Lotus applied extensive computational fluid dynamics to its latest sports car, the Exige Sport 380, to raise aerodynamic downforce to 140kg at top speed.
The high-performance vehicle’s design team were able to fine tune specific areas across the body to maximise the overall improvements. The revised front access panel modifies the air flow exiting the car’s horizontally mounted radiators, while the carbon fibre front spoiler and rubber lip spoiler combined with the carbon fibre barge boards reduce pressure underneath the vehicle.
Capable of reaching 100km per hour from a standing start in 3.5 seconds, the sports car is the fastest Exige the firm has developed, with a top speed of 268km/h.
Mating a 3.5-litre supercharged V6 gasoline engine with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, the 1,100kg kerb weighted Exige delivers figures of 280kW/410Nm.
The open-gate design of the manual features cast aluminium parts that contributes to the 30kg weight savings achieved across the vehicle.
Jean-Marc Gales, chief executive of Group Lotus, said: “We’ve saved something special for our last new car of 2016. We have built upon the foundations of the excellent Exige Sport 350 and developed a perfectly proportioned, intuitive and attainable supercar for real roads.
“The cut in weight is nothing short of drastic and, combined with the hike in power and its enhanced agility, we’ve created something exceptional - far greater than the sum of its parts. The Exige Sport 380 is so good, that it is no longer the best in class, it’s now in a class of its own.”
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