Responding to motorsport customers’ demands falls so easily within the Lotus remit. The Elise Cup R is a prime example of making a totally track focused model. Using the Elise lightweight chassis and composite body, the Elise Cup R is the uncompromised result that exudes the Lotus spirit so succinctly. Despite boasting the same power as the Elise S, the overall kerbweight of the Elise Cup R is around 900kgs (1,984lbs, dependent on specification). As a result, its excellent power to weight ratio, combined with an aerodynamic package that maintains zero lift but increases downforce, enables a 5km lap time of around 4 seconds faster than the standard Elise S. This is high performance guaranteed to excite. Driving purity is no finer.
With the 1.8-litre engine, its induction supplemented by an Eaton supercharger, it means that the power is at an outstanding 217hp (220PS). Select the first of the Elise Cup R six, close-ratio gears and the forwards trajectory is simply stunning. A V-max of 145mph (234kph), within a purposefully equipped cockpit, provides proof positive that Lotus makes racecar ownership focused and both enticing and affordable.
Underpinning every Elise Cup R 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 is phenomenal, especially in race guise. It allows the adjustable suspension to work even more efficiently, to provide unparalleled grip, a comfortable ride and a dynamic balance that is exquisite. An electronic differential lock (EDL) helps to tame any on track over-exuberance, while Sport mode Dynamic Performance Management system enhances performance.
The Elise Cup R is the most focused Elise ever. It is the car that critics call ’fresh’. One look at the Cup R highlights its attractive, well designed, yet purposeful aero package. From its front splitter, to its prominent rear airflow diffuser, it is every inch the purpose-built racing car. The lateral barge boards, fixed hardtop, engine cover, rollover hoop cover, side vanes and the rear wing are not only finished in black but are styled for optimum airflow. Because it is a Lotus, the Elise Cup R features ‘zero-lift’, although the aero package increases downforce by 145lbs (66kgs) at 100mph (160kph), although this increases to an impressive 275lbs (125kgs) at V-max.
Fuel-injected and supercharged
1.8-litre engine develops 217bhp (220PS)
Delivers punchy 184lbs ft (250Nm) of torque
Mid-engine provides balance
Lotus-developed Electronic Throttle Control
Consummate race car
Trimmed in ergonomic padding
HANS-compliant ultra-lightweight seats
Hip-hugging driving position
6-point safety harness
Small diameter, quick-release steering wheel
Stripped out interior
Face-level air vents
Intended to win races
Most extreme of all Elise models
Supremely confident on-track
Weighs just 900kgs (1984lbs)
Laps almost 1.0s/km faster than Elise S (4.0 secs per lap at Hethel)
* 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.
Aerodynamically optimised body incorporating advanced composite front splitter with moulded end plates, larger rear diffuser, sculpted rear wing and barge boards with shaped aerodynamic aids to reduce drag coefficient, all in matt black
Fixed hard top roof
'Elise Cup R' decal to rear clamshell and above side repeaters
Union Jack Flag decals to rear wing end plates
Matt silver mirror backs
Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure, FIA approved roll cage, front and rear towing eyes
Composite front energy absorbing crash structure
Door side impact beams
Composite body panels
Additional wiring harness to accomodate retrofit of FIA approved fire extinguisher and electircl kill switch systems
Fully independent double wishbone suspension with one-way adjustable dampers, coaxial coil springs, sports anti-roll bar