Responding to its customers’ demands is a Lotus duty. The Elise S Cup is a prime example of taking a more track focused model, in this case, the Elise Cup R, and toning it back enough to make it suitable for road use. The sheer flexibility of this approach is helped by the weight conscious nature of the Elise lightweight chassis and composite body. The Elise S Cup is what results. Despite boasting the same power as the Elise S, the overall kerbweight of the Elise S Cup increases by only 42lbs (19kgs) over the R version. As a result, its power to weight ratio is an enchanting 235bhp/tonne (238PS/1,000kg). The result is high performance that is guaranteed to thrill and excite. The driving quality is as pure as the driven snow.
With the 1.8-litre engine, its induction supplemented by an Eaton supercharger, it means that the power is at an outstanding 217bhp (220PS). Select the first of the Elise S Cup six, close-ratio gears and the forward’s motion is simply wonderful. Its 235bhp/tonne (238PS/1000kgs) enables a V-max of 140mph (225kph), yet its Combined fuel economy is given as 37.5mpg (7.5l/100km) and CO2emissions are only 175g/km. Lotus proves that sportscar ownership can remain both enticing and affordable.
Underpinning every Elise S Cup is the most efficient, structurally rigid and low weight extruded and bonded chassis-tub. Based on more than 60 years of racing car developments, its torsional rigidity remains outstanding, even with the substantial power increase. It allows the suspension to work most efficiently, to provide unparalleled grip, a comfortable ride and a dynamic balance that is unquestionably excellent. An electronic differential lock (EDL) helps to tame any over-exuberance (for which you will surely be forgiven), while Sport mode Dynamic Performance Management system enhances a track car for road intentions.
To call the Elise S Cup ‘tamed’ would be wrong. While it is toned down from the Cup R model, it remains track-focused but for the racer that needs to drive home afterwards. One look at the S Cup highlights its attractive, yet purposeful aero package. From its front splitter, to its rear airflow diffuser, it is every inch the racer for the road. The lateral barge boards, fixed hardtop, engine cover, rollover hoop cover, side vanes and the rear wing are not only finished in black but also ‘shout’ racing car. Naturally, because it is a Lotus, the Elise S Cup features ‘zero-lift’, although the revised aero package increases downforce by 145lbs (66kgs) at 100mph (160kph), although this increases to an impressive 275lbs (125kgs) at V-max.
The Lotus Elise S Cup offered here at Hofmann’s is a 2016 "16 plate" finished in Phantom Black with Black Suedetex interior trim. This one owner example has covered just 2983 miles and boasts a comprehensive specifiction including; Air conditioning, Comfort pack, Airbag deletion, Towing eyes and Performance induction kit.
All vehicles supplied through Hofmann’s have funding options available, are all warranted and part exchanges welcome.