adjustable traction control system.

Announced last month, the Evora GT430 has already proved a knock-out success. Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “The Evora GT430 already has cemented its place as a true collector’s car, but we know that many of our customers want the option of choosing a less aggressive version, with the same power, but without some of more arresting design and aero elements. With the Evora GT430 Sport, we have responded to this demand to add to the whole range of thoroughbred Lotus cars that are great on the track as well as supremely capable on the road.”

Lotus Evora GT430 line-up in more detail

The new Evora GT430 Sport makes full use of carbon fibre to help hit its low kerb weight. This means that standard components include full carbon front and rear bumpers, front access panel, roof panel, rear quarter panels as well as a one-piece louvered tailgate with integrated spoiler.

The whole of the Evora GT430 range also benefits from advanced aerodynamics, including two enlarged carbon fibre front ducts, with integrated air blades, to efficiently move air though to the front wheel cavities and reduce turbulence created by the wheels. The curved rear edges of the front wheel arch panels also play a role, channelling air along the side of the car, while sculpted ducts behind each rear wheel vent airflow as quickly as possible from the wheel arches, balancing downforce. As a result, the Evora GT430 Sport generates up to 100 kg of downforce at 196 mph, some 56% more than the Evora Sport 410. The Evora GT430 generates up to 250 kg of downforce at 190 mph.

Jean-Marc Gales continued, “This is a car that epitomises a purity of engineering that many car manufacturers fail to match. Lotus founder, Colin Chapman not only pursued lightweight design, and pioneered the use carbon fibre in F1, but he also led the way in the field of aerodynamics in road and race cars. The Evora GT430 range continues this legacy, combining our expertise in highly efficient engineering and aerodynamics with more power and torque to provide one of the most rounded and rewarding driving experiences on the road or track.”
Once inside, the use of visible-weave, carbon composite components continues. These include Lotus’ beautifully detailed carbon race seats, new carbon door sills and a new lightweight carbon instrument binnacle cover with a new design of graphic on the instrument panel. The steering wheel, dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel and centre console are all trimmed in a combination of black Alcantara® and perforated leather, complemented by contrast twin colour stitching, in red and white, and matt black interior panels.
An integrated touch-screen infotainment system can be specified, including iPod® connectivity and Bluetooth® functionality, satellite navigation and reversing camera.
The variable traction control function, standard on all models, is linked directly to the ECU and allows the amount of wheel slip to be set by the driver whilst in ‘Race / Off’. The Evora GT430 has 10 mm wider Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres with 245/35 R19 at the front and 295/30 R20 at the rear, on one inch wider 10.5J rear wheels – these are optional fit for the Evora GT430 Sport.
Every new Lotus Evora GT430 Sport can be personalised through the increasingly popular Lotus Exclusive programme. Developed by the Lotus Design team to inspire customers, it combines traditional British craftsmanship with the best of modern design, and allows owners to tailor vehicles to their personal taste. Since its introduction last year, roughly a third of all new Lotus cars now undergo some form of customisation.

The new, fully homologated Lotus Evora GT430 range is available in two-seater configuration only and can be ordered now.

Evora GT430 and Evora GT430 Sport – Technical Specification

Perforemance Evora GT430 Evora GT430 Sport
Max power 430 hp at 7,000 rpm (436 PS) 430 hp at 7,000 rpm (436 PS)
Max torque (Manual)
(Automatic)
325 lbft from 4,500 (440 Nm)
332 lbft from 4,500 (450 Nm)
325 lbft from 4,500 (440 Nm)
332 lbft from 4,500 (450 Nm)
0-60 mph (Manual)
(Automatic)
3.7 seconds
3.6 seconds
3.7 seconds
3.6 seconds
0-100 km/h (Manual)
(Automatic)
3.8 seconds
3.7 seconds
3.8 seconds
3.7 seconds
0-100 mph (Manual)
(Automatic)
< 8 seconds
< 8 seconds
< 8 seconds
< 8 seconds
Max speed (Manual)
(Automatic)
190 mph (305 km/h)
174 mph (280 km/h)
196 mph (315 km/h)
174 mph (280 km/h)
CO2 emissions (Manual)
(Automatic)
234 g/km
TBA
234 g/km
TBA
Kerb weight (Manual)
(Automatic)
1,299 kg
1,310 kg
1,289 kg
1,300 kg
Dry weight (Manual)
(Automatic)
1,258 kg
1,269 kg
1,248 kg
1,259 kg
Power-to-weight ratio (dry weight) 342 hp per tonne 345 hp per tonne
Aerodynamic downforce at maximum speed 250 kg 100 kg
Hethel lap time (Manual) 1:25.8 seconds 1:26.8 seconds

Engine and Transmission
3.5 litre V6, 24-valve, water cooled, all aluminium engine, with Edelbrock supercharger
6-speed manual transmission, with gearbox cooler, coupled to Lotus’ precision shift aluminium mechanism
Optional 6-speed automatic transmission, with gearbox cooler, ultra-fast changes via steering wheel mounted lightweight aluminium paddles
Lightweight, single-mass, low inertia fly wheel
Torsen Type Limited Slip Differential
Baffled sump
Titanium exhaust system

Chassis and Body
Anodised, lightweight aluminium, extruded, epoxy bonded and riveted high-stiffness chassis
Servo assisted, race-derived, lightweight two-piece J-hook ventilated brake discs and AP Racing four piston calipers (front 370mm x 32mm, rear 350mm x 32mm)
Unequal length, high lateral stiffness, forged aluminium, double wishbone suspension with Eibach® tubular front and rear anti-roll bars
Lotus-tuned, Öhlins® TTX aluminium two-way adjustable dampers – twenty click adjustment compression and rebound; twin tube design; low internal friction
Eibach® ultra-light, low-sideload springs, front and rear
Lotus tuned hydraulically-assisted, rigidly-mounted, rack and pinion steering system, with 2.86 turns lock-to-lock
Driver selectable ESP modes – Drive/Sport/Race
6 position variable traction control, with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12% slip) and “off” displayed via the instrument cluster
Cruise control
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Lightweight lithium-ion battery

Exterior Specification
Carbon fibre front bumper, including drag-reducing air curtain
Carbon fibre rear bumper, including venting for wheel arch
Carbon fibre front access panel
Carbon fibre roof panel
Carbon fibre lower A panels
Carbon fibre rear quarter panels
Carbon fibre rear diffuser
Lightweight carbon fibre tailgate with integrated rear spoiler and louvered backlight
Polycarbonate backlight glass
Brake calipers – red painted with black AP Racing logo
Louvered wheel arch vents to reduce aerodynamic lift (Evora GT430 only)
Carbon fibre profiled rear wing (Evora GT430 only)
Carbon fibre front splitter (Evora GT430 only)
Evora GT430: Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19" 8J front and 20" 10.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in silver or matt black
Evora GT430 Sport: Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19" 8J front and 20" 9.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in silver or matt black
Evora GT430: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front 245/35 R19, rear 295/30 R20)
Evora GT430 Sport: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front 235/35 R19, rear 285/30 R20)
Rear wing uprights linked to wheel colour choice (Evora GT430)
Bi-xenon headlights
LED daytime running lights
Powerfold and heated door mirrors
Rear parking sensors
Thatcham approved immobiliser and remote activated alarm system

Interior Specification
2+0 seat configuration
Carbon fibre sports seats, trimmed in black Alcantara® and perforated leather with contrast twin stitching
Instrument panel, centre console and door panels trimmed in a combination of black Alcantara® and perforated leather, with contrast twin stitching
Carbon fibre binnacle top
Lotus developed steering wheel trimmed black Alcantara®
Door grab handle in black Alcantara®, gear lever gaiter and hand brake sleeve in black leather
Matt black console, door release levers, door grab handles and instrument panel surround finisher
Steering wheel finisher and HVAC panel in matt black finish with gloss black finished bezels
Lightweight aluminium gear knob
Aluminium face level vents and blanking plate surround
Dark grey headlining
Black carpet
Carbon fibre door sill covers
Lightweight driver's footrest
Lightweight aluminium pedal pads
Unique Evora GT430 Sport build plate

Options: Transmission and Performance   UK Retail price DE Retail price
6-speed automatic transmission, with gearbox cooler, ultra-fast changes via steering wheel mounted lightweight aluminium paddles   £2,600 € 3,600
10.5J rear wheels and wider Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front 245/35 R19, rear 295/30 R20) - Evora GT430 Sport only   £2,000 €2,800

Options: Interior and Trim   UK Retail price DE Retail price
GT430 bespoke design, Sparco® sports seats with carbon backs, trimmed in black Alcantara® and perforated leather, with red or black Alcantara® stripes and contrast twin stitching   £3,500 €4,900
Alcantara® Pack: Full black Alcantara® interior, including lower instrument panel, centre console and door panel (replacing perforated leather components)   NCO NCO
Leather Pack: Full black leather interior, including seats, instrument panel upper and door panel upper (replacing Alcantara® components)   NCO NCO
Lotus developed steering wheel trimmed in red Alcantara®   £500 €700

Options: Exterior and Body   UK Retail price DE Retail price
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19" front and 20" rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in gloss black with machined rims (Evora GT430: rear wing uprights in black)   £900 € 1,250
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19" front and 20" rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in gloss red (Evora GT430: rear wing uprights in red)   £900 € 1,250

Options: Comfort and Communication   UK Retail price DE Retail price
Air conditioning   £1,500 € 2,100
4 Speaker infotainment unit   £2,000 € 2,800
Sub-woofer and amplifier   £400 € 560
Sound insulation   £500 € 700
Cup holder   £120 €160

Paint and Livery Options   UK Retail price DE Retail price
Signature paint   £1,200 € 1,650
Metallic paint   £1,200 € 1,650

Lotus Exclusive Options   UK Retail price DE Retail price
Exclusive Paint: Alternative metallic colours   £2,400 € 3,300
Exclusive Paint: Alternative pearlescent colours   £3,500 € 4,900
Exclusive Paint: Custom colour choice   POA POA
Exclusive Paint: Custom wing mirror choice   £300 € 400
Exclusive Paint: Custom Interior Pack colour choice   £650 €900
Exclusive Leather: Alternative colour   £4,000 € 5,600
Exclusive Stitch: Alternative colour   £500 € 650
The above options represent just a sample of what is available through Lotus Exclusive. Further information on the Lotus Exclusive programme, including a comprehensive list of the available customisation options can be found at: www.lotuscars.com/exclusive      

Market Evora GT430 Retail price Evora GT430 SPORT Retail price
UK £112,500 (incl. VAT at 20%) £104,500 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Germany €151,000 (incl. VAT at 19%) €139,000 (incl. VAT at 19%)
France €152,300 (incl. VAT at 20%) €140,200 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Italy €157,260 (incl. VAT at 22% and transport) €144,960 (incl. VAT at 22% and transport)