Lotus has transformed its Elise S model into a Cup variant. The enticing new model has already been extensively tested, showing some great results. This engaging model highlights the pure driving competence elicited by Lotus. It is light, agile and significantly faster in comparison to the standard Elise S. The car has developed from the successful Elise Cup R race car and this means that it has a racing pedigree. In line with Lotus history, the S Cup variant has been tested both at Hethel and the Nürburgring Circuit in Germany.

First thing to be mentioned is the dramatic 3.0s reduction of the Hethel lap time. Then, we should point out the exterior appearance, which has been bolstered with some striking additions. Precisely, the car received new front splitter with end winglets, lateral bargeboards, a fixed roof, tail wing and a purposeful rear diffuser. As a matter of fact, the benefits from the enhanced aerodynamics increase downforce by 66kg at 100mph.

Of course, the car has inherited company's vital characteristics of combined lightweight engineering and chassis rigidity. All of the modifications are track biased, delivering ride and handling in perfect balance.

The exterior appearance is fresh, with applied focus on the details. In addition, in order to create the transition from road to thoroughly focused track car, the Elise S Cup is equipped with a T45 specification roll-hoop and full roll cage.

Some electrical modifications have also been made. They enable easier installation of a fire extinguisher and "kill-switch". Lotus Elise S Cup is scheduled to roll off the Lotus production line soon. UK price tag starts at £43,500, while in Germany it will be sold for at least €56,525.

Lotus Elise S Cup Specifications:

Max power - 217 hp at 6800 rpm (220 PS) Fuel Consumption Urban – 28.5 (9.9) (mpg (l/100 km)
Max torque - 184 lb-ft at 4600rpm (250 Nm) Fuel Consumption Extra Urban – 46.3 (6.1) (mpg (l/100 km)
Max speed - 140 mph (225 km/h) Fuel Consumption Combined - 37.5 (7.5) (mpg (l/100 km)
0-60 mph - 4.2 seconds CO2 emissions - 175 g/km
0-100 km/h - 4.6 seconds Unladen weight - 932 kg

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Source: Lotus