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Best Car Decals – Lotus has launched two special edition Exige models at the Goodwood Festival of Speed aimed at honoring some of its classic racing cars. Exige Type 49 and 79 cars have been united by Lotus Exclusive for the 70th anniversary of British sports car manufacturer.
In addition to brand birthdays, Exige Type 49 marks 50 years since Graham Hill won the drivers world championship and constructor in Lotus Type 49. Exige Type 79 salutes 40 years since Mario Andretti won his world championship, and Lotus constructors championship, in Lotus Type 79.
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The special edition car is based on the Exige 430 Cup model, and Lotus says that they recently set the fastest lap time for a road car around a company test track on its Hethel test track, which includes a 2.2-mile circuit in 1 minute and 24 , 8 seconds. .
Exige Type 49 takes to hillclimb for the Festival weekend, with demonstrations running for four days and sprinting against the clock in the supercars time runs on Saturday afternoon.
Using a supercharger and chargecooler designed specifically for powerful engines, both Exige Type 49 and 79 produce 424 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 325 pound-feet (440 Newton-meters) of torque of 4,000 rpm. They set the speed 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in 3.3 seconds and will motor to a top speed of 180 mph (290 kph).
Each finished in solid red and black motorsport, 49 and 79 showcased contrasting lines on the front splitter, and features a bargeboard, roof panel and rear wing in Championship Gold. Both cars incorporate carbon-fiber front splitters, air curtains, front access panels, side intakes, hardtop roof panels, light full tailgate panels, straight rear wings, and rear diffuser obstacles into their designs.
Very lightly painted gold rims with diamond cut rims and red brake calipers add a delicate finishing touch along with unique Type decals on each back side of the support.
Speaking of the opening, and the company’s 70th anniversary, Group Lotus CEO, Feng Qingfeng, said: “Lotus is an iconic British brand and its contribution to the motorsport world, and the development of sports cars as we know it today is undeniable.
“To be able to reveal our celebrations, Exiges at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is really historic, especially since the cars that inspire them are also here featured and in action.This celestial car is the right tribute to our past, but they reflect our future and show that we are still faithful to our principles in building the best luxury sports car. ”
In 1948 Colin Chapman built his first competition car, in a small lock-up garage in London, following his own theory to improve performance. He formed Lotus in 1952 and built the company from there as a road and racing car business.