The new Lotus Exige LF1 commemorates the Lotus brand's 81 grand prix victories to date
The LF1 is based on the existing Exige S
Features include a bespoke black-and-gold paint scheme
Interior upgrades comprise gold detailing
Lotus says the LF1 "brings to life the iconic black-and gold-livery of the 1970s and 1980s"
The Exige S's engine remains unchanged; it produces 345bhp and 295lb ft
Other performance tweaks include Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo tyres and upgraded two-piece floating disc brakes
Lotus claims the LF1 will accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.0sec and hit 170mph
Buying an LF1 also grants you factory tours of both the Lotus cars and Lotus F1 facilities
The Exige LF1 costs £62,900
Only 81 LF1s will be made, with each benefitting from unique finishes and myriad upgrades. There's a price to pay for exclusivity though, as ably demonstrated here – the list price is £62,900, some £8290 more than a standard Exige S.
The most notable revision, compared to the standard S, is the adoption of a bespoke black-and-gold paint scheme which is designed to evoke memories of Lotus's F1 livery from the 1970s and 1980s.
Other cosmetic changes include matt gold alloy wheels, red brake calipers, black-and-gold badging and interior trim, and an individually numbered limited edition carbonfibre build plate.
Bolstering the standard Exige S's specification further, and helping justify the substantial premium a little, is the addition of high-performance Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo tyres, more powerful two-piece floating disc brakes and air conditioning.
The LF1 additionally includes Lotus' 'Race Pack' as standard, which adds launch control, an exhaust bypass valve override switch, retuned suspension to suit the new tyres and a four-mode stability system.
Performance remains otherwise unchanged. The 1176kg LF1's supercharged 3.5-litre V6 engine produces the same 345bhp and 295lb ft, allowing for a claimed 0-62mph time of 4.0sec and a top speed of 170mph.
Buyers of LF1s also get further benefits, including tours of both the Lotus Cars Factory and the Lotus F1 headquarters, a 1:2 scale replica of Romain Grosjean's helmet and a Lotus F1-branded USB stick.
Options include rear parking sensors, heated seats and a convenience pack that adds cruise control, USB connectivity, a cupholder and a trinket tray divider.
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