Exclusive to the confined routes of race circuits, the new model is again very serious about losing weight in order to increase performance to incredible levels compared to its road-going mates.
The great engineers from Hethel have discovered yet another way to lose a few pounds – as they cater to their usual obsession of bringing weight down on both their road and track cars. The latest example comes in the form of the newly revealed Exige Sport 380 – it tips the scales at just 1,110 kilograms (2,447 pounds), so the street version isn’t by any means overweight. Its even newer Race track-exclusive version though has managed to lower the milestone of its weight to below the 1,000-kg mark. Not counting the fluids, the dry weight of the new Exige Race 380 comes in at 998 kg (2,200 lbs). Get the optional titanium exhaust system and the scales will see another healthy loss of 10 kg (22 lbs).
The beating heart is the same Toyota-derived supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine with 380 horsepower and 410 Newton-meters (302 pound-feet) of torque. The Exige Sport 380 packs a six-speed manual gearbox and an optional six-speed auto, but the Race 380 gains an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission – and other amenities include a cassette-type limited slip differential and an oil cooler. So the sprint to 60 mph (96 kph) will be resolved in 3.2 seconds, which is three tenths of a second faster than its road-legal sibling. Lotus claims the Hethel track will be done in 1 minute and 23.5 seconds, which is 1.5 seconds quicker than the Exige Cup R.