The £52,838, track-only Elise S Cup R uses the same supercharged mid-mounted transverse 1.8-litre engine as the Elise S road car, which produces 217bhp and 181lb ft of torque. Lotus says this is the first time the engine has been used in a Cup variant. It's mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
The car's new aerodynamics package includes a front splitter, rear diffuser, floor extensions and a new rear wing. Lotus says that despite the added weight, the Elise S Cup R weighs in at 924kg, the same as the standard Elise S.
Lotus says the Elise S Cup R can cover a 2.2-mile lap four seconds faster than the Elise S.
Other enhancements include a race harness and driver's seat, a motorsport-tuned ECU, an FIA compliant rollcage and fire extinguisher and new forged alloy wheels. Drivers can also specify upgrades including air conditioning, a passenger seat and an FIA fuel cell.