Lighter Lotus Elise 250 Special Edition weighs just 899kg and gets extra carbon parts as well as a leather interior
Doug Revolta Autocar
26 August 2016

The Lotus Elise 250 Special Edition has been revealed to celebrate the manufacturer’s 50th year at Hethel. The car is priced from £47,900.

Based on the Elise 250 Cup, but lighter, this special edition model weighs 899kg thanks to the addition a carbon front splitter, rear wing, and boot front access panel as standard, and only 50 will be made.

It is mechanically identical to the Elise 250 Cup, powered by the same supercharged 243bhp 1.8-litre engine, giving it a 0-60mph time of 3.9sec. Around 20kg lighter than the Elise 250 Cup, Lotus claims a power-to-weight ratio of 270bhp/tonne for the Elise 250 Special Edition.

Available in a choice of four colours – blue, red, yellow and white – an optional carbon fibre hardtop roof panel is also available as well as leather seats with contrast stitching and silver or black alloys.

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At £47,900, it's the most expensive Elise in the range, sitting above the 250 Cup which costs £45,600, and Lotus says it will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Lotus unveiled the Evora 400 Hethel Edition earlier this year to also commemorate 50 years at its Norfolk-based plant.

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