Lotus announced Friday the availability of the limited edition Elise Sports Racer. Only 199 of the track-day style Elise will be built worldwide.

A higher performance version of the already brilliant Elise, the Sports Racer features a number of upgrades, including:

  • ultra-light forged alloy wheels (2.6 lb lighter than the standard model)

  • stiffer Eibach springs and Bilstein shocks

  • twin oil coolers

  • available Torsen Limited Slip Differential

  • lighter pedal box, with drive-by-wire throttle, quicker brake action and overall improved pedal feel

  • Lotus Traction Control - a driver-selectable system that works through the engine for much quicker response than the more common brake-based TC systems

Straight-line performance makes the upgraded handling worthwhile, with a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds, 0-100 mph in 13.0 seconds, and a top speed of 150 mph.

The Sports Racer features a distinctive trim package, meant to evoke racing Lotus color schemes from the '50s and '60s. Both designs are shown above, one in Ardent Red, the other in Nightfall Blue. Exclusive interior trim, exterior badging, and an individually numbered build plate further distinguish the Sports Racer from the standard Elise.

U.K pricing starts at $56,500, with export pricing to be announced soon.

[Source: Group Lotus]

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