Elise Cup 250

This car was formerly known as "Elise S Cup". The "Elise 220 Cup" will be used starting from 2016 production year. Responding to its customers’ demands is a Lotus duty. The Elise 220 Cup is a prime example of taking a more track focused model, in this case, the Elise Cup R, and toning it back enough to make it suitable for road use. The sheer flexibility of this approach is helped by the weight conscious nature of the Elise lightweight chassis and composite body. The Elise 220 Cup is what results. Despite boasting the same power as the Elise S, the overall kerbweight of the Elise 220 Cup increases by only 42lbs (19kgs) over the R version. As a result, its power to weight ratio is an enchanting 235bhp/tonne (238PS/1,000kg). The result is high performance that is guaranteed to thrill and excite. The driving quality is as pure as the driven snow.

With the 1.8-litre engine, its induction supplemented by an Eaton supercharger, it means that the power is at an outstanding 217bhp (220PS). Select the first of the Elise 220 Cup six, close-ratio gears and the forwards motion is simply wonderful. Its 235bhp/tonne (238PS/1000kgs) enables a V-max of 140mph (225kph), yet its Combined fuel economy is given as 37.5mpg (7.5l/100km) and CO2 emissions are only 175g/km. Lotus proves that sportscar ownership can remain both enticing and affordable.

Underpinning every Elise 220 Cup is the most efficient, structurally rigid and low weight extruded and bonded chassis-tub. Based on more than 60 years of racing car developments, its torsional rigidity remains outstanding, even with the substantial power increase. It allows the suspension to work most efficiently, to provide unparalleled grip, a comfortable ride and a dynamic balance that is unquestionably excellent. An electronic differential lock (EDL) helps to tame any over-exuberance (for which you will surely be forgiven), while Sport mode Dynamic Performance Management system enhances a track car for road intentions.

To call the Elise 220 Cup ‘tamed’ would be wrong. While it is toned down from the Cup R model, it remains track-focused but for the racer that needs to drive home afterwards. One look at the 220 Cup highlights its attractive, yet purposeful aero package. From its front splitter, to its rear airflow diffuser, it is every inch the racer for the road. The lateral barge boards, fixed hardtop, engine cover, rollover hoop cover, side vanes and the rear wing are not only finished in black but also ‘shout’ racing car. Naturally, because it is a Lotus, the Elise 220 Cup features ‘zero-lift’, although the revised aero package increases downforce by 145lbs (66kgs) at 100mph (160kph), although this increases to an impressive 275lbs (125kgs) at V-max.


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  • Fuel-injected and supercharged
  • 1.8-litre engine develops 217bhp (220PS)
  • Delivers punchy 184lbs ft (250Nm) of torque
  • Mid-engine provides balance
  • Aero-optimised
  • Lotus-developed Electronic Throttle Control
  • Locking differential
  • Bristling acceleration
  • Focused minimalism
  • Trimmed in cloth and SuedeTex
  • Composite seats
  • Hip-hugging driving position
  • Small diameter steering wheel rim
  • Pushbutton start
  • Electric windows
  • Central door locking
  • Developed by Lotus Motorsport
  • Road going but track focused
  • Most extreme of all road-going Elise models
  • Race-bred suspension
  • Confident on-track
  • Capable on-road
  • Head-turning presence
  • Compact packaging
  • Styled for zero-lift
  • Maximum down force
  • Taut and poised
  • Targeted efficiency


  • Manual 6-speed
  • Close ratios
  • Light shift weight
  • Slick changes
  • Balanced clutch weight
  • Lotus throttle management
  • Fast rev-drop between shifts
  • 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds)



  Elise 220 Cup
Max power 217 hp at 6800 rpm (220 PS)
Max torque 184 lbft at 4600 rpm (250 Nm)
0-60 mph 4.2 seconds
0-100 km/h 4.6 seconds
Max speed 140 mph (225 km/h)
Power to weight ratio 235 hp/tonne (238 PS/1000kg)
FUEL CONSUMPTION (mpg* [l/100 km])
Urban 28.5 (9.9)
Extra Urban 46.3 (6.1)
Combined 37.7 (7.5)
CO2 emissions 175 g/km
* Performance results may vary depending upon the specification of the particular vehicle, environmental conditions, driving style and other factors. MPG figures are obtained from laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles and may not reflect real driving results. Published MPG figures and performance results are intended for comparisons between vehicles only. Verification of performance results should not be attempted on public roads . Lotus recommends that all local speed and safety laws must be obeyed and safety belts worn at all times. For USA and Canada; Elise, Exige and 3-Eleven models are for track use-only (not road-legal). Errors and omissions excepted. 
  Elise 220 Cup
Standard Colour options: Solar Yellow, Aspen White, Chrome Orange, Daytona Blue, Formula Red, Toxic Green Standard
Aerodynamically optimised body incorporating advanced composite front splitter, barge boards, rear wing and rear diffuser all in matt black Standard
Fixed hard top roof Standard
'Elise S Cup' decal to rear clamshell and above side repeaters Standard
Union Jack Flag decals to rear wing end plates Standard
Matt silver mirror backs Standard
Single exhaust pipe with chrome finisher Standard
Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure Standard
Composite front energy absorbing crash structure Standard
Door side impact beams Standard
Composite body panels Standard
LED front daylight lamps with integrated direction indicators Standard
LED rear lamps with integrated direction indicators Standard
Front mud flaps Standard
Clear sill stone chip protection film Standard
T45 specification roll hoop Standard
Additional wiring harness to accomodate retrofit of FIA approved fire extinguisher and electircl kill switch systems Standard
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
Uprated double shear rear track control arms
  Elise 220 Cup
Atom cloth and Suedtex interior scheme and sport seats with white contrast stitching, red and white 'S Cup' logos to back rest and white Lotus roundel to headrest Standard
Heater Standard
Driver and passenger air bag (not compatible with fire extinguisher and kill switch option) Standard
Electric windows Standard
Immobiliser and remote alarm (not compatible with fire extinguisher and kill switch option) Standard
  Elise 220 Cup
All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16-valve with chargecooled Magnuson R900 supercharger utilising Eaton TVS technology Standard
Mid-mounted, transverse, rear wheel drive Standard
Multi-point sequential fuel injection and direct ignition system Standard
Lotus Electronic Throttle Control system Standard
6 speed manual with sports ratios Standard
Constant mesh helical gears and open differential Standard
BOSCH Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) Standard
Length 3824 mm
Width excluding mirrors 1719 mm
Height 1117 mm
Wheelbase 2300 mm
Unladen vehicle mass 952 kg
Fuel tank capacity 40 litres
  Elise 220 Cup
Solidly mounted, mechanical rack and pinion Standard
AP Racing twin-piston front calipers, Brembo single-piston sliding rear-calipers Standard
Servo assisted, cross drilled and ventilated discs, 288 mm diameter, front and rear Standard
Track tuned ABS system Standard
Hydraulic Brake Assist [HBA] Standard
Electronic Brake Distribution [EBD] Standard
Cornering Brake Control [CBC] Standard
Lotus Dynamic Performance Management [Lotus DPM] Standard
Sport mode Dynamic Performance Management [DPM] system Standard
Lightweight cast alloy wheels, 16" front and 17" rear Standard
Front Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 tyres 175/55 ZR16 Standard
Rear Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 tyres 225/45 ZR17 Standard
  Elise 220 Cup
Air conditioning Option  
Yokohama Advan AD048 LTS tyres with satin black Motorsport Elise Cup R forged alloy wheels, front 195/50  R16, rear 225/45 R17 Option
Air bag deletion Option
Carbon fibre FIA approved race seats Option
Tow eye kit Option
A frame and four point safety harnesses Option
Lightweight 12v battery Option
FIA approved fire extinguisher system and electric kill switches Option
Performance induction kit Option
Metallic paint Option
Sport wheel, satin black, forged 14-spoke (16' front and 17" rear)** Option
Comfort pack Option