This is the gold featherweight Lotus Elise Cup 260
Another month and yet another special edition Lotus, this one though is attempting to be slightly more insane
Again Lotus has decided that the world needs yet another special edition car. In recent months we have been given the Elise Cup 250, the Elise Sprint 220 and now this is the Elise Cup 260 which is obviously special by virtue of being painted gold.
Forgive us for the attempt at mockery, but we shall now attempt to be serious. The Elise Cup 260 is the Norwich carmakers interpretation of making what was already very light and very quick in the first place, even lighter and even quicker still.
Just 30 examples will be built to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Lotus founder Colin Chapman building his first car. Even though technically this anniversary falls in 2018, we are going to let that one go as we are almost at the end of the year.
Pretty much everything from the Elise 250 is has been fitted to the Cup 260, the forged wheels, the carbon-fibre everything and the polycarbonate replacment glass have all been honed so that additional weight is removed. The ‘standard’ dampers have been binned in favour of adjustable Nitron efforts a full carbon-fibre refurb on the inside.
All of the aero-trickery on the outside includes the revision of the massive rear wing, a new splitter and wheel arch louvres which all work together to give 180kg of downforce at the 151mph top speed. This is a colossal 44 percent increase over the 250 cup which is a massive amount.
One very odd thing is the name of the Cup 260. We fully expected it to have gained 10bhp over its lesser sibling the Cup 250, but it hasn’t. Instead, it has exactly the same output from its 1.8-litre four-cylinder motor that produces 250bhp. Regardless of the confusing name, the Cup 260 is still quick with the 0-60mph run completed in just 3.8 seconds thanks to all that 862kg kerbweight meaning a power to weight ratio of 290bhp per tonne.
Want one? This is going to be a bit of an issue, one of the thirty examples will cost you £59,500 without the optional gold paint. This is a lot of cash when you consider that Lotus is likely to announce a new special that is even lighter and faster in the next month or so.
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