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Lotus has unveiled one of the most accomplished cars it has ever produced - the limited edition Elise Cup 260 - which only has 30 examples worldwide.

23 Oct 2017 | International News : U.K.

Rare and race-bred, the extreme limited edition Lotus Elise Cup 260 packs the company's passion for motorsport engineering into one of the most accomplished cars it has ever produced. Taking what's widely regarded as the benchmark for intuitive handling and driver involvement, Lotus has integrated some of the latest design philosophies from high-performance stablemates, including the Exige Cup 380 and the mighty Evora GT430, as well as building upon the track and competition-only Elise Race 250.

The Elise Cup 260 comes with lightweight carbon fibre and composite components as standard. Standard lightweight parts carried over from the Elise Cup 250 include Lotus' beautifully finished lightweight carbon race seats, weighing 6kg each, a lithium-ion battery, saving 9kg, lightweight forged alloy wheels and a polycarbonate rear screen. Collectively, the Elise Cup 260 is 15kg lighter than the Elise Cup 250, weighing in at just 902kg (unladen) and 862kg in the lightest possible dry configuration.

The all-alloy, chargecooled supercharged 1.8-litre engine has undergone development, with new induction components and revised calibration. Delivering 250bhp and 255Nm of torque, it's mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with sports ratios. Overall, the fall in mass and rise in power boosts acceleration, with 0-100km/h dispatched in 3.8 seconds and a power-to-weight ratio of 290bhp/tonne (dry). Emissions figures are also impressive, at 175g/km of CO2.

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