The new Elise Race 250 benefits from the continuous design philosophy of Lotus and its perpetual quest to evolve all constituent parts, lightening and optimising them.

At the core of the new car lies the company’s famous Lotus’ aluminium vehicle chassis technology.

Employing strong and stiff lightweight extrusions joined by epoxy adhesive, it’s both immensely strong and torsionally stiff yet, the chassis for the Elise Race 250 tips the scales at just 68 kgs.

Eligible for many race series around the world, this sensational new Elise has been developed to meet the high demands of the track, with a raft of performance-orientated features as standard.

Packing a supercharged, 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine with a 6 speed manual gearbox, the Elise Race 250 boasts 243 hp (246 PS) at 7200 rpm and an impressive 250 Nm of torque between 3500 rpm and 5500 rpm.

Delivering a level of ability you’d expect from one of the world’s most famous racing marques, every aspect of the Lotus Elise Race 250 has been optimised to help slash lap times.

This covers track-oriented features including Nitron adjustable dampers, uprated brake pads, FIA approved carbon fibre race seat with six-point racing harness, a removable steering wheel and a polycarbonate rear windscreen.

The Lotus Elise Race 250 also features a full aero package, including front splitter, rear diffuser, floor extensions and a rear wing.

As a result, the car’s design generates substantial downforce, equal to 66 kg at 100 mph and 155 kg at maximum speed of 154 mph (248 km/h).

Top Speed


Max Torque








  • Fuel-injected and supercharged
  • 1.8-litre engine develops 243bhp (246PS)
  • Delivers punchy 184lbs ft (250Nm) of torque
  • Mid-engine provides balance
  • Lotus-developed Electronic Throttle Control
  • Locking differential
  • Consummate race car


  • Focused minimalism
  • Trimmed in ergonomic padding
  • FIA approved carbon fibre race seat
  • Hip-hugging driving position
  • 6-point safety harness
  • Small diameter, quick-release steering wheel
  • Stripped out interior
  • Pushbutton start
  • Electric windows


  • Race derived model
  • Intended to win races
  • Most extreme of all Elise models
  • Race suspension
  • Weighs just 900 kg


  • Head-turning presence
  • Compact packaging
  • Advanced aerodynamics package
  • Race developed barge boards and spoilers
  • Taut and poised
  • Motorsport developed


  • Manual 6-speed
  • Close ratios
  • Light shift weight
  • Slick changes
  • Balanced clutch weight
  • Lotus throttle management
  • Fast rev-drop between shifts


Max power 243 hp at 7200 rpm (246 PS) *
Max torque 250 Nm at 3500-5500 rpm (184 lbft)
Engine Position Transverse mid-mounted
Unladen Vehicle Mass 900 kg**
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
Lightweight Lithium Ion battery Standard
6 speed manual with sports ratios Standard
Gear shift H pattern Standard
Electronic Differential Lock [EDL] Standard
Length 3824 mm
Width excluding mirrors 1719 mm
Height 1117 mm
Wheelbase 2300 mm
Unladen vehicle mass 900 kg**
Standard Lotus colour range Standard
Aerodynamically optimised body incorporating advanced composite front splitter with moulded end plates, larger rear diffuser, adjustable rear wing and barge boards with shaped aerodynamic aids to reduce drag coefficient, all in matt black Standard
Fixed hard top roof Standard
Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure, front and rear towing eyes Standard
Composite front energy absorbing crash structure Standard
Door side impact beams Standard
Composite body panels Standard
Fully independent double wishbone suspension with one-way adjustable dampers, coaxial coil springs, sports anti-roll bar Standard
Solidly mounted, mechanical rack and pinion with quick release steering wheel Standard
ABS Standard
AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and Brembo single-piston rear-calipers Standard
Hydraulic Brake Assist [HBA] Standard
Electronic Brake Distribution [EBD] Standard
Cornering Brake Control [CBC] Standard
Driver selectable ESP modes Standard
Black forged alloy, 10 spoke wheels Standard
Front Yokohama AO48 tyres 195/50 R16 Standard
Rear Yokohama AO48 tyres 225/45 R17 Standard
FIA approved carbon fibre race seat with six-point racing harness Standard
A-Frame harness bar and FIA compliant front roll-cage section Standard
Fire extinguisher and battery isolator Standard
Air-conditioning Option
Carbon Aero Pack Option
Carbon Exterior Pack Option
Headlamps Option
FIA carbon fibre passenger seat with four point harness Option
Metallic Paint Option
Signature Paint Option
70 litre FIA fuel cell Option

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