2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260 – Pictures, Features, Specs, Pricing | Auto Spectator: New car reviews, pics, info & specs

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The track focussed 2010 Model Year Exige Cup 260 takes design and technical innovations from the Exige GT3 racecar and combines class leading emissions of 199 g/km CO2 and exhilarating performance of km/h in just 4.1 seconds.

2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260

• Extensive use of carbon fibre

• lightweight wheels

• Ohlins adjustable dampers

• Rear stiffness increased by 30%

Photo: Lotus Exige Cup 260

The Lotus Cup has developed a cult following and a fan base since the first Exige Cup 240 was unveiled in 2006. the last 4 model years hundred Exige Cup Cars been sold, either for race and track use or for a pure going driving experience. The Exige Cup 260, with 260 PS, the 38 kg weight savings introduced in the years model, combines with the extensive body and improvements and revisions introduced on the Exige in March 2009 and them off with new components and to produce the most focused and Exige yet.

Photo: Lotus Exige Cup 260

Roger Director of Vehicle Engineering for said, “The Lotus Cup 260 is the epitome of the Lotus brand of performance through lightweight. Chapman, founder of Lotus, said “Adding power you faster on the straights; subtracting makes you faster everywhere” and the Cup 260 totally proves this, one of the most exhilarating, focussed and sportscars on the road today.”

2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260

The Model Year Exige Cup 260 is homologated for road use in Europe and key in Asia and North America a must have for many competition programmes where a legal car has to be entered. The Lotus Cup 260 is also eligible to compete in the Cup Europe race series, and run by LoTRDC.

The 2010 Model Exige Cup 260 takes the design and changes first introduced on the S earlier this year to the look and improve aerodynamic

Photo: 2010 Lotus Cup 260

The lightweight, unpainted carbon composite rear wing is on the design from the Exige GT3 car concept shown at the Geneva in 2007. Compared to the 2009 Year Exige Cup 260 tailgate-mounted it is 181 mm wider and mounted 46 mm higher and 61 mm back.

It is attached to the rear clam via rear end plates not only increases the stiffness of the structure but also ensures as much of the airflow as possible over the rear wing. careful airflow management stability, reduces drag most importantly, maintains the downforce figures of 42 kg at 160 km/h.

The front end includes a larger, angular air intake to help more air through the radiator, to the efficiency of the engine. Ahead of the wheels on either side of the aperture, two larger air intakes the airflow to the twin oil coolers. vanes, made from carbon fibre bisect oil cooler air-intakes to stabilise the to further increase the cooling

Mounted below the three air is a new aerodynamic splitter for the 2010 Year Exige. Made lightweight carbon chord the splitter is extended to wrap the whole of the front end and chiseled lips are raised to deflect air the tyres to reduce drag.

chassis stiffness increases by 30%

The Cup 260 now has an evolution of the rear diffuser and shear panel based on the developed for the Exige GT3 race which increases the lateral of the rear subframe by 30% further its outstanding handling.

The rear and structural shear panel the subframe to the main chassis to greatly increased lateral to the rear subframe suspension points, resulting in better contact patch control.

stiffness is also more to those drivers who race or part in track days slick tyres that can be fitted to the Exige Cup 260.

two-way adjustable dampers are now as standard, adding even personalisation of the driving characteristics so the can tune the Exige Cup 260 to their style and road or track

A restyled front end and new larger, wing that not only drag, but also gives a muscular stance enhancing the shrink-wrapped look of the whole

Photo: 2010 Lotus Cup 260

Like the 2010 Model Lotus Exige S, the 2010 Year Exige Cup 260 exploits the philosophy of using weight to increase performance and reduce Fuel economy is impressive an Official European Combined figure of 8.5 litres / 100 km (reduced 9.1 litres / 100 km (combined) for the 2009 Year Exige Cup 260), a 6.5 litres/100 km on the Official European Urban Cycle and just 199 of CO2 (reduced from 216 g/km of CO2 for the Model Year Exige Cup Continuous engineering improvements the last year including whole vehicle optimisation has this sportscar to be even for fuel economy and emissions.

Bennett, Operations Director for Cars said, “The thing about the Lotus Cup 260 is its performance, on the track it’s quick in a straight line and corners with razor-sharp With the lightness and agility expect from a Lotus and the telepathic feedback to the driver, car produces an outrageously fun drive.”

The Cup 260 follows this lightweight closely. Taking the already Lotus Exige S, the weight programme has looked at all areas of the car components can be replaced with a version (without pushing the beyond the reach of the serious day driver or clubman racer) or components can be removed completely detracting from the purity of the experience:

Carbon fibre in a weight saving of 12kg):-

• Panel

• FIA and HANS compliant and passenger seats*

• One piece fibre dash top panel

• tailgate

• Centre tunnel

• access panels

• Front (carbon chord)

• Rear (carbon chord)

(* The seats are FIA when fitted in conjunction fixed seat runners are available as a track only fit option).

Lightweight components in a further weight saving of

• Lightweight ‘motorsport’ battery

• five spoke forged wheels

• Revised rear engine with lightweight coating

• fly wheel

• Lightweight composite panel replaces rear

• Alloy supercharger U-bend

Removing some other non components and equipment such as the and boot carpets, front battery cover, interior sunvisors, rear tailgate gas results in a further weight of 4kg.

However, as optional should a customer wish, air and an interior noise reduction are available, together with the range of Lotus metallic, and premium paint colours

The Exige Cup 260 weighs in at just 890 kg, an impressive power to weight of 288 hp / tonne (291 PS / tonne). of course, power to weight does not make a highly race or track car, so in the Exige Cup 260 has a formidable list of performance focused equipment, as

Lotus Launch Control and Traction Control – additions for track driving

Lotus Control and Lotus Traction was originally developed for the Lotus GT3 racing programme

The launch allows the driver to determine the of revs they wish to use a standing start. Having that limit, the driver holds their foot fully on the throttle pedal and the clutch pedal for a very departure from the line. The damper cushions the severity of the to transmission engagement to minimise the to the drivetrain.

The launch control keeps wheel-spin at bay until 10 (6 mph), after which the control assumes its duties.

As launch control, the amount of control required can be dialled in the driver’s seat and altered on the to suit the characteristics of particular The amount of traction control can be in over 30 increments from an 7 percent tyre slip to inactive. The message display in the new pack displays what of traction control is being utilised.

Wheels and Tyres

All new Sport lightweight forged wheels, thought to be the lightest equipment wheels in the world, just 5.65 kg (front) and kg (rear). These ultra wheels reduce the unsprung therefore further improving the and contribute a weight saving of 800 g over the already super forged 2009 Model Exige Cup 260 wheels. The wheels are with Lotus specific LTS and compound Yokohama A048 to maximise grip and achieve the and handling targets set by Lotus

† For GCC States Yokohama A048 LTS are replaced with Toyo R888 tyres.

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Safety

Lotus Exige Cup 260 cars the safety equipment expected of a car, with FIA and HANS carbon fibre lightweight seats*, normal 3-point Lock” harnesses (four or six driver and passenger seat harnesses are available for track use

(* The seats are FIA compliant when in conjunction with fixed runners that are available as a only dealer fit option).

A tensile steel roll hoop is now fitted with a coloured Lotus Sport as standard and the chassis is already to fit a full front roll – a simple dealer fit process just the removal of the roof for access prior to fitting. the additional safety equipment is a FIA electronic ignition kill with cockpit and external and a FIA compliant plumbed electrically fire extinguisher system, with cockpit and external

Like all current Lotus the Exige Cup 260 is built around a strong extruded and bonded chassis tub. Attached to the is a sacrificial energy absorbing front structure designed to absorb crash energy in the of impact.

Suspension

To suit driving styles and road drivers will now be able to the Exige suspension with the two-way adjustable dampers have 60 compression and 22 rebound and ride height adjustment to the ride height from 130 mm to 120 mm. An front anti-roll bar allows to tailor the handling characteristics of the car to own requirements.

As the Exige Cup 260 cars are for track use, a double track control arm brace is to cope with the expected abuse during track or hard track day driving.

The brake system includes diameter 308 mm 2-piece cross-drilled and front discs and 282 mm cross-drilled and discs at the rear, upgraded RS14 sports brake set into the brake calipers (AP two piece radially mounted, 4 at the front and Brembo sliding at the and stainless steel braided hoses – all linked to the Lotus track-tuned servo-assisted ABS system that enhances performance and minimizes stopping without taking over the skill of the driver.

Performance, Economy and Emissions

The Cup 260 is one of the quickest road cars a circuit. Key to this incredible performance is the aerodynamic package, produces 42 kg of downforce at 160 km/h mph) increasing grip and at higher speeds. With a top of circa 245 km/h (152 and a zero to 160 km/h (100 in circa 9.9 seconds, 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds (0 to 60 mph in circa 4 seconds), the Exige Cup 260 is the perfect partner for the racer.

Combined Fuel is 8.5 l/100km and the CO2 emissions 199 g/km.

The supercharged and intercooled engine in the Cup 260 has a maximum power output of 260 PS hp) at 8000 rpm and a torque figure of 236 Nm lbft) at 6000 rpm. significant amount of extra and torque now available together the VVTL-i variable cam system that there is a smooth and delivery of power from low speeds all the way to the maximum 8000 rpm rpm transient for 2 seconds).

The Roots-type M62 supercharger (with a sealed-for-life mechanism meaning that it not require the use of the engine’s oil) is run the crankshaft and has an integral bypass for part load operation. air (air under pressure the supercharger) is cooled through an intercooler (the air enters via the roof scoop) before fed into the engine itself.

All air ducting has been kept as as possible with large pipes to minimise restriction and throttle response and efficiency. high capacity injectors and an fuel pump add additional under hard acceleration or high speed driving – on the track of course!

A lightweight is fitted (giving even flexibility and response to the gear a sports-type clutch plate and duty clutch cover the engine power and torque to the C64 six-speed gearbox (with an casing) – with the same spaced ratios as the Exige S. A limited slip differential is as standard, with a plate limited slip differential as an option. An Accusump (engine oil unit) is included in the whole as an oil reservoir back-up for extreme use ensuring that, under conditions, the engine oil pressure constant.

Electrical supply is provided by a motorsport battery which a massive 5 kg of weight sitting the rear axle – again saving is not just the removal of but ensuring that this is removed where it most performance and handling.

Roof

The Lotus Sport Exige Cup 260 has a flow, full-length carbon scoop as part of the lightweight roof panel, which not saves 4 kg but also ensures cooling through the intercooler, in turn allows the Exige Cup 260 to a higher charge density in the improving efficiency further.

The standard specification Lotus Cup 260 is road legal within the Union, and can be registered for road

The Exige Cup 260 is available now for sale in Individual recommended retail for some major European are listed below:

Recommended prices of the standard road Lotus Exige Cup 260

Recommended price (including VAT) is (an additional £950 is charged for on the costs. These include PDI, first service, plates, first registration valet, 12 months Road Licence and a full tank of

Recommended retail prices of the road specification Lotus Cup 260 for the following markets (MSRP) transport, delivery, local and first service (but registration, license plates and or a tank of fuel):

France €

Italy € 64.900,–

Switzerland CHF

Recommended retail prices for the markets (MSRP) (including taxes (excluding transport, license plates and or a full of fuel):

Recommended retail for Euro Zone Countries (excluding local taxes, registration, license plates and or a tank of fuel):

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