Talk about a limited run! Just 30 examples of the new Lotus Elise Cup 260 will be available worldwide. Unveiled as the company prepares for its 70th anniversary, this extremely rare Lotus sets a new standard for lap times and outright track performance as the ultimate Elise.
Built with an all-alloy, charge-cooled supercharged 1.8-litre 250 hp engine, the Elise Cup 260 accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 4.2 seconds and possesses a top speed of 243km/h. Mated with a six-speed manual gearbox, a race-derived performance air filter and the Elise’s tuned exhaust for the best-sounding forced-induction four-cylinder on the market. Although it’s probably not the most fuel efficient.
“The new Elise Cup 260 goes beyond what many believed possible from our smallest car, says Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus. “More power, motorsport components and the introduction of aerodynamics unheard of in its class make driving this Elise an unrivalled experience.”
The sports car’s impressive aerodynamics are all thanks to its lightweight aluminium and carbon fibre construction making it the lightest Elise Cup to date. The new louvred front wheel-arch vents, carbon fibre front splitter and wide high mounted rear wing all contribute to the car generating 180kg of downforce at 243km/h. This is a 44% gain on the Elise Cup 250, allowing greater grip levels and higher cornering speeds.
As standard, the Elise Cup 260 comes with motorsport forged alloy wheels fitted with Yokohama Advan Neova AD08R tyres specifically developed for high-performance track and road use. Braking is handled by AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and Brembo at the rear, matched to the lightweight two-piece brake discs.
The Elise Cup 260’s interior bears beautifully detailed handbuilt components. The centre of attention is the detailed, manual gearbox’s open gate mechanism, which is both technically and aesthetically appealing. Developed by Lotus, it provides precise and direct gear changes for quicker shifting.
The finish of Lotus’ carbon race seats is black Alcantara trim with contrast red or yellow stitching, and is echoed by the door panels and face-level vents. HVAC surround and window switches are both complemented by the cabin’s exposed aluminium and carbon fibre elements including a new carbon fibre instrument binnacle cover.
Jean-Marc Gales adds, “as we near the 70th anniversary of the inception of Colin Chapman’s engineering legacy, it’s only right that we build the very best cars as special editions, and the Elise Cup 260 is certainly worthy of that accolade.”
“Our special editions have always proved extremely popular with our customers around the world, and we know they value the extensive development work that goes into each one. With just 30 examples to be built, there’s no doubt that the Elise Cup 260 is a future classic.”
The new Elise Cup 260 has a laurel wreath decal on the left buttress and the Union Jack on both the rear wing endplates together with the option of finishing the car in iconic Championship Gold. This colour is available across the whole Lotus range through the Lotus Exclusive programme, from November 2017 onwards. This includes the Evora GT430 Sport which is Lotus’ fastest production car to date.