After a successful
first season of racing the Elise S Cup R completes the next stage of its
development and is evolved with a road focus to bring a touch of
motorsport to the road-going Elise. To ensure its race car pedigree is
not lost, the Lotus Test and Development team has been putting the
newest version of the Elise through its paces on the Lotus test track
and the famous ‘ring’.
The Elise S Cup has received the same unmistakable and unique
aerodynamics as the ‘R’ version and delivers a significantly enhanced
dynamic performance over the standard Elise S. Not only does the focused
‘R’ inspired aero package have a striking visual appeal, the unique
combination of front splitter and winglets, barge boards, rear diffuser,
rear wing and a fixed roof create 66kg of downforce at 100 mph and an
incredible 125kg of downforce at top speed. As a result, the Elise S Cup
generates enough downforce in the corners of the Lotus test track to
beat the Elise S by 3 seconds.
Designed for driving enthusiasts looking for a road car that can be
taken on track days with ease, the Elise S Cup is a compelling
alternative to race biased products. Priced at around €47,500 (excluding
taxes, on the roads costs and delivery), the standard car can be
upgraded with a selection of road and track options which can be
introduced according to preference. A competition spec roll hoop is
fitted as standard while wiring harness modifications mean that a fire
extinguisher system and electrical kill switch can be retrofitted if a
phased conversion from road car to race car is desired.
Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc, said, “The
Lotus Elise S Cup is all about the pure driving experience with the
Lotus attributes of high performance, light weight and excellent ride
and handling. It is perfect for the driver who desires a quick,
authentic, desirable and competitive sports car.”
The Elise S Cup is the most track focused of the Lotus Elise range.
Carrying the ‘Cup’ brand synonymous with the Lotus Motorsport division,
it sits above the Elise, Elise S and Club Racer variants in terms of
price and levels of extremity and will be available for purchase through
the Lotus dealer network.
The Elise S Cup in more detail
Engine 1.8 litre DOHC
VVT-I 16 valve with chargecooled Magnuson
manual gearbox with sports ratios
Max Power 217 hp at
6800 rpm (220 PS)
Max Torque 184 lbft at
4600rpm (250 Nm)
0-60 mph 4.2 seconds
0-100 km/h 4.6 seconds
Max Speed 140 mph (225
Unladen vehicle mass
Drag Coefficient 0.45
Power to weight ration
233 hp per tonne
@ 100 mph (160 km/h) 66
kg 5 kg
@ 124 mph (200 km/h)
104 kg 7 kg
@ 140 mph (225 km/h)
125 kg 8 kg
Slate grey cloth and
SuedeTex® stitching, “Cup” logos to back rest and Lotus roundel to
windows, immobiliser and remote alarm, driver and passenger airbags
Front splitter, front
access panels, fixed hard top roof, barge boards, rear transom
panel, roll hoop cover, rear wing and rear diffuser all in matt
Matt silver mirror
“Elise S Cup” decal to
Union Flag decals to
rear wing end plates.
Satin black Y-type
lightweight cast alloy wheels, six spoke 16” front and 17” rear.
Yokohama Advan Neova
AD07 LTS Tyres, front 175/55 ZR16, rear 225/45 ZR17.
Standard colour options;
Solar Yellow, Aspen White, Chrome Orange, Daytona Blue, Formula Red,
Lotus Motorsport build plate.
Competition spec roll
Sports suspension with
adjustable front anti roll bar.
Double shear rear track
Sport mode Dynamic
Performance Management (DPM) system.
Extended wiring harness
to accommodate retrofit of FIA approved fire extinguisher and
electrical kill switch systems.
Single exhaust pipe
with chrome finisher.
Comfort Pack; CD/MP3/WMA
receiver with speakers, “Cup” logo carpet mats, sound insulation,
passenger footrest, auxiliary driving lamps, central door locking.
utilising Eaton TVSTM technology
interior scheme and
sport seats with white contrast
Stand alone options
Satin black 14-spoke
forged “Sport” alloy wheels, 16” front and 17” rear.
Yokohama Advan A048 LTS
tyres with satin black Motorsport Elise Cup R forged alloy
wheels, front 195/50
R16, rear 225/45 R17.
Air bag delete.
FIA approved race seats.
Paint to sample.
Tow eye kit.
Harness bar and four
point safety harnesses.
Lightweight 12V battery.
FIA approved fire
extinguisher system and electrical kill switches.
kit and sports exhaust system.