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Lotus Elise S Cup R track-only racer revealed

November 8, 2013

Lotus has revealed the new Elise S Cup R, which is a stripped out and very focused version of the Elise suitable for track use only. It comes with various track-ready components.

2014 Lotus Elise S Cup R

Just by looking at it you can tell it’s pretty much a race car. There’s a huge front splitter and matching side skirts, a large tow hook right at the front, and a motorsport-style rear wing.

Under the rear hatch, the Elise S Cup R is powered by a 1.8-litre supercharged four-cylinder producing 163kW and 250Nm. It’s matched up to a six-speed manual transmission.

Weighing in at just 924kg, there has been a bit of weight reduction, however, it does come with an FIA-certified roll cage. There’s also a HANS-compatible racing bucket seat, fire extinguisher, electronic battery isolator, and an optional FIA fuel cell.

Air-conditioning is optional, as is a passenger seat. Adjustable sports suspension is standard though, as well as a more serious braking package, quick-release steering wheel, forged alloy wheels, and a polycarbonate rear screen.

The car is eligible to race in production class racing events, including the 2014 Lotus Cup series which spans around the world; Lotus Cup Italia, Lotus Cup USA, Lotus Cup Thailand, UK, China and Japan.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.