Built for the road, but with a track focus the new Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25 is a collector’s piece, so says Lotus, a lick-o-paint tribute to one of the most successful and influential Formula 1 cars of all time. The styling theme is based the Type 25, single seat Formula One Lotus racing car that dominated the 1963 season.
Powered by Lotus’ 3.5-litre supercharged and charge cooled V6, producing 430 hp and 440 Nm, the Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25 is not only the fastest in its class, sprinting from 0-60 in just 3.2 seconds, its carefully optimised aerodynamics generate up to 220 kg of downforce.
Every Exige Cup 430 Type 25’s unique livery is finished in metallic Lotus Racing Green, or Old English White, with subtle but sharp contrasting pinstripes on the front splitter, front access panel, new and unique bargeboards, roof panel and rear wing, as well as unique decals on each rear buttress.
Available as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, the Exige Cup 430 Type 25 features Lotus’ open-gate manual gearbox, designed specifically for fast shifts. The Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25 also includes a variable traction control function, linked directly to the ECU.
Exige Cup 430 Type 25 suspension features Nitron three-way adjustable dampers (tuning rebound, as well as low-speed and high-speed compression) and Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars, as standard.
Extensive weight saving measures extend to the lightweight titanium exhaust system, fitted as standard, which is 10kg lighter than the stainless-steelalternative.
The racing lines continue inside with the Type 25 edition’s unique interior pack. Lotus’ in-house manufactured carbon race seats, trimmed in black Alcantara®, feature bespoke trim, with a custom stripe for the head and backrest as well as new contrast double stitching which is matched in the door panels and face-level vents.
As standard the new Exige Cup 430 Type 25 includes air conditioning, an in-car entertainment system, including iPod® connectivity and Bluetooth® functionality, cruise control, a full carpet set and floor mats.