Lotus Elise 250 Special Edition Celebrates 50 Years in Hethel


Lotus has revealed the latest addition to its collection, an exclusive Elise 250 Special Edition.

The model helps mark the 50th anniversary of the company’s Hethel site and is based on the Elise Cup 250 that was launched earlier this year. Sporting 243 horsepower from a 1.8-liter supercharged four-cylinder engine, the Lotus Elise 250 Special Edition weighs 1,982 pounds thanks to the use of carbon fiber and aluminum. The result is a zero-to-60 time of 3.9 seconds, but performance isn’t all the model is about.

Lotus has also outfitted the Elise 250 Special Edition with a selection of finished carbon fiber components as standard, including a front splitter, rear wing, tailgate and front access panel.

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The model will be limited to just 50 units and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is available in four colors: classic metallic blue, red, yellow and white. An optional carbon fiber hardtop roof panel is available as an option.

“When we first introduced the Elise, it redefined how involving and exciting, yet civilized, a sports car could be,” said Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales. “As the Elise was conceived, designed, engineered and is built at Hethel, we wanted a 50th tribute that’s even lighter than the fastest road-going Elise we’ve ever produced. The new Elise 250 Special Edition achieves that, so it’s supremely quick and agile, but it’s also wonderfully finished and stunning to look at.”

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  • Noe

    Its hard to keep track of all the ‘special editions’ lotus has managed to squeeze out of its line and with each special edition having such minor variants from the standard

    They must be knocking on the door to some award at this stage for ‘company with the most special editions’

    Great cars to drive but getting rather long in the tooth