2009 Lotus Exige Cup 260
(From Lotus Press Release) The 2009 Model Year Lotus Exige Cup 260: Add Lightness to Increase Performance
Extensive use of carbon fibre and
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
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
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 driving experience:
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
Ultra lightweight 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
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)
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
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 Traction Control
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 2-Eleven.
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
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
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.
The standard 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.
Recommended retail 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):
Recommended retail 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:
For 2009, Lotus Cup
Europe will have a different format from the past race series,
Further details are available at: www.LotusCupEurope.com
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