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Overdrive: Lotus Exige Sport 350 Special Edition

Lotus celebrates 50 illustrious years of production at its Hethel base in Norfolk in the best way it knows — special edition cars. Following the Evora 400 and Elise 250 iterations, the storied British sports and racing cars manufacturer will mark the car plant’s golden jubilee with one final model to complete the trilogy.

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The Lotus Exige Sport 350 Special Edition. Image: Lotus

The Lotus Exige Sport 350 Special Edition is the latest of the company’s stickered-up specials, and will also be the lightest. Based on the beastly Exige Sport 350, this car tips the scales at only 1,099kg. That’s 26kg shaven off the regular model, thanks to a host of weight-saving features such as a lighter lithium-ion battery, forged alloy wheels and carbon fibre seats.

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Lotus Hethel Test Track. Image: Lotus

But like a starved predator, its diet has made it hungry and raring to go. Combined with the 345hp supercharged 3.5-litre V6 engine, this car sees an exceptional power-to-weight ratio of 314hp per tonne (to compare, the regular Exige 350 only sees 307hp/tonne). With less weight to lug around, this car can sprint to 100kph in only 3.7 seconds — 0.3 seconds quicker than before. It matches its namesake’s top speed of 273kph. In fact, there couldn’t be a more fitting tribute to Hethel’s legacy than this car; it’s the fastest Exige to lap the Lotus Hethel Test Track in just under 90 seconds.

Time to get fast and furious.

But the world can’t have too much of a good thing. This vicious, track-focused car is available in a limited production of only 50 examples and will burn a €82,000 (S$126,000) hole in your pocket. And as proper homage to the track-ready 350, Lotus will pair your pick of Essex Blue, Old English White, Dark Metallic Grey or Motorsport Black with contrasting racing stripes.

• Engine: Supercharged 3.5-litre V6 engine

• Power: 345hp

• Transmission: Six-speed manual

• Performance: 0-100kph in 3.7 sec

• Top speed: 273kph

• Release date: 2016

Shatricia Nair
Managing Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.
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