If you want to take a Lotus to the track but the Exige V6 Cup is a bit too much to handle, the boys from Hethel have a new offering that may be of interest.

The new Elise S Cup R features all the track-tuned bells and whistles of its six-cylinder brethren, including a competition-spec aero kit, adjustable suspension, Yokohama racing slicks on 17-inch forged alloys, tow hooks, remapped ECU, cross-drilled and ventilated disc brakes and an interior with a HANS-compatible bucket seat, six-point racing harness and quick-release steering wheel. But instead of a heavier and more powerful V6, the Elise S Cup R "adds lightness" with the same 1.8-liter supercharged inline-four with 217 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque as the road-going Elise S. Yet with all that track-tuned gear, it's a good four seconds per three-mile lap faster than the showroom stock version in the automaker's testing.

Interested parties can pick one up in the UK for £39,125 (before taxes, equivalent to about $63k) and either lap it to their hearts' content at private track days or enter it in one of the dozen Lotus Cup series operating around the world. Lotus only released this one photo (click above to enlarge), but you can check out the full specs in the press release below.
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LOTUS MOTORSPORT ANNOUNCES LATEST ADDITION TO ITS RACING PORTFOLIO; THE LOTUS ELISE S CUP R
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 13:00

Following the success of the Exige V6 Cup and its hardcore sibling the Exige V6 Cup R, the Lotus Elise S is adorned with the Lotus Motorsport magic to present the track-only Elise S Cup R

Evolving from the 1.6 litre Elise platform, this is the first time the supercharged Elise S' mid-mounted, transverse, 1.8 litre 2ZR-FE engine has been used in a Cup variant. Priced at £39,125 + VAT 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 optimised 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 CFD proved 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 924 kg. These modifications and the clever manipulation of air-flow to create extra downforce, combined with adjustable damper and springs, reduces lap times by 4 seconds on a 5 km lap over the standard Elise S.

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

The Elise S Cup R at a glance:

Enhancements:
Spacer white 20 x 20
FIA Compliant Rollcage (As previous Cup Versions)
FIA Compliant Fire Extinguisher
Motorsport Mapped ECU
Electronic Battery Isolator
6-Point Race Harness (Driver 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
Hardtop
Motorsport specification triple-pass radiator
Polycarbonate Rear Screen
Forged Alloy Wheels

Options:
FIA Fuel Cell
Air Conditioning
Race Passenger Seat (with 4-point race harness fitted)
Ultra-lightweight Motorsport Wheels

Powertrain:
All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16 valve with Magnuson R900 supercharger utilising Eaton TVS™ technology
Power:
217 hp / 220 PS / 162 kW
Torque:
181 lbft / 250 Nm

Transmission: 6-speed manual gear box as standard

Suspension: Up Rated TCA Kit

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

Wheels: Forged Alloy

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

Safety Systems: Lotus ABS / EDL


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      alkalinebay
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love Lotus cars, I own one - Exige S260 sport...but the company is now struggling in the USA. All we get is the Evora (which is a crappy car - holds no kindle to a corvette or porsche). Now this? Another track car....V6 CUP car now Elise S cup R. Lotus is loosing its dealer base in the USA because it makes NO cars that are legal here. Not only that but all the new models have been axed and they want to make versions of current models? NONE which are legal in the USA or can be. Lotus should be making lightweight barely street legal cars for the USA. Stick to the formula which made you successful in the USA with the elise in 2005+. 50-60k cars provide supercar looks, stellar driver feel and light weight.
        alkalinebay
        • 1 Year Ago
        @alkalinebay
        I didnt mean make in the USA FYI I meant it sells no cars here but the crappy EVORA...
        • 1 Year Ago
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        Ae Neuman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @alkalinebay
        "holds no kindle to a corvette or porsche" maybe a nook or kobo ? hahaha
      Ae Neuman
      • 1 Year Ago
      lotus cars are still one of the purest riving experiences your hard-earned can buy. checkout the latest issue of uk car magazine where an elise s trounces the porsche cayman and new alfa 4c.
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the car looks great but they have been using this same look for like 10 years now, time to update.
        Muttons
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        Remember when Lotus tried some new looks? Something like 5 or 6 new concepts at one show? Yeah, the guy in charge during that time has been sacked and nothing more has been said about new models.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Muttons
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        Mel @ aWingThing.COm
        @Seal Rchin
        Actually it's been like 13 years I think...but it's still so damn gorgeous looking.
          Seal Rchin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mel @ aWingThing.COm
          I said the same thing, i actually saw it in real life once. Looks amazing, but you can not stick with the same design for such a long time.
        alkalinebay
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        Actually this is the rebodied Elise that debuted in 2010 - hense headlight and rear decklid / side vent change.
      kmdk78
      • 1 Year Ago
      Overrated and overpriced.
        alkalinebay
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kmdk78
        Outdated and overpriced. These cars were great a few years ago.
      ROLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      all they can do is remake this care the episode is burnt. cant pay drivers cant build Indy engines every car they race with their logos isn't made or powered by them. The should shrink the company instead of trying to do so much else. And just remake this car over and over.
        GasMan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ROLO
        Lotus F1 team is not connected with the Lotus car company except in name, logo, a few sponsorship dollars, and the same dire financial situation. They are totally distinct business and operating entities that just both happen to be good at what they do but bad at making money.
        alkalinebay
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ROLO
        Its pathetic..... BTW they have nothing to do with the formula 1 team or Kimi etc. Lotus just ****** out thier name and ruins thier race history for a few bucks... BTW as good as Elise is (which it was for its time). Its done...not even road legal for sale in USA. The worst part is we all like Lotus, otherwise we wouldnt care that they are ruining the company like this.
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        alkalinebay
        • 1 Year Ago
        Still plenty new ones floating around.
          • 1 Year Ago
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      Hernan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Extremely limited purpose, but that looks amazing!
      Paul
      • 6 Months Ago
      I could not take away my eyes from this lovely sports model which I would have definitely preferred if I am a racer. Though I may not be a racer the look and feel of the model would definitely inspire me to watch the race in which I could find this model. The craze for this across the world has been recognized with http://www.cariseasy.com/news/opening-of-lotus-4s-center-in-china.html
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