The new Lotus Exige Cup 260 is to make its asphalt rally debut on the Targa Tasmania later this month.
The new car is lighter and more powerful than the standard Exige S, featuring carbonfibre on the engine cover, dashboard, door sills.
The Exige that will compete in the Targa Tasmania will be in showroom trim, which includes the factory-installed fully adjustable suspension, AP Racing brakes, fire extinguisher and battery cut-out systems.
The only addition is a Lotus Sport roll cage, which is a factory option.
It will be piloted by Sydney motoring journalist Dean Evans and navigator Simone Bachmann.
Targa Tasmania takes place over 2000km (1242 miles) and six days, and has attracted 300 entrants from all over the world.