Lotus Elise Cup 260: sports car alchemy
20.10.2017: • New ultra-rare edition with just 30 examples worldwide
• Race-car derived ultimate
• New ultra-rare edition with just 30 examples worldwide
• Race-car derived ultimate Elise
• Advanced aerodynamics generate 180 kg of downforce
• Lightweight carbon fibre components included as standard
• 0-60 mph in 3.8 secs and 250 hp, dry weight from 862 kg
Rare and race-bred, the extreme limited-edition Lotus Elise Cup 260 packs the company’s passion for motorsport engineering into one of the most accomplished cars it has ever produced.
Taking what’s widely regarded as the benchmark for intuitive handling and driver involvement, Lotus has integrated some of the latest design philosophies from high-performance stablemates including the Exige Cup 380, and the mighty Evora GT430, as well as building upon the track and competition only Elise Race 250.
Setting a standard for outright track pace and low lap times, this ultimate Elise has been unveiled as the company prepares for the 70th anniversary of when founder Colin Chapman built his first car in 1948.
Referencing Lotus’ motorsport successes, the new Elise Cup 260 has a laurel wreath decal on the left buttress and the Union Jack on both the rear wing end plates together with the option of finishing the car in iconic Championship Gold.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “Our philosophy for producing extraordinary vehicles is world famous, but the new Elise Cup 260 goes beyond what many believed possible from our smallest car.
It is directly developed from the Elise race cars that are competing in series around the world, giving the ultimate Elise experience on the road. More power, motorsport components and the introduction of aerodynamics unheard of in its class make driving this Elise an unrivalled experience.”
Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman and Director of Classic Team Lotus, said, “Each and every one of the sports cars produced by Group Lotus today carries the true spirit of Lotus, laid down by my father nearly 70 years ago.
I am extremely proud that his legacy and achievements are being acknowledged and celebrated in this iconic version of the Elise.”
Caption: Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman and Director of Classic Team Lotus
Taking a blend of exotic and lightweight materials to produce a truly noble sports car, the Elise Cup 260 is considerably greater than the sum of its parts. Building on the production Elise Cup 250 released earlier this year, and drawing heavily on the development the motorsport Elise Race 250, the Elise Cup 260’s performance is formed through a first-class combination of intelligent engineering and advanced aerodynamics as well as a boost in engine performance.
Not only the lightest ever Elise Cup, it’s also the heaviest at speed – with the car’s design and aero configuration generating up to 180 kg of downforce at 151 mph. Key to this exceptionally high level of downforce are the new louvred front wheel-arch vents, lightweight carbon fibre front splitter and wide high mounted rear wing.
With a no-holds-barred approach, the Elise Cup 260 includes nearly all of the lightweight Elise Cup options as standard, ranging from the sill covers, roll hoop cover, front access panel and engine cover which are all in carbon to the two-piece brake discs.
With a race chassis developed by Lotus Motorsport, two way adjustable Nitron dampers – fitted to an Elise for the first time, a polycarbonate backlight glass and hand-trimmed interior with bespoke detailing, the Elise Cup 260 will earn its reputation as the ultimate Elise.
Lotus Elise Cup 260 – race proven
Lotus’ coveted Elise and Exige Cup versions represent a model’s most concentrated iteration – conceived, designed and constructed using the company’s unique sports car DNA – each with the express aim of providing an unrivalled driving experience on the road as well as the track.
Delivering big gains from focused development, the new Elise Cup 260 provides a sparkling blend of purpose with purity at the top of the Elise line up. With 250 hp from the supercharged engine, designed to make the most of the Elise’s exceptionally stiff extruded and bonded aluminium chassis, it endows the Elise Cup 260 phenomenal straight-line speed, agile handling and, with the significant downforce available and the wider, road-legal motorsport tyres, harder and faster cornering.
These elements combine to deliver a lap of the Hethel track in just 1 minute 32 seconds, 2.5 seconds faster than the Elise Cup 250.
The Elise Cup 260 continues the new model’s visual styling, first introduced on the Elise Sport and Sprint models, but incorporates the aero lessons learnt from Lotus’ latest models, including the Evora GT 430. This includes louvred front wheel arch vents to reduce lift, and a new oversize motorsport-derived rear wing, developed from the Lotus 3-Eleven.
Working with the redesigned lightweight front clam panel, with wider apertures, carbon front splitter and the rear diffuser, these generate up to 180 kg of downforce at the car’s top speed of 151mph. This is a 44% gain on the already impressive Elise Cup 250, allowing greater grip levels and higher cornering speeds.
As befitting the marque which was first to build and run a carbon fibre F1 car, the Elise Cup 260 comes with lightweight carbon fibre and composite components as standard. These include the large rear wing, the front access panel which saves 1.1kg, the engine cover saving 3.3kg, the roll hoop cover, 0.7kg and the side sill covers, 0.8kg.
Ultra-efficient and lightweight two-piece brake discs save a further 4 kg. Standard lightweight parts carried over from the Elise Cup 250 include Lotus’ beautifully finished lightweight carbon race seats, weighing 6 kg each, a Lithium-Ion battery, saving 9 kg, lightweight forged alloy wheels and a polycarbonate rear screen. Collectively the Elise Cup 260 is 15 kg lighter than the Elise Cup 250, weighing in at just 902 kg (unladen) and 862 kg in the lightest possible dry configuration.
The all-alloy, chargecooled supercharged 1.8-litre engine has undergone development, with new induction components and revised calibration. Delivering 250 hp and 255 Nm of torque it’s mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with sports ratios.
The change to the induction system including a race derived performance air filter and the Elise’s tuned exhaust note means that the Elise Cup 260 retains the crown for best-sounding forced-induction four-cylinder on the market.
Overall, the fall in mass and rise in power boosts acceleration, with 0-60 mph dispatched in 3.8 seconds and a power to weight ratio of 290 hp / tonne (dry). Emissions figures are also impressive, at 175 g / km CO2.
Providing its trademark handling and steering feel, the Elise Cup 260 features fully independent double wishbone suspension with an adjustable front anti-roll bar, with Nitron coaxial coil springs and, for the first time on an Elise, adjustable Nitron high-performance dampers. With 24 settings for rebound and compression, the dampers allow owners to perfectly dial-in the car’s setup to their preference.
As standard, the Elise Cup 260 comes with ultra-lightweight motorsport forged alloy wheels (16-inch at the front and 17-inch at the rear) and are fitted with Yokohama Advan Neova AD08R tyres (205/45 R16 front & 235/40 R17 rear) which have been specifically developed for high performance track and road use.
10 mm wider front and rear than the tyres fitted to the Elise Cup 250, they provide the mechanical grip necessary to exploit the power and downforce the car generates. Braking is provided by AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and Brembo at the rear, which are perfectly matched to the lightweight two-piece brake discs.
The Elise Cup 260’s interior bears testament to the car’s handbuilt nature, with beautifully detailed components. Centre of attention is the detailed, manual gearbox’s open gate mechanism, which is both technically and aesthetically appealing. Developed by Lotus, it provides precise and direct gear changes for quicker shifting.
The finish of Lotus’ in-house manufactured carbon race seats, trimmed in black Alcantara® with contrast red or yellow stitching, is echoed by the door panels and face-level vents. Bodywork keyed colour inserts for the sports seats, transmission console, HVAC surround and window switches are both complemented by the cabin’s exposed aluminium and carbon fibre elements including a new carbon fibre instrument binnacle cover.
Interior options include an Alcantara® trimmed steering wheel and sill covers, leather or tartan trim packs for seats or door panels. Other options, including an in-car entertainment system, including iPod® connectivity and Bluetooth® functionality, can all be selected when ordering.
Summing up the new Lotus, Jean-Marc Gales said, “As we near the 70th anniversary of the inception of Colin Chapman’s engineering legacy, it’s only right that we build the very best cars as special editions, and the Elise Cup 260 is certainly worthy of that accolade.
Our special editions have always proved extremely popular with our customers around the world, and we know they value the extensive development work that goes into each one. With just 30 examples to be built, there’s no doubt that the Elise Cup 260 is a future classic.”
The car shown is painted in Championship Gold to commemorate the forthcoming 70th Anniversary of Lotus. This colour is available across the whole Lotus range through the Lotus Exclusive programme, from November 2017 onwards.
ELISE CUP 260 - TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
PERFORMANCE ELISE CUP 260
Max power 250 hp at 7200 rpm
Max torque 255 Nm at 4000 – 6500 rpm
0-60 mph 3.8 seconds
0-100 km/h 4.2 seconds
Max speed 151 mph (243 km/h)
Fuel Consumption mpg (l/100 km)
Combined 28.0 (10.1)
CO2 emissions 175 g/km
Kerb weight 902kg
Dry weight 869kg
Lightest possible dry weight 862kg
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16-valve with chargecooled supercharger
Mid mounted, transverse, rear wheel drive
Exposed Aluminium gearshift mechanism
6 speed manual gearbox with sports ratios
Electronic Differential Lock
Performance air filter
CHASSIS AND BODY
Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure
T45 motorsport hoop
Fully independent double wishbone sports suspension
Adjustable Nitron high performance dampers, front and rear
AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and single-piston rear calipers
Driver selectable ESP modes
Lightweight lithium-ion battery
Louvred wheel arch vents to reduce aerodynamic lift
Carbon fibre front splitter (replacement with composite component at no cost)
Carbon fibre front access panel
Carbon fibre engine cover
Carbon fibre roll hoop cover
Carbon fibre, race derived rear wing
Ultra lightweight black forged alloy wheels (16” front and 17” rear)
Front Yokohama Advan AD08R tyres 205/45 R16
Rear Yokohama Advan AD08R tyres 235/40 R17
Two-piece high-performance brake discs, 288 mm diameter, front and rear
Red painted brake calipers
Polycarbonate backlight glass
Clear sill stone chip protection film
Black Alcantara® trim, with contrast red or yellow stitch including seats, door panels and face-level vents)
Carbon fibre sports seats
Black Alcantara® trimmed steering wheel
Carbon fibre sill covers
Exposed gearshift design
Polished aluminum gear knob and leather handbrake sleeve
Interior Colour Pack – Seat eyelets, centre console surround, HVAC surround and window lift switch bezel painted in red, yellow, silver, orange, black or white
Engine start push button
Driver and passenger airbags
Tyre puncture repair kit
OPTIONS: INTERIOR AND TRIM UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Leather Trim Pack - Black leather, with contrast red or yellow stitch (including seats, door panels and face-level vents) £1,000 € 1,400
Tartan Trim Pack - Yellow or Red tartan inserts, with contrast red or yellow stitch (including seats and door panels) £1,000 € 1,400
Black Alcantara® trimmed sill covers £200 € 270
Full carpet £350 € 490
Floor mats £100 € 140
OPTIONS: EXTERIOR AND BODY UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Carbon fibre hard top £3,000 € 4,000
Matt Black painted hard-top £1,000 € 1,400
Ultra lightweight silver forged alloy wheels (16” front and 17” rear) NCO NCO
Mud flaps £150 € 210
OPTIONS: COMFORT AND COMMUNICATION UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Air conditioning £1,250 € 1,650
Bluetooth enabled stereo plus two front mounted speakers £400 € 560
Sound insulation £350 € 490
Cruise control £110 € 150
Standard battery NCO NCO
OPTIONS: LIGHTWEIGHT AND PERFORMANCE WEIGHT
SAVING UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Titanium exhaust 7kg £4000 € 5,500
PAINT OPTIONS UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Signature paint £825 € 1,155
Metallic paint £825 € 1,155
LOTUS EXCLUSIVE OPTIONS UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Exclusive Paint: Alternative metallic colours £1,860 € 2,600
Exclusive Paint: Alternative colours (e.g. Championship Gold) £2,850 € 4,000
Exclusive Paint: Custom colour choice POA POA
Exclusive Leather: Alternative colour £2,250 € 3,000
Exclusive Stitch: Alternative colour £300 € 400
MARKET RETAIL PRICE
UK £59,500 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Germany €76,000 (incl. VAT at 19%)
France €76,640 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Lotus LCC also photos
20.10.2017 / MaP
|The new Audi A7 Sportback: Sporty face of Audi in the luxury class
|Four-door coupe embodies progressiveness in design and technology All-digital control system, comprehensive connectivity and mild hybrid technology Gran Turismo with enhanced handling and more long-distance comfort more >>
|The new Porsche 718 GTS models - Tailored for design and sportiness
|Even greater performance and exclusive equipmentPorsche is expanding its mid-engine range with the new two-seater 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS. The vehicles’ power has now been increased to 269 kw (365 hp) thanks to a newly developed int more >>
|New MINI special edition inspired by the classic 1275 GT.
| MINI 1499 GT available to order now. Limited production run of just 1,499 units, exclusively for the UK market. Includes distinctive John Cooper Works stylin more >>
|New Range Rover : Silent Luxury
|Redesigned cabin delivers peerless refinement – whether travelling for business or pleasure• New plug-in electric-petrol powertrain elevates the serene comfort of Land Rover’s flagship SUV: more >>
|R-Spec Edition Ford Transit launched by MS-RT at Rallyday
|Last weekend’s Rallyday saw MS-RT launch an exclusive new vehicle – the R-Spec Edition Ford Transit which draws inspiration from the success of the 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC. Celebrating the Fiesta’s successful season in the FIA World more >>
|The new Lexus LS F Sport
|The new LS 500 F SPORT instills a more engaging driving spirit through carefully applied chassis tuning and enhancements, while still emphasizing exceptional comfort.Lexus took full advantage of the new GA–L platform’s inherent driving a more >>
|With the all-new 2018 LS, LEXUS reimagines global flagship Sedan
|• Radical new design with coupe-like silhouette, yet spaciousness of prestige sedan• New platform for greatest-ever LS agility and comfort• All-new twin-turbo V6 with 416 horsepower / 421 PS (310 kW)• 10-speed automatic transmission•   more >>
|New XC40 completes global Volvo line-up in fast-growing premium SUV segments
|Volvo Cars today further expands its line-up of SUVs with the launch of the new XC40 small premium SUV in Milan, Italy.At the same time as it introduces the XC40, Volvo Cars also reinvents the traditional model of car ownership with the new more >>
|World premiere of the Huracán Super Trofeo EVO
|Starting the partnership with Roger Dubuis • The new Huracán competition version for the Lamborghini Super Trofeo one-make series• A celebratory livery to mark the new partnership w more >>
|Acura MDX 2018 Brings Updated Tech and Sporty Colors
|- A Perennial Best-Seller Gets Even Stronger New MDX gets a refreshed dual-screen user interface with enhanced 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display and 30 percent faster response time more >>
|Der athletisch-abenteuerlustige Opel Grandland X
| Genau der Richtige: Dynamisches Kompakt-SUV für boomenden Markt Schick und geräumig: Sportlicher Style mit knackigen Proportionen und viel Platz Alles im Griff: IntelliG more >>
|Hyundai's i30 N is built for serious driving fun
|The i30 N, revealed to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, is Hyundai Motor's first high-performance car under the N line up. Built on the New Generation i30, the i30 N has been developed from the ground up to deliver maximum driving pleasure in everyday life on the road, as well as on the track. more >>
|The BMW i Vision Dynamics
| A new form of electrifying driving pleasure.Just a year on from the presentation of its future-focused NEXT 100 vision vehicles, the BMW Group is introducing the electric mobility of the much more immediate futur more >>
|BMW Concept X7 iPerformance - A new dimension in luxury
|The BMW Group has chosen the IAA Cars 2017 fair to reveal an innovative new vehicle concept for the luxury class. The BMW Concept X7 iPerformance is celebrating its world premiere in Frankfurt, as the company showcases a fresh understanding of lux more >>
|BMW Concept 8 Series - Dynamism, luxury, allure
|The BMW Concept 8 Series gives visitors to the IAA Cars 2017 show a taster of a new model from the brand due for launch in 2018: the BMW 8 Series Coupe. The study is the epitome of dynamism, luxury and exclusiveness – the quintessential qual more >>
|BMW Concept Z4 - A new take on the roadster
|The BMW Concept Z4 is revealed at the IAA Cars 2017 as a statement of unbridled driving pleasure. This design study likewise offers a look ahead to a series-production version of the car set to be unveiled over the course of next year. more >>
|BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo - Looks, long-distance comfort and practicality
|The new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo serves up a sensational blend of alluring coupe style, luxurious long-distance comfort and flexible practicality. The systematic evolution of this body format is particularly evident in both the new luxury-c more >>
|The new BMW X3 - The most innovative mid-size SAV around
|The new BMW X3 is set to write the next chapter in the success story of this mid-size SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) with an even more striking, dynamic design language, powerful yet also efficient drive systems and luxurious appointments. The third genera more >>
|The new BMW i3 and new BMW i3s
|Yet more driving pleasure and zero CO2:The world’s best-selling electric car in the premium compact segment now comes with refreshing styling accents, cutting-edge equipment features and new digital services to make locally emission-free driving eve more >>
|Now with M xDrive: the new BMW M5.
|The latest generation of the BMW M5 (fuel consumption combined: 10.5 l/100 km [26.9 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 241 g/km; provisional figures) adds intelligent M xDrive all-wheel drive to the familiar M powertrain / chassis / aerodynamic balance ensemble for the first time. more >>
|The new BMW M8 GTE en route to Le Mans
|BMW Motorsport is using the IAA Cars 2017 show to present its new flagship contender for international GT racing: the BMW M8 GTE. The new racing car will line up in competitions including the FIA World Endurance Championshi more >>
|Luxury with tradition and style: the BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre.
|An unmistakeable combination of luxury, driving pleasure and innovations has defined the character of the BMW 7 Series model range for four decades now. With the BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre, this tradition-steeped collection of virtu more >>
|Return of the RS icon: the new Audi RS 4 Avant
|• 2.9 TFSI engine offers substantially more power and efficiency• Debut for high-performance Avant in China• World debut of RS 4 Avant at the IAA 2017Audi Sport more >>
|Mercedes-AMG Project ONE show car World première
|Mercedes-AMG brings Formula 1 technology to the roadThe Mercedes-AMG Project ONE will celebrate its world première at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main: for the first time, the two-seater supersports show car brings the very more >>
|EQ Power: new plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz S 560 e
|More power, more rangeThe latest addition to the S-Class family is a new-generation plug-in hybrid. The S 560 e (combined fuel consumption: 2.1 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 49 g/km, weighted power consumption: 15.5 kWh/100 km) has an all-el more >>
|The new Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster
| Breathtaking performance with open-air driving sophistication - • Super sports car technologies and dynamics of Aventador S coupé, coupled with open-air driving pleasure • &n more >>
|Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid 2018 Achieves Class-Leading All-Electric Range
|Honda’s all-new, spacious, five-passenger, low-emissions vehicle earned an EPA range rating of 47 all-electric milesHonda announced the 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid earned the highest all-electric range rating among all midsize plug-in hybrids more >>
|Audi Aicon concept car – autonomous on course for the future
|Audi vision for Level 5 operation Revolutionary styling All-electric with up to 800 kilometer range With the four-door design vision Audi Aicon, the brand with th more >>
|The new Audi R8 V10 RWS - Puristic driving dynamics
|First Audi production model with rear wheel-drive as a limited edition 50 kilograms (110.2 lb) lighter than R8 Coupé V10 Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director Audi Spo more >>
|MINI presents pure-electric design study at the IAA
|- the MINI Electric Concept, complete with iconic design and urban driving fun.MINI is using the IAA Cars 2017 show in Frankfurt am Main to showcase its take on future personal mobility in the city – in the form of the MINI Electric Concept. more >>
|World premiere of the new Porsche Cayenne in Zuffenhausen
|Porsche CEO Oliver Blume presents new SUV generation photo caption: World premiere in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen (left to right):Uwe-Karsten Städter, Member of the Executive Board - Procurement, Uwe-Karsten Städter, Member o more >>
|The Ferrari Portofino revealed
|- a GT that represents a unique combination of sportiness, elegance and on board comfortThe Ferrari Portofino is the new V8 GT set to dominate its segment thanks to a perfect combination of sportiness, el more >>
|Premiere at the IAA: update of the Golf Sportsvan 1
|... featuring Traffic Jam Assist, gesture control and new TSI offering Traffic Jam Assist steers and brakes automatically in stop-and-go traffic Infotainment system with glass display overlay and gesture control more >>
|The BMW M5 First Edition - Limited-run special edition
|.... with exclusive specification.First come, first served is the motto as BMW M GmbH launches the all-new BMW M5 with the option of a “First Edition” special-edition model limited to a worldwide run of 400 examples with more >>
|The All-New 2018 BMW M5
|- The Quintessential High-Performance Sedan. The 6th generation BMW M5 is the quickest most technologically advanced M-vehicle to date: 0–60 mph in a lightning-quick 3.2 seconds; 0–124 mph in just 11. more >>
|Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet, a revelation of luxury
|Study of an ultra-stylish luxury-class cabrioletAt this year's gathering of the most magnificent classic cars at Pebble Beach in California, Mercedes-Benz is once again set to present a highlight: the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is a car which, with its more >>
|Ford Performance to Offer Tribute Livery of Historic 1967 Le Mans Winner
|....with 2018 Ford GT '67 Heritage Edition• Ford GT '67 Heritage edition with unique red-and-white-stripe livery celebrates 1967 Le Mans-winning GT40 Mark IV race car driven by all-American team of Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt more >>
|Versatile, Segment-Leading 2018 Honda HR-V Arriving at Dealerships
| HR-V leads hot subcompact-SUV segment in retail sales New color and updated wheel design enhance sporty personality HR-V combines coupe-like styling with SUV functionality and great efficiency more >>
|Mitsubishi Motors expands its Indonesian and ASEAN footprint
|....with all-new XPANDER people-carrierMitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) celebrates the world premiere of its next generation MPV at the 25th GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show in Jakarta, Indonesia, with the all-new XPANDER – a name r more >>