Over the standard Elise S, the S Cup has a number of upgrades which, says Lotus, shaves three seconds off its time around the firm’s Hethel test track.
The most noticeable of which is the aero kit, including a front splitter, winglets, side skirts, tail wing and a rear diffuser. The result is increased downforce by 66kg at 100mph – and 125kg when flat out.
Like the Elise Cup R race car on which it’s based, the S Cup features a fixed roof that used to be the reserve of more powerful Exige models.
Lotus boss Jean-Marc Gales said: “This engaging new model accentuates the pure driving competence elicited by Lotus. Light, agile and significantly faster on-track than the standard Elise S, it will appeal to competition-minded enthusiasts.”
Powered by the same 1.8-litre supercharged Toyota engine used in the Elise S, the Cup will hit 62mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 140mph. It produces 217hp and, if you’re bothered, returns 37.5mpg on the combined cycle.
As standard the Elise S Cup comes with a T45 specification roll-hoop, allowing for future upgrades to competition harnesses and a full roll cage.
Orders are now open, with prices in the UK starting at £43,500.