After the success of the Exige V6 Cup and its hardcore sibling the Exige V6 Cup R, the Lotus decided to develop an R model for the Elise S packed full of Lotus Motorsport magic to present the track-only Lotus Elise S Cup R. Both the 1.6 litre and 1.8 litre Elise platforms will boast bespoke livery and aerodynamic body kit.
Performance is juiced up compared to the road going Elise S with 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. Weight was important and despite the extra body kit they managed to maintain the road car’s light weight of 924 kg.
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.