Lotus has announced a special edition Club Racer version of its Exige S, likely to be released locally in the last quarter of 2015. In typical Lotus tradition, the already-lightweight Exige has been lightened further, along with some choice performance additions, to make the Exige S even more track-focused.
The engine remains unchanged, the 3.5-litre supercharged V6 rated at 257kW and 400Nm, and claimed performance is identical to the current model, at 4.0sec in the 0-100km/h sprint and a top speed of 274km/h.
Standard on the Club Racer is a traction control system that allows varying rates of intervention.
Owners can choose between ‘Drive’, ‘Sport’, and ‘Race’ settings. ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’
settings both increase throttle responsiveness.
Weighing in at 1161kg, the Club Racer is lighter by 15kg, thanks to a lightweight
battery, lighter centre console, lighter doors, and lightweight sports seats. I can’t
help thinking that anyone that wanted to make their Exige S more track-focused would
have done at least the battery and the seat change themselves by now anyway. More
importantly, the Club Racer has a revised aerodynamic package; the front splitter, rear
wing and flat underside all contribute to 42kg of downforce at 160km/h.
The Exige S Club Racer is available in Metallic White, Exige Orange, Metallic Yellow and
Matt Black (as an option). The front splitter, rear wing, front access panel, roof panel,
wing mirrors and rear transom are in Matt Black. Club Racer decals inside on the
dashboard and seats and outside above the side indicator identify this latest special
addition to the Exige range.
Pricing hasn’t been announced, but expect it to be slightly above the standard S model.
If you want to put the weight back into the car, you can specify the optional air-con and
stereo… or buy an Exige S.