Lotus has announced its newest Sports car Special Edition to commemorate Hethel plant’s 50th Anniversary. The Special Edition is none other than the Lotus Elise 250 Special Edition. Draped in a composite body and finished in one of four of the firm’s favorite colors, the Elise 250 Special Edition is limited to just 50 examples in the world.
Based on the critically acclaimed Elise Cup 250 launched earlier this year, but featuring a raft of exclusive components as standard, the new Lotus Elise 250 Special Edition offers an outstanding combination of performance and panache. With a supercharged 243 hp engine, a 0-60km/h in a little over 3.9 seconds, and a unique, hand-finished interior, it perfectly defines the quintessential lightweight sportscar.
The Lotus Elise 250 SE tips the scales at just 899 kg, through the utilization of materials such as carbon fiber and aluminium. Powered by a high-output, supercharged, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, the Elise 250 Special Edition boasts 243 hp (246 PS) at 7200 rpm and 250 Nm of torque between 3500 rpm and 5500 rpm. This, along with the car’s 899kg kerb weight, contributes to the impressive 270 hp/tonne headline figure.
In looks, the light sportscar boasts a selection of carbon-fiber components, including a front splitter, rear wing, tailgate and front access panel. The Elise 250 Special Edition is available in choice of four colors, each a long-standing favorite over the last 50 years. Classic metallic blue, red, yellow and white finishes are all complemented by ultralight forged wheels in silver, or black as an option. An optional carbon fiber hardtop roof panel is also available.
The same attention to detail continues inside, with the carbon-fiber sports seats finished in either dark blue or dark grey leather, and stitched with a choice of contrasting colours. The car’s door trim is afforded the same hand-stitched finish. At the same time, an integrated in-car entertainment system can also be specified, including iPod connectivity and Bluetooth functionality, along with air conditioning, cruise control, auxiliary driving lights, full carpets, floor mats and enhanced sound insulation.
The new Elise laps the company’s Hethel test circuit in 1:34, the fastest recorded time for a production road-going Elise. The car carries over the same suspension and braking components from the Elise Cup 250, including Bilstein sports dampers and Eibach coaxial coil springs and double wishbone suspension. AP Racing twin-piston front calipers, and Brembo single-piston rear calipers work in conjunction with the track-tuned ABS system.
Fitted with a slick, six-speed manual gearbox, the Elise 250 Special Edition includes an Electronic Differential Lock as standard to give better traction and faster exit speeds when cornering.
The new Elise also features driver selectable ESP modes, providing ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’ settings. Proportionally increasing throttle response, lowering traction slip thresholds and removing understeer recognition, it allows enhanced control before the system intervenes.
The new Elise 250 Special Edition can also be personalized through the Lotus Exclusive program. The Elise 250 Special Edition starts at a retail price of 64,000 Euros.