Wait until you hear this beast sing.
Lotus has a reputation for making some of the best handling cars money can buy. Launched in 2012, the Series 3 Exige is a tremendously fun car to drive both on the road and on the track. While we’re still waiting for an all-new model to arrive in the next decade, Lotus has been busy finetuning the current car and offering hardcore variants with more power and even less weight.
Currently, the most powerful version available is the Exige Cup 430, which is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that sends 430 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed manual. Since the car only weighs 2,328 pounds in its lightest configuration, 0-62 mph takes just 3.2 seconds.
Despite being the lightest and most powerful Exige ever made, this Lotus enthusiast clearly didn’t think these figures were extreme enough. The solution? Stuff a Toyota-sourced V6 engine with a Harrop TVS1900 supercharger under the hood. Combined with a custom Ajko titanium exhaust from the same company that makes the Pagani Huayra’s exhaust, this custom Lotus Exige S now delivers 500 horsepower and can rev all the way up to 9,000 rpm.
As you can see from a video showing the car in action, the raspy sound this setup produces is spine-tinglingly sublime. Trust us, you’ll want to turn your speakers up. Exterior modifications include a new rear wing, a new rear diffuser, and a new front splitter, while the car has also been fitted with a new fuel system and an Ohlins suspension upgrade.
Inside, the interior has been stripped down to the bare essentials to save weight. The passenger seat has been removed and the driver's seat has been replaced with a carbon fiber racing seat and six-point harness.
To show what it can do, the owner took the modified Exige for a spin around the Franciacorta circuit Time Attack Italia 2018 event. We wouldn’t be surprised if it set lap times rivaling some supercars. Judging from the video, the owner has created the ultimate track toy that’s both potent and extremely agile.