Image credits: © Lotus.

2011 Lotus Exige R-GT news, pictures, specifications, and information

The Return of Lotus to Rally

30 years after World Rally Championship victory in the Talbot Sunbeam Lotus it's time to welcome Lotus back to rally wîth the brother of the newly launched Exige S – the Exige R-GT.

What better way to demonstrate Lotus' superior ride and handling than by re-entering the adrenaline filled Rally Championships? Showcasing the new Exige S' phenomenal performance, the Exige R-GT will participate in the newly formed FIA GT category of the FIA Rally Championship on asphalt in Monte Carlo, Tour de Corse and San Remo.

For Group Lotus' Director of Motorsport Claudio Berro the return to rally has an extra special meaning; 'My motorsport career started in rally, in fact, I even took part in the Talbot Sunbeam Lotus' Italian Rally championship winning a race in San Marino back in 1981 so this is a very nostalgic moment for me. As we unveiled the car in Frankfurt, alongside the original championship winning car, I had the chance to get back inside and the smell was exactly the same – it brought back many happy memories for me.

'With the new R-GT rules in rally, it's a very interesting time for us to return to the sport. Naturally our approach this time around will be different to when we won the championship wîth Talbot three decades ago but I think our philosophy is definitely the same, we want to compete and ultimately we want to win. Our new rally car, the Exige R-GT is a dream come true for those who are passionate about GT racing – this will be their car.'

The beauty of the Exige R-GT is that although it's a professionally set up race car, you don't need to be a pro to drive it – the race car has been developed alongside the road car allowing the technical team to create the perfect race machine, high performance but without losing the sense of fun to drive and ease of use. Developing the race version of the Exige in parallel wîth the road car has allowed the Lotus technicians to make rapid advances in terms of safety and reliability.

Vital Stats
Engine : 3.5 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 302 hp

6-speed Sequential
Claudio Berro commented: 'We have learnt a great deal from working wîth the Evora and creating various race derivatives over the past 18 months particularly how best to adapt a road car for the track and competitive racing. We were able to put this learning to good use wîth the Exige project. In my mind rally is probably the ultimate motorsport, it combines the excitement of track racing wîth the specialist skills needed for road racing – we really believe it's one of the best and most straight forward ways to demonstrate the capabilities of our products.'


Powered by the same V6 3.5 litre engine as the new road Exige, significant changes have been made to the gearbox and the restrictors on the engine in order to control the power. Lotus will initially partner wîth several customer teams following the tried and tested method in which Lotus entered IndyCar and returned to Le Mans.

Source - Lotus
What better way to demonstrate Lotus' superior ride and handling than by re-entering the adrenaline filled Rally Championships? Showcasing the new Exige S' phenomenal performance, the Exige R-GT will participate in the newly formed FIA GT category of the FIA Rally Championship on asphalt in Monte Carlo, Tour de Corse and San Remo.

Powered by the same V6 3.5 litre engine as the new road Exige, significant changes have been made to the gearbox and the restrictors on the engine in order to control the power. Lotus will initially partner wîth several customer teams following the tried and tested method in which Lotus entered IndyCar and returned to Le Mans.

For Group Lotus' Director of Motorsport Claudio Berro the return to rally has an extra special meaning: 'My motorsport career started in rally, in fact, I even took part in the Talbot Sunbeam Lotus' Italian Rally championship winning a race in San Marino back in 1981 so this is a very nostalgic moment for me. As we unveiled the car in Frankfurt, alongside the original championship winning car, I had the chance to get back inside and the smell was exactly the same - it brought back many happy memories for me.'

'With the new R-GT rules in rally, it's a very interesting time for us to return to the sport. Naturally our approach this time around will be different to when we won the championship three decades ago, but I think our philosophy is definitely the same, we want to compete and ultimately we want to win. Our new rally car, the Exige R-GT is a dream come true for those who are passionate about GT racing - this will be their car.'

The beauty of the Exige R-GT is that although it's a professionally set up race car, you don't need to be a pro to drive it - the race car has been developed alongside the road car allowing the technical team to create the perfect race machine, high performance but without losing the sense of fun to drive and ease of use. Developing the race version of the Exige in parallel wîth the road car has allowed the Lotus technicians to make rapid advances in terms of safety and reliability.

Source - Lotus
 
Recent Vehicle Additions

2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

1972 Chevrolet C10

2018 Dodge Durango

2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition

2017 Ford Focus RS Team Sky

2017 Seat Arona
OUTSTANDING ONE-TWO – VOLKSWAGEN HITS THE HEIGHTS IN MEXICO WITH LATVALA AND OGIER
FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Rally Mexico ◾37th victory for the Polo R WRC: Latvala/Anttila win in Mexico, ahead of Ogier/Ingrassia ◾ŸRound three of the WRC season features highest point and longest stage of the year ◾ŸVolkswagen equals own record of twelve wins in a row in front of 300,000 spectators Wolfsburg (07 March 2016). Back in business, and making history for Volkswagen in the process – Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) claimed an important victory at the R...[Read more...]
FINNISH HERO: JARI-MATTI LATVALA WINS HIS HOME RALLY WITH VOLKSWAGEN
◾Record-breaking drive: Latvala/Anttila triumph at fastest WRC rally ever ◾One-two sees Volkswagen extend its lead in the Manufacturers' Championship ◾First opportunity for Ogier/Ingrassia to wrap up WRC title at next round in Germany Wolfsburg (02 August 2015). 'Kings of Speed': Jari-Matti Latvala and his co-driver Miikka Anttila won the fastest WRC rally of all time with Volkswagen. On home soil for the Rally Finland, the eighth round of the season in the FIA World Rally Championsh...[Read more...]
#WINTERTHUNDERLAND – VOLKSWAGEN CARRYING MOMENTUM INTO RALLY SWEDEN
◾Ice and snow – Rally Sweden an anomaly on the WRC calendar ◾Volkswagen duos first, second and third in the World Championship standings ◾One rally, two countries: route takes in new territory in Norway and familiar ground in Sweden Paradise for fans of the perfect drift: when Volkswagen lines up at the Rally Sweden, it will do so at the only rally of the season to be held completely on ice and snow. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and And...[Read more...]
UNKNOWN TERRITORY FOR THE VOLKSWAGEN POLO R WRC – PREMIERE IN POLAND
Volkswagen duos line up for WRC rally number seven in overall positions first, second and fourth ◾Careful preparations: three days of test-driving for Ogier, Latvala and Mikkelsen ◾Rally Poland back in WRC calendar for the first time since 2009 The world champions will be venturing into terra incognita from 26 to 29 June 2014 when the team's three Polo R WRC vehicles traverse Poland at a rallying pace and with spectacular drifts for the first time. The defending champions and current leader...[Read more...]
Saving The Best For Last – Volkswagen Signs Off WRC Season With A One-Two
Volkswagen added another sporting highlight to a memorable year at the finale of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). The final result of the season: Ogier/Ingrassia, followed by Latvala/Anttila with Mikkelsen/Markkula fifth. The three works duos in the Polo R WRC achieved the best team result so far, winning 16 of the 22 special stages and claiming 41 of a possible 66 top-three spots. This was the final cherry on the cake for Volkswagen, at the end of a phenomenal season that surprised almos...[Read more...]

16
18 FJ
340R
51 and 51A
61
72
81
Carlton
Cortina
Elan
Eleven
Elise
Elite Type 14 Coupé
Elite Types 75 and 83
Esprit
Europa
Evora
Excel
Exige
Fifteen
Mark VI
Seven
Type 19
Type 20
Type 21
Type 22
Type 23
Type 24
Type 25
Type 27
Type 30
Type 38
Type 49

2012 Exige R-GT Image Right
© 1998-2017. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.