The road holding of every Lotus is well-known to be legendary. This is an area in which we have earned the respect of the whole motoring world, to the extent that drivers from around the world have coined the saying that "Lotuses have such incomparable handling and road holding that they seem to be painted to the road". With the new Exige S our ride and handling team have pushed themselves to the limit, with over a year of obsessive work that created a new benchmark. At first sight you'll be able to see that the high performance Bilstein suspension work on forged aluminium arms, using Eibach springs that are adjusted for performance driving and at the same time comfortable on the road, but after only a few fast bends you will discover why the road holding of the new Exige S will become part of the legend.
For example, let's take the splitter at the front of the car, it works in two ways: preventing local separation under the car and, even more importantly, providing a surface on which the stagnant air flow above the splitter can push the vehicle down and create downforce at the front. In this way the flow is perfectly balanced between that created by the car's rear wing and diffuser. All this serves to generate a perfect aerodynamic load, or a downforce balance of around 40% on the front axle and 60% at the rear. It doesn't matter if you aren't expert at numbers and calculations, a few kilometres driving the Exige will make it all very clear.
After you've experienced its acceleration and road holding, there's another thing you'll be thrilled by: the Exige S braking system is the only one of its type, giving you a safe and entertaining drive. The Bosch engineers who worked with us on the development of the DPM, have described the ventilated and cross-drilled brake discs as the best in their category. After exhaustive testing in extreme conditions the brake discs, 350 mm at the front and 332 mm at the rear, partly thanks to the AP-Racing four piston calipers, showed no signs of wear.
DPM (Dynamic Performance Management) is a sophisticated hardware system developed by Bosch to Lotus specifications, which is provided as standard on the new Exige S at no additional cost to the customer. Lotus developed the system to improve the overall driving experience of the Exige S, offering greater stability and making it easier for less experienced drivers to drive safely in bad weather and extreme conditions. Lotus Dynamic Performance Management includes a full set of characteristics that enhance this car's well-known stability. When it is on, even less expert drivers can maintain high levels of ride and handling.
Like all our designs, the Exige S chassis is innovative. We have taken all the DNA of our racing cars and exported it into one that is road legal. Because of this the transition from a road Exige to the racing version is a matter of a few details. No other car on the market offers similar technology for building a monocoque aluminium chassis weighing only 68 kg with dynamic capabilities that have yet to be equalled.
Finding innovative technical solutions is a constant obsession for our engineers, it's part of the Lotus DNA. The new Exige S is no exception. Read more
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