If you want green AND fast look no further than the Lotus Exige 270E Tri-Fuel. It has a top speed of 158mph and charges from zero to 60 in 3.9 seconds, yet manages to chuck out less of the black stuff than most standard hatchbacks. Howâ€™s that work then?
This amazing little car can run on normal petrol, bio-ethanol or methanol â€“ you choose the fuel. Given the current climate, I doubt many will choose normal petrol though. Amazingly, the two biofuels can be added to a part-petrol mix to make this one of the most environmentally friendly sports cars around.
This car is special because it is a Lotus Exige. If youâ€™ve never been on a Lotus experience day, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. Why? Lotus makes simply fantastic cars. The Exige is, without a doubt, the pinnacle of the hard work that goes into one of their creations. It is the perfect pocket rocket whether youâ€™re a track day star or a sports car enthusiast. It has a mix of raw power matched with very light weight (875kgs) making it a superb undiluted sports car.
How does it handle? Well, give it a few revs and youâ€™ll see what the fuss is about. It will simply launch forwards, taking your head with it. Push on hard and at 6,000 rpm the VVT engine will open up for a boost of power. This is matched to a lovely slick, quick-shift gearbox. You wonâ€™t be left wanting in that regard.
The car itself is simply a dream â€“ the steering is sharp, with a nicely weighted feel. Youâ€™ll get almost completely flat cornering, though if you want to have fun thatâ€™s possible too. The miles of grip the car provides will give you a lot of reassurance if you donâ€™t happen to be the next Lewis Hamilton. Itâ€™s not all dreams of power though, given that youâ€™ll find the frustrations of the car are evident in a lack of space and not-that-great visibility. Nonetheless, it is an amazing feat of engineering.
I think that shows why I like the Lotus Exige 270E so much. Yes, itâ€™s a Lotus Exige. But itâ€™s better. It gives you all that the standard car offers, then adds a big dollop of â€˜yes, we do careâ€™ on top. If you buy one youâ€™ll be the envy of just about anyone on the road, let alone the race track.
If all the points above havenâ€™t convinced you to at least check out this car then I donâ€™t think anything will. Not only are almost all Lotus cars a bit special, this one goes that bit further buy running on two of the fuels we might well be seeing a lot more of in the near future. However, whether itâ€™s better than using Hydrogen remains to be seen.