Elise Cup R

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
  • Aero-optimised
  • Lotus-developed Electronic Throttle Control
  • Locking differential
  • Bristling acceleration
  • Consummate race car
  • Focused minimalism
  • 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
  • Pushbutton start
  • Electric windows
  • Face-level air vents
  • Race-derived model
  • Intended to win races
  • Extreme performance-focussed
  • Track-going sportscar
  • Most extreme of all Elise models
  • Race suspension
  • Supremely confident on-track
  • Weighs just 900kgs (1984lbs)
  • Laps almost 1.0s/km faster than Elise S (4.0 secs per lap at Hethel)
  • Head-turning presence
  • Compact packaging
  • Designed for zero-lift
  • Advanced aerodynamics package
  • Race developed barge boards and spoilers
  • Taut and poised
  • Motorsport developed
  • 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)


Max power 217 hp at 6800 rpm (220 PS) *
Max torque 250 Nm at 4600 rpm (184 lbft)
Max engine revs 7,000 rpm
Engine Position Transverse mid-mounted
Unladen Vehicle Mass 900 kg**
Fuel Rating 98 RONminimum
* 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. 
** Dependant on specification.
  Elise Cup R
Standard Lotus colour range Standard
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 Standard
Fixed hard top roof Standard
'Elise Cup R' decal to rear clamshell and above side repeaters Standard
Union Jack Flag decals to rear wing end plates Standard
Matt silver mirror backs Standard
Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure, FIA approved roll cage, front and rear towing eyes Standard
Composite front energy absorbing crash structure Standard
Door side impact beams Standard
Composite body panels Standard
Additional wiring harness to accomodate retrofit of FIA approved fire extinguisher and electircl kill switch systems Standard
Fully independent double wishbone suspension with one-way adjustable dampers, coaxial coil springs, sports anti-roll bar Standard
  Elise Cup R
Atom cloth and Suedtex interior scheme and sport seats with white contrast stitching, red and white 'Cup R' logos to back rest and white Lotus roundel to headrest Standard
FIA approved competition seat on fixed mounting frame - HANS compatible [drivers only - passenger optional] Standard
FIA approved 6-point competition harness - HANS compatible [drivers only], 4 point belt supplied with passenger seat option Standard
Lotus Dynamic Performance Management [Lotus DPM], fire extinguisher and electrical cut-out Standard
Individually numbered Lotus Motorsport build plate Standard
Elise Cup R 
Eligible to race in the following series:
Lotus Cup Europe
Lotus Cup UK
Lotus Cup USA
Lotus Cup Italy
Lotus Cup Thailand
Lotus Cup Japan
Elise Trophy
  Elise Cup R
All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16-valve with chargecooled Magnuson R900 supercharger utilising Eaton TVS technology, Lotus EFI controller engine management, MIL diagnostics Standard
Mid-mounted, transverse, rear wheel drive Standard
Multi-point sequential fuel injection and direct ignition system Standard
Lotus Electronic Throttle Control system Standard
Exhaust system sports stainless steel silencer Standard
Exhaust noise 98 dB [A] at 75% of maximum rpm Standard
Lightweight performance battery Standard
Triple-pass radiator with aluminium end tanks Standard
Pump style fuel tank filler system Standard
6 speed manual with sports ratios Standard
Gear shift H pattern Standard
Electronic Differential Lock [EDL] Standard
Length 3824 mm
Width excluding mirrors 1719 mm
Height 1117 mm
Wheelbase 2300 mm
Unladen vehicle mass 900 kg**
Fuel tank capacity 40 litres Standard
Fuel tank capacity 70 litres FT3 fuel cell Option
** Dependent on specification
  Elise Cup R
Solidly mounted, mechanical rack and pinion with quick release steering wheel  Standard
Lotus/Bosch track-tuned ABS Standard
Standard front and rear calipers with race pads 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
Black forged alloy, 10 spoke wheels Standard
Front Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 tyres 175/55 R16 Standard
Rear Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 tyres 225/45 R17 Standard
  Elise Cup R
Passenger seat with 4-point harness Option  
70 litre FIA fuel cell Option
54 litre alloy fuel tank [USA only] Option
Air-conditioning Option
Elise Cup R paint scheme Option
Ultra lightweight forged wheels Option