The 2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260 has the body of the Exige S and the technology of the Exige GT3 racecar. Full details inside.

New details are emerging about the 2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260, and they have us pretty excited.  The English automaker is using technology seen on the Exige GT3 racecar and bringing it to the common man.

The use of lighter weight materials no doubt helps the car achieve a 0-100 km/h time of 4.1 seconds.  Aside from the light motorsport wheels, the Exige Cup 260 also gets a plethora of carbon fibre that ultimately shaves about 38kg when compared to the '09 Cup model.  Director of Vehicle Engineering Roger Becker says, "The Lotus Exige Cup 260 is the epitome of the Lotus brand philosophy of performance through lightweight."

Now with 260 PS (256 hp), the car will be sold in North America, Europe, and some Asian markets.  The car is being pushed as a "road legal car" that is perfect for track days.  It also gets adjustable two-way Ohlins dampers, and a rear chassis that is 30% stiffer thanks to the structural shear panel and rear diffuser.

Combining the power with the weight savings has given the car a terrific power-to-weight ratio of 288 hp (291 PS) per tonne.  The car's total weight is 890 kg (1962 lbs).

It uses an unpainted carbon composite rear wing previously seen on the Exige GT3 concept from the 2007 Geneva Motorshow, that produces 42kg of downforce at 160 km/h (99.4 mph).

The car uses 8.5 liters/100 km (27.7 mpg US), a significant improvement over the 9.1 liters/100 km (25.8 mpg US) seen on the '09 model.  CO2 emissions are reduced to 199 g/km from 216 g/km.

Pricing for the Euro Zone is estimated at €52,899, not including taxes, transportation, and paperwork.  UK pricing is £45,950, including all taxes and fees, and a full tank of fuel.

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