2005 Lotus Sport Exige 240R
Lotus Sport, the performance division of Lotus Cars Ltd., has developed the Lotus Sport Exige 240R, a limited edition high performance sports car with total production limited at fifty examples.
Lotus Sport will build the 240R within its facilities at the Group Lotus Headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk. This facility, located in the centre of the famous Hethel Test Track, has a great history of producing bespoke versions of Lotus products and can list the Lotus Sport Exige 400 bhp racecar and over 100 Elise and Exige racing cars in its portfolio.
With a supercharged and intercooled high revving engine producing over 240 bhp and over 170 lb-ft of torque, the Lotus Sport Exige 240R reaches 60 mph in less than 4 seconds and 100 mph (160 km/h) in less than 10 seconds before topping out at 155 mph (250 km/h). At this top speed the advanced aerodynamics produce 250 lb of downforce increasing grip, stability and safety.
The 50 versions of the Lotus Sport Exige 240R will be built as post registration official factory conversions of new Lotus Exiges. Up to 40 of these cars will be sold in the EU and the balance is intended to be predominantly sold in Japan. The suffix of 240R indicates the approximate horsepower of the engine, conservatively rounded down from the actual figure of 243 bhp (181 kW). The total unladen weight is approximately 2050 lb and the power to weight is approximately 261 bhp / tonne (195 kW / tonne). All 50 cars will be built to order and to further identify and maintain the exclusivity of the Lotus Sport Exige 240R, they will only be available in Sport Yellow or Sport Black â both unique and exclusive colours specifically blended to denote the brand colour scheme of Lotus Sport.
The Lotus Sport Exige 240R also has a unique interior trim in black with Lotus Sport Yellow highlights in leather. A unique numbered Lotus Sport build plate is fitted to the aluminium chassis member on the passenger side. The interior also includes sports seats, driver and passenger four-point harnesses which are fitted to a cross bar that is part of the motorsport specification T45 roll bar.
New lightweight five spoke forged alloy wheels are of a slightly wider section to the standard Exige wheel to accommodate the optional extra track only specification slick tires as well as the Yokohama A048 tires, which come as standard. These wheels are painted in Satin Black for the Sport Yellow painted version of the Lotus Sport Exige 240R and High Power Silver for the Sport Black painted version.
In addition to the powerful four-cylinder engine, the Lotus Sport Exige 240R also includes specially developed Lotus Sport parts including upgraded brakes, stiffer springs and 2-way adjustable Ohlins dampers with ride height adjustment, an adjustable front anti-roll bar, twin oil coolers and an Accusump.
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|position||Transverse, Mid Engine|
|valvetrain||DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/VVTL-i|
|fuel feed||Multi-Point Sequential Fuel Injection|
|displacement||1796 cc / 109.6 in³|
|bore||80 mm / 3.15 in|
|stroke||89.3 mm / 3.52 in|
|power||181.2 kw / 243 bhp|
|specific output||135.3 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||277.71 bhp per tonne|
|torque||230.49 nm / 170 ft lbs|
|body / frame||Glass Reinforced Composite Body overBonded Aluminum Tub Chassis w/Rear Steel Subframe|
|front tires||Yokohama A048|
|rear tires||Yokohama A048|
|front brakes||Ventilated & Cross-Drilled Discs w/Lotus/AP-Racing Twin-Pison Calipers, ABS|
|f brake size||x 282 mm / x 11.1 in|
|rear brakes||Ventilated & Cross-Drilled Discs w/Lotus/AP-Racing Twin-Pison Calipers, ABS|
|r brake size||x 282 mm / x 11.1 in|
|steering||Rack & Pinion|
|f suspension||Unequal Wishbones w/Bilstein Gas Dampers, Eibach Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar|
|r suspension||Unequal Wishbones w/Bilstein Gas Dampers, Eibach Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar|
|curb weight||875 kg / 1929 lbs|
|wheelbase||2300 mm / 90.6 in|
|front track||1457 mm / 57.4 in|
|rear track||1507 mm / 59.3 in|
|length||3797 mm / 149.5 in|
|width||1727 mm / 68.0 in|
|height||1159 mm / 45.6 in|
|transmission||Toytoa C64 6-Speed Manual w/Lotus Shifter|
|gear ratios||3.116:1, 2.050:1, 1.481:1, 1.166:1, 0.916:1, 0.815:1, :1|
|top speed||~249.4 kph / 155.0 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||~3.9 seconds|