While the road car development seems to have temporarily stalled out at Lotus, the British automaker continues to develop new track-focused machines, the latest being the Elise S Cup R.
With the success of the wild Exige V6 Cup, Lotus has revealed plans for a car that will be easier to master and easier to afford.
Based on the Elise S, the supercharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gets a new ECU program, adjustable dampers and springs as well as a complete aero kit. Lotus says the entire package combines to drop lap times by roughly 4 seconds on a 2.2 mile track.
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“Developing the Elise S Cup R was a natural step following the success of the Exige V6 Cup R,” said Rupert Manwaring, Head of Lotus Motorsport. “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”.
Priced at $66,650 plus $1,500 in destination charges the Elise S Cup R will be offered for sale in North America for track use, including competition in the Lotus Cup USA series.
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