No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke. Apparently Lotus are quite serious about an Exige rally car. This Exige R-GT was made up for the Frankfut Motor Show as a tribute to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Talbot Sunbeam Lotus winning the 1981 World Rally Championship manufacturer’s title, although the Driver’s title actually went to one Ari Vatanen.
Guy Frequelin was the works Sunbeam driver that year and the Frenchman finished runner-up to Vatanen, but also seen in Sunbeam Lotuses (Lotii?) during the season were Henri Toivonen and Stig Blomqvist.
Anyway, Lotus reckon this could be quite handy on tarmac events with its 302 hp, rear-engined, 3.5 litre V6 and 6 speed sequential ‘box.
And if you think the days of low-slung, plastic sports cars going rallying successfully are long gone – think Darrian!