The new Lotus Elise S Cup R is based on the 1.6-litre Elise platform, however the subtle difference is the use of the supercharged 1.8-litre engine from the Elise S. This should expect to produce almost 220bhp and 185lb ft of torque which is transfered to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.
The car includes new aerodynamic parts including a front splitter, rear diffuser, floor extensions and a new rear wing. Despite the added weight Lotus say the Elise S Cup R weighs in at 924kg, the same as the standard Elise S. Which means that the Elise S Cup R can cover a 2.2 mile lap four seconds faster than the Elise S.
Other enhancements include a race harness and driver’s seat, a motorsport-tuned ECU, an FIA compliant rollcage with fire extinguisher and new forged alloy wheels. Owners also have the ability to add specific upgrades to the car to make it a little more bareable as a daily driver including air conditioning, a passenger seat and a larger fuel cell.
The car is also eligible for motorsport events, including Lotus’s own Cup Series, which runs around the globe.
The Lotus Elise S Cup R will make its global debut at the Autosport International show in Birmingham later this week.