Evolving from the 1.6 litre Elise platform, this is the first time the supercharged Elise S’ mid-mounted, transverse, 1.8 litre 2ZR-FE engine has been used in a Cup variant. Priced at £39,125 + VAT and boasting bespoke livery and aerodynamic body kit, the Elise S Cup R showcases the marriage of form and function perfectly so that performance is optimised yet retains its stylish and iconic aesthetic.
Performance is enhanced over the road-going Elise S thanks to a motorsport-specific engine control module (ECM) and a CFD proved aero pack comprising; front splitter, barge boards, winglets, rear diffuser, floor extensions and rear wing. Despite the extra body kit and race-ready additions, Lotus Motorsport manages to maintain the road car’s light weight of just 924 kg. These modifications and the clever manipulation of air-flow to create extra downforce, combined with adjustable damper and springs, reduces lap times by 4 seconds on a 5 km lap over the standard Elise S.
The Lotus S Elise Cup R is eligible for entry to the production class in the 2014 Lotus Cup series which operates under the banners Lotus Cup UK, Lotus Cup Europe, Lotus Cup Italia, Lotus Cup USA, Lotus Cup Japan, Lotus Cup Thailand, Lotus Cup China and Lotus Ladies Cup. The Lotus Cup is open to all Lotus owners and their Elise, Exige, Evora, 340R and 2-Eleven. To make a statement on some of the best tracks in the world, the Elise S Cup R has a selection of bespoke colour and trim options courtesy of the Lotus Design team.
The Elise S Cup R at a glance:Enhancements: FIA Compliant Rollcage ( As previous Cup versions) FIA Compliant Fire Extinguisher Motorsport Mapped ECU Electronic Battery Isolator 6 Point Race Harness (Driver Seat) Hans Compliant Race Driver's Seat TrackSpecification Front Tow Eyes Quick Release Steering Wheel Body Kit Brake Pad Upgrade Single way adjustable Dampers Hardtop Motorsport specification triple-pass radiator Polycarbonate Rear Screen Forged Alloy Wheels Options: FIA Fuel Cell Air Conditioning Race Passenger Seat (with 4 point race harness fitted) Ultra-lightweight Motorsport Wheels Powertrain: All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16 valve with Magnuson R900 supercharger utilising Eaton TVS™ technology; Torque: 181 lbft / 250 Nm Transmission: 6-speed manual gear box as standard Suspension: Up Rated TCA Kit Brakes: Twin-piston fixed aluminium alloy front brake calipers. Single-piston sliding rear brake calipers. 288 mm diameter, 26 mm thick front and rear cast-iron cross-drilled & ventilated brake discs Wheels: Forged Alloy Tyres: Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 LTS tyres F: 175/ 55 R16 & R: 225/ 45 R17 Safety systems: Lotus ABS/ EDL