This fighty little blighter is the Lotus Exige S Club Racer, a more track-focussed version of a car that didn’t exactly handle like a chest of drawers to begin with.
Essentially, Lotus has taken what was already one of the best-handling, most exciting cars on the road (or track, for that matter) and turned the volume up to 11.
15kg has been shaved off the kerbweight, down to 1,161kg, with a lightweight battery, centre console, seats and doors. A new front splitter, rear wing and flat underbody combine to produce 42kg of downforce at 100mph.
The driver can toggle between three drive modes that alter the level of traction control intervention and throttle responsiveness: Drive (sensible); Sport (fun time) and Race (max attack).
Power comes from the same Toyota-based, 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine as the standard Exige S, delivering 0-62mph in 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 170mph. Yet it still returns a non-too-shabby 28mpg on the combined cycle.
Lotus claims the extra bits are worth £4,500, but has only added £2,400 to the price of the Exige S. As such the Club Racer costs £56,900.