Lotus has revealed the Elise Race 250, a track-only version of its entry-level sports car, and it could be coming to Australia.
Powering the track-special Elise is a supercharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, producing 181kW of power and 250Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The fastest Elise racer features extensive weight saving measures such as a Lithium Ion battery (saving 10kg), carbon-fibre race seats (saving 6kg) as standard. Customers wanting to make their Elise Race 250 even leaner can option the Carbon Aero Pack, which sheds another 10 kilograms through the extensive use of carbon-fibre in its bodykit, bringing the car’s dry weight to less than 900kg.
Thanks to its extensive aero package – including a front splitter, rear diffuser, floor extensions and rear wing – the Elise Race 250 generates a claimed 66kg of downforce at 100mph (160km/h) and 155kg at the car’s 154mph (248km/h) top speed.
Filling the wheel arches are ultra-light forged alloy wheels (16-inch front and 17-inch rear) wrapped in Yokohama AO48 rubber (195/50/16 front and 225/45/17 rear).
Stopping power comes from AP Racing twin-piston front brake calipers and Brembo single-piston rear calipers.
The release of the Elise Race 250 coincides with the 50th anniversary of the company’s famous Hethel factory, where in 1966, Lotus’ founder Colin Chapman moved Lotus to the purpose-built facility.
A representative from Lotus’ local distributor said the Elise Race 250 is only available in the UK and US markets at the moment, however the company is in discussion to determine the availability of the new model for Australia.