Unapologetic, uncompromising and built to win, the Exige Race 380 is the track-only sibling of one of the world’s best supercars, the Exige Sport 380, from which it retains the majority of the original car’s configuration, thanks to the Exige Sport 380’s highly advanced development. The Exige Race 380 is a peerless competition car, designed to beat the best, lapping Hethel track 1.5 seconds faster than the previous Exige Cup R – a massive performance gain. With a weight cut to just 998 kg dry, its power to weight is unsurpassed in its class.
The Exige has long set the benchmark for handling and, to ensure it remains perfectly poised and agile, the Exige Race 380 uses a revised suspension configuration, incorporating 2-way adjustable Öhlins dampers and adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars. This, together with the Lotus Traction Control System, where the amount of wheel slip can be adjusted by the driver from the cockpit, allows owners to fine tune the vehicle’s handling characteristics.
The new Exige Race 380 includes a wide range of competition-orientated options as standard, covering everything from drivetrain to driver information system – all designed to increase the car’s capabilities. Developed to be eligible for the world-wide Lotus Cup series and a number of clubman championships, this racer is every inch a winner. Retaining the race-proven 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine, the Exige Race 380 boasts 375 hp at 6,700 rpm and 410 Nm (302 lbft) of torque at 5,000 rpm.
Generating even more downforce from the car’s aerodynamics, the Exige Race 380 produces a phenomenal 240 kg at 170 mph, thanks to some careful revisions. Vents are incorporated into the front bodywork to reduce pressure around the wheels and increase downforce; and a grill mounted at the rear aids air circulation through the engine bay. A new front splitter reduces pressure beneath the Exige, whilst the rear diffuser and larger and a straight-cut motorsport rear wing mounted to the bodywork helps modify airflow at the rear of the car.