This Lotus Exige S V6 produces 500 horsepower thanks to a Harrop supercharger and an Ajko exhaust.
We don’t see nearly enough Lotus cars around these parts. Lotuses are generally eclipsed by the bigger-name British brands like Jaguar and Aston Martin, but for decades they’ve been building ultra-lightweight, ultra-maneuverable sports cars that can put cars that are twice as expensive to shame on a race track.
So naturally, a Lotus makes a great basis to make a truly radical race car.
This particular car is a Lotus Exige S V6, which comes with a Toyota-sourced 3.5-L 2GR-FE V6 engine. This is the same engine you can find on earlier models of the Toyota Avalon, Sienna, and Lexus ES 350. Lotus then supercharged it so it comes from the factory with 345 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 3.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 176 mph.
The best part of the Lotus Exige? It’s weight. The car is simply tiny at 2,593 lbs. This gives the Exige--like most Lotuses--legendary maneuverability. It can produce lap times around race tracks that rival most supercars.
But as you can plainly see, this is no ordinary Lotus Exige S V6. It’s been stripped down and rebuilt into a purebred racer. The old Lotus supercharger has been tossed in favor of a Harrop TVS1900 Supercharger kit. The exhaust upgraded with a new Ajko titanium exhaust--the same company that provides exhausts for the Pagani Huayra.
A new fuel system, an Ohlins suspension upgrade, and various other bits and doodads replaced to make this quite possibly the fastest Lotus to ever live.
Unsurprisingly, the entire interior of the car has been stripped in the name of speed. The passenger seat is gone along with the dashboard, replaced by a carbon fiber model that only has room for essential racing controls. A carbon fiber racing seat and 6-harness restraint system is all the driver gets in terms of comfort.
Externally, the Exige gets a new rear wing, a new rear diffuser, and a new front splitter. The entire rear of the vehicle has been hollowed out and given a sort of longtail outer frame to cover the new and enlarged engine.
We don’t know the performance stats on this Exige, but it’s almost certainly closer to 2,000 lbs with all the modifications. It also revs much higher--you can hear the 9,000 RPMs in these videos like a swarm of marauding hornets.