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2018 Lotus Elise Cup 260 Special Edition is a race-inspired model built for the road

A few years ago, Lotus tried to take on Porsche. They had a five-car plan to go against competitors like Ferrari and Aston Martin. Though it did not go well, Lotus is still around anyway. After releasing the Elise Cup 250, the Elise Sprint and the Elise Sport 220, Lotus has something newer and more unique.

Lotus has been releasing a number of special edition models. And one of their newest projects would be the ultra-exclusive Elise Cup 260. The automaker will only build 30 examples of this in the world. It is a race-inspired car that was made with fancy aerodynamics to give the car extra downforce - that is 396 pounds (180 kilograms) at 151 miles per hour (243 kilometers per hour).

To keep its weight down, Lotus built the car with a number of carbon fiber parts throughout its body. In fact, even the seats were made of lightweight material, while the engine battery has also been given a lightweight lithium-ion unit.

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Lotus continues lightweight obsession with Elise Cup 250

The latest offering to come from Lotus, the Elise Cup 250, reveals performance that represents the height of the redesigned Elise lineup, combined with its purity of purpose.

This newest model from the brand utilizes the motorsport knowledge of Lotus to the fullest, resulting in the model being lightweight and supercharged. Powering this vehicle is the 1.8-liter engine that comes supercharged. With this inside, the Elise Cup 250 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Maximum speed meanwhile has been measured to be 154 mph.

Given that this model has experienced the Cup treatment, it is able to link the gap of track and road performance. Thus, the Elise Cup 250 has the capabilities of a racecar but put inside a package that can be driven on a daily basis. Lotus has long been long been known to come out with models with increased performance and lower weight. For the newest version of the Elise, the development team at the brand introduced a number of important enhancements.

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2017 Lotus Elise Sprint special edition is 41 kg lighter

The Sprint makes a comeback and is more featherweight than ever. Well, that’s because the Norfolk engineers apparently have thought of a better idea. Due to its relentless desire to lose more weight, the new Lotus Elise Sprint had taken massive amounts of carbon fiber diet.

Shedding at least ninety pounds (or equivalent to 41 kilograms), the Sprint turned out to be the most impressive of the three Elise line-up---- with a total dry weight of only 1,759 pounds. That’s 798 kilograms to be exact. Very light indeed.

To achieve this 41kg weight loss, the new Elise Sprint has undergone quite a serious makeover. Case in point; the sports car now comes with a new lithium ion battery that weighs 9kg lighter. Also, there is the new set of lightweight forged alloy wheels weighing 5kg less. To save as much as 6kg at once, the rear screen is made with polycarbonate material while the door panels, hood, roll hoop cover and seats are all made with carbon fiber.

Read the entire article 2017 Lotus Elise Sprint special edition is 41 kg lighter

2015 Lotus Elise S Cup unveiled

Lotus has completed track-testing of the road-going version of its highly successful Elise S Cup R race car. The Lotus Test and Development team has been placing the Elise S Cup under assessment at its own test track and the famous ‘ring’ – thereby ensuring the road-legal variant of this highly regarded race model still carries on the race car pedigree of the original.

The result is road-focus Elise with a touch of motorsport. To further make sure that the version still looks up to the original, the Elise S Cup was endowed with the same unmistakable and distinct aerodynamics as the ‘R’ version, resulting to a significantly improved dynamic performance over the standard Elise S. It boasts of an ‘R’ inspired aero package that features front splitter and winglets, barge boards, rear diffuser and rear wing.

It also features a fixed roof that creates 66 kg of downforce at 100 mph and an incredible 125 kg of downforce at top speed – allowing the Elise S Cup to generate downforce enough to beat the Elise S by 3 seconds in the Lotus test track.

Read the entire article 2015 Lotus Elise S Cup unveiled

Following the success of the Exige V6 Cup and the Exige V6 Cup R, Lotus Motorsport introduced the Elise S Cup R. The new track-only model comes with an aggressive body kit consisting of a new front splitter, redesigned side skirts, a rear wing as well as an air diffuser with integrated exhaust.

Moreover, we find a tow hook in the front grille, polycarbonate rear screen, forged alloy wheels wrapped in high performance Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 LTS tires. Inside, we find a FIA compliant rollcage (just like on the previous Cup versions), FIA compliant fire extinguisher, 6 point race harness (driver seat), hans compliant race driver’s sea and a quick release steering wheel.

Under the hood, there is a mid-mounted, transverse, 1.8 litre 2ZR-FE engine bolted to a six-speed manual transmission. Moreover, the vehicle comes with new brake pads, single way adjustable dampers and a motorsport specification triple-pass radiator.

Read the entire article Track-only 2014 Lotus Elise S Cup R officially unveiled

The new modular 562bhp 4.8-litre V8 engine from Lotus may be split and used as a basis for a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine that will be used in the Elise replacement starting in 2014.

This new V8 will be used on the mid-engined Lotus Esprit, the first in Lotus’ new five-member range of sports cars, which is set to be launched at the 2013 Geneva motor show. It will also be used on the front-engined Elite 2+2 GT at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show.

Lotus worked to make its own engines after customer clinics in 2010 found that its consumers were uncomfortable with the idea of £100,000 Lotuses with Toyota engines. The new Lotus V8 will be powered up for the first time in August. The Lotus Engineering-developed engine has a weight of just 170kg and its length is 612mm.

Read the entire article 2014 Lotus Elise could receive a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine

Lotus wanted to do something to commemorate its popular models -- Exige and Elise -- that are set to end production this July. It decided that final Special Editions for the Exige and Elise models that use Toyota’s 2ZZ-GE engines will be released. The North American market will get 30 units of the Exige S260 Final Edition.

Lotus will offer the chance for these cars to be painted in matte black to 25 of its customers. Only 15 units of the 2011 Lotus Elise SC Final Edition are intended for America and Canada.

Lotus will allow customers to pick from four color schemes that are based on Elise Club Racer. To shave off some pounds, the Exige S260 features lightweight materials like carbonfiber and has been fitted with bespoke lightweight forged alloy wheels.

Read the entire article Lotus Exige, Elise Final Editions say goodbye to Toyota’s 2ZZ-GE engines

At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Lotus will launch the Elise Club Racer, a more extreme, stripped-out version of its baby Elise that is meant for track day use. And because the new Lotus Elise Club Racer is lighter, it is expected to offer slightly better performance. The Elise Club Racer features a more sophisticated chassis set-up than the regular car.

The most significant change is the installation of a Sport mode to Lotus’s Dynamic Performance Management chassis control. The new set-up is still linked to the same parameters as a regular Elise, including corner brake control, drag torque control, differential lock, traction control, stability control, ABS, hydraulic brake assist and electronic brake distribution.

However, the new set-up takes out understeer recognition and it raises the amount of traction slip allowed. The carmaker asserted that the new setting gives more vehicle control to the driver of the Lotus Elise Club Racer before an intervention is necessary.

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Expected to officially debut in 2015, Lotus’ Elise Concept was actually unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2015 model will be priced at around GBP40,000 ($63,000).

The current Elise model serves as the inspiration for the 2015 Elise, which uses an extruded aluminum bonded chassis, although a bit longer and with better access.

The design is completely new and brings something from the 2014 Lotus Elite. The 2015 Elise weighs a total of 2,409 kg (1,029 pounds) and can go from 0 to 100 km/hr (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds.

Read the entire article 2010 LA Auto Show: Lotus Elise Concept

Mastretta’s MXT two-seater sports car, which debuted at the Paris Motor Show last week, will start selling in the UK in early 2011. The Mexican sports car maker said that this production ready car is regarded to be Mexico's answer to the Lotus Elise. The MXT is priced between £31,000 and £38,000.

The MXT is produced by the automotive division of Mexican design and engineering firm Tecnoidea. The first prototype of this model was shown during the 2008 British motor show.

It was supposed to start production in 2009, but it was postponed because of the recession. Changes made to the production car include refined exterior styling, an updated interior featuring high end materials and an all-new powertrain. Mastretta fine-tuned the suspension and revised the exhaust system and aerodynamics.

Read the entire article Mastretta MXT to make its UK debut in 2011, will take on Lotus Elise

Lotus unveiled today at the 2010 Paris Motor Show the Elise Concept, a new car set to make its official debut in 2015. The concept is inspired by the current Elise model and uses an extruded aluminium bonded chassis, albeit a little longer and with better access. Regarding the design, this is completely new and brings something from the 2014 Lotus Elite.

Just like the current model, the 2015 Elise will be available as a coupe or a roadster, while a sporty ‘R’ model is in the works.

Under the hood the car features a supercharged 2.0-litre Toyota four-cylinder unit that can deliver between 320 to 500 hp, depending on the spec. The engine will be mated to a twin-clutch manual gearbox plus Stop&Start.

Read the entire article 2015 Lotus Elise Concept breaks cover at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

At a special ceremony held at the British Embassy in Tokyo, Lotus CEO Dany Bahar presented Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda with a special Elise R using the last 2ZZ-GE powerplant.

The production cycle of the Toyota 2ZZ-GE VVTLi four cylinder engine, which Lotus also uses, has ended but this recent event actually marks the start of an even stronger relationship between the two firms.

Yamaha designed the 2ZZ-GE engine, a high-revving unit that features variable valve timing and lift system that enables it to give a high level of power in naturally aspirated form (with an output of between 160 and 180 hp). The unit, when supercharged, can develop up to 250 hp.

Read the entire article Toyota’s president receives the last Lotus Elise R using a 2ZZ-GE engine

Terukazu Torikai, Honda CR-Z's chief chassis engineer, talked about the basic concept of the CR-Z in a short video recently released on You Tube. According to him, the new hybrid sports car has been inspired by the Lotus Elise.

He also said that the CR-Z is intended to create a fun-to-drive sports car that has some of the characteristics of the Elise, the Mini and Volkswagen Scirocco.

Torikai also said that Honda is confident that it succeeded in giving the car the agile handling of the Mini and easy-to-drive performance for daily use. While the CR-Z was being developed, he revealed that many cars were brought in for comparison and benchmarking.

Read the entire article Honda CR-Z inspired by the Lotus Elise, says its designer

We finally get to see the facelifted Elise from Lotus. With this car, expect a huge cut in CO2 emissions, improved fuel economy and revised styling that's more akin to the Evora. The Elise appears to have a wider stance due to its new front bumper, splitter and clamshell. Its front light cluster is repositioned and now features LED daytime running lights.

In addition, the Elise's signature Lotus mouth has been widened. Very visible at the rear is a new bumper as well as an engine cover. These styling modifications aren't only for aesthetic purposes; the Elise gets a 4% reduction in drag that improves fuel economy and reduces emissions.

It is also the first time that a 1.6-litre S model appears in an Elise. As a result, emissions are reduced by 13% to 155g/km over the previous entry-level model.

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Now available is Lotus' facelifted Elise that has a price tag of £27,450 for the entry-level model, an £800 increase over the starting price of the outgoing version.

Lotus dropped the "S" from the previous version and now recognizes the entry-level model as simply the Lotus Elise. Powering the car is a 1.6-liter engine with Valvematic, the smallest engine to ever be installed in an Elise.

The Toyota-sourced engine delivers 134bhp, the same as the 1.8 unit it replaces. Torque is down from 127lb ft to 118lb ft. while CO2 emissions have been reduced by 13% to 155g/km over the previous entry-level model.

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Former director of engineering Roger Becker, who retired this January, is Lotus's inspiration behind the release of its two new special editions of its Elise and Exige models this September.

Sports and Touring packs are fitted on these two models as standard. Buyers can choose from four available colors: Aspen White, Starlight Black, Solar Yellow & Carbon Grey.

Each vehicle will be recognized by a numbered interior plaque. Roger Becker's signature can be viewed from the side of the vehicles' body and on the Lotus nose badge. The Elise SC RGB is powered by a supercharged 1.8l engine, which delivers 217 hp and enables the car to accelerate from zero to 60mph in 4.3 seconds.

Read the entire article 2011 Lotus Elise SC and Exige S RGB (Roger Becker) Special Editions

Lotus is coinciding the launch of its special edition Elise, called the Lotus Club Racer, with the start of the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 15.

Similar to the basic Elise, the Club Racer uses the entry-level model's Toyota-sourced 1.8-litre engine and five-speed manual gearbox. This allows the car to go from 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 127mph.

However, the Club Racer's color schemes are described as modern with a classic twist, which is reminiscent of the Elite and Elan models of the 1960s.

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The carmaker Lotus is taking the tested and proven path to address the current situation with what it calls the Purist edition, which is an offering of an abundance of features for a lower price tag. It is constructed around a Sport-package Elise including every option available to the Touring Package also, but excluding the leather-trimmed transmission tunnel, leather door inserts and iPod interface.

According to an Auto publication, the car begins at $43,995, a $5,000 cut in its original sticker price. The sticker price for a base Elise begins at $47,250, providing the car with options worth $1,600 and at the same time cutting a large discount above that. This is simply irresistible.

Besides the additional options, the Purist Edition will also be offered in only three limited colors: Ardent Red, Monaco White and Saffron Yellow, which is the same color as the European Elise 111R. On the inside, Momo leather steering wheel, air condition, CD player and a start button are complimented by a black leather interior design.

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