Lotus celebrates 81 F1 wins with Exige LF1

Lotus has announced a special edition of the Exige, commemorating the number of Formula One wins since its first at Monte Carlo in 1960.

That means that just 81 Exige LF1s will be built, each based on the existing Exige S.

Lotus Exige LF1 2014 Front FrontSeatDriver.co.ukChanges to the regular model include a Lotus F1 Team inspired livery of black and gold with red accents, teamed up with gold 17” front and 18” rear cast alloy wheels.

Inside the Exige LF1 has more black and gold trim, as well as plenty of bare aluminium to remind you that you’re in a Lotus.

Mechanical changes are few and far between, with the Exige Race Pack with Dynamic Performance Management system, two-piece high performance brake discs and high-performance Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo tyres representing the sum total.

The car retains its supercharged 3.5-litre V6 engine, meaning that there’s 345 bhp on tap – enough to move the LF1 from standstill to 60mph in just 3.8 seconds and power on until a maximum speed of 170mph is reached.

Buyers will also be treated to a tour of the road-car production facility in Hethel and a look around the Lotus F1 team HQ in Enstone, as well as an F1-inspired goodie bag.

An individually numbered carbon fibre plate will detail which of the 81 cars envelops you, with each car celebrating a specific Grand Prix win from car #1 commemorating Lotus’ first GP victory at Monaco in 1960 to car #81 marking Kimi Raikkonen’s win at Australia in 2013.

With race winners such as Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Ayrton Senna, I’d imagine Lotus will have their work cut out trying to balance who gets which car. Given the current form of the Lotus F1 Team, I don’t expect to see any significant extensions to the production run.

You can see the Exige LF1 now at the Canary Wharf Motorexpo in London and at the Le Mans 24 hour race. The car will also be displayed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from 26 to 29 June. The LF1 is available to order now at £62,900.

Phil Huff

Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, DAD.info and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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