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Lotus Elise S Cup R Revealed

Fast and aerodynamic track only car for the US

Toni Avery
Jan 3, 2014 SHARE

    Lotus Elise S Cup R Details:
  • Global debut at Autosport 2014, in Birmingham UK January 9-12
  • Equipped with mid-mounted, transverse, 1.8L engine
  • 2.2 mile lap over 4 sec. faster than the road-going Elise S
  • Base MSRP $66,650 plus $1,500 destination

"Simplify, then add lightness." Those are the words of Colin Chapman, the man responsible for the inception of Lotus. Today, those standards still ring true, especially in track only versions of the automakers cars.

Introducing the all-new US track legal Lotus Elise S Cup R. While this model evolved from the road-going Elise S, this variant is all track-car. The Elise S Cup R is equipped with a mid-mounted, transverse, 1.8L engine, motorsport-specific map in the engine control module (ECM) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) aero pack that ensures a powerful all-around track car.

An aero-minded body kit along with a revised front splitter, barge boards, winglets, rear diffuser, floor extensions and rear wing improve downforce and stability at speed. Outfitted in bespoke livery, the Elise S Cup R rockets through a 2.2 mile lap over 4 seconds faster than the road-going Elise S, thanks in part to adjustable dampers and springs.

Rupert Manwaring, Head of Lotus Motorsport commented, "Developing the Elise S Cup R was a natural step following the success of the Exige V6 Cup and 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."

This car will make its global debut at Autosport 2014 in Birmingham, UK January 9-12th alongside its big brothers, the Exige V6 Cup, Exige V6 Cup R and the Evora GT4. This track-only model will be available in the US.

MSRP starts at $66,650 plus $1,500 destination.

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