Proving that less is more, Lotus’ high performance MY17.5 Cup version of the famous Elise has shed a further 14 kg and increased power to 283 hp per tonne. Weighing in at 917 kg and capable of 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, the Elise Cup 250 is the fastest ever road-going Lotus Elise. Delivered to the marque’s now famous ‘Lightweight Laboratory’, it emerged with a range of features, including a Lithium-ion battery, which slashes 10 kg of the weight, carbon fibre seats, reducing the weight by 6 kg, and ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels, saving a further 1.5 kg. Designed to suit all sports car fans, the Lotus Elise Cup 250 is available for the first time as a roadster as standard, with a hard top available as an option.
The Elise Cup 250 carries over the motorsport-derived suspension and braking components from the Elise Cup 220, including an adjustable front anti-roll bar, Bilstein sports dampers and Eibach coaxial coil springs and double wishbone suspension. Braking is dealt with by AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and Brembo single-piston rear calipers that work in conjunction with the track-tuned ABS system. As standard, the Elise Cup 250 comes with a full Alcantara interior in red or black, with an optional Leather Pack available.