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Lotus introduces Cup 250 as fastest Elise ever

Lotus introduces Cup 250 as fa...
The Lotus Elise Cup 250 will have a limited run of only 200 units per year
The Lotus Elise Cup 250 will have a limited run of only 200 units per year
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The Carbon Aero Pack option drops another 10 kilos of weight off the Lotus Elise Cup 250
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The Carbon Aero Pack option drops another 10 kilos of weight off the Lotus Elise Cup 250
1.5 kg of weight loss was made with an upgrade to ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels
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1.5 kg of weight loss was made with an upgrade to ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels
These rear diffusers on the Lotus Elise Cup 250 can be upgraded to carbon fiber
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These rear diffusers on the Lotus Elise Cup 250 can be upgraded to carbon fiber
The aero packaging on the Elise Cup 250 add 66 kg of downforce at 100 mph
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The aero packaging on the Elise Cup 250 add 66 kg of downforce at 100 mph
The Lotus Elise Cup 250 will be a roadster model as standard with the hard top being an option rather than the norm
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The Lotus Elise Cup 250 will be a roadster model as standard with the hard top being an option rather than the norm
The Lotus Elise Cup 250 will have a limited run of only 200 units per year
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The Lotus Elise Cup 250 will have a limited run of only 200 units per year
The Lotus Elise Cup 250 has ten paint options and two interior color options
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The Lotus Elise Cup 250 has ten paint options and two interior color options
Pricing for the Elise Cup 250 begins at £46,500
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Pricing for the Elise Cup 250 begins at £46,500
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Standing about waist high to most adults and being not much longer than a tandem bicycle, the Lotus Elise is already a small sports car. Imagine if that became even lighter and more powerful, capable of reaching 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds and 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds.

That, when you boil it down to brass tacks, is what the Lotus Elise Cup 250 is – a lighter, faster, more powerful version of the regular Elise model as the high performance version of what is already a high performance car.

The Elise Cup 250 sheds 21 kilograms (46 pounds), gains 26 horsepower (19 kW) and has an option to drop another 10 kilos with a Carbon Aero Pack. This gives the car a weight of 931 kg (2,052 pounds) or 921 kg and a total output of 243 horses (181 kW). That measures out to 261 hp per tonne and gives the Elise Cup 250 a top speed of 154 mph (248 km/h).

The Carbon Aero Pack option drops another 10 kilos of weight off the Lotus Elise Cup 250
The Carbon Aero Pack option drops another 10 kilos of weight off the Lotus Elise Cup 250

As a replacement for the Cup 220, the Lotus Elise Cup 250 will have a limited run of only 200 units per year. Most of the weight savings realized in the new Lotus were made by shaving kilos from various components throughout the car, especially in electrical, the interior, and in the wheels.

Lotus' new Lightweight Laboratory managed to shave 10 kg off by replacing the battery with a lithium-ion upgrade. A further six kilograms were shed with carbon fiber seating and another 1.5 kg were dropped with an upgrade to ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels. Other smaller changes completed the 21 kg weight savings.

What's more, the Lotus Elise Cup 250 will be a roadster model as standard with the hard top being an option rather than the norm. The optional Carbon Aero Pack replaces most of the Elise's aerodynamic additions, such as the rear diffusers, the air wing, and the front splitter, with carbon fiber components to further lighten weight.

The Lotus Elise Cup 250 has ten paint options and two interior color options
The Lotus Elise Cup 250 has ten paint options and two interior color options

The Cup 250 laps the Hethel test track in just 1 minute and 34 seconds, a full 4 seconds faster than the outgoing Cup 220. This makes for the fastest recorded lap time for a production Elise.

Performance improvements come from a combination of small changes to the car, including slightly wider 195/50 R16 front tires for more precision in steering. Engine improvements include the boosting of the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine to 243 horsepower at 7,200 rpm. The engine also produces 184 pound-feet (250 Nm) of torque in the 3,500 to 5,500 rpm band.

The aforementioned aerodynamics additions, whether in standard or carbon fiber form, add 66 kg of downforce at 100 mph (145.5 pounds, 161 km/h).

The Lotus Elise Cup 250 will be a roadster model as standard with the hard top being an option rather than the norm
The Lotus Elise Cup 250 will be a roadster model as standard with the hard top being an option rather than the norm

The Cup 250 has ten paint options and two interior color options, while a Leather Pack upgrade for the interior is available and personalized coloring can be optioned as well.

Pricing for the Elise Cup 250 begins at £46,500.

Source: Lotus

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8 comments
Robert Walther
60 mph in 3.9 seconds. 100 kph/62.14 mph in 4.3 seconds?
James Smith
While I have loved Lotus cars for decades and owned an Elan at one time, let's remember the performance figures here are only almost as good as a Tesla. That's a far more practical car at, even fully loaded, a cheaper price. Having said all that, I would still love to have a Elise.
CaptD
How about a much less costly eVersion for zipping about town? I bet it would be far more popular. Think eLotus7
Phoghat
Had an Europa, but Tesla is the future, and sadly Lotus is the past
apprenticeearthwiz
Makes you wonder why they didn't pick up where the Tesla roadster left off. Proven technology and performance and a ready made market. maybe they are rev heads rather than performance freaks.
Aaron Turpen
Believe it or not, guys, but the world does not lust after a Tesla Roadster. Otherwise, Elon would have figured out how to keep making them instead of letting them go when Lotus upgraded to a new chassis build.
wanderkip
If the Tesla Roadster had that magical, high-revving exhaust note, the beautiful Lotus badges and a better entry-price... I'm sure we'd love them forever!
Michael Wilson
Funny, I thought the twin-turbo, v8 powered 1244 bhp 270.4mph Hennessey Venom GT was the fastest Lotus elise.