Evolving from the 1.6-liter Elise platform, this is the first time the supercharged Elise S' mid-mounted, transverse, 1.8-liter 2ZR-FE engine has been used in a Cup variant.

Priced at an MSRP of $66,650 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 optimized 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 computational fluid dynamics (CFD) proven 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 2,037 lbs. These modifications and the clever manipulation of air-flow to create extra down force, combined with adjustable dampers and springs, reduces lap times by 4 seconds on a 3.1 mile track over the standard Elise S. The Lotus Elise S 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 vehicles. To make a statement on some of the best tracks in the world, the Elise S Cup R has a selection of bespoke color and trim options courtesy of the Lotus Design team. The Elise S Cup R at a glance:

Enhancements:FIA Compliant Rollcage (as previous Cup versions)
FIA Compliant Fire Extinguisher
Motorsport Mapped ECU
Electronic Battery Isolator
6-Point Race Harness (Driver's 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 liter DOHC 4-cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16 valve with Magnuson R900 supercharger utilizing Eaton TVSā„¢ technology
Power: 217 hp / 220 PS / 162 kW
Torque: 181 ft. lbs. / 250 Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual gear box as standard
Suspension: Up-rated TCA Kit
Brakes: Twin-piston fixed aluminum alloy front brake calipers. Single-piston sliding rear brake calipers. 288 mm diameter, 26 mm thick front and rear cast-iron cross-drilled & ventilated brake discs
Wheels: Forged Alloy
Tires: Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 LTS tires F: 175/55 R16 & R: 225/45 R17
Safety systems: Lotus ABS/ EDL

Source: Lotus