supercharged & intercooled
lb-ft @ 6000 rpm
hp @ 8000 rpm
hp per liter
142.8 hp per liter
(From Lotus Press
Release) The 2009 Model Year Lotus Exige Cup 260: Add Lightness to
Extensive use of carbon fibre and
for the latest homologated-for-the-road Lotus Exige Cup 260
Lotus Cars Ltd, has
unveiled the MY2009 Exige Cup 260. A direct development of the 2008
Exige Cup Car, this years car uses advanced light weight components
and carbon fibre body material, to reduce the overall weight by 38
kg to a total mass less than 900 kg. Maximum power output of 257 hp
(260 PS), remains the same as the 2008 car, but with careful
attention to weight reduction detail, the 2009 Model Year Exige Cup
260 provides a more agile and dynamic track focused drive and is
than capable of taming Europes most challenging race circuits.
Unusually for such a
focused track and road machine, the 2009 Model Year Exige Cup 260 is
fully homologated for road use in Europe and key markets in Asia - a
must have for many race competition programmes where a road legal
car has to be entered. The Lotus Exige Cup 260 is also eligible to
compete in the newly announced 2009 Lotus Cup Europe race series
organized and run by LoTRDC.
The Exige Cup 260
exploits the Lotus philosophy of using weight reduction to increase
performance and reduce emissions.
Mike Kimberley, Chief
Executive of Group Lotus commented, Lotus is now recognised
globally as one of the leaders in the green automotive revolution.
Colin Chapman, the founder of Lotus is attributed as saying Adding
power makes you faster on the straights; adding lightness makes you
faster everywhere and this statement is more relevant today than it
ever has been, as decreasing weight
increases the cars performance and most importantly efficiency.
The Exige Cup 260
follows this philosophy closely - the weight saving programme has
looked at all areas of the car where components can be replaced with
a lighter version (without pushing the costs beyond the reach of the
serious track day driver or clubman racer) or where components can
be removed completely without detracting from the purity of the
(resulting in a weight saving of 12kg):-
FIA and HANS compliant Driver and Passenger Seats*
One piece Carbon Fibre Dash Top Panel
Front Access Panels
Side air intake ducts
components (resulting in a further weight saving of 22kg):-
Lightweight 'Motorsport' Battery
Ultra-light 12 Spoke Forged Alloy Wheels
Revised Rear Engine Subframe with lightweight Coating
Lightweight Fly Wheel
Lightweight composite bulkhead panel replaces rear window
Alloy Supercharger U bend pipes
Removing some other non
essential components and equipment such as the interior and boot
carpets, front mudflaps, battery cover, interior mirror, sunvisors,
rear tailgate gas strut, results in a further weight saving of 4kg.
However, should a
customer wish, air conditioning and an interior noise reduction pack
are available, together with the complete range of Lotus metallic,
lifestyle and premium paint colours.
The MY2009 Exige Cup 260
weighs in at just 890 kg, giving an impressive power to weight ratio
of 288 hp / tonne (291 PS / tonne). But, of course, power to weight
alone does not make a highly competitive race or track car, so in
addition, the Exige Cup 260 has a formidable list of standard
performance focused equipment, as follows:-
Wheels and Tyres
wheels, that reduce the unsprung mass and contribute a weight saving
of approximately 10 kg (22 lbs) over the already super light forged
Exige wheels, are shod with Lotus specific LTS construction and
compound Yokohama A048 LTS tyres to maximise grip and achieve the
ride and handling targets set by Lotus Engineering.
Lotus Exige Cup 260 cars
have the safety equipment expected of a race car, with FIA and HANS
compliant carbon fibre lightweight sports seats*, normal 3-point
Webb Lock harnesses (four or six point driver and passenger seat
belt harnesses are available for track use only).
(* The seats are FIA
compliant when fitted in conjunction with fixed seat runners that
are available as a track only dealer fit option).
A high tensile steel
roll over hoop is now fitted with a body coloured Lotus Sport AFrame
as standard and the chassis is already pre-drilled to fit a full
front roll cage a simple dealer fit process involving just the
removal of the roof panel for access prior to fitting. Completing
the additional safety equipment is a FIA compliant electronic
ignition kill switch, with cockpit and external activation, and a
compliant plumbed electrically activated fire extinguisher system,
again with cockpit and external switches.
Like all current Lotus
cars, the Exige Cup 260 is built around a very strong extruded and
bonded aluminium chassis tub. Attached to the chassis is a
sacrificial energy absorbing composite front structure designed to
help absorb crash energy in the event of impact.
Eibach springs, one way
adjustable Bilstein dampers and a stiffened and adjustable front
anti-roll bar allows customers to tailor the handling
characteristics of the car to their own requirements. As the
Exige Cup 260 cars are equipped for track use, a double shear track
control arm brace is provided to cope with the expected kerb abuse
during racing or hard track day driving.
The brake system
includes large diameter 308 mm 2-piece aluminium belled cast iron
cross-drilled and ventilated front discs and 282 mm cross-drilled
and ventilated discs at the rear, upgraded Pagid RS14 sports brake
pads set into the brake calipers (AP Racing two piece radially
mounted, 4 piston at the front and Brembo sliding at the rear), and
stainless steel braided brake hoses - all linked to the proven Lotus
track tuned servo-assisted four-channel ABS system that enhances
braking performance and minimizes stopping distance without taking
over from the skill of the driver.
Performance, Economy and Emissions
The Exige Cup 260 is one
of the quickest road cars around a circuit. Key to this incredible
performance is the aerodynamic package, which produces over 40 kg of
downforce at 160 kmh increasing grip and stability at higher speeds.
With a top speed of circa 245 kmh (152 mph) and a zero to 160 kmh
(100 mph) in circa 9.9 seconds, 0 to 100 kmh in circa 4.1 seconds (0
to 60 mph in circa 4 seconds), the MY2009 Exige Cup 260 is the
perfect partner for the serious racer. Combined Fuel Consumption is
9.1 l/100km and the CO2 emissions 216 g/km.
The supercharged and
intercooled engine in the Exige Cup 260 has a maximum power output
of 260 PS (257 hp) at 8000 rpm and a torque figure of 236 Nm (174
lbft) at 6000 rpm. This significant amount of extra power and torque
now available together with the VVTL-i variable cam system ensures
that there is a smooth and linear delivery of power from low engine
speeds all the way to the maximum 8000 rpm (8500 rpm transient for 2
seconds). The Roots-type Eaton M62 supercharger (with a
sealed-for-life internal mechanism meaning that it does not require
the use of the engines oil) is run from the crankshaft and has an
integral bypass valve for part load operation. Charge air (air under
pressure from the supercharger) is cooled through an air-to-air
intercooler (the air enters via the enhanced roof scoop)
before being fed into the engine itself. All charge air ducting has
been kept as short as possible with large diameter pipes to minimise
restriction and maximise throttle response and efficiency. Four high
capacity injectors and an uprated fuel pump add additional fuel
under hard acceleration or continuous high speed driving.
A lightweight flywheel
is fitted (giving even greater flexibility and response to the gear
change), a sports-type clutch plate and heavy duty clutch cover
transfer the engine power and torque to the lightweight C64
six-speed gearbox (with an aluminium casing) with the same
perfectly spaced ratios as the Exige S. A torque-sensing limited
slip differential is fitted as standard, with a plate type limited
slip differential available as an option. An Accusump (engine oil
accumulator unit) is included in the whole package as an oil
reservoir back-up for extreme track use ensuring that, under those
conditions, the engine oil pressure remains constant.
Electrical supply is
provided by a lightweight motorsport battery which saves a massive 5
kg of weight sitting behind the rear axle again weight saving is
not just the removal of mass but ensuring that this mass is removed
where it most effects performance and handling.
Lotus Launch Control and Lotus
Keen to pass on lessons
learned on the track with the Exige GT3 racing programme, Lotus
Sport has contributed another important technology launch control
combined with variable traction control. This combination has
already made its production debut with the track-oriented Lotus
The launch control
allows the driver to determine the number of revs they wish to use
during a standing start. Having programmed that limit, the driver
then holds their foot down fully on the throttle pedal and sidesteps
the clutch pedal for a very quick departure from the line. The
clutch damper cushions the severity of the clutch to transmission
engagement to minimise the stresses to the drivetrain. The
launch control also keeps wheel-spin at bay until 6 mph, after which
the traction control assumes its duties.
As with launch control,
the driver can control the amount of traction control you require
from the drivers seat, altering it on the move to suit the
characteristics of particular corners. The amount of traction
control can be varied in over 30 increments from an optimum 7
percent tyre slip to completely off. The message display in the new
instrument pack displays what degree of traction control you
have currently dialled in.
For 2009, the Lotus
Sport Exige Cup 260 now has a high flow, full-length carbon roof
scoop as part of the lightweight carbon roof panel, which not only
saves 4 kg but also ensures efficient cooling through the
intercooler, which in turn allows the Exige Cup 260 to gain a higher
charge density in the cylinders.
specification Lotus Exige Cup 260 is road legal within the European
Union, and can be registered for road use.
The Exige Cup 260 is
available now for sale in mainland Europe. Individual recommended
retail prices for some major European markets are listed below:
Retail prices for the UK (MSRP)
Recommended retail price
(including VAT) is 45,995, (an additional 950 is charged for on
the road costs. These include delivery, PDI, first service, number
plates, first registration fee, valet, 12 months Road Fund Licence
and a full tank of fuel.
prices for the following markets (MSRP) (including transport,
delivery, local taxes and first service (but excluding registration,
license plates and or a full tank of fuel):
Switzerland CHF 100,000
prices for the following markets (MSRP) (excluding transport,
delivery, local taxes, first service, registration, license plates
and full tank of fuel):
For recommended retail
prices for the following markets (MSRP): Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia,
Russia, Sweden please contact a member of the PR Team.
The Lotus Exige Cup 260
will have a limited manufacturers warranty unless used for
competition or timed runs. Any type of timed or competitive vehicle
use requires that a suitably qualified specialist applies expert
levels of vehicle preparation, servicing and maintenance. The
purchasers statutory rights are not affected.
Lotus Cup Europe:
Lotus Cup Europe has a
new organiser and follows a new format with a six round, twelve race
calendar for the 2009 season.
The series will be
organised and run by LoTRDC Ltd. who, with MSVR runs the successful
Elise Trophy series in the UK. LoTRDC is an independent company
which is not connected to Lotus. The Proposed Calendar will have
drivers racing on some of the most prestigious and demanding
circuits in Europe:-
The provisional calendar
is as follows:
Donington Park (UK)
Le Mans (France) or Zolder (Belgium)
Brands Hatch Grand Prix (UK)
Spa Francorchamps (Belgium)
The calendar and race regulations for Lotus Cup Europe will be
finalised by November; it is expected that there will be three
classes available to ensure that the majority of Lotus owners across
Europe can compete. The 2-Eleven and the new 2009 Model year Lotus
Exige Cup 260 will also be eligible.
For 2009, Lotus Cup
Europe will have a different format from the past race series,
20 minutes qualifying
Race 1 (minimum 20 minutes duration)
Race 2 (minimum 20 minutes duration)
The grid will consist of Lotus product only and all cars will run on
Yokohama A048 LTS tyres.
Further details are
The main operating
subsidiary of Group Lotus plc is Lotus Cars Ltd, which has two
operating divisions - Lotus Engineering and Lotus Cars. Lotus
Engineering is an internationally recognised automotive engineering
consultancy based in Norfolk, UK.
include those in Michigan (USA), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), China and
offices in Germany and Japan.
provides comprehensive and versatile consultancy services to many of
the world's OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, offering a full engineering
service from initial concept and project design through development
and integration of the complete vehicle to meet all worldwide
markets and customers to full production. This includes third party
'niche vehicle' engineering and manufacture worldwide. Lotus Cars
builds world class, prestige, high performance sports cars for sale
countries. These include the iconic Lotus Elise, and the Exige and
Europa. Lotus is a global high-tech company, expanding rapidly and
committed to driving forward technology for both Lotus Cars and its
Engineering clients, spearheading research into such areas as
hybrids, electric vehicles and renewable fuels.