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Lotus Sport Exige GT3

Exige GT3

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The Lotus Sport Exige GT3 entrant has been developed by Lotus Sport, the performance armof Lotus Cars and is a derivative of the standard Lotus Exige coupé model.

A prototype of the Lotus Sport Exige GT3 race car was unveiled at the annual FIA GTChampionship presentation ceremony outside the world famous Casino in Monte Carlo,Monaco on 02 December, 2005. The following day (03 December 2005), the first test for thecar took place at the high speed Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track in Southern France underFIA supervision, the first stage in the Lotus Sport Exige GT3 becoming eligible for FIA GT3 competition. This latest FIA series, which will start in 2006, is for race cars that have an equalpower to weight, and that have a direct lineage to their road going versions.

The Lotus Sport Exige GT3 entrant has been developed by Lotus Sport, the performance armof Lotus Cars and is a derivative of the standard Lotus Exige coupé model. Weighing in atapproximately 750 kg, it stays true to the “performance through light weight” core Lotusphilosophy. The car uses a race prepared 1.8 2ZZ-GE VVTL-i engine with a Roots typesupercharger and air to air intercooler which utilises the Lotus T4e Engine Control Unit toproduce 285 hp (289 PS) at 7,800 rpm. This gives an impressive power to weight ratio of 380hp / tonne or 2.6 kg / PS.

Following a brief shakedown programme at the Lotus Test Track at Hethel, factory test driverGavan Kershaw carried out final chassis set up work on wet tyres in the morning session at the Paul Ricard official FIA test. This was followed by an outing on slick tyres on a drying track by FIA nominated test driver Christophe Bouchut.

The FIA has announced a five race European championship for the new GT3 class with rounds in the UK, Germany, Belgium, France and Italy. Various national GT Championships are also considering amending their regulations to include a GT3 class.

Basic prototype specification

Like the standard Exige, the Lotus Sport Exige GT3 comes complete with the award-winninglight weight bonded aluminium chassis. This is complemented by low weight 5-spoke forgedalloy wheels, carbon body panels, and a revised high downforce aerodynamic packageincorporating a race front splitter and adjustable carbon fibre rear wing.

An FIA 6-point roll cage, ignition kill switches, and uprated braking and suspension systemsincluding Öhlins 3-way adjustable dampers also feature on the new race car. A 6-speedsequential transmission system, and full data logging system have been fitted to the singleseater prototype vehicle.Availability, full specification, and price of the Lotus Sport Exige GT3 will be announced in early 2006.

About Lotus Sport

Lotus Sport is the performance arm of Lotus Cars Ltd and is located at the Norfolk Head Office next to the famous Hethel test track. The department designs and builds modified versions of the standard Lotus road cars with special emphasis on upgraded performance, improved ride and handling packages and race specific safety equipment.

Individual performance parts to customise or upgrade a vehicle are available via Lotus Sport and its workshops can service, repair, restore or upgrade a standard road or competition Lotus.

In addition, Lotus Sport provides a range of driving packages using the renowned Hethel test circuit,including driver training and corporate days, as well as offering enthusiasts a guided tour of the Lotus factory.

About the FIA GT3 European Championship

The FIA GT3 European Championship is an innovative new motorsport series, aimed at series Grand Touring cars with few modifications from their road-going models. Taking the form of a Cup of Cups, with six cars from each participating make competing both between themselves and between makes in order to win the overall FIA title. Reserved for nonprofessional drivers, and racing within the same meetings as the FIA GT Championship, the performance of the cars will be balanced in order to guarantee exciting, one-hour races.

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