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Lotus Exige R-GT looks Group B fantastic for the modern era

Lotus has continually stated that it has big plans for the future. One of those being a return to the rallying world, and it will do just that with the all-new Lotus Exige R-GT. Sitting on the Frankfurt floor, the R-GT evokes visions of classic rally cars while also providing a showcase of Lotus' current and future styling.

The car will compete in the FIA R-GT class, and it tips the scales at 2,646 pounds. Some of that weight comes in the form of class-mandated underside and side protection for driver and passenger, as well as the steel rollcage.

The Exige R-GT is powered by a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine, which produces 302 horsepower. That energy is routed to the wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission. The engine is the same as the one found in the standard Exige, however 34-millimeter air restrictors have been put in place to control the power, as is required by the FIA rulebook for R-GT racing.

Lotus will first offer the Exige R-GT to motorsports customers rather than dive into rallying with its own factory team. Either way, we're happy to see the Lotus name once again applied to a rally race car. Feel free to read the complete press release after the break.

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Looks like fun!!!! Sorry if this is a repost.
 

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The engine is the same as the one found in the standard Exige, however 34-millimeter air restrictors have been put in place to control the power, as is required by the FIA rulebook for R-GT racing.
So I guess this thing is for real then? Or are we just not going to be seeing this Exige in America?
 

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If your refering to me, I meant the "supercharged V6 found in the standard Exige". Obviously no Exige has ever come with a V6, so to reference the "standard" means they are definently building a V6 model? But more importantly will America be blessed with this.
 

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If your refering to me, I meant the "supercharged V6 found in the standard Exige". Obviously no Exige has ever come with a V6, so to reference the "standard" means they are definently building a V6 model? But more importantly will America be blessed with this.
All signs are pointing to 'NO' unfortunately. Not a street legal V6 Exige anyway.
 

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It's the 2012 exige that has this body and v6 engine... longer wheel base too. No idea on US arrival. There's a thread somewhere about it... that i posted in.
 

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Am I the only one who seems to think of the Exige as a poor choice for a rally car? It sits really low, has fragile body work that's expensive to replace, isn't all wheel drive, and generally seems like a fragile car for running over terrain the way rally cars do. Wouldn't something with a 50/50 weight balance and all wheel drive be a better choice? How much does the front bumper on a Focus cost vs an Exige clam? I cringe just thinking about my Elise running on a rough dirt road, let alone some of the horrible roads rally cars face.
 

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Am I the only one who seems to think of the Exige as a poor choice for a rally car? It sits really low, has fragile body work that's expensive to replace, isn't all wheel drive, and generally seems like a fragile car for running over terrain the way rally cars do. Wouldn't something with a 50/50 weight balance and all wheel drive be a better choice? How much does the front bumper on a Focus cost vs an Exige clam? I cringe just thinking about my Elise running on a rough dirt road, let alone some of the horrible roads rally cars face.

Lotus has said that this car is for Tarmac rallying only.
 

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Am I the only one who seems to think of the Exige as a poor choice for a rally car? It sits really low, has fragile body work that's expensive to replace, isn't all wheel drive, and generally seems like a fragile car for running over terrain the way rally cars do. Wouldn't something with a 50/50 weight balance and all wheel drive be a better choice? How much does the front bumper on a Focus cost vs an Exige clam? I cringe just thinking about my Elise running on a rough dirt road, let alone some of the horrible roads rally cars face.

Shouldn't be an issue, our own Rachel came in 7th a few years ago at the "La Carrera Panamericana" in her Elise :up:

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f100/la-carrera-panamericana-27953/
 
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