Punching well above its weight, the new Lotus Elise Cup 250 offers a scintillating blend of purity of purpose with performance at the apex of the recently revised Elise range. Supercharged, lightweight and distilled from Lotus’ extensive motorsport know-how, the new model packs 243bhp into a chassis designed to deliver the benchmark in responsive handling and haptic feedback.
The car’s enhanced aerodynamics come from a number of additions, including a new lightweight rear wing, front splitter, bargeboards and rear diffuser contributing to 125kg of downforce at 225km/h.
Focused on cutting weight and boosting performance, Lotus’ development team has built on the significant updates introduced for the latest Elise, which has already been hailed as a five-star car by the international motoring press.
Dry weight has been reduced to just 884kg (or 860kg with all lightweight options) and the adoption of advanced lightweight materials, including carbon fibre, titanium and aluminium has helped to cut kilos from crucial areas, leading to a 0-100km/h run in 3.9 seconds.
The Elise Cup 250 carries the new visual identity, first introduced on the new Elise Sport and Sprint models. Changes to the body include a redesigned lightweight front clam panel with wider radiator apertures and mesh pattern grille, and a new rear transom panel design featuring two light clusters, rather than four, visually enhancing the design.
The Elise Cup 250 also includes a number of high-performance additions unique to this model. These include revised dampers and ultra-lightweight forged wheels with Yokohama Advan A048 LTS tyres – 225/45 ZR17 at the rear and 195/50 ZR16 at the front.