Are you looking for a track car with road-going manners? Lotus has a new model exactly like that – the Lotus Elise Cup 250. This four-cylinder, by far is the fastest, lightweight and supercharged car to leave the stables of the British carmaker. With this two-seater, their main focus was on cutting weight and boosting performance, which they achieved by using a ton of carbon fiber, titanium, and aluminium.
Its 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with a chargecooled supercharger and the lightweight body combines to deliver 243hp, which in turn allows the car to go from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The Cup 250 has a top speed of 154 mph. Those who pay attention to the acoustics of the exhaust will be happy to note it comes with a stunning new soundtrack from Lotus’ best musicians.
Standard features for the Lotus Elise Cup 250 includes a Lithium-Ion battery, Lotus’ handcrafted carbon race seats, ultra-lightweight Motorsport forged alloy wheels and a polycarbonate rear screen, all of this help shed weight and deliver a benchmark power to weight ratio 283 hp per ton. Anyone interested in shedding more weight can select the optional Carbon Aero Pack, which consists of a composite front splitter, rear wing, and side boards to save an additional 3.7 kgs. Aerodynamics performance has also seen improvements by way of a lightweight rear wing, front splitter, barge boards and rear diffuser.
For those familiar with the Elise-line will notice changes to its look. It now has a redesigned lightweight front clam panel wither wider radiator opening and mesh pattern grille and a rear transom panel with two light clusters instead of four. These visual changes also helped improve
aerodynamics to modify airflow overall and increase downforce 125 kg at 140 mph – this gives the car more control during harder and faster cornering and more stability.
There is plenty of carbon fiber and black Alcantara with contrast red or yellow stitching. The same trim design is used for door panels and face-level vents and compliments well with the exposed aluminum and carbon fiber elements. They also offer plenty of options just for the cabin and includes Alcantara trimmed steering wheel and sill covers, leather or tartan trim packs, bodywork keyed color inserts for the sports seats, transmission console, and HVAC surround. The Elise Cup 250 comes equipped with a new instrument panel that features new graphics for easy reading and a new entertainment system with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, and speakers.
The Cup 250 comes with three grades of ESP: Drive, Sport, and Off. Pricing starts from £47,400 (about $61,400). With weight-saving option it goes up to £65,800 ($85,000).