Sounds an odd mix, but go with it. The suspension is the same as the race car (firmer than standard Elise, with an adjustable front anti-roll bar), the aero pack is the same as the race car, and the additional wiring loom, for the ignition cut-out and plumbed-in fire system, remains in place.
And that’s important, because while it means your Elise S Cup is fully type approved and receives its number plates as usual, at £43,500, everything that made it a racing car in the first instance can be put back in as an option, making it eligible to race while retaining its newfound road-legal status.
So you can win on Sunday and commute on Monday. It is a racing car for the road in the genuine meaning of the phrase.
It’s quick, too. It isn't obviously supercharged; there's just ample poke at all revs, up to the 7000rpm redline, although there's no great need to take it there at road speeds, where the mid-range is plenty.
On a circuit, things are a little different, and you’ll find yourself nudging the limiter often, such is the ease with which the engine spins. The gearshift remains good but not great, while there are noticeable, but superbly controlled, body movements under braking and cornering.
These, though, only serve to better telegraph the impending approach of the car’s limits, at which point, on a steady throttle, it’ll push into understeer slightly.
If you’re on the power, or you’ve turned in while trailing the brakes to settle the nose, the Elise becomes neutral or will oversteer with a breathtaking level of controllability for a short, mid-engined, lightweight sports car. Its handling remains an unbridled joy.
There are many ways to buy a manufacturer-built racing car these days, but few are as usable as the Lotus Elise S Cup. Few are so much fun. And few are such good value.
That all serves to make it a winner all week long, regardless of whether you can make it one on a weekend afternoon.