Lotus are one of the main manufacturers turned out at this year’s Autosport International at the Birmingham NEC with a selection of 5 currently available cars on their stand.
Stealing the show is the new Elise S Cup R. Revealed in the flesh for the first time the Elise S Cup R is a track only race car focussed on bringing customers back from highly modified Lotus based race cars into an out-of-the-box solution directly from the factory. With 220ps from the supercharged 1.8 Toyota sourced engine, the 900kg Elise S Cup R is eligible for most of the Lotus Cup race series around the world or for those seeking the ultimate track thrills. Starting from £39,125 (plus taxes) Lotus has 20 build slots for Cup R’s allocated at the factory up to the end of March this year, most of which are already sold so be quick !
As shown, this Elise Cup R is specially painted Acid Yellow, a new colour for the car. At £52,000 (inc VAT) this car comes with the options of passenger seat with 4 point harness (£1,495), new ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels (£995), air conditioning (£916), motorsport paint scheme (£1,500) & 70l bag tank for endurance racers (£2,495). Standard equipment includes the front splitter, 5 element rear diffuser, modified tail pipe and spoiler which is bolted directly through the bodywork onto the rear subframe and safety equipment such as the removable steering wheel, drivers six point harness/full cage/electrical cut off/extinguisher. If you are in the market for a new race car or would just like to add an Elise Cup R to the collection (lucky you!) then please contact Russell Gibbons, Race Sales Manager at Lotus Cars – +44 (0)01953 608507 or [email protected].
Other cars on the Lotus stand include an Evora Sports Racer as used by the Lotus Driving Academy, the road going Exige V6 Cup and track only Exige V6 Cup R, and the impressive Evora GT4. On hand was Lotus Racing’s Gavan Kershaw who will be racing in this year’s British GT championship. The Evora GT4 features an NA 4.0 V6 modified by engine partner Cosworth to produce close to 400bhp and highly modified aero and other changes to bring it to GT4 specification. Stefano D’Aste of Italy’s official dealer, PB Racing was also attending the show and took time to explain to us the Lotus Cup Italy format for 2014 which is changing to the single model line-up of their own 800kg sequential box equipped Elise Cup cars to provide an even level of racing for it’s highly competitive drivers, sounds like some good racing coming up this year from them!
Other Lotus presence at the event included the Lotus On Track Racing Drivers Club who were welcoming their existing drivers from the Elise Trophy, Lotus Cup UK & Lotus Cup Europe plus while we were there signing up new drivers and teams for the season. Classic Team Lotus also had a significant presence with the unveiling of the previously lost 1970 Lotus Type 72/5 as driven to the World Championship by Emerson Fittipaldi in 1972. Fittipaldi went on to crash this chassis in qualifying for the Dutch GP in 1973 and was cut out of the car, a crash he has since mentioned he regretted due to his affection for the car. Since then the cars whereabouts has been unknown until it was discovered last year and restoration was begun by Classic Team Lotus who have already sourced the correct engine and period gearbox. Original parts still on the car include the chassis, deformable side pod and the original rear wing.