Lotus Exige LF1 Pays Tribute to Formula 1 Success

Lotus has unveiled yet another special edition Exige model.

Limited to 81 units, the Lotus Exige LF1 pays tribute to the British automaker’s Formula 1 team, which came in fourth overall last season. There’s also significance to the 81 units, as each numbered car will pay tribute to a specific Lotus Grand Prix success. For example, number one comes from the team’s first-ever F1 win at Monaco in 1960 while car number 81 represents Kimi Rakkonen’s victory at the Australian Grand Prix last year.

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Making the Exige LF1 unique is a black-and-gold paint job that represents the team’s iconic liveries while red accents and gold wheels further highlight the Exige’s sporty lines. Unique LF1 badges will be seen on the exterior of the car along with the wheel center caps and nose badges. Inside, the Exige LF1 sports leather upholstery with gold piping and stitching while LF1 logos have been embroidered into the headrests and floor mats. A special carbon fiber plate with the car’s specific build number is also housed in the cabin.

All units of the Exige LF1 will come with the Race Pack and Dynamic Performance Management system as standard, along with upgraded brakes and Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo tires. Powered by a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine, the Exige LF1 will produce 345 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and weighs in at 2,593 lbs. Buyers will be entitled to a tour of the Lotus Cars factory and the Lotus F1 team headquarters, discounts on Lotus merchandise, a Lotus F1 key fob, USB flash drive and a 1:2-scale replica of driver Romain Grosjean’s helmet.

Now for the bad news: the Lotus Exige LF1 won’t be headed to the U.S. market due to regulatory issues.

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