Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Loutus unleashes 316kW, 290km/h Exige Cup 430

Loutus unleashes 316kW, 290km/h Exige Cup 430

The new edition has a clear focus on track performance, and is said to be the quickest auto to go around the Norfolk-based firm's Hethel test track, taking 1 minute 24.8 seconds - 1.2 seconds faster than the road-going version of the Lotus 3-Eleven.

Power comes courtesy of the same supercharged 3.5-liter Toyota V6 found in Exige 380, but as the name suggests, output has been amplified from 380 horsepower (283 kilowatts) up to 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts). It needs just 3.3 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h, and it doesn't run out of steam until 290 km/h (180 mph).

The Exige Cup 430 is powered by a development of the engine set up used on the Evora GT430.

Thanks to a new Edelbrock supercharger and water-to-air charge cooler, new intake plumbing, a larger throttle body and an all titanium free-flow exhaust system, all developed specifically for this auto, the big V6 is rated for 316kW at 7000 revs, and 440Nm at 4000rpm. Instead they are touting "the most extreme Exige ever conceived" in the form of the newly developed limited edition Exige Cup 430. It's got more torque, too, producing 325 pound-feet (440 Newton-meters) of it.

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Aero bits include a new front splitter, louvers over the wheel arches, rear diffuser, air intake, and carbon fiber rear wing that help the Cup 430 UE generate 485 lbs of downforce. The unit is linked as standard to a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission with the famous open-gate design.

To balance the downforce front and rear, the new front splitter with trailing lip separates the airflow under the vehicle so that new air curtain elements int the front clam panel move air though to the front wheel cavities to help reduce turbulence and drag generated by the front wheels.

Stopping power comes courtesy of four-piston AP Racing brake calipers and new performance two-piece, J-hook brake discs. It's available to order now for £99,800 plus on-the-road costs.

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