Lotus has produced a ‘tamed’ version of its track-only Elise S Cup R, named the Lotus Elise 220 Cup, with the car now available in Australia. It aims to narrow the ‘gap between race car and road going supercar like no other’.
“This is driving pure and distilled,” said Glen Sealey, Chief Operating Officer of Lotus Australia and New Zealand. “The 220 Cup is derived from the racing car, not a development of the road car. This development track means the Lotus engineers took a racing car and made it road-legal, not taking a road car to make it ‘like a racing car’. The result is a car that has the steering response, suspension control, engine reaction and instantaneous braking power of a racing car along with the ability to be driven home after a superlative track day”
The road-going Lotus has a 1.8-litre supercharged engine that generates 162kW of power. Thanks to its 175kW/1000kg power to weight ratio, the car has a V-max of 225kph while maintaining a fuel economy figure of only 7.5L/100km.
As with most Lotus cars, the Elise 220 Cup has an immense focus on weight and rigidity, allowing the suspension to work as efficiently as possible, and allowing for maximum grip. Mainly thanks to the car’s aero features, the Elise 220 Cup achieved a lap time some three seconds quicker than the Elise S at the famed Lotus test track at Hethel.
Perhaps the coolest feature of the road-going Lotus Elise 220 Cup is the electronic differential lock (EDL) . It’s employed to aid ride comfort on the road, but can still be locked out for track purposes.
“Given its supercar performance and true race car ability, its price is exceptional, considering how much more would have to be spent with other car makers to even approach the driving experience offered by the Lotus Elise 220 Cup.” Explained Glen Sealey.
The Lotus Elise 220 Cup starts at $199,990 plus on-road costs, and is available to order now.