This is the Lotus Elise S Cup R. It’s a hunkered down, stripped-out and track-only version of the supercharged Elise, which has been tweaked by Lotus Motorsports. The car will be revealed at the forthcoming Autosport International Show later this month alongside the Lotus Exige Cup R and the Evora GT4.
It uses the same 217bhp 1.8-litre supercharged Toyota engine as the standard Elise S but features a motorsport-specific engine control module (ECM) and a CFD proved aero pack for enhanced performance.
Under its bespoke livery further enhancements include an FIA compliant rollcage and fire extinguisher, six-point race harness, brake upgrades, adjustable dampers, forged alloy wheels, rear diffuser and motorsport spec radiator. Dedicated track users can also spec an FIA fuel cell, race passenger seat and ultra-light motorsport wheels. Air-conditioning is also available.
Despite the additions, Lotus has managed to maintain the 924kg kerbweight of the standard road car. Yet, the aero-optimised modifications do mean the Elise S Cup R is four seconds faster over a five-kilometer lap than the model on which it’s based.
Designed specifically for track use, the Elise S Cup R is also eligible for entry to the production class in the 2014 Lotus Cup series, which runs in the UK, Italy, USA, Japan, Thailand and China. Sale have already started, with the Elise S Cup R costing from £39,125 + VAT (£46,950).