By   November 13, 2013

Lotus Elise S Cup R

Lotus Elise S Cup R

Racing teams or those that are interested in getting into racing, Lotus has a race car that they would like for you to think about. The car is the Lotus Elise S Cup R and at a price of just $66,650 it is a fairly low cost race car. For that price you get a mid-engined car powered by a supercharged 1.8-liter engine. The output of the new engine is 217 horsepower.

Of course the handling and low weight of the Elise is the largest draw and this car weighs in at just over 2,000 pounds. That low weight is including the roll cage, so it should be very quick on the track.

With the low weight and the 217 horsepower you get a car with a great power to weight ratio. This all equates to a lap time of 4 seconds faster than the previous model on a 3.1 mile test track.

Of course being a car designed for racing the suspension is adjustable and it comes with a fire extinguisher and six-point harness. So, if you have a bit over $65,000 and want a full time race car, the Lotus Elise S Cup R might be right for you.

Press Release

Evolving from the 1.6-liter Elise platform, this is the first time the supercharged Elise S’ mid-mounted, transverse, 1.8-liter 2ZR-FE engine has been used in a Cup variant. Priced at an MSRP of $66,650 and boasting bespoke livery and aerodynamic body kit, the Elise S Cup R showcases the marriage of form and function perfectly so that performance is optimized yet retains its stylish and iconic aesthetic.

Performance is enhanced over the road-going Elise S thanks to a motorsport-specific engine control module (ECM) and a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) proven aero pack comprising; front splitter, barge boards, winglets, rear diffuser, floor extensions and rear wing. Despite the extra body kit and race-ready additions, Lotus Motorsport manages to maintain the road car’s light weight of just 2,037 lbs. These modifications and the clever manipulation of air-flow to create extra down force, combined with adjustable dampers and springs, reduces lap times by 4 seconds on a 3.1 mile track over the standard Elise S.

The Lotus Elise S 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 vehicles. To make a statement on some of the best tracks in the world, the Elise S Cup R has a selection of bespoke color and trim options courtesy of the Lotus Design team.

The Elise S Cup R at a glance:

FIA Compliant Rollcage (as previous Cup versions)

FIA Compliant Fire Extinguisher

Motorsport Mapped ECU

Electronic Battery Isolator

6-Point Race Harness (Driver’s Seat)

HANS Compliant Race Driver’s Seat

Track Specification Front Tow Eyes

Quick Release Steering Wheel

Body Kit

Brake Pad Upgrade

Single Way Adjustable Dampers


Motorsport Specification Triple-Pass Radiator

Polycarbonate Rear Screen

Forged Alloy Wheels

FIA Fuel Cell

Air Conditioning

Race Passenger Seat (with 4 point race harness fitted)

Ultra-lightweight Motorsport Wheels

All alloy, 1.8 liter DOHC 4-cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16 valve with Magnuson R900 supercharger utilizing Eaton TVS™ technology

217 hp / 220 PS / 162 kW

181 ft. lbs. / 250 Nm

6-speed manual gear box as standard

Up-rated TCA Kit

Twin-piston fixed aluminum alloy front brake calipers. Single-piston sliding rear brake calipers. 288 mm diameter, 26 mm thick front and rear cast-iron cross-drilled & ventilated brake discs

Forged Alloy

Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 LTS tires F: 175/55 R16 & R: 225/45 R17

Safety systems:
Lotus ABS/ EDL