At a glance, the Elise S Cup is lighter, more agile than the production version. It is obviously built for speed and competition-minded enthusiasts. Visual appeal has been bolstered with the striking addition of a front splitter, with end winglets, lateral bargeboards, a fixed roof, tail wing and a purposeful rear diffuser. The combined aerodynamic benefits increase downforce by 66kg at 100mph and a remarkably effective 125kg at maximum velocity.
The Lotus Elise S Cup has been developed from the successful Elise Cup R race car. In line with Lotus history, the crossover between road and race models remains inherent to the brand. The S Cup variant has been developed both at Hethel and the Nurburgring Circuit, with the primary aim of not losing the important race car pedigree.
Yet, at no stage of development have the vital Lotus characteristics of combined lightweight engineering and inherent chassis rigidity been compromised. While the modifications are track biased, the ride and handling remains in perfect balance, thereby making the Elise S Cup a realistic and uncompromised ownership proposition.
The ‘fresh out of the box’ appeal, allied to Lotus’s focused attention to detail, means that the Elise S Cup is suitable for a Sunday track day or daily commute, such is its dual-nature character. As the car has been developed by Lotus’s renowned engineering department, embodying the knowledge gained from its long history, owners can feel confident in making the right choice.
To create the transition from road to thoroughly focused track car, the Elise S Cup is equipped with a T45 specification roll-hoop, which allows for future upgrades to competition harnesses and full roll cage. Electrical modifications enable the easier installation of a fire extinguisher and ‘kill-switch’.
The Lotus Elise S Cup is priced at 43,500 pounds in the U.K. and 56,525 euros.
Lotus Elise S Cup figures
Max power/torque: 217 hp (220 PS) at 6800 rpm/ 250 Nm (184 lbft) at 4600rpm
Sprint 0-100 km/h: 4.6 seconds
Max speed: 140 mph (225 km/h)
Fuel consumption/CO2: 7.5 l/100km / 175 g/km
Gross Weight: 932 kg