Known for their founder’s ethos of simplifying then adding lightness, Lotus sticks to the mantra as always by creating another featherweight Elise to compete with its heavier contemporaries. Their latest creation is the Elise Cup 260, a limited production with only 30 vehicles bearing the best lightweight components that Lotus has on offer.
On the outside we can see that the Elise Cup 260 benefits from a plethora of aero bits. A front splitter, a sizeable rear wing with union jack endplates, as well as a rear diffuser. It also has a staggered wheel arrangement with 16 inch forged wheels up front and 17’s at the back. Adorned with carbon fiber bits all around, the Elise Cup 260 is more than just lightening and simplification. In fact, it makes use of air to keep the car planted at higher speeds – by way of producing massive amounts of downforce. Its overall shape, its splitters, as well as its rear wing cumulatively produce 180kg worth of downforce while traveling at 243 km/h.
This particular Elise benefits from meticulous chassis development from Lotus’ racing division while its 1.8L supercharged powerplant gets the benefit of having revised air ducting and minor calibrations. The humble powerplant produces 250PS and 254Nm of torque. All that is sent towards a six-speed gearbox with shorter ratios that help pick up the Elise Cup 260 faster at speed. All that allows the Elise Cup 260 to cover 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds.
Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales says "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."
The Lotus Elise Cup 260 will go for roughly $78,460 without options such as a titanium exhaust ($5275), air conditioning ($1650), and sound insulation ($450).