At its core, the Elise remains unaltered.
If the extruded and bonded aluminium chassis sounds old hat in a brave new world of mass-produced carbonfibre, think again.
The car’s platform may be 20 years old, but the ingenuity, low weight and outright strength of its spine is beyond doubt. To it, the double wishbone suspension and mid-mounted transverse engine are bolted.
The identity of those components has changed over time. The Cup 250 – like the 220 before it – gets Bilstein gas dampers, Eibach coaxial coil springs and an adjustable anti-roll bar at the front.
That’s a familiar mix. Unfamiliar are new front wheels with 195-section tyres in place of the 175s used on the rest of the range (including the track-only Cup R).
It gets more serious Yokohama Advan A048 rubber, too. Behind them are AP twin-piston calipers on 288mm ventilated discs.
Pushing the body down onto the wheels is a bodykit derived from the Cup R and delivering the same 66kg of downforce at 100mph. The supplementary trim, which can be made from carbonfibre components if you choose, is the 250’s main point of visual differentiation from the normally elfin Elise.
A new front splitter and side sills broaden the stance, but it is the colossal spoiler and diffuser combination at the back that provide the real race-car gristle.