Biofuels are pretty sexy (in the marketplace, at least). Sports cars also have a reputation of sexiness. Put the two together and what do you have? The Lotus Exige 265E. The "E" stands for ethanol.
The lightweight Lotus Exige 265E is, according to Lotus, "the most powerful road version of the Lotus Exige ever" and has approximately 265 horsepower. The car is powered by a modified 2ZZ VVTL-i supercharged and intercooled high revving 4-cylinder engine that is found in the standard Lotus Exige S. The results? 0-60 mph in 3.88 seconds, 0-100 mph in 9.2 seconds and a top speed of 158 mph. All this on E85. The engine modifications include additional fuel injectors on the inlet manifold and at the supercharger inlet.
Geraint Castleton-White, Head of Powertrain for Lotus Engineering said that the the Lotus Exige 265E technical demonstration vehicle is good for driving and for making a point. "We wanted to prove the point that green sportscars can also be very high performing sportscars. The fact that we have produced a research version of the Exige that is more powerful than the standard road car is a testament to the benefits of going green," he said.