The Lotus Elise Cup 260 is a race car-derived limited production version of the Series 3 Lotus Elise roadster.
In October 2017, Lotus unveiled the Elise Cup 260, a special version of its two-seater roadster.
Described by Lotus to be "the ultimate Elise", the Elise Cup 260 has a very limited production run of just 30 models, each costing £59,500. Its higher price is due in part to almost every previous Elise Cup option being fitted as standard, such as the Nitron dampers, carbon body panels and two-piece brake discs. Additional options for the Elise Cup 260 include titanium exhaust, "Championship Gold" paint, air-conditioning, a carbon-fiber hard top and mud flaps.
The Elise Cup 260 features a design similar to the Elise Race 250, which is a non-road-legal, competition-eligible version of the model series. Besides modifications to make the Cup 260 road-legal, its engine power is increased by 10bhp, and weight reduced by 15 kg, compared to the Race 250. At the same time, the car's downforce is increased by 44% due to added aero elements, such as the front vents, rear diffuser and large rear spoiler, the latter developed from the spoiler featured on the 3-Eleven track day car. In addition, the Cup 260 features the same double tail-light units as those seen on the Exige Sport 380. The result is that the Cup 260 produces downforce equal to nearly one-fifth of its dry weight when travelling at its top speed.
The Elise Cup 260 has the following specifications according to Lotus:
- Engine: 1.8 litre supercharged Toyota 2ZR-FE Inline-4
- Transmission: 6-speed Toyota EC60 manual with sport ratios
- Power: 250 bhp (186 kW; 253 PS) at 7200 rpm
- Torque: 265 N⋅m (195 lb⋅ft) at 5500 rpm
- Acceleration: 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.8 seconds
- Top speed: 151 mph (243 km/h)
- Weight: 862 kg (1,900 lb) (dry weight)
- Downforce: 180 kg (397 lb) at 151 mph (243 km/h)
Clive Chapman, the son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman, has endorsed the Elise Cup 260, stating:
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The Lotus Elise Cup 260 was added in the 2019 Holiday Update as a mid Class D car with the following statistics:
- Starting rank: 1099
- Hidden MAX rank: ? (+?)
- PRO rank: 1299 (+200)
- Tuning Kit bonus: +39
- Stock to PRO rank difference: 200
- Nitro Efficiency: 6/12/16
At PRO, the Lotus Elise Cup 260 has a total top speed of 353.9 km/h / 219.8 mph with a Tuning Kit. At stock, it has decent acceleration, average nitro efficiency and good handling and drifting capabilities.
The Lotus Elise Cup 260 is obtained by reaching Tier 11 of the Winter Festival. If viewed in the Tag Racing car selection menu, it will show a price of 1,000, however, the option to buy out the car is unavailable.
The Elise Cup 260 could be obtained during the McLaren Senna Festival Special between February 18-24, 2020 as a reward for claiming 10 spins. Players who already own the car would receive 3 Kit cards instead.