Most extreme Elise variant is designed for track day enthusiasts, features upgraded aerodynamics and sharper handling and costs from £43,500
Mark Tisshaw
5 September 2014

Lotus has confirmed that it is producing a road-legal version of its Elise S Cup R racer, two weeks after Autocar spied the car testing at the Nürburgring.

The Norfolk sportscar company says the Elise S Cup is "designed for driving enthusiasts looking for a road car that can be taken on track days with ease".

It is the most track-focused variant in the Elise range and sits above the Elise, Elise S and Club Racer variants in terms of price and levels of extremity.  

Priced at around £43,500 including VAT (but excluding on-the-road costs), the standard Elise S Cup can be upgraded with a selection of road and track options.

Like the race car, the Elise S Cup uses a supercharged 1.8-litre engine with 217bhp at 6800rpm and 184lb ft at 4600rpm. According to the manufacturer's figures, it can sprint from a standstill to 60mph in 4.2sec and hit a maximum speed of 140mph. The car's unladen weight is put at 932kg.

The Elise S Cup has the same aerodynamics as the full racing version and delivers a significantly enhanced dynamic performance over the standard Elise S.

The aerodynamic package includes a front splitter, barge boards, winglets, a rear diffuser, floor extensions and a new rear wing, which combine to produce significant levels of downforce. Adjustable springs and dampers are another feature of the racer which should make it onto the road car.

The aero package creates 66kg of downforce at 100mph and 125kg of downforce at maximum speed. As a result, the Elise S Cup is three seconds per lap quicker around the Lotus test track than the Elise S.

It rides on six-spoke lightweight alloy wheels, 16in at the front and 17in at the rear. The wheels are fitted with Yokohama Advan Neova tyres, with 175/55 ZR16 covers on the front axle and 225/45 ZR17s at the back.  

Other modifications compared to the race variant include headlights, improved cooling and number plates. A competition-spec roll hoop is fitted as standard and wiring harness modifications mean that a fire extinguisher system and electrical kill switch can be retrofitted if a phased conversion from road car to race car is desired.

Lotus boss Jean-Marc Gales said: “The Lotus Elise S Cup is all about the pure driving experience with the Lotus attributes of high performance, light weight and excellent ride and handling. It is perfect for the driver who desires a quick, authentic, desirable and competitive sports car.”

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Our Verdict

Lotus Elise

Is the Lotus Elise still the last word in open-top British sports car fun?

21 August 2014
Somebody give Lotus a decent amount of money so that they can develop new models and not be forced to continually rehash old models. They have talented and skilled people working there who deserve some proper investment to really show what they are capable of.

21 August 2014
I hope the reason for the improved cooling is because Lotus are going to get more power from the engine. Although knowing Lotus, this will be available as a £3000 performance pack. Its still a great car, but I hope there is a replacement for the Elise soon.
Lotus need a new owner & ideally I would like it to be BMW. Lotus could use the 1.5 3 cylinder (& a 2.0 4 cylinder version) out of the i8 in a new Elise. Next a 911 rival with a 3.0 v6 & BMWs carbon fibre reinforced plastic construction for its chassis.
Please make it happen BMW

5 September 2014
Yes, I agree. That would be great and that is exactly what Lotus need. Lotus and BMW are both one of my favorite manufacturers.

5 September 2014
Saw a fair few Elise when the car was launched but I can't think of the last time I saw one on the road. How many Elise do Lotus sell in this country?

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