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Looks like fuel price instability has had a permanent effect on automotive design, even where high performance cars are concerned. Lotus is no different, announcing at the Geneva Motor Show that its new Exige S now earns 26 mpg on the highway.
The lightweight Exige has never been an extremely thirsty vehicle, but aerodynamic tweaks have reduced fuel consumption, cut emissions, and improved the downforce that puhes body to tarmac for more stable handling at speed. Revised front end styling and a new rear wing are responsible for both reduced drag and the improved downforce.
Details of the new front end include a more angular, larger air intake for more flow through the radiator, and two added intakes specifically to route air to the car's twin oil coolers. Residing below the three new air intakes is an aerodynamic splitter that envelopes the entire front end and also reduces drag.