Staying true to founder Colin Chapman’s philosophy best exemplified by his oft-quoted line “simplify, then add lightness”, Lotus Cars’ latest product, the Exige 350 Special Edition has had even more excess trimmed from it, now lighter by a further 26 kg over the already trim 1,125 kg Exige Sport 350.

The weight reduction comes courtesy of carbon-fibre sports seats (6 kg), lightweight forged alloy wheels (5 kg), vented two-piece brake discs (5 kg), and a lighter lithium-ion battery (10 kg). Powertrain is from the existing Exige, with a Toyota-sourced 3.5 litre supercharged V6 producing 350 PS at 7,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm as before.

Lotus doesn’t quote improved performance figures, so it’s still “just” 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds (0-60 mph 3.7 seconds) and a top speed of 274 km/h for the six-speed manual version, as per the Exige Sport 350, which is capable of the lapping the company’s Hethel track in 1 minute 29.8 seconds.

Just 50 units of the Exige 350 Special Edition will be produced, and it’s priced from £61,900 (RM326,517) in the UK, approximately £6,000 (RM31,649) more than the Exige Sport 350’s base price. The Exige 350 Special Edition is the last of three limited-run Lotus 50th celebration editions, including the Evora Sport 410 and the Elise Cup 250.

GALLERY: Lotus Exige Sport 350