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Elise Cup 260

0-60 MPH IN 3.8 SEC

Highlights

1. purity with power_0

 

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 430, 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 to coincide with 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.

3. Ultra LW + Enhanced Aero _0

 

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, 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, one 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.

4. high performance _0

 

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.

2. Handcrafted design 1 _0

 

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 race-style carbon 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 new carbon fibre sills and 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.

TOP SPEED
151 MPH

0 – 60 MPH
3.8 SECS

POWER
250 HP

WEIGHT
862 KG

Features

All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cyclinder, dual VVT-i, 16-valve with chargecooled supercharger
1.8-litre engine develops 250 hp
Delivers 265 Nm of torque
Mid mounted engine, transverse, rear wheel drive
Lotus-developed Electronic Throttle Control
Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)
Exhilarating acceleration
Performance air filter

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

Louvered wheel arch vents to reduce aerodynamic lift
Carbon fibre front splitter
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 and17” 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
Black soft-top
Clear sill stone chip protection

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 aluminium 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

Specification

PERFORMANCE Manual
Max power  250 hp at 7200 rpm 
Max torque  265 Nm at 5,500 rpm
0-60 mph  3.8 seconds
0-100 km/h  4.2 seconds 
Max speed  151 mph  
Kerb weight  895 kg
Dry weight  862 kg
Lightest possible dry weight  856 kg
ENGINE, TRANSMISSION AND CHASSIS
All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16-valve with chargecooled supercharger    Standard
Mid mounted, transverse, rear wheel drive    Standard
6 speed manual gearbox with sports ratios     Standard
Exposed aluminium gearshift mechanism     Standard
Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)          Standard
Performance air filter  Standard
Front Yokohama Advan AD08R tyres 205/45 R16  Standard
Rear Yokohama Advan AD08R tyres 235/40 R17  Standard
Two-piece high-performance brake discs, 288 mm diameter,front and rear  Standard
EXTERIOR SPECIFICATION

Louvered wheel arch vents to reduce aerodynamic lift

 Standard
Carbon fibre front splitter  Standard 
Carbon fibre front access panel  Standard 
Carbon fibre engine cover  Standard
Carbon fibre roll hoop cover  Standard 

Carbon fibre, race derived rear wing

 Standard

Ultra lightweight black forged alloy wheels (16” front and 17” rear)

 Standard

Red painted brake calipers

 Standard

Polycarbonate backlight glass

 Standard

Black soft-top

 Standard

Clear sill stone chip protection film

 Standard
INTERIOR SPECIFICATION

Black Alcantara® trim, with contrast red or yellow stitch (including seats, door panels and face-level vents)

 Standard 
Carbon fibre sports seats  Standard

Black Alcantara® trimmed steering wheel

 Standard
Carbon fibre sill covers  Standard
Exposed gearshift design  Standard

Polished aluminium gear knob and leather handbrake sleeve

 Standard

Interior Colour Pack – Seat eyelets, centre console surround, HVAC surround and window lift switch bezel painted in red, yellow, silver, orange, black or white

 Standard 
Engine start push button  Standard
Driver and passenger airbags  Standard
Tyre puncture repair kit  Standard
OPTIONAL EXTRAS
Interior and trim:

Leather Trim Pack – Black leather, with contrast red or yellow stitch (including seats, door panels and face-level vents)

 Option 

Tartan Trim Pack – Yellow or Red tartan inserts, with contrast red or yellow stitch (including seats and door panels)

 Option

Black Alcantara® trimmed sill covers

 Option 
Full carpet  Option
Floor mats  Option
Exterior and body:
Matt black painted hard-top  Option

Ultra lightweight silver forged alloy wheels (16” front and 17” rear)

 Option 
Mud flaps  Option
Comfort and communication:
Air conditioning   Option 
Bluetooth enabled stereo plus two front mounted speakers   Option 
Sound insulation  Option 
Cruise control  Option 
Standard battery   Option 
Lightweight and performance:
Carbon fibre hard top   Option
Titanium exhaust  Option 
 
Paint Options
Signature Paint Option
Metallic Paint Option
Lotus Exclusive Options
Exclusive Paint: Alternative Metallic Colours Option
Exclusive Paint: Alternative Pearlescent Colours Option
Exclusive Paint: Custom Colour Choice Option
Exclusive Leather: Alternative Colour  Option
Exclusive Stiching: Alternative Colour Option

The above options represents just a sample of what is available through Lotus Exclusive. Further information on the Lotus Exclusive programme, including a comprehensive list of the available customisation options can be found at:

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