Autosport 2014 Preview: Lotus Elise S Cup R to make global debut in Birmingham

Autosport 2014 Preview: Lotus Elise S Cup R to make global debut in Birmingham image

Text: Team / Photos: Lotus Press | posted January 04, 2014 19:06

Cup version of iconic modern Elise now ready for action

Lotus will be adding the new Elise S Cup R to its Lotus Motorsport stable alongside big brothers the Exige V6 Cup and Exige Cup R and the mighty Evora GT4 in Birmingham for Autosport 2014, which runs from January 9 to 12.

The Elise S Cup R is based on the Lotus Elise S road car fitted with a more aggressive (Computational fluid dynamics) CFD-proven aerodynamic kit and custom livery. It is powered by a mid-mounted transverse 1.8-liter engine with a motorsport-specific mapping for the engine computer to ensure a mighty punch with its small package.

Handling is improved through the revised front splitter, barge boards, winglets, rear diffuser, floor extensions and rear wing; which was carefully adjusted for air-flow manipulation to improve downforce. Moreover, adjustable dampers and springs add to its roadholding abilities.

"Developing the Elise S Cup R was a natural step following the success of the Exige V6 Cup R; with so many new markets becoming interested in motorsport, the Elise S Cup R gives us the perfect entry level track-car. Whether the focus is racing or simply developing your driving skills on a race circuit and having fun, the incredible handling and ease of use with low running costs make the Elise S Cup R an intelligent choice," said Ruper Manwaring, Head of Lotus Motorsport.  

Lotus Motorsport is also offering comprehensive driver training, experiences and courses through the Lotus Driving Academy for owners to get a better experience of their cars. The Lotus Elise S Cup R is eligible to participate in Lotus Cup events globally; namely, Lotus Cup UK, Lotus Cup Europe, Lotus Cup Italia, Lotus Cup USA, Lotus Cup Japan, Lotus Cup Thailand, Lotus Cup Asia and Lotus Ladies Cup.