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 66kg of downforce at 100 mph and an incredible 125kg 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.
The Elise S Cup – with a price of EUR47,500, excluding taxes, on-the-roads costs and delivery -- is ideal for driving enthusiasts and fans who wants to drive a road car than can also be driven on the track.
For those looking for more, they could opt to upgrade their standard unit with a selection of road and track options. Coming as standard with the Elise S Cup is a competition spec roll hoop, but the car could also be retrofitted with a fire extinguisher system and electrical kill switch for conversion from road car to race car.
According to Jean-Marc Gales, chief executive of Group Lotus plc, the Elise S Cup is all about “pure driving experience” combined high performance, light weight and excellent ride and handling. [source: Lotus]