Elise Cup 260 is the ultra-rare race car-inspired Lotus you can actually buy

Elise Cup 260 is the ultra-rare race car-inspired Lotus you can actually buy

Don’t you think Lotuses are just mundane road cars?

Nope, we have no idea how anyone could have that idea either – but someone must have, because the latest invention from the iconic British sports car manufacturer turns things up a notch.

The Lotus Elise Cup 260 is a new limited-edition model that draws inspiration from racing cars. The car weighs a mere 862kg and has a supercharged 1.8-litre engine, producing 250bhp, allowing for a 0-60mph time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 151mph.

The Elise Cup 260 completed a lap of Lotus’s Hethel test track in one minute and 32 seconds – 2.5 seconds quicker than its predecessor, the Elise Cup 250.

The car has been unveiled in preparation for 2018, which will see the 70th anniversary of Lotus founder Colin Chapman building his first racing car.

The Elise Cup 260 references the company’s motorsport success with a laurel wreath decal on the left buttress, Union Jacks on the rear wing and optional Championship Gold paint.

Only 30 examples of the Elise Cup 260 will be made, with UK prices starting at £59,500.

Jean-Marc Gales, chief executive of Group Lotus, said:

Our philosophy for producing extraordinary vehicles is world famous, but the new Elise Cup 260 goes beyond what many believed possible from our smallest car. It is directly developed from the Elise race cars that are competing in series around the world, giving the ultimate Elise experience on the road. More power, motorsport components and the introduction of aerodynamics unheard of in its class make driving this Elise an unrivalled experience.

Clive Chapman, pictured at top, son of Colin and director of Classic Team Lotus, said:

Each and every one of the sports cars produced by Group Lotus today carries the true spirit of Lotus, laid down by my father nearly 70 years ago. I am extremely proud that his legacy and achievements are being acknowledged and celebrated in this iconic version of the Elise.

And so say all of us!

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