Purity of purpose
The Cup badge is not for show. It’s the mark of a car that was built to lap hard all day without complaint and could be raced competitively by adding little more than a roll cage. Bred for the track but brilliant on the road, the Elise Cup 250 uses highly advanced aerodynamics to generate 148kg of downforce at its maximum speed of 154 mph. That amounts to a 14% increase in the car’s weight at high speed, literally out of thin air.
Chargecooled for a consistent 245bhp, the all-alloy, 1.8-litre supercharged four-cylinder rockets the Elise Cup 250 from 0-60mph in 3.9 secs and to a top speed of 154 mph. Hethel’s acoustic engineers have improved the exhaust note, adding a thrilling soundtrack for even greater driver engagement. It sounds better still through the optional, 7kg lighter, titanium exhaust system. The slick six-speed manual gearbox now uses the beautifully detailed open-gate design. Optimised for the Elise, it provides faster, more positive, more tactile gear changes. The Cup 250 features fully independent double wishbone suspension and an adjustable front anti-roll bar coupled with Bilstein high-performance dampers and Eibach coaxial coil springs front and rear. Compared to the Elise Sport 220, damper rates are higher (compression: 12% front/9% rear and rebound: 20% front/30% rear). AP Racing twin-piston ventilated brake discs provide exceptional, fade-free stopping power. Optional two-piece brake discs save a further 4kg. Making the most of the downforce and firmer damping, Yokohama Advan A052 tyres (195/50 ZR16 front and 225/45 ZR17 rear) provide phenomenal grip under a broad range of temperatures on road and track. A standard T45 steel roll over bar adds yet more strength and torsional rigidity to the pioneering chassis.
The current Elise Cup 250 weighs-in 14kg lighter than its predecessor. The adoption of carbon fibre, titanium and aluminium has helped reduce mass from crucial areas benefitting acceleration, braking, cornering and weight distribution. The Cup 250 features, as standard, a Lithium-Ion battery, carbon race seats, ultra-lightweight motorsport forged alloy wheels and a polycarbonate rear screen. Further weight savings can be made by ordering the beautifully finished, optional Carbon Fibre Aero Pack. This includes a front splitter, rear wing and bargeboards (-3.7kg), hard-top (-3kg), front access panel (-1.1kg), roll-over hoop cover (-0.7kg) and engine cover (-3.3kg). Either way, Cup 250’s radical aerodynamics modify airflow over, under and around the car to generate 148kg of downforce at 149mph. What you’ll notice is exceptional high-speed stability and even keener turn-in.
The Elise Cup 250’s cabin invites drivers to settle into the carbon race seats and feel the embrace of black Alcantara? with contrast red or yellow stitching. The trim design is carried through to the door panels and face-level vents, complementing the exposed aluminium elements. Interior options include an Alcantara? trimmed steering wheel, leather or tartan trim packs. Additional weight saving carbon fibre options include face-level vents (-0.3kg), HVAC surrounds (-0.1kg), and sill covers (-0.8kg). Beautifully finished with gloss lacquer over the carbon fibre weave, the sill covers aid ingress and egress thanks to a 10mm lower profile. The new instrument panel graphics are easier to read at high speed on track and a new in-car entertainment system with iPod? connectivity, Bluetooth? functionality and uprated speakers is available for the drive home.
- Dark Grey
- Elise Blue
- Light Blue
Model shown: Elise Cup 250 with black wheels.
|Type||Supercharged I4, DOHC, 16 valve, dual VVT-i, water-cooled|
|Max. power||245 hp at 7200 rpm (248 PS) (181 kW)|
|Max. torque||184 lbft at 3500 - 5500 rpm (250 Nm)|
|Power-to-weight||263 hp/ton (266 PS/1000kg)|
|Gearbox||Sports ratio 6-speed manual transmission|
|Top Speed||154 mph (248 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-60mph||3.9 seconds|
|Power to weight ratio||263 hp/ton (266 PS/1000kg)|
Body & Chassis
|Chassis||Lightweight aluminium extruded and bonded|
|Suspension||Eibach springs, front and rear|
|Bilstein high performance gas dampers, front and rear|
Steering & Brakes
|Steering System||Unassisted rack and pinion steering with 2.86 turns lock-to-lock|
|Brake System||AP Racing twin-piston front calipers, Brembo single-piston rear calipers|
|Brake Callipers||Red painted|
|Wheels||Black or silver cast alloy wheels [16" front and 17" rear]|
|Tyres - front||Yokohama Advan Sport v105 195/50 R16|
|Tyres - rear||Yokohama Advan Sport v105 225/45 R17|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||48 litres|
Consumption & Emissions
|Fuel Consumption||mpg [l/100 km]|
|Extra high||37.7 (7.5)|
|CO2 Emissions (combined)*||177 g/km|
CO2 emissions as appear on this vehicle’s certificate of conformity, determined in accordance with EU testing procedures and provided for comparison purposes. Actual performance will depend on an individual’s driving style, driving conditions and other non-technical factors.
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