Top Gear drives the Lotus Exige S
The Clermont-Ferrand GP circuit was famous for its gut-wrenching corners. Can the new Lotus Exige S take the strain?
Posted: 20 Jun 2012
And, around the bends that had F1 drivers puking, this little Lotus clings on as hard as ever. The extra weight somehow hides itself, controlled and disguised by the new rear end and cleverly tailored suspension. The front end changes direction a touch more aggressively than before, and the wider tyres add yet more grip without sucking the life out of the chassis. You'd swear you can feel them through the steering wheel: every twitch, every nodule of rubber. It's the sort of feel usually reserved for racing drivers, and the more you push, the more assured it feels, adding weight and texture at the point most systems go mushy. Of course, there's no power assistance - electro or otherwise - but it's almost spookily natural, and there really is nothing synthetic between your hands and the wheels. It's enough to make the new 911 feel a bit... dead.