Top Gear drives the Lotus Exige V6
Final damper fettling of the new V6 Exige needed an expert touch. So why did Lotus send for Top Gear?
Posted: 10 Feb 2012
And this is making Top Gear nervous. Because Lotus has asked us to lend a hand with a spot of chassis development. On the all-new Exige V6. There is an obvious upside to this and that's that we get to tell you about the new Exige way before everyone else, but the risk is that we tell you it's crap because, well, we developed it, and we didn't have a clue what a shim was until 10 minutes ago.
Two things look to be in our favour. Firstly, bar a couple of minor, minor tweaks, Lotus has got the standard suspension setting nailed - it's the optional Race set-up that needs doing. And, secondly, my amateurish feedback will be filtered through Paul Fleming. Paul's the Principal Engineer of Vehicle Dynamics, a man who has spent the past 15 years either driving Lotuses or shut in the damper room. With shims.