Elise 20Th Anniversary

Rare and race-bred, the extreme limited-edition Lotus Elise Cup 260 packs the company’s passion for motorsport engineering into one of the most accomplished cars it has ever produced. Taking what’s widely regarded as the benchmark for intuitive handling and driver involvement, Lotus has integrated some of the latest design philosophies from high-performance stablemates including the Exige Cup 430, and the mighty Evora GT430, as well as building upon the track and competition only Elise Race 250. Setting a standard for outright track pace and low lap times, this ultimate Elise has been unveiled to coincide with the 70th anniversary of when founder Colin Chapman built his first car in 1948. Referencing Lotus’ motorsport successes, the new Elise Cup 260 has a laurel wreath decal on the left buttress and the Union Jack on both the rear wing end plates together with the option of finishing the car in iconic Championship Gold.

Delivering big gains from focused development, the new Elise Cup 260 provides a sparkling blend of purpose with purity at the top of the Elise line up. With 250 hp from the supercharged engine, designed to make the most of the Elise’s exceptionally stiff extruded and bonded aluminium chassis, it endows the Elise Cup 260 phenomenal straight-line speed, agile handling and, with the significant downforce available and the wider, road-legal motorsport tyres, harder and faster cornering. These elements combine to deliver a lap of the Hethel track in just 1 minute 32 seconds, 2.5 seconds faster than the Elise Cup 250. The Elise Cup 260 continues the new model’s visual styling, first introduced on the Elise Sport and Sprint models, but incorporates the aero lessons learnt from Lotus’ latest models, including the Evora GT 430. This includes louvred front wheel arch vents to reduce lift, and a new oversize motorsport-derived rear wing, developed from the Lotus 3-Eleven. Working with the redesigned lightweight front clam panel, with wider apertures, carbon front splitter and the rear diffuser, these generate up to 180 kg of downforce at the car’s top speed of 151mph. This is a 44% gain on the already impressive Elise Cup 250, allowing greater grip levels and higher cornering speeds.

Taking a blend of exotic and lightweight materials to produce a truly noble sports car, the Elise Cup 260 is considerably greater than the sum of its parts. Building on the production Elise Cup 250, and drawing heavily on the development the motorsport Elise Race 250, the Elise Cup 260’s performance is formed through a first-class combination of intelligent engineering and advanced aerodynamics as well as a boost in engine performance. Not only the lightest ever Elise Cup, it’s also the heaviest at speed – with the car’s design and aero configuration generating up to 180 kg of downforce at 151 mph. Key to this exceptionally high level of downforce are the new louvred front wheel-arch vents, lightweight carbon fibre front splitter and wide high mounted rear wing. With a no-holds-barred approach, the Elise Cup 260 includes nearly all of the lightweight Elise Cup options as standard, ranging from the sill covers, roll hoop cover, front access panel and engine cover which are all in carbon to the two-piece brake discs. With a race chassis developed by Lotus Motorsport, one way adjustable Nitron dampers – fitted to an Elise for the first time, a polycarbonate backlight glass and hand-trimmed interior with bespoke detailing, the Elise Cup 260 will earn its reputation as the ultimate Elise.

As standard, the Elise Cup 260 comes with ultra-lightweight motorsport forged alloy wheels (16-inch at the front and 17-inch at the rear) and are fitted with Yokohama Advan Neova AD08R tyres (205/45 R16 front & 235/40 R17 rear) which have been specifically developed for high performance track and road use. 10 mm wider front and rear than the tyres fitted to the Elise Cup 250, they provide the mechanical grip necessary to exploit the power and downforce the car generates. Braking is provided by AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and Brembo at the rear, which are perfectly matched to the lightweight two-piece brake discs. The Elise Cup 260’s interior bears testament to the car’s handbuilt nature, with beautifully detailed components. Centre of attention is the detailed, manual gearbox’s open gate mechanism, which is both technically and aesthetically appealing. Developed by Lotus, it provides precise and direct gear changes for quicker shifting. The finish of Lotus’ in-house manufactured race-style carbon seats, trimmed in black Alcantara® with contrast red or yellow stitching, is echoed by the door panels and face-level vents. Bodywork keyed colour inserts for the sports seats, transmission console, HVAC surround and window switches are both complemented by the cabin’s exposed aluminium and carbon fibre elements including new carbon fibre sills and instrument binnacle cover. Interior options include an Alcantara® trimmed steering wheel and sill covers, leather or tartan trim packs for seats or door panels. Other options, including an in-car entertainment system, including iPod® connectivity and Bluetooth® functionality, can all be selected when ordering.

Immagine
TOP SPEED

151
MPH
0 - 60 MPH

3.8
SECS
MAX POWER

250
HP
WEIGHT

862
KG

Features

Engine
  • Fuel-injected and supercharged
  • 1.8-litre engine develops 247bhp (250PS)
  • Delivers punchy 265Nm of torque
  • Mid-engine provides balance
  • Aero-optimised
  • Lotus-developed Electronic Throttle Control
  • Locking differential
  • Bristling acceleration
Interior
  • Manual 6-speed
  • Close ratios
  • Light shift weight
  • Slick changes
  • Balanced clutch weight
  • Lotus throttle management
  • Fast rev-drop between shifts
  • 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds)
Wheels
  • Sport lightweight forged alloy wheels
  • 16-inch front and 17-inch rear
  • Matt black paint as standard
  • Yokohama Advan AD08R tyres
  • 288mm Servo assisted, cross drilled and ventilated brake discs
Styling
  • Lotus classic body colour Championship Gold
  • Matt Black distinguishing exterior trim
  • Auxiliary driving lights
  • Unique Elise 260 Cup decals externally
    and on dashboard stereo blanking plate
Interior
  • Body coloured, lighter weight centre console
  • Leather or Alcantara trim, lighter sports seat trim
  • Colour-coded stitching on seats and door trims
  • Colour-coded seat hoops
  • Sports Seats with colour-coded seat belt eyelets
  • Elise 260 Cup decals on seats and dashboard stereo blanking-plate

Exterior

Specifications

 
  Elise 260 Cup
PERFORMANCE*
Max power 247 hp at 6800 rpm (250 PS) (183 kW)
Max torque 265 Nm at 4600 rpm
0-60 mph 3.8 seconds
0-100 km/h 4.2 seconds
Max speed 151 mph (243 km/h)
  Elise 260 Cup
CHASSIS/ BODY
Two-door, two-seater convertible bodystyle Standard
Matt black body feature panels, black wheels and rear diffuser Standard
Unique 260 Cup logo on interior and exterior Standard
Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure Standard
Composite front energy absorbing crash structure Standard
Door side impact beams Standard
Composite body panels Standard
Aerodynamically optimised rear diffuser Standard
LED front daylight lamps with integrated direction indicators Standard
LED rear lamps with integrated direction indicators Standard
Black soft top Standard
SUSPENSION
Fully independent double wishbone suspension with adjustable front anti-roll bar Standard
Bilstein high performance gas dampers, front and rear Standard
Eibach coaxial coil springs, front and rear Standard
  Elise 20th Anniversary Special Edition
INTERIOR SPECIFICATION
Body colour centre console Standard
Polished aluminium gear knob and handbrake sleeve Standard
Pre-tensioning seatbelts Standard
Engine start push button Standard
Immobiliser and remote activated alarm Standard
Driver and passenger air bags (Optional delete) Standard
Electric windows Standard
Face level air-vents Standard
Tyre puncture repair kit Standard
Central door locking Standard