Lotus Sport Exige GT3


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A prototype of the Lotus Sport Exige GT3 race car was unveiled at the annual FIA GT
Championship 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 the
car took place at the high speed Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track in Southern France under
FIA 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 equal
power 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 arm
of Lotus Cars and is a derivative of the standard Lotus Exige coupe model. Weighing in at
approximately 750 kg, it stays true to the performance through light weight core Lotus
philosophy. The car uses a race prepared 1.8 2ZZ-GE VVTL-i engine with a Roots type
supercharger and air to air intercooler which utilises the Lotus T4e Engine Control Unit to
produce 285 hp (289 PS) at 7,800 rpm. This gives an impressive power to weight ratio of 380
hp / tonne or 2.6 kg / PS.

Following a brief shakedown programme at the Lotus Test Track at Hethel, factory test driver
Gavan 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.

Commenting on the encouraging test session, Chris Arnold, General Manager of Lotus Sport,
explained: were delighted to attend the official FIA test session. Considering the car was
still on the drawing board two months ago a fantastic achievement by the team to complete
the build in such a short time. We knew this test would be a first shakedown for the car on
slicks and I¡Ë¢çE¢®Ec?m very pleased with the results. Our winter development programme starts with a
wind tunnel test just before Christmas followed by further work in preparation for the next FIA
test in March.


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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-winning
light weight bonded aluminium chassis. This is complemented by low weight 5-spoke forged
alloy wheels, carbon body panels, and a revised high downforce aerodynamic package
incorporating a race front splitter and adjustable carbon fibre rear wing.


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An FIA 6-point roll cage, ignition kill switches, and uprated braking and suspension systems
including Ohlins 3-way adjustable dampers also feature on the new race car. A 6-speed
sequential 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.
According to Lotus, the Exige GT3 model has the following specifications:

Toyota Supplied 2ZZ-GE, 1796 cc I-4, DOHC with VVTL-i and Lotus T4e engine mananagement system, supercharged and intercooled
Bore/Stroke 82.0 mm / 85.0 mm
271 bhp (203 kW) @ 8000 rpm
190 ft·lbf (258 N·m) @ 7000 rpm
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1

Transmission: C64-speed, Close Ratio with uprated clutch and cover, open differential

Gear Ratios I/II/III : 3.116:1 / 2.050:1 / 1.481:1
IV/V/VI : 1.166:1 / 0.916:1 / 0.815:1
R/Final Drive : 3.250:1 / 4.529:1

Exige GT3 Performance:

0-60 mph : 3.9 seconds
0-100 km/h : 4.0 seconds
0-100 mph (0-160 km/h) : 9.8 seconds
Top Speed : 160 mph (257 km/h) – electronically limited
Power to weight ratio : 276 bhp (206 kW)/tonne

Note: While the mass of the vehicle has yet to be disclosed, it can be estimated to be around 2170 lb (980 kg) from the disclosure of the power to weight ratio.

Scribbled on February 12th 2009 in Lotus, Lotus Exige, Pictures
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