Watch The New Lotus Lotus Exige Cup 430 Tear Up The Track

430 horsepower may not sound like all that much these days. Not when hypercars are routinely kicking out a thousand or more. But Lotus has made a business out of doing a whole lot with very little.

Just watch its latest creation do what it was designed to do in this video. The little monster in question is the new Exige Cup 430, which takes Lotus’ biggest engine and drops it into its smallest chassis.

That engine, incidentally, is the built around the same block you’d find in your average garden-variety Toyota Avalon or Lexus RX350 – a 3.5-liter V6 that Lotus has supercharged to that headline figure of 430 horsepower, with 325 lb-ft of torque to back it up.

With just 2,328 pounds to motivate, that engine will propel the Exige Cup 430 to 60 in 3.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 180 miles per hour. More tellingly, though, is that it will lap the automaker’s legendary test track at Hethel in 1:24.8, making it the fastest production car ever to hustle its way around the circuit.

That’s pretty impressive considering the performance machinery that Lotus has made in the past, but that’s what the “more power, less weight” formula will do for you.

  • thunder bolt

    I looks really really slow.

  • Bo Hanan

    Such a nasty (the good kind) little car.

  • Six_Tymes

    that must be such a blast to drive, especially on a track.

  • SteersUright

    How on EARTH did they get that Toyota engine to sound SO good?!?! Just shows that anything is possible with enough passion. Phenomenal little toy. Id love to drive one of these one day.

    • eb110americana

      +100

  • I wonder if Lotus can make an even extreme Exige out of this. They still got few years to fill before next generation Elise showed up.

  • EyalN

    you didn’t fix the Lotus Lotus yet?
    i drove the 180 HP Exige in silverstone 10 years ago and it was very fast
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/75ad88152b016ffa21fb9da3f30fe4dec832edb00eeab8ff85299517f65d4e26.jpg

Bugatti’s Second Model Slated To Be A High-Riding Four-Seater With Off-Road Capability

The upcoming crossover could cost around $1 million.

North American Car, Utility And Truck Of The Year Semifinalists Announced

The Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911 and Toyota Supra will battle for the title of North American Car of the year.

Tesla Model S Breaks Down On The Nurburgring, Gets Passed By A Porsche Taycan

Tesla has suffered an embarrassing setback in their attempt to beat Porsche’s lap record.

Tesla Model 3 Aces IIHS Safety Tests, Nabs Top Safety Pick+ Award

After the Audi E-Tron, the Model 3 has become the second all-electric vehicle to be awarded the highest rating by the American safety institute.

Andy Wallace Says Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ Was Still Accelerating At 304 MPH

According to the man behind the wheel, the Bugatti could have exceeded that speed if it had a longer stretch of tarmac ahead of it.

An Audi RS6 Pickup Would Be The Ultimate Business Up Front, Party At The Back Ute

An Audi Sport pickup with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 and 591 hp would be great fun to drive.

2020 Karma Revero GT Gets Pedestrian Noisemaker, Sounds Like A Throaty Leaf Blower

Thankfully, future options could allow owners to customize the way their Karma sounds.

Audi Believes Gasoline Performance Cars Will Be Relegated To Racetracks

That gas guzzling performance machine you drive on weekends may eventually be limited to racetracks.

The 2020 Toyota Supra Is No Match For The BMW M2 Competition

Both the Toyota Supra and BMW M2 Competition use 3.0-liter sixes, but the M2 has one extra turbo.

My Other Lexus Is A… Boat: Luxury Brand Launches $3.5 Million LY 650 Yacht

65-foot Lexus LY 650 offers up to 2,700 horsepower: that’s 450 hp for each of the six passengers it accommodates.