The Lotus Elise Cup 250 will be showcased at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1st. The Lotus Elise holds the title as “the fastest Elise ever”. The Lotus Elise Cup 250 replaces the Elise Cup 220. It is available as a roadster for the first time with a hard top available as an option. It is a sports car that is designed to suit all car fans with a host of new features and lightweight components.
The Lotus Elise Cup 250 is powered by a new, higher-output version of the supercharged 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine that generates a maximum power of 243hp @ 7200 rpm and 250Nm of torque between 3500 and 5500 rpm. The Lotus Elise Cup 250 can achieve the 0-100kmph mark in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 247kmph (154mph). The Lotus Elise Cup 250 is the fastest road-going Lotus Elise ever.
In comparison with the outgoing Lotus Elise Cup 220, the new Cup 240 has shed 21kg in weight and gained 26hp. It weighs at 931kg. All of the vehicle’s components are optimized to add lightness and deliver speed. The new Elise has a range of features such as a lithium-ion battery which reduces 10kg of weight, carbon fiber seats that reduce the weight by 6kg, and ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels that save another 1.5kg.
For the enthusiasts who want to squeeze the maximum they can from their Elise, there is a Carbon Aero Pack is available that can reduce the weight by a further 10kg, bringing the mass of the Elise to 921kg. The aerodynamically enhanced body kit provides 66kg of downforce at 100mph and an impressive 155kg at top speed. As part of the body kit, an optional Carbon aero-pack replaces the standard front splitter, rear wing, rear diffuser and side floor extensions with light weight carbon components.
The Lotus Elise Cup 250 offers improved straight line performance and handling. It retains the motorsport derived suspension and braking components with the Elise Cup 220. It retains the front anti-roll bar, Blistein Sports Dampers and Eibach Coaxial coil springs and double wishbone suspension. AP racing twin piston front calipers and Brembo single piston rear caliper make up the braking system of the Elise. There is a track tuned ABS system on board.
There is also a Lotus Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) that provides a sport mode. The Sport Mode increases throttle response, lowers traction slip thresholds and removes understeer recognition. It allows for enhanced control before the system can intervene. The system features new larger switches with improved haptics. The new switches also control the headlights and rear fog-lights. There is a new engine start button as well.
On the interior of the Lotus Elise Cup 250, full Alcantara in red or black is a standard. There is an optional Leather Pack available. An integrated in-car entertainment system can also be ordered with included iPod connectivity and Bluetooth functionality. The interior also features full carpets and enhanced sound insulation.
The Lotus Elise Cup 250 will have a limited production run of 250 cars. It will be available in ten paint choices, of which two are at no-cost options, seven are metallic and one is the Signature Grey option. The Elise Cup 250 can also be personalized through the Lotus Exclusive program. The Lotus Elise Cup will go on sale in all major markets excluding North America from April 2016.
The Lotus Elise Cup 250 will be showcased on the 1st of March at the Geneva Motor Show. Check out the other Lotus cars that will be displayed at the Motor Show as well.
Check out our gallery of the Lotus Elise Cup 250. That Orange color looks stunning!