The Lotus Exige S – One Month Later

Post by Mark

It’s been a month since I bought the Lotus, and in this month I managed to drive just over 3000KM and even shipped it to Bahrain to race it on their GP circuit. When I first got the car I was in love with it but after this weekends trip to Bahrain, I’m now even more in love with it if thats somehow even possible.

So far modification wise, I’ve done two things to the car, the first was to swap out the shitty stock radio with a much better one that has bluetooth at least. The second thing I did was to get front paint protection from ProTech. So the whole front of the car till the windshield is now protected with an invisible film. I wouldn’t usually do this but because its such a low car and I’m driving it daily, I figured it would be worth getting the protection for the long run. I also ordered some better speakers and I should be installing those myself sometime this week. I don’t think I’ll be doing any other modifications after I get the sound system up to spec, I’ll possibly get window tinting but thats about it.

I’ve been driving the car daily since I got it, it’s now my main daily drive while the FJ has become my going to Shuwaikh or going to chalet car. Although the Lotus suspension is pretty stiff, its not uncomfortable at all and I don’t even have issues with the front and bottom of the car scraping on speed bumps even though the car is super low. I did nearly have an issue after shopping at Allsaints, their bag was too big to fit in my trunk. But, after a bit of origami work, I managed to shrink the bag enough to close the trunk lid. So yeah I definitely won’t be picking up people from the airport in the Lotus, not unless they’re traveling with just their wallet and phone.

Sorry about the terrible angle, will fix it next time

When I took the car to track day in Bahrain, thats where I fell in love with the car even more. Racing on the track in the Lotus was a ridiculous amount of fun. It’s extremely well balanced on turns, has minimal body roll, lots of power and as expected, incredible handling. The steering wheel isn’t powered so on the track it was providing me with so much feedback that there is no way I would now want to go back to a car with powered steering for track use. I did the full track day at the Bahrain International Circuit which was from 4PM to 11PM at night and the car handled it like a champ. The sessions were divided between cars and motorbikes, 30 minutes cars, 30 minutes bikes. Over the course of the 30 minute session I never faced any issues like overheating or brakes starting to fade. If it wasn’t for the 30 minute session limit, I could keep going on and on and on.

Photo courtesy of Bahrain International Circuit

The only thing that actually would prevent me from going on and on is the size of the fuel tank, it’s tiny (43l). After every two sessions I had to drive to the gas station down the street from the race track and fill up my tank full again. I filled up like 4 times that afternoon. Other than that I didn’t really have any main issues. I need a new set of tires and thats gonna set me back like KD450 which sucks. I actually need to work out some kind of deal with Pirelli since I’m going to be visiting them quite often.

I also had two issues with the car which I’m guessing are related to my hard driving on the track. The first issue was that my car wouldn’t lock by remote because it kept thinking my rear hood was open even though it wasn’t. The second issue was with my AC blower knob, when I’d switch it to blower speed 3, the AC would shut off but would work fine on speed 1 and 2. So after the car came back from Bahrain yesterday, I dropped it off at the dealer and they just messaged me awhile ago telling me they fixed both issues and to go in and pick up the car.

I’m loving their service so far and they’re not giving me extra special treatment because I’m Mark. A friend of mine also bought a Lotus a couple of weeks ago and the first thing he told me was how much he loved their service. They really are great, I whatsapp the brand manager for example all the time with the most mundane things, and he hasn’t blocked me yet! (Thank you Waleed)

So would I recommend the Lotus? YES, for sure. Before I bought the car I was torn between it, the BMW M2 and the Porsche Cayman GT4 but now after spending a month with that car I know I made the right choice. A friend of mine just bought a Lotus as well and I have another friend who’s considering the Exige 380 Cup in the beautiful baby blue color (like in the video above). You need to get in and drive a Lotus to understand what all the fuss is about. I already told the Lotus dealer they should hook me up with free brake pads and tires for every referral I send their way but I think they think I’m kidding. I’m not. Like with all brands I love, I tend to promote them like I own them and it’s no different with Lotus, I’ve been promoting the hell out of them.

For those of you who’re interested in tracking your car in Bahrain, stay tuned for a separate post on how you could do that as well.

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11 comments, add your own...

  1. Ipsom says:

    Nice post! Keep enjoying it 👍

    I think if you bought the Porsche gt4 you would have said the same thing lol… Because these types of cars are just so special and fun…

    I hope the car is in healthy condition by the time the Kuwait track is completed

    • Mark says:

      The problem with the GT4 is that its a Cayman and there a million of those around and GT4, GTS, S or just the plain old cayman basically all look the same. The Exige on the other hand is a pretty rare sight so on the track with all the pretty cars there the Exige was an attention catcher. Even the Bahrain GP instagram posted a shot of it on their account

      • Mark says:

        On the other hand there was a GT3 there that overtook me on the straight and disappeared into the distance as if I was in a fiat 500 going 20km/h. That was pretty hot.

        Here is a picture of it

        • BraveArc says:

          Haha, I’ve actually driven the GT3 and GT3 RS flat out. Epic cars both.
          Looking forward to your BIC track day post. Do put up all the expenses you faced from sending the car to Bahrain to having it brought back to your door step.
          Would be real helpful. I’ll do it too, depending on how feasible it is.

          • Mark says:

            Hey, thats exactly what the post will be about, full price information and contact numbers etc. I’m just waiting to head to Pirelli after work so I can take a before track and after track shot of my tires so I could put that in the post as well.

      • Ipsom says:

        Yea I see ur point
        Haha on the gt3… Yea definitely a local with tons of experience

        But wow that shot of your car looks amazing, I love the way the color looks at that lighting 😳

  2. meh says:

    I did a full body protection. Worth every penny.

  3. Ivan says:

    Are there no track day circuit in Kuwait to have races on?

  4. Youssef says:

    Hey Mark, I was just curious about the company you used to ship your car from Kuwait to Bahrain. I have a classic car and want to ship it to Bahrain. Also, what was the procedure like? Thanks

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