Proving that less is more, Lotus’ high performance Cup version of the famous Elise has shed 21 kg and gained 26 hp.
Weighing in at 931 kg, and capable of 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, the Elise Cup 250 is the fastest road-going Lotus Elise ever.
Powered by a new higher-output version of the supercharged, 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine, the Elise Cup 250 boasts 243 hp (246 PS) at 7200 rpm and 250 Nm of torque between 3500 rpm and 5500 rpm.
A new supercharger pulley and high-flow fuel pump contribute to the car’s 261 hp/tonne headline figure.
Designed to suit all sports car fans, the Lotus Elise Cup 250 is available for the first time as a roadster as standard with a hard top available as an option.
For those wanting to cut the car’s weight still further, and so boost performance, a Carbon Aero Pack is available, which cuts an extra 10 kg which reduces the mass to just 921 kg.
The aerodynamically optimised body kit provides 66 kg of downforce at 100 mph and an impressive 155 kg at maximum velocity of 154 mph.
Shaping and working airflow over and around the bodywork has been key to delivering the car’s extremely focused handling.
The optional Carbon Aero Pack replaces the standard front splitter, rear wing, rear diffuser and side floor-extensions with lightweight carbon components.
0 – 60 MPH
|Max power||243 hp at 7,200 rpm (246 PS)|
|Max torque||184 lbft at 3,500-5,000 rpm (250 Nm)|
|0-60 mph||3.9 seconds|
|0-100 km/h||4.3 seconds|
|Max speed||154 mph (248 km/h) (without roof: 149 mph (240 km/h))|
|Unladen weight||931 kg|
|Power to weight ratio||261 hp/tonne (264 PS/1000kg)|
|FUEL CONSUMPTION (mpg* [l/100 km])|
|Extra Urban||47.1 (6.0)|
|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|
|BOSCH Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)||Standard|
|Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure||Standard|
|T45 Motorsport hoop||Standard|
|Aerodynamically optimised rear wing, front splitter, rear diffuser and side floor-extensions||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|
|Lightweight lithium ion battery||Standard|
|Clear sill stone chip protection film||Standard|
|BRAKES AND WHEELS|
|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|
|Driver selectable ESP modes||Standard|
|WHEELS & TYRES|
|Ultra Lightweight black 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|
|Black or Red Alcantara® trim with carbon sports seat||Standard|
|Black leather steering wheel||Standard|
|Polished aluminum gear knob and leather
|Engine start push button||Standard|
|Driver and passenger air bag||Standard|
|Tyre puncture repair kit|
|Matt Black hard-top||Option|
|Stereo, full carpet and
|Auxiliary driving lights||Option|
|Harness cross bar and 4 point harness||Option|
|Fire extinguisher and battery isolator||Option|
|Leather Trim Pack||Option|
|Carbon Aero Pack (including front splitter, rear wing, rear diffuser and side floor-extensions)||Option|