The Lotus Extrema is a creation of UK Garage, an Italian company which specializes in the importation, sale and modification of desirable and unusual sports cars mainly from British manufacturers.
The Extrema is based on a MK1 Lotus Exige chassis which has been extensively modified in order to accept a variety of V6 and V8 engine options. Changes include a wider track and a 20cm (7.8 inch) extension of the wheelbase. The Extrema has also been equipped with the styling details and headlight arrangement from the MK2 Exige coupled with a GT3 style bodykit in order to make the car appear more contemporary.
The engine bay of the Lotus Extrema is able to accommodate a number of different powerplants. V8 options include a choice of two LS3 V8 engines which develop either 420 hp or 500hp. A higher spec option is a 520 hp LS7. And at the top of the range is a 638 hp supercharged LS9 – the same engine found in the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
Also available is a 2.8 litre turbocharged V6 producing 350 hp. This setup has the advantage of being 120 kgs (264 lbs) lighter than the V8 models which weigh in at around 970 kgs.
Offering the best of both worlds are the Superlight versions of the Extrema which are powered by either a 2.6 litre, 360 hp V8, a 2.8 litre 450 hp V8 of a truly frightening 3.4 litre 560 hp V8. The Superlight Extrema weighs a mere 750 kgs (1,653 lbs).
The standard suspension setup of the Lotus Extrema consists of fully adjustable Koni units at all four corners with Ohlins units as optional extras. To provide stopping power AP Racing brakes with four piston calipers are equipped. An integrated rollbar is also fitted for safety as is an optional fire extinguishing system.
While the standard Lotus Extrema is setup for track use only, there is the option to purchase fully street legal versions from UK Garage. By diseno-art