Look at the goofy grin of the Lotus Elise Cup 250. It looks like it’s having fun. And it’s having fun because it has the performance of a genuine giant-killer on the track. It takes immense pleasure in making light work of trackday amateurs.

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The Lotus Elise Cup 250 is basically the same car Lotus has been making for 20 years. Except now it’s about as light as you can get and keep a car that still has “the right amount of wheels.”

It’s not going to make a great everyday ride through town, but you’re going to have a blast with it on the weekends.

It’s kind of like what pocketbikes are to motorcycles, except for track cars.