2006 Lotus Exige Cup
Lotus Sport, the motor sport division of Lotus Cars Ltd., has developed two higher performance versions of the 2006 Model Year Lotus Exige, the Lotus Exige Cup and the Lotus Exige Cup 240, both developed for track use straight out of the box.
The Lotus Exige Cup cars are based on the new 2006 Model Year Exige and are completely track ready sports coupes with uprated clutch, sports exhaust, adjustable suspension, uprated brakes, limited slip differential, switchable traction control, a T45 steel roll-over hoop and A-Frame with harness mounts, fuel and ignition kill switches and a fully plumbed in fire extinguisher system. An FIA approved 6 point roll cage is a no cost option.
The Cup 240 uses a supercharged and intercooled high revving 1.8 litre four cylinder engine producing 243hp (181 kw). This vast amount of extra power and torque mean that the cam change between the low and high speed now takes place at around 4000 rpm, giving a smooth and linear surge of power from 4000 rpm all the way to the maximum 8300 rpm. The Roots-type Eaton M62 supercharger is run from the crankshaft, and has an integral bypass valve for part load operation.
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A sports-type clutch plate and heavy duty clutch cover transfers the engine power and torque to the lightweight C64 six-speed gearbox. It connects to a torque-sensing limited slip differential which works in harmony with the Lotus switchable traction control system.
The brake system includes cross-drilled and ventilated discs and upgraded sports brake pads set into the brake calipers (AP Racing on the front and Brembo on the rear), high grade silicon brake fluid, stainless steel braided brake hoses all linked to the proven Lotus track tuned servo-assisted four-channel ABS system that enhances braking performance and minimising stopping distance without taking over from the skill of the driver.
Suspension is provided by Ohlins springs and two-way adjustable dampers and an adjustable front anti-roll bar. As the Cup cars are modified for track use, a double shear track control arm brace is provided to cope with hard track day driving.
A Level One stainless steel sports exhaust is fitted with the bifurcated exhaust pipes exiting from the centre of the anodised-finish 3-piece rear diffuser. Front driving lamps, twin oil coolers and optional air conditioning complete the equipment package for the Lotus Exige Cup cars.
Specs & Performance
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|price $||47,621 Euros|
|engine||Toyota 2ZZ-GE, Aluminum Inline-4|
|position||Transverse, Mid Engine|
|aspiration||Roots-type Eaton M62 Supercharger|
|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 @ 8000 rpm|
|specific output||135.3 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||277.71 bhp per tonne|
|torque||236 nm / 174.1 ft lbs @ 7000 rpm|
|body / frame||Glass Reinforced Composite Body overBonded Aluminum Tub Chassis w/Rear Steel Subframe|
|driven wheels||RWD w/Switchable Traction Control, LSD|
|wheel type||Y-Type 8-Spoke Lightweight Cast Alloy|
|front tires||Yokohama Advan A048|
|rear tires||Yokohama Advan A048|
|front brakes||Vented Discs w/AP Racing Calipers|
|f brake size||x 282 mm / x 11.1 in|
|rear brakes||Vented Discs w/Brembo Calipers|
|r brake size||x 282 mm / x 11.1 in|
|steering||Rack & Pinion|
|f suspension||Unequal Wishbones w/Ohlins Springs, Adj Dampers, Adj Anti-Roll Bar|
|r suspension||Unequal Wishbones w/Ohlins Springs, Adj Dampers, Adj 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||C64 6-Speed w/Sports-Type Clutch|
2007 Lotus Exige Cup Car Prices
2007 Lotus Exige Cup Car – did not sell for $37,000
Cup car 260 HP race car. 1,661 miles. One owner. 6-speed. Full fire suppression setup for NASA racing. Performed in one race. Extra wheels and tires. No paint work whatsoever. Car is for track only. Cannot be registered as a street legal car.Auction Source: 2012 Daytime Auction by Mecum