Geneva Motor Show: Lotus Exige GT3 Concept Road Vehicle
Lotus Sport - the racing arm of Lotus Group have taken the Exige GT3 race car and developed a trouser wetting road version concept which will be debuted tomorrow at the 77th Geneva Motor Show. The 275 PS (271 bhp / 203 kW) Exige GT3 is a bold, no-holds-barred, lap record-breaking, breathtaking performance machine that embraces all that is expected of a race-bred Lotus. The GT3 Concept wil be powered by thesame charge-cooled supercharged engine that the GT3 race car employs, producing 275PS (271bhp / 203kw). It is intended that the Lotus Exige GT3 concept road vehicle will be further developed into a full production car for limited markets, to go on sale in late 2007 with an estimated price tag of between ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£50,000 and ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£60,000. Mike Kimberley, Chief Executive Officer for Group Lotus plc: "The Exige GT3 concept road car is a fantastic showcase product from our race carperformance division, Lotus Sport. The car's racing background becomes immediately obvious from its aggressive stance, extreme width of rear track and innovative threedimensional rear wing. The foundation of all Lotus products is phenomenal handling and ride characteristics, but the Exige GT3 takes these into another dimension altogether where supreme road holding and outrageous acceleration come evenly matched with sensational stopping ability." The Exige GT3's pure bred racing brother will be again competing in the GT race arena in 2007, taking over the mantle from the hugely successful 2006 British GT3 Championshipwinning car. On road or track the Lotus Exige GT3 winning pedigree will continue in time honoured Lotus racing tradition. A new one-piece front clam-shell with fully masked front wheels and wheel arch venting leads the aerodynamically cleaned silhouette of this car. A menacing stance is enhanced by the aggressively flared rear wheel arches and ero-efficient three-dimensional rear wing and blended end-plates. The visual message is clear; this vehicle means business and the squat wide hindquarters symbolise the latent power harnessed within.