Lotus has unveiled the 217-horsepower Elise S Cup. It's aimed at enthusiasts
who seek a street-legal track toy.
The 2015 Elise S Cup was developed from the Elise Cup R race car and shares many of its capabilities. Lotus claims that the Elise S Cup derivative can set a 3-second faster lap time than the "regular" Elise S on the Lotus test track.
Visual appeal has been bolstered with the striking addition of a front splitter, with end winglets, lateral bargeboards, a fixed roof, tail wing and a purposeful rear diffuser. The combined aerodynamic benefits increase downforce by 66 kg at 100 mph and a remarkably effective 125 kg at 140 mph.
Marking the first Elise S Cup to roll off the Lotus production line, Jean-Marc Gales, CEO Group Lotus plc, stated: "This engaging new model accentuates the pure driving competence elicited by Lotus. Light, agile and significantly faster on-track than the standard Elise S, it will appeal to competition-minded enthusiasts."
The 2015 Lotus Elise S Cup has been developed from the successful Elise Cup R race car. In line with Lotus history, the crossover between road and race models remains inherent to the brand. The S Cup variant has been developed both at Hethel and the Nurburgring Circuit in Germany, with the primary aim of not losing the important race car pedigree.
While the modifications are track biased, Lotus worked to ensure that the ride and handling remains in balance, thereby making the Elise S Cup a realistic daily driver. The 'fresh out of the box' appeal, allied to Lotus' s focused attention to detail, means that the Elise S Cup can be used on the track on Sunday and driven to work on Monday, such is its dual-nature character.
UK price starts at 43,500 GBP, Austria: 75,550 EUR, Belgium: 57,480 EUR, France: 57,000 EUR, Germany: 56,530 EUR, Italy: 57,950 EUR, Netherlands: 81,690 EUR, Switzerland: 67,900 CHF.