Italian entrepreneur, Romano Artioli, bought Lotus Cars from General Motors in 1993 and became the company’s Chairman. In 1995 the “Elise” was born and it was named after Artioli’s granddaughter Elisa Artioli.
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The new Lotus Elise Cup 250 offers a blend of purity of purpose with performance at the apex of the recently revised Elise range. Supercharged, lightweight and distilled from Lotus’ extensive motorsport knowhow, the new model packs 243 hp into a chassis designed to deliver the benchmark in responsive handling and haptic feedback. The car’s enhanced aerodynamics come from a number of additions including a new lightweight rear wing, front splitter, bargeboards and rear diffuser contributing to 125 kg of downforce at 140 mph.
Focusing on driver involvement, to provide an immersive experience, the new Lotus Elise Sprint reaffirms the company’s leading position in automotive engineering. A benchmark in purity and balance, the Elise is a favourite amongst drivers and enthusiasts, and to date nearly 33,000 examples have been hand built at Lotus’ famous Hethel factory. Distilled from the very essence of the company’s heritage, the Elise carries Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s vision of efficient engineering into the future and arrives as the company continues its return to form with its strongest ever line-up of vehicles.
Following extensive testing, Lotus has honed its Elise S into a Cup variant. Enthusiasts seeking a track / road car need only look at the Lotus Elise S Cup.