If you take a quick look at this Lotus Exige you might say that it’s a standard car but at its heart is an Audi engine. The vehicle was transformed back in 2001 and it is most likely the only one in the world to have not only the heart of an Audi but also a full carbon fiber body. It started out as a 2000 Lotus Elise but now it boasts a Pilbeam suspension along with SSR Comp alloy wheels and three-way Nitron shocks.
Power of this heavily modified Lotus Exige is provided by a 2.2-liter inline-five cylinder motor from Ingolstadt capable of developing 550 bhp. The Audi-sourced engine works together with a six-speed O2M transmission.
Besides the Audi engine, the vehicle also comes with a Lotus race-spec braking system and adopts a two-seat configuration. It has been driven for just 15,000 km (9,320 miles) so it should be in a pretty good condition despite its age. The owner is asking 99,999 Australian dollars (excluding on-road costs) which in U.S currency means about 94,000 while in Euros it’s approximately 68,700.
For this money there are many interesting alternatives in this segment coming from more prestigious automakers but this Lotus Exige with an Audi engine and a carbon fiber body has something special which will likely be appreciated by the new owner.