BaT Auction: 4k-Mile 2013 Lotus Exige S 345 Cup at No Reserve

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This 2013 Lotus Exige S 345 Cup is one of 30 examples imported to the US for the model year and shows just under 6,500 kilometers (~4k miles). The car was assembled by Lotus Racing in Hethel, England and offered with an original MSRP of $100k. Weighing in at approximately 2,400 pounds, it is powered by a supercharged 3.5L V6 rated at 345 horsepower and paired with a 6-speed manual transaxle. Additional factory features include functional aerodynamic pieces, Öhlins Nitron double-adjustable dampers with remote reservoirs, stiffer springs, double-wishbone control arms, a roll cage, a remote-actuated Lifeline fire suppression system, FIA-certified carbon fiber racing seats, and more. The seller purchased this Exige two and a half years ago and has had it maintained by Hyper Sport Engineering near Road Atlanta since. It is offered at no reserve for track use only with two wheel/tire sets, a Lotus Racing supplementary manual, a battery tender, partial service records, a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin, and a Florida bill of sale.

The 345 Cup features functional aerodynamic pieces including a front splitter, flat underside paneling, rear diffuser, and prominent wing. The rear bumper of this example was damaged in 2016 according to the seller, resulting in fiberglass repair and paintwork. XPEL paint protection film is applied to the nose, hood, headlights, lower side skirts, and rear quarter panels. Per the seller, several scuffs in the film are present, along with a few paint chips commensurate with track use.

BaT Auction: 4k-Mile 2013 Lotus Exige S 345 Cup at No Reserve

The car rides on factory Lotus Racing 5-spoke wheels mounted with Pirelli P Zero DH racing slicks. The braking system utilizes AP Racing calipers with 2-piece rotors, and upgraded brake pads were installed in summer 2018. An identical second set of wheels with Pirelli slicks is included as well as two additional sets of brake pads.

BaT Auction: 4k-Mile 2013 Lotus Exige S 345 Cup at No Reserve

The cockpit features an integrated roll cage constructed by Lotus Works in Hethel, as well as a pair of FIA-certified and HANS-compliant carbon fiber racing seats, with the driver’s side featuring a slider for adjustment. Sparco FIA-spec 6-point harnesses are provided for both occupants in place. The airbags, radio, trim, and remote locking/security system of the standard Exige were removed by Lotus Racing in order to reduce curb weight. The seller notes wear on the wide door sills from ingress and egress.

BaT Auction: 4k-Mile 2013 Lotus Exige S 345 Cup at No Reserve

Additional Cup features include a remote-actuated electrical master shut-off and Lifeline fire suppression system as well as a quick-release MOMO steering wheel. Factory air conditioning and HID headlamps are equipped along with Lotus Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) stability control, including settings for street, rain, sport, and race. The digital odometer shows just under 6,500 kilometers (~4k miles), approximately 3k miles of which have been added by the seller. The fuel gauge is noted to be inaccurate.

BaT Auction: 4k-Mile 2013 Lotus Exige S 345 Cup at No Reserve

The supercharged Toyota 3.5-liter V6 is mounted transversely behind the seats and sends power to the rear wheels through a 6-speed transaxle. A blow-by oil capture tank is fitted as standard. Lotus claimed that the 345 Cup could accelerate to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and would go on to a 170 mph top speed. This example has been looked after by Hyper Sport Engineering during the seller’s 2.5 years of ownership, with partial records included. The engine oil was changed in summer 2018.

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