Lotus ups the power of the lightweight Exige Cup 430

Lotus Exige Cup 430 adds 55 hp, accelerates from 0-100 kph in 3.2 seconds

Lotus has unveiled its most extreme Exige yet, the Exige Cup 430, which offers an additional 55 horsepower over the limited production Exige Cup 380 model, produces 24 percent more power than the Exige Sport 350, and has the same downforce at 100 mph at its maximum speed of 170 mph.

The Exige Cup 430 sees the introduction of a savage, high-performance engine installation, mated to a new supercharger and charge-cooler, 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.

With 430 hp at 7,000 rpm and 325 lb.ft. of torque from 4,000 rpm, 0-100 kph is dispatched in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 290 kph. 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.

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 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.

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.

Its lightweight concept continues inside the Cup 430’s cabin visible-weave, handmade sections including a new lightweight carbon fiber binnacle surround, Lotus’ bespoke carbon race seats, with new lightweight seat runners, and carbon door sills. It also has 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.