The final Lotus Elise Cup 250 has rolled out of the brand’s Hethel factory. The car has been handed over to a passionate Lotus collector, who also owns an Elise Sport 190 with a carbon fibre body.
The customer wanted his Elise Final Edition to really stand out. Well, he certainly won’t miss this one in a parking lot. The car is finished in a bright red livery inspired by the Lotus Indy 500 cars from 1966 to 1969. It took 14 layers of paint, and every panel was polished to perfection in order to achieve a “luminous” finish. In fact, the person who was tasked with the job had worn the skin off his fingers by the time he finished it.
Meet the team who worked on making this custom project a reality –
The Lotus Elise Final Edition was unveiled last year. The Elise Cup 250 is powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine tuned to produce 248 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. It enables the car to sprint from 0-62 mph in just 4.3 seconds, while its top speed is 154 mph. The car weighs just 931 kg.
The Elise Cup 250 Final Edition features a special aero package that generates 155 kg of downforce at top speed. It also features Bilstein dampers with adjustable roll bars and 10-spoke M Sport forged alloy wheels shod with Yokohama A052 tyres.
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