In a celebration of style and lightweight performance, and helping mark the 50th anniversary of the company’s famous Hethel site, Lotus has revealed the latest addition to its collection: the Elise 250 Special Edition.


Based on the critically acclaimed Elise Cup 250, but featuring a raft of exclusive components as standard, the Lotus Elise 250 Special Edition offers an outstanding combination of performance and panache.

With a supercharged 243 hp engine, a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds, and a unique, hand-finished interior, it perfectly defines the quintessential British sportscar in this celebration year.


As an antidote to sterilised and staid modern cars, Lotus’ approach continues to deliver the purest, undiluted driving experience.

Tipping the scales at just 899 kg, through the utilisation of advanced materials including carbon fibre and aluminium, the Elise 250 Special Edition remains true to the company’s philosophy of ‘Light is Right’ and is capable of humbling far more common, yet expensive, rivals.


Draped in a composite body and finished in one of four of the firm’s favourite colours, the Elise 50th Anniversary Special Edition is limited to just 50 examples.

With a high specification as standard, and benchmark engineering, it combines traditional British craftsmanship with the best of contemporary design.

From the hand-made carbon components, to the hand-finished leather seats, it sets the standard for exclusive sports cars.

Top Speed


0 – 60 MPH


Max Power




In Action


  • Focused minimalism
  • Carbon fibre sports seats
  • Dark blue or dark grey leather trim, with contrast stiching
  • Small diameter leather steering wheel
  • Engine start push button


  • Fuel-injected and supercharged
  • 1.8-litre engine develops 243 hp (246 PS)
  • Delivers punchy 184 lbft (250 Nm) of torque
  • Mid-engine provides balance
  • Lotus-developed Electronic Throttle Control
  • Exhilarating acceleration

  • Celebrating 50 years of Lotus at Hethel
  • Limited to just 50 examples
  • Race-bred suspension
  • Confident on-track
  • Capable on-road

  • Head-turning presence
  • Compact packaging
  • Carbon-fibre front splitter, rear wing, tailgate and front access panel as standard
  • Four colour options: metallic light blue, classic red, yellow and white

  • Manual 6-speed
  • Close ratios
  • Light shift weight
  • Lotus throttle management
  • 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds)


Advanced lightweight construction
Aluminium chassis-tub
Aerodynamic composite bodywork
Agile handling
Mid-engined dynamic balance


Max power 243 hp at 7,200 rpm (246 PS)
Max torque 184 lbft at 3,500-5,500 rpm (250 Nm)
0-60 mph 3.9 seconds
0-100 km/h 4.3 seconds
Max speed 154 mph (248 km/h)
Unladen weight 899 kg
Power to weight ratio 270 hp/tonne (274 PS/1000kg)
FUEL CONSUMPTION (mpg* [l/100 km])
Urban 28.0 (10.1)
Extra Urban 47.1 (6.0)
Combined 37.7 (7.5)
CO2 emissions 175 g/km
All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16-valve with chargecooled supercharger Standard
Mid-mounted, transverse, rear wheel drive Standard
Lotus Electronic Throttle Control system Standard
6 speed manual gearbox with sports ratios Standard
Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) Standard
Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure Standard
T45 motorsport hoop Standard
Fully independent double wishbone sports suspension with adjustable front anti-roll bar Standard
Bilstein high performance gas dampers, front and rear Standard
Eibach springs, front and rear Standard
AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and single-piston rear calipers Standard
Servo assisted, cross drilled and ventilated brake discs, 288 mm diameter, front and rear Standard
Track tuned ABS system Standard
Driver selectable ESP modes Standard
Lightweight lithium ion battery Standard
Exterior Specification
Ultra Lightweight silver forged alloy wheels (16” front and 17” rear) Standard
Front Yokohama Advan A048 LTS tyres 195/50 ZR16 Standard
Rear Yokohama Advan A048 LTS tyres 225/45 ZR17 Standard
Carbon fibre front splitter, rear wing, tailgate and front access panel Standard
Roll hoop cover, wing mirror caps, rear transom panel, rear diffuser and wing uprights painted in silver finish Standard
Halogen front main and dip lights with integrated direction indicators Standard
LED rear lamps with integrated direction indicators Standard
Black soft-top Standard
Clear sill stone chip protection film Standard


A choice of silver and black leather or silver and blue leather trim Standard
Carbon fibre sports seats trimmed in leather with contrast stitching Standard
Black leather trimmed steering wheel Standard
Black leather trimmed sills with contrast stitching Standard
Polished aluminium gear knob and leather handbrake sleeve Standard
Engine start push button Standard
Driver and passenger airbags Standard


Carbon fibre hard top Option
Air conditioning Option
Ultra-lightweight black forged alloy wheels (16” front and 17” rear) Option
Cruise control Option
Stereo Option
Full carpet Option
Floor mats Option
Sound insulation Option
Auxiliary driving lights Option
Classic Blue, Yellow, Red or White metallic paint finish Standard
Black Pack (including roll hoop cover, wing mirror caps, rear transom panel, rear diffuser and wing uprights painted in matt black) Option

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