A prototype of the Lotus Sport Exige GT3 race car was unveiled at the annual FIA GT Championship presentation ceremony outside the world famous Casino in Monte Carlo, Monaco on 02 December, 2005. The following day (03 December 2005), the first test for the car took place at the high speed Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track in Southern France under FIA supervision, the first stage in the Lotus Sport Exige GT3 becoming eligible for FIA GT3 competition. This FIA series, which will started in 2006, is for race cars that have an equal power to weight, and that have a direct lineage to their road going versions.
The Lotus Sport Exige GT3 entrant had been developed by Lotus Sport, the performance arm of Lotus Cars and is a derivative of the standard Lotus Exige coupe model. Weighing in at approximately 750 kg, it stays true to the ”performance through light weight” core Lotus philosophy. The car uses a race prepared 1.8 2ZZ-GE VVTL-i engine with a Roots type supercharger and air to air intercooler which utilises the Lotus T4e Engine Control Unit to produce 285 hp at 7,800 rpm. This gives an impressive power to weight ratio of 380 hp / tonne or 2.6 kg / PS
The vendor bought the car we have on offer today directly from the race team at the end of the season in 2006, with the deal brokered at Lotus Motorsport and the Vendor viewing the car at Hethel. The car was built by Lotus Motorsport to campaign in the 2006 British GT Championship, a total of 3 cars were built for the British GT Championship after the team decided around 2/3rd of the way through the season they were doing well but worried that they only had 2 cars and if one became damaged they would be at risk of losing Championship points. They built this 3rd car which was bought by the current vendor and is offered here.