Lotus hits the track with new Elise S Cup RMon, 11 Nov 2013 11:01:00 EST
If you want to take a Lotus to the track but the Exige V6 Cup is a bit too much to handle, the boys from Hethel have a new offering that may be of interest.
The new Elise S Cup R features all the track-tuned bells and whistles of its six-cylinder brethren, including a competition-spec aero kit, adjustable suspension, Yokohama racing slicks on 17-inch forged alloys, tow hooks, remapped ECU, cross-drilled and ventilated disc brakes and an interior with a HANS-compatible bucket seat, six-point racing harness and quick-release steering wheel. But instead of a heavier and more powerful V6, the Elise S Cup R "adds lightness" with the same 1.8-liter supercharged inline-four with 217 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque as the road-going Elise S. Yet with all that track-tuned gear, it's a good four seconds per three-mile lap faster than the showroom stock version in the automaker's testing.
Interested parties can pick one up in the UK for £39,125 (before taxes, equivalent to about $63k) and either lap it to their hearts' content at private track days or enter it in one of the dozen Lotus Cup series operating around the world. Lotus only released this one photo (click above to enlarge), but you can check out the full specs in the press release below.
LOTUS MOTORSPORT ANNOUNCES LATEST ADDITION TO ITS RACING PORTFOLIO; THE LOTUS ELISE S CUP R
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 13:00
Following the success of the Exige V6 Cup and its hardcore sibling the Exige V6 Cup R, the Lotus Elise S is adorned with the Lotus Motorsport magic to present the track-only Elise S Cup R
Evolving from the 1.6 litre Elise platform, this is the first time the supercharged Elise S' mid-mounted, transverse, 1.8 litre 2ZR-FE engine has been used in a Cup variant. Priced at £39,125 + VAT and boasting bespoke livery and aerodynamic body kit, the Elise S Cup R showcases the marriage of form and function perfectly so that performance is optimised yet retains its stylish and iconic aesthetic.
Performance is enhanced over the road-going Elise S thanks to a motorsport-specific engine control module (ECM) and a CFD proved aero pack comprising; front splitter, barge boards, winglets, rear diffuser, floor extensions and rear wing. Despite the extra body kit and race-ready additions, Lotus Motorsport manages to maintain the road car's light weight of just 924 kg. These modifications and the clever manipulation of air-flow to create extra downforce, combined with adjustable damper and springs, reduces lap times by 4 seconds on a 5 km lap over the standard Elise S.
The Lotus S Elise Cup R is eligible for entry to the production class in the 2014 Lotus Cup series which operates under the banners Lotus Cup UK, Lotus Cup Europe, Lotus Cup Italia, Lotus Cup USA, Lotus Cup Japan, Lotus Cup Thailand, Lotus Cup China and Lotus Ladies Cup. The Lotus Cup is open to all Lotus owners and their Elise, Exige, Evora, 340R and 2-Eleven. To make a statement on some of the best tracks in the world, the Elise S Cup R has a selection of bespoke colour and trim options courtesy of the Lotus Design team.
The Elise S Cup R at a glance:
Spacer white 20 x 20
FIA Compliant Rollcage (As previous Cup Versions)
FIA Compliant Fire Extinguisher
Motorsport Mapped ECU
Electronic Battery Isolator
6-Point Race Harness (Driver Seat)
Hans Compliant Race Driver's Seat
Track Specification Front Tow Eyes
Quick Release Steering Wheel
Brake Pad Upgrade
Single way adjustable Dampers
Motorsport specification triple-pass radiator
Polycarbonate Rear Screen
Forged Alloy Wheels
FIA Fuel Cell
Race Passenger Seat (with 4-point race harness fitted)
Ultra-lightweight Motorsport Wheels
All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16 valve with Magnuson R900 supercharger utilising Eaton TVS™ technology
217 hp / 220 PS / 162 kW
181 lbft / 250 Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual gear box as standard
Suspension: Up Rated TCA Kit
Brakes: Twin-piston fixed aluminium alloy front brake callipers. Single-piston sliding rear brake callipers. 288 mm diameter, 26 mm thick front and rear cast-iron cross-drilled & ventilated brake discs
Wheels: Forged Alloy
Tyres: Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 LTS tyres F: 175/55 R16 & R: 225/45 R17
Safety Systems: Lotus ABS / EDL
By Noah Joseph
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