Lotus Elise Cup R

FROM £53,500

The new Elise Race 250 benefits from the continuous design philosophy of Lotus and its perpetual quest to evolve all constituent parts, lightening and optimising them. At the core of the new car lies the company’s famous Lotus’ aluminium vehicle chassis technology. Employing strong and stiff lightweight extrusions joined by epoxy adhesive, it’s both immensely strong and torsionally stiff yet, the chassis for the Elise Race 250 tips the scales at just 68 kgs.






  • Fuel-injected and supercharged
  • 1.8-litre engine develops 217bhp (220PS)
  • Delivers punchy 184lbs ft (250Nm) of torque
  • Mid-engine provides balance
  • Aero-optimised
  • Lotus-developed Electronic Throttle Control
  • Locking differential
  • Bristling acceleration
  • Consummate race car
  • Focused minimalism
  • Trimmed in ergonomic padding
  • HANS-compliant ultra-lightweight seats
  • Hip-hugging driving position
  • 6-point safety harness
  • Small diameter, quick-release steering wheel
  • Stripped out interior
  • Pushbutton start
  • Electric windows
  • Face-level air vents
  • Race-derived model
  • Intended to win races
  • Extreme performance-focussed
  • Track-going sportscar
  • Most extreme of all Elise models
  • Race suspension
  • Supremely confident on-track
  • Weighs just 900kgs (1984lbs)
  • Laps almost 1.0s/km faster than Elise S (4.0 secs per lap at Hethel)
  • Head-turning presence
  • Compact packaging
  • Designed for zero-lift
  • Advanced aerodynamics package
  • Race developed barge boards and spoilers
  • Taut and poised
  • Motorsport developed
  • Manual 6-speed
  • Close ratios
  • Light shift weight
  • Slick changes
  • Balanced clutch weight
  • Lotus throttle management
  • Fast rev-drop between shifts
  • 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds)


Max power 217 hp at 6800 rpm (220 PS) *
Max torque 250 Nm at 4600 rpm (184 lbft)
Max engine revs 7,000 rpm
Engine position Transverse mid-mounted
Unladen vehicle mass 900 kg**
Fuel rating 98 RONminimum
* Performance results may vary depending upon the specification of the particular vehicle, environmental conditions, driving style and other factors. MPG figures are obtained from laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles and may not reflect real driving results. Published MPG figures and performance results are intended for comparisons between vehicles only. Verification of performance results should not be attempted on public roads. Lotus recommends that all local speed and safety laws must be obeyed and safety belts worn at all times. For USA and Canada; Elise, Exige and 3-Eleven models are for track use-only (not road-legal). Errors and omissions excepted.
** Dependant on specification.
All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16-valve with chargecooled Magnuson R900 supercharger utilising Eaton TVSTMtechnology, Lotus EFI controller engine management, MIL diagnostics Standard
Mid-mounted, transverse, rear wheel drive Standard
Multi-point sequential fuel injection and direct ignition system Standard
Lotus Electronic Throttle Control system Standard
Exhaust system sports stainless steel silencer Standard
Exhaust noise 98 dB [A] at 75% of maximum rpm Standard
Lightweight performance battery Standard
Triple-pass radiator with aluminium end tanks Standard
Pump style fuel tank filler system Standard
6 speed manual with sports ratios Standard
Gear shift H pattern Option
Electronic Differential Lock [EDL] Standard
Length 3824 mm
Width excluding mirrors 1719 mm
Height 1117 mm
Wheelbase 2300 mm
Unladen vehicle mass 900 kg**
Fuel tank capacity 40 litres Standard
Fuel tank capacity 70 litres FT3 fuel cell Option
** Dependent on specification
Aerodynamically optimised body incorporating advanced composite front splitter with moulded end plates, larger rear diffuser, sculpted rear wing and barge boards with shaped aerodynamic aids to reduce drag coefficient, all in matt black Standard
Fixed hard top roof Standard
‘Elise Cup R’ decal to rear clamshell and above side repeaters Standard
Union Jack Flag decals to rear wing end plates Standard
Matt silver mirror backs Standard
Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure, FIA approved roll cage, front and rear towing eyes Standard
Composite front energy absorbing crash structure Standard
Door side impact beams Standard
Composite body panels Standard
Additional wiring harness to accomodate retrofit of FIA approved fire extinguisher and electircl kill switch systems Standard
Fully independent double wishbone suspension with one-way adjustable dampers, coaxial coil springs, sports anti-roll bar Standard
Solidly mounted, mechanical rack and pinion with quick release steering wheel Standard
Lotus/Bosch track-tuned ABS Standard
Standard front and rear calipers with race pads Standard
Hydraulic Brake Assist [HBA] Standard
Electronic Brake Distribution [EBD] Standard
Cornering Brake Control [CBC] Standard
Lotus Dynamic Performance Management [Lotus DPM] Standard
Sport mode Dynamic Performance Management [DPM] system Standard
Black forged alloy, 10 spoke wheels Standard
Front Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 tyres 175/55 R16 Standard
Rear Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 tyres 225/45 R17 Standard
Atom cloth and Suedtex® interior scheme and sport seats with white contrast stitching, red and white ‘Cup R’ logos to back rest and white Lotus roundel to headrest Standard
FIA approved competition seat on fixed mounting frame – HANS compatible [drivers only – passenger optional] Standard
FIA approved 6-point competition harness – HANS compatible [drivers only], 4 point belt supplied with passenger seat option Standard
Lotus Dynamic Performance Management [Lotus DPM], fire extinguisher and electrical cut-out Standard
Individually numbered Lotus Motorsport build plate Standard
Passenger seat with 4-point harness Option
70 litre FIA fuel cell Option
54 litre alloy fuel tank [USA only] Option
Air-conditioning Option
Elise Cup R paint scheme Option
Ultra lightweight forged wheels Option
Eligible to race in the following series
Lotus Cup Europe
Lotus Cup UK
Lotus Cup USA
Lotus Cup Italy
Lotus Cup Thailand
Lotus Cup Japan
Elise Trophy

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