• Lotus Exige S

The Lotus Exige is a model derived from the manufacturer Lotus Lotus Elise, studied for a sports use, especially on the track. However, the car is approved for use on the road.

This name was given to three generations of cars, designed on the same principle, from three generations of Lotus Elise.

Lotus Exige S1 derived from the Lotus Elise S1, and was produced between 2000 and 2002. Motor used is the 1.8 L Rover K Series, in a prepared version called VHPD (Very High Performance Derivative) approved for the road but with 177hp available for the track with a 190hp kit. This model was used for the approval of the FIA-GT Lotus Elise Motorsport.

It features compared to the Elise many aerodynamic modifications (closed bodywork, front spoiler and rear wing) and the chassis (suspension settled, special tires) to improve performance on the racetrack.

Production was halted in 2002 and the model is not replaced until 2004.

Marketing the Lotus Exige S2 starts in 2004. It uses the 1.8L DOHC 16-valve engine delivers 190ch Elise S2, however the chassis benefits from firmer suspension, lighter wheels and tires for the circuit. The aerodynamics of the vehicle is also improved to encourage support and cornering at high speed. Its builder was so 914kg weight.

In February 2005 announced the production of 50 required S2 equipped with a supercharger, thus bringing the power of the 1.8L 243ch. These copies were only available in yellow or black, and took the name of the required 240 240 R. R can go from 0 to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 249km/h.

In 2006 announced the Exige S, using the same engine as the 240R but this time developing 218hp.

In 2008 Exige S 240 replaces the Exige S. It then develops 240hp and receives new brakes and a new air intake to the roof. It weighs 942kg and goes from 0 to 100km/h in 4 seconds.

It is a version of the S 240 a little more powerful with 257ch and various relief allowing it to reduce its weight 22kg.

The 2012 version of the Exige S is announced at the Motor Show in Frankfurt in 2011. It is also available as a roadster.