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LOTUS EXIGE S TYPE 72 – F1 INSPIRATION FOR THE ROADApril 08, 2010
As the Lotus name re-enters the world of Formula One, Lotus Cars Australia has announced that it has secured three Exige S limited edition vehicles for the Australian market, the Lotus Exige S Type 72. The limited edition Exige S celebrates the most successful F1...more below
Lotus Exige S Type 72 – F1 inspiration for the road
The Australian Lotus Exige S Type 72 vehicles come with a Sport Pack and a Performance Pack as standard, along with a Limited Slip Differential. Each car comes with a special build plate commemorating one of the F1 car’s 20 Grand Prix victories.
The Sport Pack includes a bespoke high quality interior, with black microfibre ProBax sports seats with gold stitching and Type 72 logo. Other Sport Pack additions are twin oil coolers, a T45 steel main roll hoop and an adjustable front anti-roll bar.
The Performance Pack offers a further 20 hp over the standard Exige S whilst it includes the Lotus Variable Slip Traction Control System, front AP Racing four piston brake calipers with 308mm discs, a full length roof scoop and an uprated clutch plate and clutch cover.
Performance through light weight has long been a Lotus philosophy and the Lotus Exige S Type 72 is no exception. The 935kg Exige S Type 72 is a supercharged mid-engined sportscar that is at home on the racetrack as it is on the open road. The intercooled engine with VVTL-i technology ensures impressive performance all the way to the rev limiter at 8500 rpm allowing the car to sprint to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds and to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 235 km/h. This is whilst the car also offers class leading fuel economy of 6.5 litres/100 km (43.5 mpg) on the Extra Urban Cycle and CO2 emissions of a mere 199 g/km.
All Lotus cars offer outstanding handling and performance, and the Exige is no exception offering excellent dynamics and great driver involvement. Lotus ride and handling gives an inspiring driving experience and the mid-engined layout of the Lotus Exige S Type 72 offers fantastic balance and agility.
Luke Bennett, Operations Director for Lotus Cars Limited stated: “The Lotus Exige S Type 72 is an evocative sport scar, combining cutting edge handling and performance with the iconic Type 72 colour scheme, one of the most famous racing liveries of all time. The Exige provides an intense driving experience either on road or track and this limited edition is a worthy car to celebrate such a legendary racing car.”
Clive Chapman, Director of Classic Team Lotus said: “The Type 72 was a very significant car for Team Lotus and indeed for the world of F1. It was a revolutionary design that pioneered the use of side-mounted radiators to achieve its distinctive ’wedge’ profile, which delivered a significant aerodynamic advantage. Furthermore, by minimising unsprung weight and using a torsion bar, rising rate suspension, tyre performance was excellent. The Lotus Type 72 design was so advanced that it was competitive for an extraordinary six years.”
To commemorate the impressive number of Grand Prix wins the Type 72 achieved, Lotus Cars Australia has secured 3 examples of the Lotus Exige S Type 72 for Australia. The car is priced at $109,990 plus dealer delivery and statutory government charges offering an exceptional value proposition considering the cars specification, the exclusivity and comparative performance sports cars
With the Performance Pack as standard on the Exige S Type 72 comes a power output is 240hp, or 179kW, a 10 percent improvement over the Exige S. Torque also increases from 215Nm to 230Nm. Upgraded fuel injectors and a new ECU allow the supercharged engine to reach greater heights.
The engine is a 1.8-litre supercharged intercooled four-cylinder. Features include twin-overhead camshafts, 16 valves and VVTL-i variable cam timing and lift, along with a distinct, characteristic supercharger whine.
A six-speed close-ratio C64 gearbox is standard and the Performance Pack provides an upgraded heavy duty clutch kit including a strengthened clutch and pressure plate.
Putting this extra power to the ground will be assured through mechanical and electronic traction aids. A torque-sensing limited-slip differential is standard on the Exige S Type 72.
The car is fitted with Lotus Sport adjustable traction control. Developed from the Lotus Sport UK GT3 motorsport program, the advanced electronic system utilises a driver-adjustable control knob to dial-in one of 18 preset levels of traction control intervention. This allows for the ultimate in driver control in any road condition, wet or dry.
This system also utilises electronic launch-control where the driver can dial in the desired revs, floor the throttle and it will hold at the determined point until the clutch is released for perfect starts every time.
Lotus is already known for its outstanding stopping power, and the Exige S Type 72 is even more effective with AP four-piston callipers on the front with 308mm two-piece front vented discs. On the rear, new Brembo single-piston callipers work on 288mm rotors. Pagid brake pads are fitted all around.
Maintaining its track focus, the Sport 240 is fitted with grippy R compound Yokohama A048 LTS tyres, 195/50x16 front, 225/45x17 rear. It also benefits from a BS4 T45 steel roll-over hoop and struts.
Even the air-conditioning system is designed for performance. Weighing just 15kg for the entire system, the air-con uses an advanced clutch that automatically turns the compressor off when it senses full throttle to preserve maximum performance.