The new Lotus Elise Cup 250 is claimed to be the fastest production Elise model so far.
Replacing the Elise Cup 220, the new Elise Cup 250 has shed 21kg over its sibling and, while it's still powered by the same 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, it has gained 26bhp in the process. This gives it a power output of 240bhp, which is also 26bhp more than the track-only Elise Cup R.
Weighing in at 931kg, 31kg more than the Cup R, the new model sprints from 0-60mph in 3.9sec (0.3sec quicker than the 220), while torque sits at 184lb ft between 3500rpm and 5500rpm. The model also achieved a 1 min34sec track time at the Hethel test track, taking four seconds off the 220’s best time.
The body kit has been optimised for aerodynamics, providing 66kg of downforce at 100mph, with 155kg at its top speed of 154mph.
Weight-saving measures include a 10kg lighter lithium-ion battery, carbonfibre seats and ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels - 16in at the front and 17in at the rear.