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Latest Lotus Elise Cup 250 sheds more weight


Having introduced the lightweight Sprint in March as well as the hardcore Exige Cup 380 not long after, Lotus has unveiled yet another version of its stalwart Elise claimed to offer "a scintillating blend of purity".

Said to have been inspired by the Cup 380, the new Elise Cup 250, according to Lotus, was designed to bridge the gap between road and track use, and features a number of cosmetic enhancement to improve aerodynamics.

Tipping the scales at a mere 884 kg, 31 kg less than its predecessor but still down on the 798 kg Sprint, the Cup 250 features a wider radiator and mesh grille, ultra lightweight forged alloy wheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan A048 LTS rubber, redesigned lightweight panels, lithium-ion battery, polycarbonate rear window and new diffuser capable of producing 125 kg's of downforce at 225 km/h.

Additional under-the-skin changes consist of AP Racing twin-piston brake calipers at the front and Brembo single-piston calipers at the rear with cross drilled and ventilated discs, an optional titanium exhaust, fully-independent double wishbone suspension, Bilstein high-performance dampers, Eibach springs and optional two-piece brake discs.

The weight saving continues inside with specially designed carbon fibre racing seats trimmed in black Alcantara with contrasting red or yellow stitching, exposed aluminium and carbon fibre elements and optional carbon vents, HVAC surrounds and sill covers saving a further 12 grams. 

An optional Carbon Aero Pack can be speificied and includes a composite front splitter, rear wing and side boards saving an additional 3.7 kg, a carbon fibre hard top (-3 kg), front access panel (-1.1 kg) roll-over hoop cover (-0.7 kg) and engine cover (-3.3 kg).

Like the previous Cup 250, motivation comes from a Toyota derived 1.8-litre engine aided by a supercharger, which makes 181 kW and 250 Nm of torque, allowing for a 0-100 km/h time of 4.3 seconds and top speed of 248 km/h.

Pricing in the United Kingdom starts at £47 400 (R788 550).

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