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:
At stock, the Lotus Elise Cup has decent acceleration, average nitro efficiency, and good handling and drifting capabilities. At PRO, it has a total top speed of 353.9 km/h / 219.8 mph with a Tuning Kit.
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.