LOTUS is the latest car company to get in on the exclusive act with a limited run of just 25 versions of a special Exige which has been created as a tribute to one of the most successful Formula 1 cars of all time.
The Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25 is based on the Exige Cup 430 which was unveiled at the end of last year and the name is linked to the Type 25 single seat Lotus racing car that dominated the 1963 Grand Prix season.
Powered by Lotus' 3.5-litre supercharged and charge cooled V6 engine, producing 430hp and 440Nm of torque, the Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25 is not only the fastest in its class, sprinting from 0-60 in just 3.2 seconds, its aerodynamics generate up to 220 kg of downforce.
Weighing in at just over a tonne, the car has a power-to-weight ratio of 407hp per tonne, a top speed of 180mph and is priced from £110,000.
Jean-Marc Gales, Lotus chief executive, said, "We are proud to have named this unique Lotus Exige Cup 430 in honour of the Lotus Type 25, a car which left an indelible mark on the development of motorsport.
"It was revolutionary when introduced and the first car to win Lotus a Constructor's World Championship, the first of seven. It is a perfect example of Lotus' design philosophy - light, yet incredibly strong and peerless on the racetrack."
Driven by some of the greatest names in racing, including Jim Clark, Mike Hailwood, Chris Amon, and Richard Attwood, the Lotus Type 25 competed against the best on the grid from 1962 to 1967, and changed the evolution of racing cars forever.
It was the first Formula 1 car to use a revolutionary fully stressed ‘monocoque' chassis design, reinforcing Lotus founder Colin Chapman's reputation as a ground-breaking engineer and led directly to the Lotus Type 33 and Type 49 racing cars, themselves championship winning designs.
Winning three Formula 1 races in its first year, at the hands of Jim Clark, the Type 25 reigned supreme in 1963, winning seven of the ten championship races, with seven pole positions and six fastest laps, and recording the first Drivers' and Constructors' Championships for the Lotus team.
Just 25 editions of the special Exige Cup 430 will be produced, each hand-made and accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity, signed by Jean-Marc Gales, and a matching plaque detailing its number in the limited production run.
Owners have the option of collecting their Exige Cup 430 Type 25 from the famous Hethel factory in Norfolk as well as guided tours of Lotus' modern vehicle production facility and of the Classic Team Lotus facility.
A signed hardback copy of the acclaimed book: Jim Clark: Tribute to a Champion by Eric Dymock signed by Clive Chapman - the son of Colin Chapman - and Bob Dance, a principal mechanic for Jim Clark during his Formula 1 race career, accompanies every car.