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The New Lotus Evora GT410 Sport
13.01.2018
- New, aerodynamically optimised GT series model
- Succeeds highly acclaimed Evora Sport 410
- Comprehensive carbon-fibre components as standard
- Weight from 1,256 kg (dry)
- 0-60 mph in 3.9 secs, 410 hp and from 326 hp per tonne
- Top speed 190 mph (305 km/h)
Relentless in its development of world-class sports cars, Lotus has unveiled the new Evora GT410 Sport to complete the revised line-up of Hethel’s fastest model.

Launched in Lotus’ 70th year and ahead of its anniversary celebrations, the new Evora GT410 Sport takes one of Lotus’ success stories, and refines it through the application of enlightened design. Available in both 2 seat and 2+2 configurations, and in manual and automatic transmissions, the Evora GT410 Sport draws from the phenomenal Evora GT430 to provide advanced aerodynamics to an already celebrated sports car.
Combining the latest design philosophy with a car acclaimed by both critics and customers, it packs raw performance with Lotus’ latest aerodynamic developments, to provide a first-class replacement for the Evora Sport 410 model.

Employing key elements of the GT430’s sculptured body style, including specifically designed new composite front and rear body panels, but without some of the high downforce elements, the new Evora GT410 Sport enjoys a far subtler and sleeker silhouette. However, as with all Lotus sports cars, aerodynamic downforce is a requirement and this new GT-class coupe generates up to 96kg of downforce (50% more than the Evora Sport 410) making it the new benchmark when compared to similarly priced rivals.

The Evora GT410 Sport is powered by a specially calibrated and tuned higher-output version of Lotus’ supercharged, 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine with integrated water-to-air charge cooler, producing 410 hp at 7000 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 3500 rpm. It powers the GT410 Sport from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds (automatic) and the manual version in 4.0 seconds.
The development of the new Evora GT410 Sport afforded Lotus the opportunity to optimise mass, resulting in an unladen weight of 1,297 kg and a lightest possible dry weight of 1,256 kg (including all the optional titanium exhaust, saving 10 kg, and the Lotus-tuned Öhlins TTX aluminium two-way adjustable dampers, saving 13 kg) – a total saving of 98 kg when compared to the Evora 400 benchmark, and up to 28 kg less than the already featherweight Evora Sport 410.

Launching the new Evora GT410 Sport, Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “We are continually exploring new ideas, innovating and evolving our cars in pursuit of perfection. The new Evora GT410 Sport takes the lessons learnt from the development of the GT430 to deliver something outstanding and highly capable.”
Lotus Evora GT410 Sport in more detail

Lotus’ newly defined GT-class sports car captures the essence of the company’s headline model. The application of top-down evolution introduces the new front and rear aesthetic, first seen on the GT430. As a result, the car’s design combines considerable physical presence with natural aerodynamic ability.

The revised front panel features two enlarged carbon fibre ducts, with integrated air blades, to efficiently move air around the front wheels reducing turbulence and decreasing drag. Additional downforce is created by the combination of the deep front splitter and new motorsport-derived rear diffuser, mounted beneath the new style metal mesh grille which gives a cleaner finish. Sculptured carbon fibre ducts behind each rear wheel vent high pressure air as quickly as possible from the rear wheel arches, balancing downforce.
Cumulatively this all works to boost downforce to 96 kg at 190 mph, a sizable jump of 50% over the outgoing Evora Sport 410, and a massive three-times that of the Evora 400 with an improved drag coefficient. This elevates the Evora GT410 Sport to the top ranks of Lotus’ most aerodynamically efficient road cars.

As with all high-performance Evoras, carbon fibre plays a considerable role in the car’s construction. Standard carbon composite components include the front access panel, roof panel and a one-piece louvered tailgate with integrated spoiler, as well as the elements within the front air blade system and rear wheel exit ports.
This focus on the car’s critical mass delivers its headline power-to-weight ratio of 326 hp / tonne and the top speed to 190 mph (305 km/h).

Despite the car’s low mass, a range of lightweight options can be specified for the Evora GT410 Sport. This includes a titanium exhaust, cutting 10 kg from beyond the car’s rear axle.

Making the most of the traction on tap, the Evora GT410 Sport uses Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (235/35 R19 at the front and 285/30 R20 at the rear) with a sports suspension package of Eibach ultra-light, low-sideload springs and Bilstein sports dampers – all fitted as standard.

A touring suspension package is available as a no cost option, featuring Bilstein® non-adjustable dampers, with touring specification, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.

For full damper adjustability, a race suspension package using Lotus-tuned lightweight Öhlins TTX aluminium two-way adjustable dampers (twenty click adjustment compression and rebound) which save 13 kg, can be specified to tune the Evora GT410 Sport to precisely suit particular road or track conditions.

Reducing un-sprung mass, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19" 8J front and 20" 9.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) are available in either silver or matt black. The option of upgrading to one inch wider (10.5J) rear wheels as used on the Evora GT430, is available and stopping power comes courtesy of AP Racing four-piston calipers front and rear with lightweight 2-piece cross-drilled and ventilated brake discs (front 370mm x 32mm, rear 350mm x 32mm).
In addition to Lotus’ slick, six-speed manual gearbox with a Torsen type limited slip differential (LSD), the Evora GT410 Sport is also available with an automatic transmission option. Slightly quicker through the gears, with a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds, the six-speed automatic transmission utilises an optimised gearbox ECU for ultra-fast changes. Gear selection is made via lightweight aluminium paddles mounted to the steering wheel.
The new Evora GT410 Sport features four driver selectable ESP modes – selected via a dashboard switch. ‘Drive’, ‘Sport’, ‘Race’ and ‘Off’. Sport and Race settings increase throttle response, respectively increasing traction slip - allowing the driver a finer degree of control before intervention.

As with its Evora stablemates the Evora GT410 Sport cabin includes Lotus’ beautifully detailed carbon race seats (2+0 configuration only) and carbon door sill inserts. The steering wheel, dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel, centre console and instrument binnacle are all trimmed in black Alcantara®, complemented by contrast twin colour stitching. Optional Sparco race seats are available in both 2+0 and 2+2 configurations with the latter requiring either the optional wider 10.5J rear wheel option, as featured on the Evora GT430, or the lightweight forged wheel option from the Evora 400, which benefits from a 9.5J rear wheel size.  An integrated 7” touch-screen infotainment system with AppleCarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth® functionality, satellite navigation and reversing camera can also be specified.
Jean-Marc Gales concluded, “Starting 2018 in style, the Evora GT410 Sport is just the beginning of an incredibly strong year for Lotus. The core principles of Lotus and our founder Colin Chapman remain paramount as we work on the next generation of vehicles whilst building our best sports cars yet.”
Every new Lotus Evora GT410 Sport can be personalised through the increasingly popular Lotus Exclusive programme. Developed by the Lotus Design team to inspire customers, it combines traditional British craftsmanship with the best of modern design, and allows owners to tailor vehicles to their personal taste. Since its introduction last year, roughly a third of all new Lotus cars now undergo some form of customisation.

The new, fully homologated Lotus Evora GT410 Sport range can be ordered now in European and Asia Pacific markets, following in summer 2018 for the USA and China.
Evora GT410 Sport - Technical Specification

PERFORMANCE UNITS MANUAL AUTOMATIC
Max power PS/hp 416/410 416/410
Max torque Nm 420 420
0-60 mph s 4.0 3.9
0-100 km/h s 4.2 4.1
Max speed mph/kmh 190/305 171/275
CO2 emissions g/km 225 230
Kerb weight kg 1,320 1,331
Dry weight kg 1,279 1,292
Lightest possible dry weight kg 1,256 1,267
Cd   0.35 0.35
Downforce kg 96 96
Power-to-weight ratio (dry) hp/tonne 326 324
Frontal area m2 1.91 1.91

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
3.5 litre V6, 24-valve, water cooled, all aluminium engine, with Edelbrock supercharger
6-speed manual transmission, with gearbox cooler, coupled to Lotus’ precision shift aluminium mechanism
Lightweight, single-mass, low inertia fly wheel
Torsen Type Limited Slip Differential (manual only)

CHASSIS AND BODY
Anodised, lightweight aluminium, extruded, epoxy bonded and riveted high-stiffness chassis
Servo assisted, lightweight 2-piece cross-drilled and ventilated brake discs and AP Racing four piston calipers (front 370mm x 32mm, rear 350mm x 32mm)
Unequal length, high lateral stiffness, forged aluminium, double wishbone suspension with Eibach® tubular front and rear anti-roll bars
Sports suspension package: Eibach® ultra-light, low-sideload springs, front and rear, fitted to Bilstein® sports dampers
Lotus tuned hydraulically-assisted, rigidly-mounted, rack and pinion steering system, with 2.86 turns lock-to-lock
Driver selectable ESP modes – Drive/Sport/Race
Active exhaust valve control
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Lightweight lithium-ion battery

EXTERIOR SPECIFICATION
Lightweight rear sport diffuser (new aluminium diffuser)
Carbon fibre front access panel
Carbon fibre roof panel
Lightweight carbon fibre tailgate with integrated rear spoiler and louvered backlight
Side sills in matt black finish
Mirror caps in gloss black finish
Glass rear quarter panel
AP Racing® brake calipers, yellow finish with black logo
Michelin® Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front 235/35 R19, rear 285/30 R20)
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19" 8J front and 20" 9.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in silver or matt black
Powerfold and heated door mirrors
Bi-xenon headlights
LED daytime running lights
Oval exhaust finisher
Thatcham approved immobiliser and remote activated alarm system

INTERIOR SPECIFICATION
2+0 seat configuration
Carbon fibre sports seats, trimmed in black Alcantara® with contrast twin stitching in yellow or red
Instrument panel, centre console and door panels trimmed in black Alcantara® with contrast twin stitching in yellow and white or red and white
Steering wheel trimmed in black leather and Alcantara®, with black stitching
Door grab handle in black Alcantara®, gear lever gaiter and hand brake sleeve in black leather
Alcantara® trimmed binnacle cover and switch cover
Interior Colour Pack: centre console panel and door grab handles in contrast yellow or red finish
Instrument panel surround, steering wheel finisher, HVAC panel and door release levers in gunmetal finish
Rear parking sensor
Lightweight aluminium gear knob
Aluminium face level vents and blanking plate surround
Dark grey headlining
Black carpet
Carbon fibre door sill inserts
Lightweight driver's footrest
Lightweight aluminium pedal pads

OPTIONS: TRANSMISSION AND PERFORMANCE   UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
6-speed automatic transmission   £ 2,000 € 2,600
Race suspension package: Lotus-tuned, Öhlins® TTX aluminium two-way adjustable dampers – twenty click adjustment compression and rebound; twin tube design; low internal friction   £ 5,500 € 7,300
Touring suspension package: Bilstein® non-adjustable dampers, with touring specification and Michelin PS4S Tyres (Evora 400 specification)   NCO NCO
Titanium Exhaust   £ 5,500 € 7,300

OPTIONS: INTERIOR AND TRIM   UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
2+2 seating configuration (must be specified with Sparco® sports seats and either of the Evora GT430 or Evora 400 forged wheel options – priced separately)   NCO NCO
Sparco® sports seats, trimmed in black Alcantara®, with contrast twin stitching in yellow or red   £ 3,500 € 4,600
Lotus developed steering wheel trimmed black Alcantara® with red racing line indicator   £ 300 € 400
Leather Pack: Full black leather interior, including seats, instrument panel upper and door panel upper (replacing Alcantara® components)   NCO NCO

OPTIONS: EXTERIOR AND BODY   UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, forged aluminium wheels (19" 8J front and 20" 10.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in silver or black (GT430 design)   £ 2,000 € 2,600
Lotus designed, lightweight, forged aluminium wheels 19" 8J front and 20" 9.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels)  in silver or black (Evora 400 design)   NCO NCO
Carbon fibre rear diffuser surround   £ 1,000 € 1,300
Mud flaps   £ 150 € 200

OPTIONS: COMFORT AND COMMUNICATION   UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Air conditioning   £ 1,500 € 2,000
Premium infotainment unit (7" screen, including AppleCarPlay & Android Auto, satellite navigation and reversing camera)   £ 2,000 € 2,600
Sub-woofer and amplifier   £ 400 € 550
Sound insulation   £ 250 € 350
Cruise Control   £ 300 € 400

PAINT AND LIVERY OPTIONS   UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Signature paint   £ 1,200 € 1,650
Metallic paint   £ 1,200 € 1,600

LOTUS EXCLUSIVE OPTIONS   UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Exclusive Paint: Alternative metallic colours   £ 2,500 € 3,250
Exclusive Paint: Alternative pearlescent colours   £ 4,000 € 5,200
Exclusive Paint: Custom colour choice   £ 5,500 € 7,100
Interior Colour Pack in alternative finish   £ 600 € 780
Bespoke double colour stitching (any colour)   £ 800 € 1,050
Specified forged wheel in alternative finish   £ 1,500 € 2,000
The above options represent just a sample of what is available through Lotus Exclusive. Further information on the Lotus Exclusive programme, including a comprehensive list of the available customisation options can be found at: www.lotuscars.com/exclusive       

MARKET EVORA GT410 SPORT RETAIL PRICE
UK £ 85,900 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Germany € 110,900 (incl. VAT at 19%)
France € 111,900 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Italy € 116,000 (incl. VAT at 22% and transport)
The New Lotus Exige Cup 430: Unlimited Edition
11.11.2017
- Full-production model is most extreme Exige ever conceived
- New engine installation, delivering 430 hp and 440 Nm
- New design generating 220 kg of downforce
- 407 hp per tonne provides unrivalled performance
- 0-60 mph in 3.2 secs, dry weight from 1056 kg
Unlimited in every sense, the new series production Exige Cup 430 is Lotus’ wildest incarnation of its fire-breathing, point-to-point two-seater sports car.

New to the Exige, the Cup 430 sees the introduction of a savage, high-performance engine installation, mated to a new supercharger and chargecooler, designed specifically for the unique demands of this vehicle.  A development of the powertrain recently used on the phenomenal Lotus Evora GT430, it’s perfectly paired with a newly-designed body, which delivers enhanced aerodynamic performance to reveal the model’s true potential. The result is a strikingly different beast of pure performance, that’s not for the faint of heart.

With 55 hp, or 13%, more power than the limited production Exige Cup 380 model it succeeds, and 220 kg of downforce, it’s a monster of a car. Compared to the Exige Sport 350, it has 24% more power and generates the same downforce at 100 mph as the Exige Sport 350 does at its maximum speed of 170 mph.

Lotus’ expertise in lightweight design has played its part in reducing the overall dry weight by 12 kg to 1,059 kg, with the vehicle down to 1,056 kg in its lightest configuration. This, combined with the dramatic jump in raw power, raises the Cup’s power to weight from 355 hp / tonne (Cup 380) to 407 hp / tonne.
With 430 hp at 7,000 rpm and 440 Nm (325 lbft) of torque from 4,000 rpm, 0-60mph is dispatched in 3.2 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds) with a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). Helping to harness all that power, the Cup 430 benefits from a comprehensive range of new aero elements. A new ultra-lightweight front clam with unique carbon fibre ducts has wider radiator apertures and a new mesh pattern grille to provide a more combative aspect and to allow for a new front splitter and air curtain mechanism to reduce drag. The lightweight rear clam panel supports the larger, straight motorsport wing to increase downforce without impacting upon the car’s overall drag coefficient. The new design front and rear clam panels are 6.8 kg lighter than those on any other Exige.

Focused fairly and squarely on aggressive track performance and point-to-point supremacy, the new Lotus Exige Cup 430 is capable of covering the Hethel circuit in 1 minute 24.8 seconds – the fastest production car to lap the famous circuit – 1.2 seconds faster than the Lotus 3-Eleven (Road).

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “This is the car that we have always wanted to build, and I am sure that all Lotus enthusiasts will be delighted with the end product. As well as a significant power hike, the Cup 430 has benefited from extensive development in areas essential to Lotus’ DNA, in order to ensure that the full potential of the Exige’s incredible chassis can be exploited. This car has no rivals – inside or outside of its price bracket - and it’s no exaggeration when we say that nothing can keep up with this Exige on the road or track.”
Lotus Exige Cup 430 – carbon based light form

Lotus’ most extreme Exige packs the company’s most potent powertrain into its smaller vehicle architecture to provide a level of performance that is a step beyond what most drivers can exploit. The car’s distinctive and aggressive new styling perfectly matches the character of the new Exige Cup 430.

Signaling the most motorsport focused models in Lotus’ range, the Cup variants are centered on only the essential. Extending this philosophy to its limit, the new Cup 430 is at the apex of the Exige line-up – with only a track-only racer capable of exceeding the car’s abilities.

With the Exige already regarded as the standard for purity of purpose, Lotus’ engineers have built upon this benchmark, ensuring that the application of more power is complemented by a class-leading handling balance, characterised by precision and tactility.

At the heart of the car lies Lotus’ most formidable engine, a 3.5-litre supercharged and charge cooled V6 producing 430 hp and 440 Nm.
Unapologetically aggressive, the Exige Cup 430’s 220 kg of downforce is developed through the careful management of airflow under and over the car. Vital in keeping the Cup at the top of timing sheets, it’s designed to make the most of 440 Nm (325 lbft) of torque delivered from 4,000 rpm, and delivering the lowest of lap times not matter the track. This not only includes the new front clam panel, incorporating a new design of splitter and carbon fibre air blades, but also the high mounted rear wing.  The new body introductions combine form and function, with the new hybrid carbon composite panels not only saving weight, but also delivering the car’s distinctive new styling and aerodynamic set up.

Balancing downforce over the entire car was a priority with, when compared to the Exige Cup 380, a greater percentage of downforce allocated to the front to ensure accurate high-speed turn in (36% increased to 45%). The new front splitter with trailing lip helps separate and speed airflow under the car and the inclusion of new air curtain elements into the front clam panel efficiently moves air though to the front wheel cavities to help reduce turbulence and drag generated by the front wheels. The front louvers reduce the pressure within the front wheel arches, increasing downforce. The cut-out sections behind the rear wheels, also reduce wheel arch pressure, whilst the new lightweight aluminium diffuser is 1 kg lighter. Crowning all of this is the carbon fibre straight rear wing, raised higher to further boost downforce, clearly signaling the car’s aggressive intent and pursuit of aerodynamic excellence.
As you would expect, the intense use of ultra-lightweight carbon fibre only adds to the overall performance, as well as reinforcing the Exige Cup 430's physical presence. The hand-made composite components include front splitter, front access panel, roof, diffuser surround, large aperture air-intake side pods, one-piece tailgate and the race derived rear wing.

Scratch the surface of the Cup’s capabilities, and you’ll find its motorsport-derived credentials. In addition to revised steering arm geometry, to increase bump steer, the car’s handling characteristics can be altered via the introduction of new Nitron three-way adjustable dampers (adjustable for rebound and low and high-speed compression, giving the ability to fine tune the damping) and Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars, both as standard.

The substantial Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (215/45 ZR17 front and 285/30 ZR18 rear) are fitted to ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels, available in red, black or silver as standard.

The faster the car, the better the brakes need to be, and the Exige Cup 430 uses some of the largest calipers and rotors of any Lotus road car. With forged, four-piston AP Racing brake calipers and new performance two-piece, J-hook brake discs (with higher thermal capacity) front and back, the system is designed to give improved bite and debris clearance and reduce distortion and vibration and to deliver consistent pedal feel and stopping power lap after lap.

The Cup 430 also comes with a tremendously strong, yet light, T45 steel roll over bar, new seatbelt anchorage frame (saving 1.2 kg), a Lithium-Ion battery and front towing eye as standard, as well as a host of options including, a dealer fit FIA compliant roll cage, electrical cut-off and fire extinguisher controls, airbag deletion and a non-airbag steering wheel.

Key to the Cup’s potency is the Exige’s newly-developed powertrain. Based on the benchmark engine from the recently launched Evora GT430, it features an Edelbrock supercharger and water to air charge cooler to generate more power through cooling the higher pressure charged intake air. Specifically developed for the Exige, the engine’s calibration allows for a redline of 7,000rpm, helped in part by a new intake system and larger throttle body. In order to handle the extra power, a new oil cooler configuration and uprated clutch are required.

Available as standard with a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission, the Exige range features Lotus’ acclaimed open-gate manual gearbox design. Precisely aligned for fast and seamless shifts, it has recently established itself as a favourite of Lotus customers. To transfer the increased power and torque from the engine to the gearbox, a new 240 mm diameter clutch has been fitted (up 12 mm compared to the Exige Cup 380) which increases the clutch surface area by 11%.
Engine note and tone also play big parts in the Cup’s repertoire. With the new induction and supercharger configuration, and a high-flow titanium exhaust system as standard, the Cup 430 sounds like no other Exige at speed. In addition, the titanium exhaust removes 10 kg from beyond the rear axle.

The Lotus Exige Cup 430 includes a variable traction control function, linked directly to the ECU. The six-position rotary switch is located on the steering column, and only active with ESP switched to off, with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12% slip) as well as “off”, displayed via the instrument cluster.

The composite concept continues into the Cup’s cabin with visible-weave, handmade sections including a new lightweight carbon fibre binnacle surround, Lotus’ bespoke carbon race seats, with new lightweight seat runners, and carbon door sills. Colour keyed inserts for the revised lightweight sports seats, transmission console, HVAC surround and window switches are also standard, along with a centre console, door cards and dashboard trimmed in Alcantara®, with leather or tartan as a no cost option, along with contrast stitching and an Alcantara® steering wheel. In total, the lightweight interior of the Exige Cup 430 is 2.5 kg lighter than on the Cup 380.

All the lightweight standard items help reduce the total mass by 29 kg which more than offsets the increase in weight from the chargecooler and cooling system (+15 kg), new higher rated clutch (+0.8 kg) and wider brake discs (+1.2 kg) resulting in an unladen weight of 1093 kg and 1059 kg dry.  By selecting the airbag deletion option, the customer can take the lightest possible dry weight of the Exige Cup 430 to 1056 kg.
For owners wanting to brand the new Exige their own, the Cup 430 can be personalised through Lotus’ Exclusive programme. Combining traditional British craftsmanship with modern design, the service inspires customers to spend time tailoring the character of their Lotus with a comprehensive array of options. Since its introduction this has proved increasingly popular, with over 25% of all new cars undergoing some form of personalisation.

Launching the new Lotus, Jean-Marc Gales said, “The Exige continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in terms of performance, agility, aerodynamics and rapid covering of ground from A to B in a production road car. There isn’t another car on sale that can match the new Exige Cup 430; it will go down as a ground-breaking car in the history of Lotus.”
To find out more about Lotus Exige Cup 430: www.lotuscars.com/lotus-exige-range.

The Exige Cup 430 is available as a series production car and can be ordered now, priced £99,800 including VAT (UK) and €127,500 (Germany) and €128,600 (France).

Information

Exige Cup 430 – Technical Specification

Performance Exige Cup 430
Max power 430 hp at 7,000 rpm (436 PS)
Max torque 325 lbft from 4,000 rpm to 6,800 rpm (440 Nm)
0-60 mph 3.2 seconds
0-100 km/h 3.3 seconds
Max speed 180 mph (290 km/h)
CO2 emissions 242 g/km (TBC)
Unladen mass 1,093 kg
Dry mass 1,059 kg
Lightest possible dry mass 1,056 kg
Power-to-weight ratio (dry mass) 407 hp per tonne
Aerodynamic downforce at maximum speed 220 kg
Front: 100 kg, Rear: 120 kg
Hethel lap time 1:24.8 seconds

Engine and Transmission
3.5 litre V6, 24-valve, water cooled, all aluminium engine, with Edelbrock supercharger and charger cooler
6-speed manual transmission, with gearbox cooler, coupled to Lotus’ precision shift aluminium mechanism
Lightweight, single-mass, low inertia fly wheel and 240 mm diameter clutch
Baffled sump
Titanium exhaust system

Chassis and Body
Anodised, lightweight aluminium, extruded, epoxy bonded and riveted high-stiffness chassis
Servo assisted, race-derived, lightweight two-piece J-hook ventilated brake discs (front 332 mm x 32 mm, rear 332 mm x 26 mm) and AP Racing four piston calipers
Unequal length, lightweight steel double wishbone suspension (front)
Unequal length, lightweight forged aluminium, double wishbone suspension (rear)
Adjustable Eibach® tubular front and rear anti-roll bars
Lotus-tuned, Nitron three-way dampers, adjustable for rebound (24 click adjustment settings) and low speed compression (24 click adjustment settings) and high speed compression (16 click adjustment settings) and Nitron springs
Driver selectable ESP modes – Drive/Sport/Race/Off
6 position variable traction control, with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12% slip) and “off” displayed via the instrument cluster
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Lightweight lithium-ion battery

Exterior Specification
Lightweight front clam including wheel arch louvers, drag-reducing air curtain and carbon fibre splitter with rubber lower lip
Lightweight rear clam including venting for wheel arches
Lightweight aluminium rear diffuser
Carbon fibre front access panel
Carbon fibre roof panel
Carbon fibre rear diffuser surround
Lightweight carbon fibre tailgate with full width straight profiled rear wing
Polycarbonate backlight
Brake calipers – red painted with black AP Racing logo
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (17" front and 18" rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in silver, black or red.
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front 215/45 R17, rear 285/30 R18)
Mud flaps
Rear wing uprights linked to wheel colour choice
LED daytime running lights
Rear parking sensors
ECE R116 approved immobiliser and remote activated alarm system

Interior Specification
2 seat configuration
Carbon fibre sports seats, trimmed in black Alcantara® and new design perforated leather with contrast twin stitching
Centre console and door panels trimmed in a combination of black Alcantara® and perforated leather, with contrast twin stitching
Carbon fibre binnacle top
Interior Colour Pack including HVAC console, gearshift top trim, bucket seat eyelets, window lift switch bezels
Lotus developed steering wheel trimmed in black Alcantara®
Carbon fibre door sill covers

Options: Interior and Trim UK Retail Price DE Retail Price
Full Carpets £350 € 490
Floor Mats £100 € 140

Options: Exterior and Body   UK Retail Price DE Retail Price
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels in black (linked to wing uprights)   NCO NCO
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels in silver (linked to wing uprights)   NCO NCO
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels in red (linked to wing uprights)   NCO NCO

Options: Comfort and Communication UK Retail Price DE Retail Price
Air Conditioning £1,250 € 1,650
Stereo plus two front speakers £400 € 560
Sound Insulation £500 € 700
Cruise Control £110 € 150

Options: Lightweight and Performance   UK Retail Price DE Retail Price
Airbag deletion (including Alcantara non airbag steering wheel) and A-frame for fitment of 4 point harness (available via Lotus Aftersales post registration)   £2,600 €3,500
Fire Extinguisher   £1,300 € 1,750
Battery Isolator   £1,300 € 1,750
Standard battery   NCO NCO

Paint Options UK Retail Price DE Retail Price
Signature Paint £900 € 1,250
Metallic Paint £900 € 1,250

Lotus Exclusive Options UK Retail Price DE Retail Price
Exclusive Paint: Alternative metallic colours £2,150 € 2,910
Exclusive Paint: Alternative pearlescent colours £3,000 € 4,200
Exclusive Paint: Custom Colour choice POA POA
Exclusive Leather: Alternative colour £2,250 € 3,000
Exclusive Stitch Alternative colour £300 € 400
     
The above options represent just a sample of what is available through Lotus Exclusive. Further information on the Lotus Exclusive programme, including a comprehensive list of the available customisation options can be found at: www.lotuscars.com/exclusive

Market Retail Price
UK £99,800 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Germany €127,500 (incl. VAT at 19%)
France €128,600 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Italy €133,160 (incl. VAT at 22%)
Lotus Elise Cup 260: Sports Car Alchemy
21.10.2017
- New ultra-rare edition with just 30 examples worldwide
- Race-car derived ultimate Elise
- Advanced aerodynamics generate 180 kg of downforce
- Lightweight carbon fibre components included as standard
- 0-60 mph in 3.8 secs and 250 hp, dry weight from 862 kg
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.

Setting a standard for outright track pace and low lap times, this ultimate Elise has been unveiled as the company prepares for the 70th anniversary of when founder Colin Chapman built his first car in 1948. Referencing Lotus’ motorsport successes, the new Elise Cup 260 has a laurel wreath decal on the left buttress and the Union Jack on both the rear wing end plates together with the option of finishing the car in iconic Championship Gold.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “Our philosophy for producing extraordinary vehicles is world famous, but the new Elise Cup 260 goes beyond what many believed possible from our smallest car. It is directly developed from the Elise race cars that are competing in series around the world, giving the ultimate Elise experience on the road. More power, motorsport components and the introduction of aerodynamics unheard of in its class make driving this Elise an unrivalled experience.”

Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman and Director of Classic Team Lotus, said, “Each and every one of the sports cars produced by Group Lotus today carries the true spirit of Lotus, laid down by my father nearly 70 years ago. I am extremely proud that his legacy and achievements are being acknowledged and celebrated in this iconic version of the Elise.”
Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman and Director of Classic Team Lotus
Taking a blend of exotic and lightweight materials to produce a truly noble sports car, the Elise Cup 260 is considerably greater than the sum of its parts. Building on the production Elise Cup 250 released earlier this year, and drawing heavily on the development the motorsport Elise Race 250, the Elise Cup 260’s performance is formed through a first-class combination of intelligent engineering and advanced aerodynamics as well as a boost in engine performance. Not only the lightest ever Elise Cup, it’s also the heaviest at speed – with the car’s design and aero configuration generating up to 180 kg of downforce at 151 mph. Key to this exceptionally high level of downforce are the new louvred front wheel-arch vents, lightweight carbon fibre front splitter and wide high mounted rear wing. With a no-holds-barred approach, the Elise Cup 260 includes nearly all of the lightweight Elise Cup options as standard, ranging from the sill covers, roll hoop cover, front access panel and engine cover which are all in carbon to the two-piece brake discs. With a race chassis developed by Lotus Motorsport, two way adjustable Nitron dampers – fitted to an Elise for the first time, a polycarbonate backlight glass and hand-trimmed interior with bespoke detailing, the Elise Cup 260 will earn its reputation as the ultimate Elise.

Lotus Elise Cup 260 – race proven

Lotus’ coveted Elise and Exige Cup versions represent a model’s most concentrated iteration – conceived, designed and constructed using the company’s unique sports car DNA – each with the express aim of providing an unrivalled driving experience on the road as well as the track.

Delivering big gains from focused development, the new Elise Cup 260 provides a sparkling blend of purpose with purity at the top of the Elise line up. With 250 hp from the supercharged engine, designed to make the most of the Elise’s exceptionally stiff extruded and bonded aluminium chassis, it endows the Elise Cup 260 phenomenal straight-line speed, agile handling and, with the significant downforce available and the wider, road-legal motorsport tyres, harder and faster cornering. These elements combine to deliver a lap of the Hethel track in just 1 minute 32 seconds, 2.5 seconds faster than the Elise Cup 250.

The Elise Cup 260 continues the new model’s visual styling, first introduced on the Elise Sport and Sprint models, but incorporates the aero lessons learnt from Lotus’ latest models, including the Evora GT 430. This includes louvred front wheel arch vents to reduce lift, and a new oversize motorsport-derived rear wing, developed from the Lotus 3-Eleven. Working with the redesigned lightweight front clam panel, with wider apertures, carbon front splitter and the rear diffuser, these generate up to 180 kg of downforce at the car’s top speed of 151mph. This is a 44% gain on the already impressive Elise Cup 250, allowing greater grip levels and higher cornering speeds.
As befitting the marque which was first to build and run a carbon fibre F1 car, the Elise Cup 260 comes with lightweight carbon fibre and composite components as standard. These include the large rear wing, the front access panel which saves 1.1kg, the engine cover saving 3.3kg, the roll hoop cover, 0.7kg and the side sill covers, 0.8kg. Ultra-efficient and lightweight two-piece brake discs save a further 4 kg. Standard lightweight parts carried over from the Elise Cup 250 include Lotus’ beautifully finished lightweight carbon race seats, weighing 6 kg each, a Lithium-Ion battery, saving 9 kg, lightweight forged alloy wheels and a polycarbonate rear screen. Collectively the Elise Cup 260 is 15 kg lighter than the Elise Cup 250, weighing in at just 902 kg (unladen) and 862 kg 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 250 hp and 255 Nm of torque it’s mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with sports ratios. The change to the induction system including a race derived performance air filter and the Elise’s tuned exhaust note means that the Elise Cup 260 retains the crown for best-sounding forced-induction four-cylinder on the market. Overall, the fall in mass and rise in power boosts acceleration, with 0-60 mph dispatched in 3.8 seconds and a power to weight ratio of 290 hp / tonne (dry). Emissions figures are also impressive, at 175 g / km CO2.
Providing its trademark handling and steering feel, the Elise Cup 260 features fully independent double wishbone suspension with an adjustable front anti-roll bar, with Nitron coaxial coil springs and, for the first time on an Elise, adjustable Nitron high-performance dampers. With 24 settings for rebound and compression, the dampers allow owners to perfectly dial-in the car’s setup to their preference.

As standard, the Elise Cup 260 comes with ultra-lightweight motorsport forged alloy wheels (16-inch at the front and 17-inch at the rear) and are fitted with Yokohama Advan Neova AD08R tyres (205/45 R16 front & 235/40 R17 rear) which have been specifically developed for high performance track and road use. 10 mm wider front and rear than the tyres fitted to the Elise Cup 250, they provide the mechanical grip necessary to exploit the power and downforce the car generates. Braking is provided by AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and Brembo at the rear, which are perfectly matched to the lightweight two-piece brake discs.
The Elise Cup 260’s interior bears testament to the car’s handbuilt nature, with beautifully detailed components. Centre of attention is the detailed, manual gearbox’s open gate mechanism, which is both technically and aesthetically appealing. Developed by Lotus, it provides precise and direct gear changes for quicker shifting.
The finish of Lotus’ in-house manufactured carbon race seats, trimmed in black Alcantara® with contrast red or yellow stitching, is echoed by the door panels and face-level vents. Bodywork keyed colour inserts for the sports seats, transmission console, HVAC surround and window switches are both complemented by the cabin’s exposed aluminium and carbon fibre elements including a new carbon fibre instrument binnacle cover.
Interior options include an Alcantara® trimmed steering wheel and sill covers, leather or tartan trim packs for seats or door panels. Other options, including an in-car entertainment system, including iPod® connectivity and Bluetooth® functionality, can all be selected when ordering.
Summing up the new Lotus, Jean-Marc Gales said, “As we near the 70th anniversary of the inception of Colin Chapman’s engineering legacy, it’s only right that we build the very best cars as special editions, and the Elise Cup 260 is certainly worthy of that accolade. Our special editions have always proved extremely popular with our customers around the world, and we know they value the extensive development work that goes into each one. With just 30 examples to be built, there’s no doubt that the Elise Cup 260 is a future classic.”

The car shown is painted in Championship Gold to commemorate the forthcoming 70th Anniversary of Lotus. This colour is available across the whole Lotus range through the Lotus Exclusive programme, from November 2017 onwards.
To find out more about Lotus Elise Cup 260: www.lotuscars.com/elise-cup-260.

Elise Cup 260 - Technical Specification

Performance Elise Cup 260
Max power 250 hp at 7200 rpm
(253 PS)
Max torque 255 Nm at 4000 – 6500 rpm
0-60 mph 3.8 seconds
0-100 km/h 4.2 seconds
Max speed 151 mph (243 km/h)
Fuel Consumption mpg (l/100 km)
Urban
Extra Urban
Combined
28.0 (10.1)
47.1 (6.0)
37.7 (7.5)
CO2 emissions 175 g/km
Kerb weight 902kg
Dry weight 869kg
Lightest possible dry weight 862kg

Engine and Transmission
All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16-valve with chargecooled supercharger
Mid mounted, transverse, rear wheel drive
Exposed Aluminium gearshift mechanism
6 speed manual gearbox with sports ratios
Electronic Differential Lock
Performance air filter

Chassis and Body
Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure
T45 motorsport hoop
Fully independent double wishbone sports suspension
Adjustable Nitron high performance dampers, front and rear
AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and single-piston rear calipers
ABS system
Driver selectable ESP modes
Lightweight lithium-ion battery

Exterior Specification
Louvred wheel arch vents to reduce aerodynamic lift
Carbon fibre front splitter (replacement with composite component at no cost)
Carbon fibre front access panel
Carbon fibre engine cover
Carbon fibre roll hoop cover
Carbon fibre, race derived rear wing
Ultra lightweight black forged alloy wheels (16” front and 17” rear)
Front Yokohama Advan AD08R tyres 205/45 R16
Rear Yokohama Advan AD08R tyres 235/40 R17
Two-piece high-performance brake discs, 288 mm diameter, front and rear
Red painted brake calipers
Polycarbonate backlight glass
Black soft-top
Clear sill stone chip protection film

Interior Specification
Black Alcantara® trim, with contrast red or yellow stitch  including seats, door panels and face-level vents)
Carbon fibre sports seats
Black Alcantara® trimmed steering wheel
Carbon fibre sill covers
Exposed gearshift design
Polished aluminum gear knob and leather handbrake sleeve
Interior Colour Pack – Seat eyelets, centre console surround, HVAC surround and window lift switch bezel painted in red, yellow, silver, orange, black or white
Engine start push button
Driver and passenger airbags
Tyre puncture repair kit

Options: Interior and Trim   UK Retail Price   DE Retail Price
Leather Trim Pack - Black leather, with contrast red or yellow stitch (including seats, door panels and face-level vents)   £1,000   € 1,400
Tartan Trim Pack - Yellow or Red tartan inserts, with contrast red or yellow stitch  (including seats and door panels)   £1,000   € 1,400
Black Alcantara® trimmed sill covers   £200   € 270
Full carpet   £350   € 490
Floor mats   £100   € 140

Options: Exterior and Body   UK Retail Price   DE Retail Price
Carbon fibre hard top   £3,000   € 4,000
Matt Black painted hard-top   £1,000   € 1,400
Ultra lightweight silver forged alloy wheels (16” front and 17” rear)   NCO   NCO
Mud flaps   £150   € 210

Options: Comfort and Communication   UK Retail Price   DE Retail Price
Air conditioning   £1,250   € 1,650
Bluetooth enabled stereo plus two front mounted speakers   £400   € 560
Sound insulation   £350   € 490
Cruise control   £110   € 150
Standard battery   NCO   NCO

Options: Lightweight and Performance Weight Saving UK Retail Price   DE Retail Price
Titanium exhaust 7kg £4000   € 5,500

Paint Options UK Retail Price   DE Retail Price
Signature paint £825   € 1,155
Metallic paint £825   € 1,155

Lotus Exclusive Options UK Retail Price   DE Retail Price
Exclusive Paint: Alternative metallic colours £1,860   € 2,600
Exclusive Paint: Alternative colours (e.g. Championship Gold) £2,850   € 4,000
Exclusive Paint: Custom colour choice POA   POA
Exclusive Leather: Alternative colour £2,250   € 3,000
Exclusive Stitch: Alternative colour £300   € 400

The above options represent just a sample of what is available through Lotus Exclusive. Further information on the Lotus Exclusive programme, including a comprehensive list of the available customisation options can be found at: www.lotuscars.com/exclusive

Market   Retail Price
UK   £59,500 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Germany   €76,000 (incl. VAT at 19%)
France   €76,640 (incl. VAT at 20%)
The New, Expanded Lotus Evora GT430 Range
08.09.2017
- Evora GT430 Sport joins the line-up
- Available with both manual and automatic transmission and two body configurations
- Carbon-fibre and titanium components as standard
- Variable traction control and adjustable dampers
- 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and 430 hp
- Fastest ever road-going Lotus - top speed 196 mph (315 km/h)
Following the stunning debut of the Lotus Evora GT430, Lotus has introduced an expanded Evora GT430 line-up designed to appeal to a wider range of customers who want the ultimate in high performance sports cars.

Adding to the acclaimed Evora 400 and Evora Sport 410 models, the new Evora GT430 range now includes two body options and a choice of manual or automatic transmission. Joining the recently announced Evora GT430 is the Evora GT430 Sport, a new member of the family that carries the same phenomenal firepower and sculptured body-style but without the additional downforce-creating aerodynamic elements. Both models are powered by the same 3.5-litre V6 supercharged and charge cooled engine, producing 430 hp and 440 Nm of torque (Automatic version: 450 Nm).

Without the aerodynamic elements, the Evora GT430 Sport weighs 10kg less at 1248 kg (dry), bringing the power-to-weight ratio to 345 hp / tonne and the top speed to 196 mph (315 km/h) making it the fastest Lotus production car ever.
The Evora GT430 is differentiated from the Evora GT430 Sport through the inclusion of motorsport derived aerodynamics provided by a carbon fibre splitter, a large, profiled carbon wing and louvers on top of each front wheel arch which reduce pressure within the front wheel arches together with wider wheels and tyres.

Automatic transmission will be available from January 2018 for both the Evora GT430 body configurations. With 10 Nm more torque (450 Nm), the Automatic version is even quicker, with a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds. The six-speed automatic transmission utilises an optimised gearbox ECU for ultra-fast changes, whilst gear selection is made via lightweight aluminium paddles mounted to the steering wheel.

Boasting a high specification, the new Evora GT430 range includes, as standard, Öhlins TTX two-way adjustable dampers, J-grooved and ventilated brake discs - paired with AP Racing four-piston calipers all round, a Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) and an adjustable traction control system.

Announced last month, the Evora GT430 has already proved a knock-out success. Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “The Evora GT430 already has cemented its place as a true collector’s car, but we know that many of our customers want the option of choosing a less aggressive version, with the same power, but without some of more arresting design and aero elements. With the Evora GT430 Sport, we have responded to this demand to add to the whole range of thoroughbred Lotus cars that are great on the track as well as supremely capable on the road.”

Lotus Evora GT430 line-up in more detail

The new Evora GT430 Sport makes full use of carbon fibre to help hit its low kerb weight. This means that standard components include full carbon front and rear bumpers, front access panel, roof panel, rear quarter panels as well as a one-piece louvered tailgate with integrated spoiler.

The whole of the Evora GT430 range also benefits from advanced aerodynamics, including two enlarged carbon fibre front ducts, with integrated air blades, to efficiently move air though to the front wheel cavities and reduce turbulence created by the wheels. The curved rear edges of the front wheel arch panels also play a role, channelling air along the side of the car, while sculpted ducts behind each rear wheel vent airflow as quickly as possible from the wheel arches, balancing downforce. As a result, the Evora GT430 Sport generates up to 100 kg of downforce at 196 mph, some 56% more than the Evora Sport 410. The Evora GT430 generates up to 250 kg of downforce at 190 mph.

Jean-Marc Gales continued, “This is a car that epitomises a purity of engineering that many car manufacturers fail to match. Lotus founder, Colin Chapman not only pursued lightweight design, and pioneered the use carbon fibre in F1, but he also led the way in the field of aerodynamics in road and race cars. The Evora GT430 range continues this legacy, combining our expertise in highly efficient engineering and aerodynamics with more power and torque to provide one of the most rounded and rewarding driving experiences on the road or track.”
Once inside, the use of visible-weave, carbon composite components continues. These include Lotus’ beautifully detailed carbon race seats, new carbon door sills and a new lightweight carbon instrument binnacle cover with a new design of graphic on the instrument panel. The steering wheel, dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel and centre console are all trimmed in a combination of black Alcantara® and perforated leather, complemented by contrast twin colour stitching, in red and white, and matt black interior panels.
An integrated touch-screen infotainment system can be specified, including iPod® connectivity and Bluetooth® functionality, satellite navigation and reversing camera.
The variable traction control function, standard on all models, is linked directly to the ECU and allows the amount of wheel slip to be set by the driver whilst in ‘Race / Off’. The Evora GT430 has 10 mm wider Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres with 245/35 R19 at the front and 295/30 R20 at the rear, on one inch wider 10.5J rear wheels – these are optional fit for the Evora GT430 Sport.
Every new Lotus Evora GT430 Sport can be personalised through the increasingly popular Lotus Exclusive programme. Developed by the Lotus Design team to inspire customers, it combines traditional British craftsmanship with the best of modern design, and allows owners to tailor vehicles to their personal taste. Since its introduction last year, roughly a third of all new Lotus cars now undergo some form of customisation.

The new, fully homologated Lotus Evora GT430 range is available in two-seater configuration only and can be ordered now.

Evora GT430 and Evora GT430 Sport – Technical Specification

Perforemance Evora GT430 Evora GT430 Sport
Max power 430 hp at 7,000 rpm (436 PS) 430 hp at 7,000 rpm (436 PS)
Max torque (Manual)
(Automatic)
325 lbft from 4,500 (440 Nm)
332 lbft from 4,500 (450 Nm)
325 lbft from 4,500 (440 Nm)
332 lbft from 4,500 (450 Nm)
0-60 mph (Manual)
(Automatic)
3.7 seconds
3.6 seconds
3.7 seconds
3.6 seconds
0-100 km/h (Manual)
(Automatic)
3.8 seconds
3.7 seconds
3.8 seconds
3.7 seconds
0-100 mph (Manual)
(Automatic)
< 8 seconds
< 8 seconds
< 8 seconds
< 8 seconds
Max speed (Manual)
(Automatic)
190 mph (305 km/h)
174 mph (280 km/h)
196 mph (315 km/h)
174 mph (280 km/h)
CO2 emissions (Manual)
(Automatic)
234 g/km
TBA
234 g/km
TBA
Kerb weight (Manual)
(Automatic)
1,299 kg
1,310 kg
1,289 kg
1,300 kg
Dry weight (Manual)
(Automatic)
1,258 kg
1,269 kg
1,248 kg
1,259 kg
Power-to-weight ratio (dry weight) 342 hp per tonne 345 hp per tonne
Aerodynamic downforce at maximum speed 250 kg 100 kg
Hethel lap time (Manual) 1:25.8 seconds 1:26.8 seconds

Engine and Transmission
3.5 litre V6, 24-valve, water cooled, all aluminium engine, with Edelbrock supercharger
6-speed manual transmission, with gearbox cooler, coupled to Lotus’ precision shift aluminium mechanism
Optional 6-speed automatic transmission, with gearbox cooler, ultra-fast changes via steering wheel mounted lightweight aluminium paddles
Lightweight, single-mass, low inertia fly wheel
Torsen Type Limited Slip Differential
Baffled sump
Titanium exhaust system

Chassis and Body
Anodised, lightweight aluminium, extruded, epoxy bonded and riveted high-stiffness chassis
Servo assisted, race-derived, lightweight two-piece J-hook ventilated brake discs and AP Racing four piston calipers (front 370mm x 32mm, rear 350mm x 32mm)
Unequal length, high lateral stiffness, forged aluminium, double wishbone suspension with Eibach® tubular front and rear anti-roll bars
Lotus-tuned, Öhlins® TTX aluminium two-way adjustable dampers – twenty click adjustment compression and rebound; twin tube design; low internal friction
Eibach® ultra-light, low-sideload springs, front and rear
Lotus tuned hydraulically-assisted, rigidly-mounted, rack and pinion steering system, with 2.86 turns lock-to-lock
Driver selectable ESP modes – Drive/Sport/Race
6 position variable traction control, with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12% slip) and “off” displayed via the instrument cluster
Cruise control
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Lightweight lithium-ion battery

Exterior Specification
Carbon fibre front bumper, including drag-reducing air curtain
Carbon fibre rear bumper, including venting for wheel arch
Carbon fibre front access panel
Carbon fibre roof panel
Carbon fibre lower A panels
Carbon fibre rear quarter panels
Carbon fibre rear diffuser
Lightweight carbon fibre tailgate with integrated rear spoiler and louvered backlight
Polycarbonate backlight glass
Brake calipers – red painted with black AP Racing logo
Louvered wheel arch vents to reduce aerodynamic lift (Evora GT430 only)
Carbon fibre profiled rear wing (Evora GT430 only)
Carbon fibre front splitter (Evora GT430 only)
Evora GT430: Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19" 8J front and 20" 10.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in silver or matt black
Evora GT430 Sport: Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19" 8J front and 20" 9.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in silver or matt black
Evora GT430: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front 245/35 R19, rear 295/30 R20)
Evora GT430 Sport: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front 235/35 R19, rear 285/30 R20)
Rear wing uprights linked to wheel colour choice (Evora GT430)
Bi-xenon headlights
LED daytime running lights
Powerfold and heated door mirrors
Rear parking sensors
Thatcham approved immobiliser and remote activated alarm system

Interior Specification
2+0 seat configuration
Carbon fibre sports seats, trimmed in black Alcantara® and perforated leather with contrast twin stitching
Instrument panel, centre console and door panels trimmed in a combination of black Alcantara® and perforated leather, with contrast twin stitching
Carbon fibre binnacle top
Lotus developed steering wheel trimmed black Alcantara®
Door grab handle in black Alcantara®, gear lever gaiter and hand brake sleeve in black leather
Matt black console, door release levers, door grab handles and instrument panel surround finisher
Steering wheel finisher and HVAC panel in matt black finish with gloss black finished bezels
Lightweight aluminium gear knob
Aluminium face level vents and blanking plate surround
Dark grey headlining
Black carpet
Carbon fibre door sill covers
Lightweight driver's footrest
Lightweight aluminium pedal pads
Unique Evora GT430 Sport build plate

Options: Transmission and Performance   UK Retail price DE Retail price
6-speed automatic transmission, with gearbox cooler, ultra-fast changes via steering wheel mounted lightweight aluminium paddles   £2,600 € 3,600
10.5J rear wheels and wider Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front 245/35 R19, rear 295/30 R20) - Evora GT430 Sport only   £2,000 €2,800

Options: Interior and Trim   UK Retail price DE Retail price
GT430 bespoke design, Sparco® sports seats with carbon backs, trimmed in black Alcantara® and perforated leather, with red or black Alcantara® stripes and contrast twin stitching   £3,500 €4,900
Alcantara® Pack: Full black Alcantara® interior, including lower instrument panel, centre console and door panel (replacing perforated leather components)   NCO NCO
Leather Pack: Full black leather interior, including seats, instrument panel upper and door panel upper (replacing Alcantara® components)   NCO NCO
Lotus developed steering wheel trimmed in red Alcantara®   £500 €700

Options: Exterior and Body   UK Retail price DE Retail price
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19" front and 20" rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in gloss black with machined rims (Evora GT430: rear wing uprights in black)   £900 € 1,250
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19" front and 20" rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in gloss red (Evora GT430: rear wing uprights in red)   £900 € 1,250

Options: Comfort and Communication   UK Retail price DE Retail price
Air conditioning   £1,500 € 2,100
4 Speaker infotainment unit   £2,000 € 2,800
Sub-woofer and amplifier   £400 € 560
Sound insulation   £500 € 700
Cup holder   £120 €160

Paint and Livery Options   UK Retail price DE Retail price
Signature paint   £1,200 € 1,650
Metallic paint   £1,200 € 1,650

Lotus Exclusive Options   UK Retail price DE Retail price
Exclusive Paint: Alternative metallic colours   £2,400 € 3,300
Exclusive Paint: Alternative pearlescent colours   £3,500 € 4,900
Exclusive Paint: Custom colour choice   POA POA
Exclusive Paint: Custom wing mirror choice   £300 € 400
Exclusive Paint: Custom Interior Pack colour choice   £650 €900
Exclusive Leather: Alternative colour   £4,000 € 5,600
Exclusive Stitch: Alternative colour   £500 € 650
The above options represent just a sample of what is available through Lotus Exclusive. Further information on the Lotus Exclusive programme, including a comprehensive list of the available customisation options can be found at: www.lotuscars.com/exclusive      

Market Evora GT430 Retail price Evora GT430 SPORT Retail price
UK £112,500 (incl. VAT at 20%) £104,500 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Germany €151,000 (incl. VAT at 19%) €139,000 (incl. VAT at 19%)
France €152,300 (incl. VAT at 20%) €140,200 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Italy €157,260 (incl. VAT at 22% and transport) €144,960 (incl. VAT at 22% and transport)
Lotus hat den finanziellen Tournaround realisiert
10.08.2017
- Ergebnisverbesserung (vor Steuern) um £10 Mio. in der zweiten Hälfte des Geschäftsjahres 2016/17
- Positiver EBITDA von £2 Mio. in dem Geschäftsjahr 2016/17 (Verbesserung um £18,2 Mio)
- Absatzsteigerung um 57% auf dem Europäischen Kontinent und Versechsfachung des Absatzes in den USA
Die Lotus Group International Limited (LGIL), Hersteller der Leichtbau und Hochleistungs-Sportwagen Lotus Elise , Lotus Exige und Lotus Evora hat im Geschäftsjahr 2016/17 planungsgemäß mit einem positivem EBITDA in Höhe von £2.0 Mio. (Vorjahresverlust : £16,3 Mio) abgeschlossen.
Auch das „Ergebnis vor Steuern“ konnte deutlich verbessert werden.

Hat der Verlust bei diesem Wert im Geschäftsjahr 2015/16 noch bei £41,2 Mio. gelegen, so wurde er im Geschäftsjahr 2016/17 auf einen Wert von £11,2 Mio. reduziert. Alleine in der zweiten Hälfte des Geschäftsjahres 2016/17 wurde der Gewinn vor Steuern um £10,0 Mio. gegenüber dem gleichen Zeitraum des Vorjahres verbessert.

Für das Geschäftsjahr 2017/18 erwartet das Unternehmen eine Fortsetzung dieser Entwicklung und ein positives Ergebnis vor Steuern.

Die wesentlichen Faktoren für diesen Turnaround sind:

- Das neue Modell-Portfolio.
- Die neuen Modelle sind nicht nur schneller und haben eine noch bessere Straßenlage sondern sind vor allem auch wesentlich leichter als ihre jeweiligen Vorgänger.
- Damit sind sie der Inbegriff für die zukunftsweisende Interpretation der DNA und der Kernwerte von Lotus.
- Der Ausbau des weltweiten Händlernetzes (incl, USA) von 138 Händlern im Jahre 2014 auf 215 Händler im Jahr 2017.
- Die große Steigerung der Qualität (die nicht nur wesentlich zur Absatzsteigerung , sondern auch zur Kostensenkung beigetragen hat)
- Die Steigerung der internen Effizienz die zu signifikanten Verbesserungen der Prozess-Abläufe, zu erheblichen Kostensenkungen und kurzen Entwicklungszeiten bei den neuen Modellen geführt hat.

Nur durch diese Prozess-Optimierungen war es überhaupt möglich neue Modell zu entwickeln und gleichzeitig die Rentabilität, und die Liquidität zu verbessern.
Jean-Marc Gales der C.E.O. von Group Lotus plc sagt zu dieser Entwicklung :

„ Lotus und die 850 Mitarbeiter können mit Stolz auf das erreichte Ergebnis blicken ,das Lotus zum ersten Mal seit vielen Jahren finanziell auf eigene Beine stellt und die nachhaltige Geschäftsentwicklung sichert “.

„ Wir sind heute in einer exzellenten Position um die nächste Generation der Lotus Sportwagen zu schaffen und das nächste Kapitel der Geschichte von Lotus aufzuschlagen “.
Mit der Mehrheitsbeteiligung von Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co.Ltd (Geely) an Lotus wurde die wesentliche Voraussetzung für eine große Weiterentwicklung des Unternehmens im weltweiten Automobil-Markt geschaffen.

Dies umfasst die Entwicklung von neuen Automobilen und Technologien, sowie die dynamische Steigerung des Verkaufs in Europa , Asien und USA.
New Lotus Driving Academy Opens At Hethel
25.07.2017
- Unbeatable driving courses from entry level through to the coveted Lotus Licence
- Held at the home of Lotus using the latest Exige and Elise sports cars
- Courses start from 12 August 2017
Drivers seeking the opportunity to experience the latest Lotus sports cars at the famed manufacturer’s facility in Norfolk, will now have the chance, with the opening of the new Lotus Driving Academy in August 2017.

From as little as £119 for the entry level experience, right through to the intensive ‘Gold’ course at £899, the Lotus Driving Academy offers a range of experiences suitable for anyone looking for a more involving and informative track session that will enhance and hone their driving skills.

Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc, said, “Lotus Driving Academies around the world are hugely popular, giving hundreds of people the opportunity to enjoy the pure driving experience of a Lotus sports car in a high octane environment. This popularity has meant that we already have official Lotus Driving Academies in Malaysia, the USA and France and now a new one at Hethel, the home of Lotus. Only with the Lotus Driving Academy will you get an unbeatable experience on a challenging track in some of the best giant slaying sports cars you can drive.”
The new Lotus Driving Academy at Hethel uses a fleet of the latest Exige Sport 350 and Elise Sport 220 sports cars, with left hand drive versions also available for visitors from outside the UK. The Lotus Driving Academy packages consist of The ‘Scare Yourself Sensible’ experience, ideally suited as a gift, is £119, whilst the Bronze, Silver and Gold licence days build up to obtaining the coveted Lotus Licence. These challenge even the most ardent serial track day enthusiast, with more driving time learning skills such as power oversteer and heel and toe, a personal evaluation, the option of onboard footage and exclusive merchandise to remind themselves of their day.

All Licence participants receive an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the Lotus factory, as well as a tour of the Classic Team Lotus facility where they will see some of the cars from Lotus’ prestigious Formula 1 history, before rounding the experience off with a high-speed, on-the-limit ‘demonstration lap’ with one of the instructors. Guests of participants can also experience the tours and demonstration lap at an extra charge.
“Hethel has an extremely rich heritage and car enthusiasts will revel in the chance to learn new skills in the latest Lotus sports cars on our track where legends such as Jim Clark, Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna tested some of the most influential and successful F1 cars in history,” says Rupert Manwaring, Head of Motorsport, Lotus

Emphasising the technical input rarely found with other circuit driving experiences, the Lotus Driving Academy instructor team includes former F1 driver Martin Donnelly as well as GT and BTCC drivers, ensuring that any driver will learn something new or improve on existing skills from the day.

“Customers will not only learn much more about their driving, but also a good understanding of vehicle dynamics,” says Simon Poole, from the Lotus Driving Academy. “That’s what makes us different from other experiences; you really are coming to the home of vehicle dynamics to learn via one-on-one coaching from the masters.”

Bookings can be made now via:
Lotus Driving Academy website
Telephone: By calling (+44) 01953 608547
E-Mail: Bookings@LotusDrivingAcademy.com
Precision, Beauty And Performance: The New Lotus Evora GT430
20.07.2017
- Most powerful road going Lotus sports car ever
- 0-60 mph in 3.7 secs, 430 hp and 1,258 kg
- 250 kg of downforce at maximum speed of 190 mph
- Just 60 editions planned for worldwide markets
- Available to order now
Following the successful introduction of the Lotus Evora 400 and Evora Sport 410 to global markets, Lotus has unveiled its most powerful road-going model ever – the Evora GT430.

A beautiful and pure combination of elegance and power, Lotus has lavished attention on hand-crafted carbon-fibre components to endow this fully homologated Evora with a level of precision engineering and design unseen before.

This focused evolution of the critically acclaimed Evora has resulted in a landmark model for the famous British manufacturer. Powered by a new development of the 3.5-litre V6 supercharged and charge cooled engine producing 430 hp, and benefitting from a significant hike in downforce, the rare breed Evora GT430 is a class apart from its competitors.
Underpinned by the company’s acknowledged eminence in lightweight engineering, and at a new benchmark weight of 1,258 kg (dry), the Lotus Evora GT430 is the manufacturer’s most powerful and accomplished road car to date. With such performance, and all the marque’s chassis expertise, the new Evora GT430 delivers tremendous real-world speed and handling unheard of in its class.

Given the car’s breath-taking design and phenomenal performance, the Evora GT430 is an instant classic. Just 60 editions of this supreme Evora will be hand built in Norfolk, England, for sale in select markets around the world and, following the popularity of Lotus’ recent limited run editions, it’s already in line to be a true collector’s car.

Marking the return of a famous Lotus badge, and acknowledging the Lotus Esprit V8 GT and the Esprit GT3 from the 1990s, this two-seater encapsulates the company’s approach to fast point-to-point sports cars. 0-60mph is dispatched in just 3.7 seconds and the car’s top speed is 190 mph (305 km/h).

With new and specifically designed body panels, featuring exposed carbon weave sections, front and rear, the Lotus GT430 generates up to 250 kg of downforce through advanced aerodynamics. Larger front apertures, a new carbon fibre splitter, air blades and louvers positioned on top of each front wheel arch clearly illustrate the supercar credentials of the Evora GT430 when viewed head on. At the rear, aero ducts behind each wheel reduce pressure in the wheel arch and offer visibility of the wider Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, and a large rear diffuser provides a sharp visual finish. Both are crowned by the large, profiled carbon wing.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “The Evora GT430 is a landmark car for Lotus. Lightweight engineering and class-leading handling, paired with Lotus’ aerodynamic expertise, define the Evora GT430 as a legendary Lotus. It’s a truly beautiful car, meticulously finished in hand-crafted carbon, and employing the latest aerodynamics and lightweight materials. This highly developed vehicle perfectly reflects Lotus’ attention to engineering and design. We expect the lucky owners to be blown away by its pure presence and staggering performance.”

Faster, lighter, sharper

Featuring unique bodywork and aerodynamic elements, as well as more power, the Evora GT430 further raises the bar for road-going sports cars. It delivers the balance and finesse for which the marque is famous, combined with blistering pace, supreme composure and agility at the highest speeds.

Every component of the Evora has been evaluated before inclusion to ensure that the car retains only the items essential for performance. Despite the addition of 9 kg increased specification components (lightweight carbon rear wing and larger wheels and tyres), overall dry weight is down by 26 kg, to 1,258 kg, compared to the already super light Evora Sport 410, making this the lightest road Evora to date.
In addition to the unique full carbon front and rear bumpers, which feature exposed visible weave sections, the car is comprehensibly equipped with high-gloss, visible carbon fibre components throughout,  including a new front splitter, front access panel, roof panel and full width rear wing. Also at the rear is a beautifully detailed, one-piece carbon tailgate, incorporating a louvered section which, together with composite quarter panels, affords the car an unmistakable profile.
All Lotus cars are regarded as the finest handling sports cars on the market and the new Evora GT430 takes dynamic performance to the next level. Damping is provided by Lotus-tuned, Öhlins TTX two-way adjustable units, with 20 click-adjustment compression and rebound settings and saving 10kg in mass compared to the Evora Sport 410 set-up.  New, ultra-lightweight, low-sideload Eibach springs provide an increase in spring rate and the car’s handling is improved further through the use of front and rear anti-roll bars.

Perfect for B-roads, but ballistically fast when needed, the new Evora GT430 can lap the famous Hethel test track in 1 minute 25.8 seconds – a record for an Evora. As fast as the famed Lotus 3-Eleven road car on the same circuit, the GT430’s performance envelope is derived from a combination of clever aero and dynamic developments as well as outright power. As a result, the car is manifest of Colin Chapman’s visionary quote: “Adding power makes you faster on the straights; subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere."

A superb example of this is the removal of critical weight from beyond the front and rear axles of the Evora GT430, reducing the car’s polar moment of inertia, resulting in improved transient response, overall agility and driver feedback.

Retaining a 3.5-litre supercharged and charge-cooled V6, the car’s reconfigured engine produces 430 hp (436 PS) at 7,000 rpm and 440 Nm (325 lbft) of torque from 4,500 rpm.  The increase in torque is facilitated through the introduction of an air-to-liquid gearbox cooler as standard, a feature which made its debut on the recently launched North American Evora 400.  As standard, the Evora GT430 also features a titanium exhaust, cutting 10 kg from beyond the car’s rear axle and further amplifying the car’s aural presence.

Also fitted as standard, the Evora GT430’s six-speed manual gearbox features a low-inertia, single-mass flywheel, to help ensure swift changes, while a Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) gives better traction, and faster exit speeds, when cornering.
The substantial aerodynamic revisions introduce bodywork elements that boost the downforce of the Evora GT430, up to 250 kg at maximum speed of 190 mph (305 km/h) and matching the Evora Sport 410’s maximum downforce of 64 kg at only 90 mph (145 km/h). Developed through motorsport applications, the aerodynamic modifications focus on the management of airflow over, under and around the car. The downforce generated makes its presence felt at even moderate speeds, allowing for higher cornering g-force and providing enhanced high-speed stability.
A new carbon fibre front splitter cleanly separates and speeds airflow under the car, and the two enlarged carbon fibre front ducts, with integrated air blades, efficiently move air though to the front wheel cavities, to help reduce turbulence and drag created by the wheels themselves. The lightweight curved rear edges of the front wheel arch panels channel air along the side of the car and the louvers positioned on top of each front wheel arch reduce pressure above the wheel.
The rear of the Evora GT430 has received the same attention to detail, with the deep, sculpted ducts behind each wheel that vent airflow as quickly as possible from the wheel arches, improving downforce. Dominating all of this is the large, high mounted aerodynamically efficient motorsport carbon wing.
To harness the increased downforce and power, mechanical grip is provided by 10 mm wider Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, with 245/35 R19 at the front and 295/30 R20 at the rear, on one inch wider 10.5J rear wheels. Ultra-lightweight forged aluminium wheels are standard, in either black or silver, with optional finishes available in gloss red or a gloss black machined rim design.
Dynamic stability modes (with ‘Drive‘, ‘Sport’, ‘Race’ and ‘Off’ settings) can be selected, which allow the driver enhanced vehicle control before the system intervenes. The Evora GT430 also includes a newly developed variable traction control function, linked directly to the ECU, which allows the amount of wheel slip to be set by the driver whilst in ‘Race / Off’ setting, with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12% slip) and ‘Off’ displayed via the instrument cluster.

A fast car requires substantial stopping power, and the Evora GT430 uses two-piece J-grooved and ventilated brake discs at the front, paired with AP Racing four-piston calipers all round, while the rear uses three-piece discs with lightweight aluminium centres saving 2 kg.

“Lotus is famous for using its technical expertise to develop the lightest engineering solutions,” explained Jean-Marc Gales. “Yes, it is hugely powerful but, the GT430 is not about brutal performance. It’s an intricate balance of power, finesse and road holding, no matter the speed, and is a true track-and-back sports car, supremely focused and immensely fast.”

The external theme of carbon continues into the car’s exquisitely crafted cabin, with visible-weave, handmade components as standard. These include Lotus’ beautifully detailed carbon race seats, new carbon door sills and a new lightweight carbon instrument binnacle cover with a new design of graphic on the instrument panel.
Newly-designed carbon-backed Sparco seats with a unique trim design can also be ordered, whilst customers looking for a more race focused cabin can specify an optional driver and passenger four-point harnesses and titanium rear frame.
The steering wheel, dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel and centre console are all trimmed in a combination of black Alcantara® and perforated leather, with a full leather or full Alcantara® trim option available at no additional cost.  All trim choices are complemented by contrast twin colour stitching, in red and white, and matt black interior panels.
An integrated touch-screen infotainment system can be specified, including iPod® connectivity and Bluetooth® functionality, satellite navigation and reversing camera.
Every new Lotus Evora GT430 customer can personalise their vehicle through the increasingly popular Lotus Exclusive programme. Developed by the Lotus Design team, roughly a third of all new Lotus cars now undergo some form of customisation. Conceived to inspire customers, it combines traditional British craftsmanship with the best of modern design, and allows owners to tailor vehicles to their personal taste.

The new, fully homologated, Lotus Evora GT430 is available in two seater configuration only and can be ordered now. A version of the Evora GT430 for the North American market will follow in spring 2018.

Weight reduction in detail

The headline net weight reduction of 26 kg versus the Evora Sport 410 is derived from the standard titanium exhaust (-10 kg), carbon body panels (-4.7 kg), lightweight interior components (-2.5 kg), Öhlins and Eibach adjustable spring and damper assembly (-10 kg) and lightweight rear brake discs (-2 kg).  Additionally, careful attention to detail beneath the car’s surface has yielded significant benefits, further stripping out unnecessary mass; for instance, a thinner aluminium undertray (1.5 kg), the introduction of lightweight aluminium brackets (-1.3kg), lightweight polycarbonate backlight glass (-0.5 kg) and a re-profiled fluid fill system (-2.5 kg) all contribute towards the total weight reduction.
This total saving of 35 kg is offset by the addition of wider wheels and tyres (+5 kg) and the new curved profile rear wing (+4 kg).
To find out more about Lotus Evora range and the GT430 visit: http://www.lotuscars.com/evora-gt-430
EVORA GT430 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

PERFORMANCE Evora GT430
Max power 430 hp at 7,000 rpm (436 PS)
Max torque 325 lbft from 4,500 (440 Nm)
0-60 mph 3.7 seconds
0-100 km/h 3.8 seconds
0-100 mph < 8 seconds
Max speed 190 mph (305 km/h)
CO2 emissions 249 g/km
Kerb weight 1,299 kg
Dry weight 1,258 kg
Power-to-weight ratio (dry weight) 342 hp per tonne
Aerodynamic downforce at maximum speed 250 kg
Hethel lap time 1:25.8 seconds

Engine AND Transmission
3.5 litre V6, 24 valve, water cooled, all aluminium engine, with Edelbrock supercharger
6-speed manual transmission, with gearbox cooler, coupled to Lotus’ precision shift aluminium mechanism
Lightweight, single-mass, low inertia fly wheel
Torsen Type Limited Slip Differential
Baffled sump
Titanium exhaust system

CHASSIS AND BODY
Servo assisted, race-derived, two-piece J-hook ventilated brake discs with ultra-lightweight rear aluminum disc bells and AP Racing four piston calipers (front 370mm x 32mm, rear 350mm x 32mm)
Anodised, lightweight aluminium, extruded, epoxy bonded and rivetted high-stiffness chassis
Unequal length, high lateral stiffness,  forged aluminium, double wishbone suspension with Eibach® tubular front and rear anti-roll bars
Lotus-tuned, Öhlins® TTX aluminium two-way adjustable dampers – twenty click adjustment compression and rebound; twin tube design; low internal friction
Eibach®  ultra-light, low-sideload springs, front and rear
Lotus tuned hydraulically-assisted, rigidly-mounted, rack and pinion steering system, with 2.86 turns lock-to-lock
Driver selectable ESP modes – Drive/Sport/Race
6 position variable traction control, with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12% slip) and “off” displayed via the instrument cluster
Cruise control
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Lightweight lithium-ion battery

EXTERIOR SPECIFICATION
Carbon fibre front splitter
Carbon fibre front bumper, including drag-reducing air curtain
Carbon fibre rear bumper, including venting for wheel arch
Carbon fibre front access panel
Carbon fibre roof panel
Carbon fibre lower A panels
Louvered wheel arch vents to reduce aerodynamic lift
Carbon fibre rear quarter panels
Carbon fibre profiled rear wing
Carbon fibre rear diffuser
Lightweight carbon fibre tailgate with integrated rear spoiler and louvered backlight
Polycarbonate backlight glass
Brake calipers – red painted with black AP Racing logo
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19" front and 20" rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in silver or matt black
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front 245/35 R19, rear 295/30 R20)
Spoiler uprights linked to wheel colour choice
Bi-xenon headlights
LED daytime running lights
Powerfold and heated door mirrors
Rear parking sensors
Thatcham approved immobiliser and remote activated alarm system

INTERIOR SPECIFICATION
2+0 seat configuration
Carbon fibre sports seats, trimmed in black Alcantara® and perforated leather with contrast twin stitching
Instrument panel, centre console and door panels trimmed in a combination of black Alcantara® and perforated leather, with contrast twin stitching
Carbon fibre binnacle top
Lotus developed steering wheel trimmed black Alcantara®
Door grab handle in black Alcantara®, gear lever gaiter and hand brake sleeve in black leather
Matt black console, door release levers, door grab handles and instrument panel surround finisher
Steering wheel finisher and HVAC panel in matt black finish with gloss black finished bezels
Lightweight aluminium gear knob
Aluminium face level vents and blanking plate surround
Dark grey headlining
Black carpet
Carbon fibre door sills
Lightweight driver's footrest
Lightweight aluminium pedal pads
Unique Evora GT430 build plate

OptionS: INTERIOR AND TRIM   UK Retail PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
GT430 bespoke design, Sparco® sports seats with carbon backs, trimmed in black Alcantara® and perforated leather, with red or black Alcantara® stripes and contrast twin stitching   £3,500 €4,900
Alcantara® Pack: Full black Alcantara® interior, including lower instrument panel, centre console and door panel  (replacing perforated leather components)   NCO NCO
Leather Pack: Full black leather interior, including seats, instrument panel upper and door panel upper (replacing Alcantara® components)   NCO NCO
Lotus developed steering wheel trimmed in red Alcantara®   £500 €700

OptionS: EXTERIOR AND BODY   UK Retail PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19" front and 20" rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in gloss black with machined rims (spoiler uprights in black)   £900 € 1,250
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19" front and 20" rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in gloss red (spoiler uprights in red)   £900 € 1,250
Lightweight titanium harness frame and four-point harnesses (can only be specified with standard carbon fibre sports seats)   £4,000 €5,600

OptionS: COMFORT AND COMMUNICATION UK Retail PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Air conditioning £1,500 € 2,100
4 Speaker infotainment unit £2,000 € 2,800
Sub-woofer and amplifier £400 € 560
Sound insulation £500 € 700
Cup holder £120 €160

PAINT and Livery OPTIONS UK Retail PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Signature paint £1,200 € 1,650
Metallic paint £1,200 € 1,650

LOTUS EXCLUSIVE OPTIONS UK Retail PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Exclusive Paint: Alternative metallic colours £2,400 € 3,300
Exclusive Paint: Alternative pearlescent colours £3,500 € 4,900
Exclusive Paint: Custom colour choice POA POA
Exclusive Paint: Custom wing mirror choice £300 € 400
Exclusive Paint: Custom Interior Pack colour choice £650 €900
Exclusive Leather: Alternative colour £4,000 € 5,600
Exclusive Stitch: Alternative colour £500 € 650
The above options represent just a sample of what is available through Lotus Exclusive. Further information on the Lotus Exclusive programme, including a comprehensive list of the available customisation options can be found at: www.lotuscars.com/exclusive    

MARKET Retail PRICE
UK £112,500 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Germany €151,000 (incl. VAT at 19%)
France €152,300 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Italy €154,900 (incl. VAT at 22% and transport)
Japan ¥20,850,000 (incl. VAT at 8%)
Leistung in ihrer reinsten Form – die neue Lotus Elise Cup 250
31.05.2017
- Der schnellste Vierzylinder-Lotus aller Zeiten
- 0-100 km/h in 4,3 Sekunden, 3,5 kg/PS
- Die neueste Elise in puristischer Reinform
- High-Tech Leichtbaumaterialien reduzieren das Gewicht auf 860 kg
- Ab sofort bei Lotus-Händlern verfügbar
Das neue Leichtbau-Modell mit Kompressormotor, kombiniert das Motorsport-Knowhow der Marke Lotus, mit 246 PS und einem Fahrwerk, das den Maßstab für agiles Handling und haptisches Straßenfeedback setzt. Die Aerodynamik des Fahrzeugs konnte entscheidend weiterentwickelt werden: Heckflügel, Frontsplitter, Seitenschweller und Heckdiffusor in neuem Leichtbau-Design erzeugen bei einer Geschwindigkeit von 225 km/h einen Anpressdruck von 125 kg.
Die neue Elise Cup 250 – der neueste Lotus, der als Cup-Version erhältlich ist – schließt die Lücke zwischen Straße und Rennstrecke: Sie verbindet das Temperament eines Rennwagens mit absoluter Alltagstauglichkeit. Auf Basis der wesentlichen Updates der neuen Elise, die in der internationalen Automobilpresse Spitzenbewertungen abräumte, konnte sich das Lotus-Entwicklerteam auf Gewichtsreduktion und Leistungssteigerung konzentrieren. Durch die Verwendung von Leichtbaumaterialien wie Carbonfaser, Titan und Aluminium wurde das Trockengewicht auf nur 884 kg (bzw. 860 kg mit allen Leichtbauoptionen) reduziert. Ergebnis: Beschleunigung von 0 auf 100 km/h in 4,3 Sekunden und ein Leistungsgewicht von 3,5 kg / PS.

Die Elise Cup 250 führt die neue visuelle Identität der überarbeiteten Elise Sport- und Sprint-Modelle weiter. Einen neuen Look erhielt beispielsweise die leichte Frontschürze mit breiteren Lufteinlässen und Netzgrill; die Querträgerblende am Heck mit zwei statt vier Heckleuchten repräsentierent das neue Design.
Die Elise Cup 250 verfügt zudem über extrem leistungsfähige Ergänzungen. Dazu gehören überarbeitete Stoßdämpfer und geschmiedete Ultraleichtmetallräder mit Yokohama Advan A048 LTS-Reifen – 225/45 ZR17 hinten und 195/50 ZR16 auf der Vorderachse.

Bei der Ankündigung des neuen Fahrzeugs sagte Jean-Marc Gales, CEO der Group Lotus plc: „Die Elise Cup 250 ist das neueste Modell in einer spannenden Zeit für unser Unternehmen. Denn wir haben eine Reihe ganz besonderer neuer Fahrzeuge - über unsere gesamte Modellpalette hinweg - an den Start bringen können. Wir wissen, was Lotus-Fans von unseren Fahrzeugen erwarten. Zudem gewinnen wir viele neue Kunden, die ganz klar sehen, dass wir eine konkurrenzlose Kombination aus Leistung, Stil, Dynamik und Preis bieten. Kein anderes Fahrzeug reicht an einen Lotus mit seinem präzisen Handling, und dem absolut unverfälschten Fahrerlebnis heran. Wir haben die Leistung und die aerodynamischen Fähigkeiten der neuen Elise Cup 250 auf ein für die Konkurrenz unerreichbares Niveau gehoben. Und mit einem Gewicht von nur 860 kg zeigen wir, dass wir der absolute Spitzenreiter im Bereich leichte, intelligent konstruierte Sportwagen sind.“
Die beste Elise aller Zeiten

Die neue Elise Cup 250 macht ihrem Ruf, ein reinrassiges Fahrerauto zu sein, alle Ehre. Dank ihrer unschlagbaren Kombination aus effizienter Konstruktion, Dynamik, Grip und Geschwindigkeit wird sie zum neuen Maß aller Dinge unter den zweisitzigen Sportwagen. Sie ist aus dem gleichen Holz geschnitzt wie der kürzlich herausgebrachte Exige Cup 380: Sie ist mit jeder Faser ein Wagen für die Rennstrecke – aber mit den Manieren eines Straßenfahrzeugs.

Der ausschließlich für die kompromisslosesten Modelle reservierte Namenszusatz „Cup“ hebt die Spitzenentwicklungen aus Hethel von ihren Stallgefährten ab und sorgt dafür, dass die Cup-Editionen in den nächsten Jahren zu legendären und begehrten Sammlerstücken werden dürften. Das Unternehmensmantra „Vereinfachen, und Gewicht reduzieren“ erreicht ein neues Level – und verzichtet auf alles, was nicht absolut essenziell ist. So entsteht die Referenzmarke für Handling und Performance.

Die in diesem Jahr vorgestellte neue Version der Lotus Elise behält das vertraute Handling bei, weist aber eine Reihe von Optimierungen auf, die inzwischen auf die gesamte Modellpalette übertragen wurden. Zusätzlich zur neu gestalteten leichten Front- und Heckschürze modifizieren die Veränderungen an der Aerodynamik der Elise Cup 250 die Luftströmung rund um das Fahrzeug, wodurch sich der Anpressdruck auf 125 kg bei 225 km/h erhöht. So erhält die Elise Cup ein kernigeres Kurvenverhalten und noch mehr Stabilität.
Der 1,8-Liter-Leichtmetallmotor mit ladeluftgekühltem Kompressor bringt die Elise Cup 250 auf 246 PS und beschleunigt sie in 4,3 Sekunden auf 100 km/h. Die Höchstgeschwindigkeit liegt bei 248 km/h. Das Fahrerlebnis erhält durch den Einsatz der Akustikingenieure in Hethel einen weiteren Kick: Der Motorsound wurde so optimiert, dass die Elise Cup 250 serienmäßig mit einem furiosen Klang beeindruckt. Als Option ist die komplette Abgasanlage in Titan erhältlich, durch die hinter der Hinterachse weitere 7 kg eingespart werden können.

Das knackige Sechsgang-Schaltgetriebe mit der faszinierenden offenen Lotus-Schaltkulisse ergänzt den Charakter der Elise perfekt. Dieses erstmals im Exige Sport 350 gezeigte Getriebe wurde für die Elise optimiert und ist deutlich direkter – für präzisere und schnellere Schaltvorgänge.

Die Elise Cup 250 profitiert von den Gewichtseinsparungen, die bei der Überarbeitung der gesamten Elise-Modellfamilie umgesetzt werden konnten: Sie ist deutliche 14 kg leichter als ihr Vorgänger. Standardmäßig ist die Lotus Elise Cup 250 mit einer Lithium-Ionen-Batterie, handgefertigten Lotus-Carbonrennsitzen, ultraleichten geschmiedeten Motorsport-Rädern und einer Heckscheibe aus Polycarbonat ausgestattet – zusammen mit optionalen gewichtssparenden Komponenten ergibt sich so ein Leistungsgewicht von 3,5 kg / PS. Ein neuer Maßstab.

Die Elise Cup 250 ist mit einer unabhängigen Doppelquerlenker-Radaufhängung mit Stabilisatoren vorn, dazu Hochleistungsdämpfern von Bilstein und koaxialen Eibach-Schraubenfedern vorn und hinten versehen. Im Vergleich zu den Elise Sport- und Sprint-Modellen weist die Elise Cup 250 höhere Dämpferwerte auf (Zugstufe: 12% vorn / 9% hinten, Druckstufe: 20% vorn / 30% hinten).

AP Racing Doppelkolben-Bremssättel vorn und Brembo Einkolben-Bremssättel hinten mit gelochten und innenbelüfteten 288-mm-Bremsscheiben vorn und hinten sorgen für die optimale Bremskraft. Neue zweiteilige Leichtbau-Bremsscheiben sind als Option erhältlich, mit der weitere 4 kg eingespart werden können. Wie andere Elise-Modelle mit 1,8-Liter-Motor verfügt die Cup 250 über vom Fahrer wählbare ESP-Fahrmodi (Drive / Sport / Off). Für maximale Traktion und zur optimalen Ausnutzung des aerodynamischen Anpressdrucks und der härteren Dämpfung ist die Elise Cup 250 auf Yokohama Advan A048 LTS-Reifen unterwegs, die für Straße und Rennstrecke gleichermaßen geeignet sind: Sie bieten phänomenalen Grip unter fast allen Temperatur- und Straßenbedingungen.

Die robuste und torsionssteife Chassis-Architektur der Cup 250 wird serienmäßig von einem Überrollbügel aus T45-Stahl verstärkt.

Der Innenraum der Elise Cup 250 ist ganz in der Tradition eines sorgfältig hand­gefertigten Hochleistungssportwagens gestaltet: Eigengefertigte Lotus-Carbonrennsitze in schwarzem Alcantara® sind mit Kontrastnähten in Rot oder Gelb versehen; das Design der Verkleidung wird auch an den Türpaneelen und den Lüftungseinfassungen fortgeführt und ist eine perfekte Ergänzung zu den schlicht gehaltenen Aluminium und Carbonfaserelementen im Innenraum der Elise Cup 250.
Die Optionen der Innenausstattung bieten Lenkrad und Schweller-Verkleidung in Alcantara, Sitze und Türinnenverkleidung in Leder oder Tartar-Schotten-Stoff-Bezüge, sowie in Wagenfarbe lackierte Teile an den Sportsitzen, der Schaltkonsole und der Klimaanlagen-Verkleidung.

Zudem stehen zusätzliche Carbonkomponenten zur weiteren Gewichtsreduktion zur Verfügung, wie beispielsweise für die Lüftungsöffnungen auf Kopfhöhe (-0,3 kg), die Einfassungen der Klimaanlage (-0,1 kg) und die Abdeckleisten (-0,8 kg). Die optionalen leichten Carbonfaserabdeckleisten an den Türschwellern sparen nicht nur Gewicht, sondern erleichtern zudem den Ein- und Ausstieg durch ihr um 10 mm flacheres Profil.

Wer weitere Kilos einsparen möchte, kann das perfekt gestaltete optionale Carbon-Aerodynamikpaket wählen, das Frontsplitter, Heckflügel und Seitenschweller aus Kunststoffverbundmaterial umfasst (und 3,7 kg einspart). Zusätzliche Gewichts-reduktionen sind mit separat erhältlichen Carbonfaserelementen wie dem Hardtop (-3 kg), der vorderen Abdeckung (-1.1 kg), der Überrollbügelabdeckung (-0.7 kg) und der Motorhaube (-3.3 kg) zu erreichen.

Auch die Instrumententafel der Elise zeigt sich in neuem Gewand: Neue Grafiken sorgen für eine bessere Lesbarkeit und zudem ist ein neues Bord-Entertainmentsystem mit iPod®-Anschluss, Bluetooth®-Funktion und leistungsfähigeren Lautsprechern vorgesehen, das bei Vertragsabschluss in Auftrag gegeben werden kann.
Jede neue Lotus Elise Cup 250 kann mit dem Lotus Exclusive-Programm personalisiert werden. Dieses vom Lotus Designteam entwickelte Konzept verbindet traditionelle britische Handwerkskunst mit sportlich-modernem Design. Es ist ein Programm, das die Kunden dazu inspiriert, ihr Fahrzeug aus einer Vielfalt von Optionen an ihren persönlichen Geschmack anzupassen. Eine reizvolle Alternative zu einem Sportwagen, der jedem gehören könnte.

Weitere Informationen über die Lotus Elise-Modellreihe finden Sie auf: http://www.lotuscars.com/about-elise.
ELISE CUP 250 - Technische Daten

LEISTUNG ELISE CUP 250
Max. Leistung 181 kW (246 PS) bei 7.200 U/min.
Max. Drehmoment 250 Nm bei 3.500-5.500 U/min.
0-100 km/h 4,3 Sekunden
Höchstgeschwindigkeit 248 km/h
Kraftstoffverbrauch (l/100km)  
Innerorts
Außerorts
Kombiniert
10.1
6.0
7.5
CO2-Emissionen 175 g/km
CO2- Emissionsklasse G
Leergewicht 917 kg
Trockengewicht 884 kg
Niedrigstmögliches Trockengewicht 860 kg

MOTOR UND GETRIEBE
1,8-Liter DOHC 4-Zylinder-Aluminium-Motor, duale VVT-i-Technologie, 16-Ventile
Quer montierter Mittelmotor, Hinterradantrieb
6-Gang-Sportgetriebe, manuell
Elektronische Differenzialsperre

CHASSIS UND KAROSSERIE
Monocoque Aluminium-Verbundkonstruktion
T45 Motorsport Überrollbügel
Einzelradaufhängung mit geschmiedeten Aluminium Doppelquerlenkern und einstellbarer Stabilisator vorn
Bilstein Hochleistungsgasdruckdämpfer vorn und hinten
Eibach Schraubenfedern vorn und hinten
AP Racing Doppel-Kolben-Bremssättel vorne und Einkolben-Bremssättel hinten
ABS-system
Wählbare Fahrmodi
Reifendrucküberwachungssystem
Leichte Lithium-Ionen-Batterie

SPEZIFIKATIONEN AUSSEN
Aerodynamisch optimierter Heckspoiler und Diffusor, Front-Splitter und Schweller
Service-Deckel, Halter der Außenspiegel, Spiegelkappen, Verkleidung des Überrollbügels und Heckpanel zwischen den Rücklichtern in mattschwarz
Ultraleichte geschmiedete Leichtmetallfelgen in Schwarz (vorne 16 Zoll, hinten 17 Zoll)
Bereifung vorne: Yokohama Advan A048 LTS, 195/50 ZR16
Bereifung hinten: Yokohama Advan A048 LTS, 225/45 ZR17
2-teilige gelochte und innenbelüftete Bremsscheiben, 288 mm Durchmesser, vorn und hinten
Heckscheibe in Polycarbonat
Schwarzes Softtop
Transparente Steinschlagschutzfolie am Schweller

SPEZIFIKATIONEN INNEN
Alcantara® in schwarz mit Roten oder Gelben Kontrastnähten
Carbon Sportsitze
Lenkrad in schwarz Leder
Schwellerverkleidung mit schwarzem Leder
Freiliegende Aluminium-Schaltkulisse
Schalthebel und Handbremse aus poliertem Aluminium
Start-Knopf
Fahrer- und Beifahrerairbags
Reifenreparatur-Set

INNEN OPTIONEN DE PREIS
Leder Paket - Schwarzes Leder mit Roten oder Gelben
Kontrastnähten
€ 1,400
Tartan Paket  - Gelbes oder Rotes Tartan (Schottenmuster) mit
Roten oder Gelben Kontrastnähten
€ 1,400
Alcantara® Schwellerverkleidung € 270
Alcantara® Lenkrad € 400
Rahmen der 4-Punkt Öffnungen im Sitz, der Mittelkonsole, der
Lüftungs-Bedieneinheit und des Fensterheberschalters in rot,
gelb, silber, orange, schwarz oder weiß lackiert
€ 560
Teppiche € 490
Fußmatten € 140

AUSSENAUSSTATTUNG DE PREIS
Mattschwarzes Hardtop € 1,400
Rote Bremssättel (ab August 2017) € 490
Ultra leichte geschmiedete Aluminiumfelgen (16” vorne , 17”
hinten)
NCO

OPTIONEN DE PREIS
Klimaanlage € 1,650
Stereo-Radio mit Bluetooth und zwei Front-Lautsprecher € 560
Zusätzliche Geräuschdämmung € 490
Tempomat € 150
Batterie NCO

LEICHTBAUTEILE GEWICHTS-
EINSPARUNG
DE PREIS
Carbon Aerodynamik Paket (Front Splitter, Heckflügel,
Diffuser, Seitenschweller)
3.7kg € 4,700
Carbon Hardtop 3 kg € 4,000
Carbon Servicepanel vorne 1.1 kg € 1,250
Motorabdeckung aus Carbon 3.3 kg € 2,200
Carbon Verkleidung des Überrollbügels 0.7 kg € 1,400
Carbon Schweller Verkleidung 0.8 kg € 1,680
Carbon verkleidete Luftauslässe im Amaturenbrett 0.3 kg € 1,950
Carbon Einfassung der Bedieneinheit für Heizung,
Lüftung und Klimaanlage
0.1 kg € 550
Titan Abgasanlage 7 kg € 5,500
Zweiteilige Bremsscheiben 4 kg € 2,000
Wegfall Airbag - € 1,400
4-Punkt-Gurte inklusive Befestigung (nur in Verbindung
mit wegfall Airbag) (4-Punkt-Gurte kann über Lotus
Aftersales bestellt werden)
- € 2,200
Feuerlöscher und Batterieisolierung - € 3,900
Abschlepp-Ringe Vorne und Hinten
(Kann über Lotus Aftersales bestellt werden)
- € 420

FARBE OPTION DE PREIS
Signatur-Lackierung € 1,155
Metallic- Lackierung € 1,155

LOTUS EXCLUSIVE OPTIONS DE PREIS
Exclusive Farbe: Verschiedene metallic Farben € 2,600
Exclusive Farbe: Verschiedene perlmutt Farben € 4,000
Exclusive Farbe: Sonderfarben POA
Exclusive Leder: Verschiedene Farben € 3,000
Exclusive Kontrastnähte: Verschiedene Farben € 400

 

 

Die oben genannten Optionen sind nur Beispiele was über Lotus Exclusive möglich ist. Weitere Informationen zum Lotus Exclusive Programm, einschließlich einer umfassenden Liste der verfügbaren Anpassungsmöglichkeiten finden Sie unter:
www.lotuscars.com/exklusiv

 


ELISE CUP 250 – VEHICLE PRICING

MARKET RETAIL PRICE
UK £47,400 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Germany €62,600 (incl. VAT at 19%)
France €63,130 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Italy €66,540 (incl. VAT at 22%)
Japan ¥9,150,000 (incl. VAT at 8%)
Own The Best Ever Lotus Elise For A Lot Less
18.05.2017
- What Car? ranks Elise as the slowest depreciating performance car
- Latest Lotus Elise lauded with five-star reviews
- Class leading residual values deliver low ownership costs
- Lotus’ interest free finance package* available now
It’s regarded as one of the best sports cars of its time, and one of the most involving drives you’ll experience, but now there’s another great reason to buy a new Lotus Elise - it’s rock-bottom running costs.

Despite its straight-line speed, the Lotus Elise has been declared by What Car? as the slowest depreciating performance car on the market - retaining more of its purchase price than rivals. Excellent news for buyers, and with five-star reviews of the latest Elise Sport and Elise Sprint now published, it shows there’s never been a better time to find out what makes this Lotus so special.

With depreciation the single biggest ownership running cost, and some rival performance models losing owners a small fortune in the first years of ownership, the Elise’s strong values mean it’s a wise choice for those buying the car outright or opting for a great-value finance package.

Beating the very best that competitors can muster, buyers’ bible What Car? rates the Elise as top in class, retaining up to 95% of its price after 12 months and over 54% of after four years with average mileage. In addition to besting similarly priced sports car, including the Porsche Cayman, What Car?’s data shows the Elise also trumps exotic rivals, like the Ferrari 458 Italia.

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “At Lotus we design and build our cars to be the best, from the quality of the engineering to the experience from behind the wheel. We’re second to none in refining the very definition of a sports car. Rivals may have six-figure price tags, no other is as intuitive or involving as a Lotus. The great news is that you’ll enjoy all the raw performance and sublime handling that the Elise has to offer without the fear of high running costs. The latest Elise is the best yet, and we know that a new generation of buyers are going to love it.”
Since its introduction, nearly 33,000 Elise have been hand built at the company’s famous Hethel factory, every one epitomising Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s vision of efficient engineering. Hailed as the greatest car of a generation, combining pace, agility and a purity of purpose, it has also received the Readers’ Champion as part of the prestigious Autocar Awards.

Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car? said, “Depreciation is generally the biggest cost of car ownership. But, aside from limited-run specials, the Elise holds its value better than any other car. This makes it a surprisingly affordable long-term ownership proposition and a sports car that you can buy with your head as well as your heart.”

Lotus’ popular interest-free finance deal*, which includes paying half now and the remaining balance in two years means it’s easier to drive one of the all-time great sports cars.

About the Lotus Elise

Unveiled in March, and recently reviewed to acclaim by the leading motoring journalists, the latest Elise is fully focused on driver involvement. Reaffirming the company’s leading position in automotive engineering, it remains a benchmark in purity and balance.

Integrating a new front and rear aesthetic with Lotus’ established design language, the Elise receives a wide range of cabin enhancements - including the lightweight open-gate gear select mechanism first introduced on the Lotus Exige Sport 350.  Available in both the 1.6-litre naturally aspirated and 1.8-litre supercharged versions, the new car comes with a host of weight-saving items as standard.
At the heart of the Elise line up is the new Sprint edition, which encapsulates the spirit of Lotus by offering the latest in efficient engineering to set the standard as the lightest fully homologated car available in Europe, using lightweight and carbon components to hit a new benchmark dry weight of just 798 kg.

Every new Elise buyer can personalise their car through the Lotus Exclusive programme. Developed by the Lotus Design team, it combines traditional British craftsmanship with the best of contemporary styling. Conceived to inspire customers, allowing them to tailor vehicles to their personal taste, it offers a comprehensive array of options and provides an alluring alternative to an off-the-peg sports car. Since its introduction this has proved increasingly popular, with 25% of all new cars undergoing some form of personalisation.

To find out more about Lotus Elise range visit: http://www.lotuscars.com/about-elise

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price

Elise Sport £ 32,300
Elise Sprint £ 37,300
Elise Sport 220 £ 39,300
Elise Sprint 220 £ 44,300
Elise Cup 250 £ 47,400

*Credit is subject to status, 18+ UK residents only. Lotus Finance, a trading style of Black Horse Limited, St William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH.
Lotus Exige Cup 380: King Of Road And Race
20.04.2017
- The fastest to, from, and around the race track
- 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds
- Dry Weight from 1,057 kg
- Dramatic bodywork revisions boost downforce to 200 kg
- Limited to 60 editions worldwide, confirming collector status
Without equal and without compromise, the ballistic new Exige Cup 380 coupe provides the perfect balance between fully type approved road car and genuine race car to deliver the ultimate track-and-back street-legal Lotus.

Evolved from the hugely successful and capable Exige Sport 380, this latest Lotus supercar is the purest manifestation yet of the company’s Cup concept for sports cars. Genuinely eligible for competition yet undeniably elegant, just 60 editions of this extreme Exige are planned for worldwide markets – assuring its status as one of Lotus’ most collectable road cars.
With a purity of drive unheard of in road cars, and a power-to-weight ratio of 355 hp per tonne, the Exige Cup 380 delivers genuine race pace, with 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds) and top speed of 175 mph (282 km/h). Key to the Exige Cup 380 reaching its low weight of 1,057 kg is the comprehensive adoption of carbon fibre and extreme engineering.  Making their first appearance on a road-going Lotus, heavily revised bodywork elements contribute to the increased downforce of the Exige Cup 380, with the car generating up to 200 kg, 43% more than the Exige Sport 380. Making the most of this aerodynamic downforce and maximising mechanical grip, the Exige Cup 380 features larger rear tyres (285/30 ZR18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2) as standard.

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “Developing the Cup 380 has allowed us to indulge our motorsport ambitions on a car that can be used and enjoyed every single day. This is an Exige that’s not just unbeatable point-to-point but also capable of winning highly competitive races. The biggest surprise for many is that it’s fully road legal – a considerable achievement considering the car’s performance capabilities. Unlike some rivals’ cars, this is something that really can drive to a track, set the fastest lap and take the win, before heading home. It’s supremely usable, yet outrageously fast.”
About the Exige Cup 380

At the heart of the new Exige Cup 380 lies a concept from the core of one of Lotus’ founding principles. With an unrivaled lineage, the new thoroughbred Lotus Exige Cup 380 is endowed with race car sensibilities and road car manners. 

Honing the Exige Cup 380’s high speed abilities was paramount in its development, and the inclusion of new wind tunnel developed aerodynamic elements allow this road-going Exige to deliver up to 200 kg of aerodynamic downforce at a top speed of 175 mph.

Located over the wheels, the front louvers equalise the pressure differential within the wheel arches, increasing downforce at high speed and under hard braking, whilst the cut-out sections behind the rear wheels work with the aero blades mounted either side of the race diffuser. Even the Exige’s windscreen wiper has been aero tuned – now resting in a vertical position to avoid disrupting air flow.
To harness the huge hike in downforce, and provide increased mechanical grip, wider 285/30 ZR18 rear tyres are required – a step up from the 265/35 ZR18 as fitted to the Sport 380. With the two elements working in combination, this huge boost in grip allows the car to corner harder and faster which, given with the Exige’s existing reputation as a driver’s car, elevates it to a whole new level.
An integral part of the car’s aerodynamic prowess, the high-gloss, hand-made carbon fibre components include new front splitter, front access panel, bargeboards, roof, diffuser surround, new larger aperture air-intake side pods, a new one-piece tailgate and a straight-cut high efficiency motorsport derived rear wing.
The new design one-piece carbon rear tailgate reduces weight by 6.5 kg and the removal of gas struts deletes 1 kg. The new carbon side pods save a further 0.5 kg.
Inside the Exige Cup 380, the carbon continues with visible-weave, handmade sections including beautifully detailed carbon race seats and door sills as standard. Cumulatively these composites contribute to the Exige Cup 380’s low weight, but every part of the car has been considered, even down to the removal of the boot carpet, to reduce mass. Optional carbon fibre components include one-piece inner door panels, HVAC console and face-level vent surrounds, which together offer an additional 1 kg reduction over the standard car.
In addition to the Exige’s strong, stiff and durable aluminium chassis architecture, the Cup 380 comes with a T45 steel roll over bar as standard. Tremendously strong, yet light compared to alternatives, its cost means that it’s only used in the highest of motorsport applications. Other racing additions include a towing eye at the front and a fabric tow strap at the rear.

Extremely quick off the line, the Exige Cup 380 laps the Hethel track in 1 minute 26 seconds – a record for a road-legal Exige. Packing the same 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine as the Exige Race 380, the new Exige Cup 380 boasts 375 hp at 6,700 rpm and 410 Nm (302 lbft) of torque at 5,000 rpm.

Available as standard with a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission, the Exige range features Lotus’ now famous open-gate manual gearbox design.

There are four user selectable ESP modes (Drive, Sport, Race and Off). Sport, Race and Off increase throttle response, lower traction slip thresholds and remove understeer recognition to provide a finer degree of driver control before intervention and utilises an engine exhaust bypass valve which reduces exhaust back pressure at higher engine speeds. In a new development, the Lotus Exige Cup 380 includes a variable traction control function which is linked directly to the ECU and allows the amount of wheel slip to be set by the driver. The six-position rotary switch is located on the steering column and is only available with ESP switched off, with the percentage of target wheel slip from 1% to 12% in five settings and “off”, displayed via the instrument cluster.
The Exige has long been regarded as delivering benchmark handling, but owners of the Exige Cup 380 can configure the set-up, thanks to the Nitron two-way adjustable dampers and Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars fitted as standard. The substantial Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (285/30 ZR18 rear and 215/45 ZR17 front) are fitted to ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels, available in red, black or silver as standard. Stopping power is provided by AP Racing forged, four-piston brake calipers and grooved performance two-piece brake discs.
The optional full exhaust system in titanium removes 10 kg from beyond the rear axle, and buyers can specify a number of additions and deletions, including FIA compliant roll cage, full race harness, electrical cut-off and fire extinguisher controls as well as airbag deletion and a non-airbag steering wheel.

Despite its pure performance credentials, the new Lotus Cup 380 retains its dramatic aesthetic thanks to the high-gloss, visible-weave carbon fibre, but complementing this are a range of five hand finished paint options, including Essex Blue, Metallic White, Metallic Silver, Metallic Grey and Metallic Black. Further accentuating its shape, a unique red highlight line defines the Exige’s front access panel, while key details, including the front canard wings, are finished in matt black. Coordinating wheels, spoiler uprights and mirror caps in red, silver or black contrast with the main paint colour, and the whole car is finished with unique Cup 380 badging.
The hand finished nature of the Exige Cup 380 continues inside, with Lotus’ carbon fibre sports seats trimmed in Alcantara®, with leather or tartan as a no cost option, with contrast stitching and an Alcantara® steering wheel. As standard, lightweight carbon fibre sill covers reduce the weight by 0.9 kg and provide easier ingress and egress by up to 10 mm, thanks to their lower profile and contoured finish. The Exige Cup 380’s instrument panel has also received attention, with new graphics making it easier to read.
For owners wanting more, the new Exige Cup 380 can be personalised through the increasingly popular Lotus Exclusive programme. Combining traditional British craftsmanship with modern design, the service inspires customers to spend time tailoring the character of their Lotus with a comprehensive array of options. Since its introduction this has proved increasingly popular, with 25% of all new cars undergoing some form of personalisation.

The Exige Cup 380 is available as a limited production run of only 60 cars and as a coupe only. It can be ordered now, priced £83,000 including VAT (UK) and €109,900 (Germany).
Lotus Evora Sport 410 GP Edition Salutes US Launch
08.04.2017
- Lightweight as standard: from 2,910 lbs & 0-60 mph in 3.9 secs
- 132 lbs (60 kg) lighter than the already impressive Evora 400
- Evora Sport 410 GP Edition by Lotus Exclusive
- Aerodynamic downforce of 140 kg at top speed
- Fastest, most focused Evora on sale in US this summer
Continuing the runaway success of Lotus’ return to North America, the legendary British Sportscar maker has unveiled a unique Evora Sport 410 in one of the company’s most famous liveries, as order books open for the sensational sports car in the US and Canada.

Available in the new GP Edition colour scheme, as well as Lotus’ standard array of paint options, the new Lotus Evora Sport 410 for North America is the lightest and most focused iteration of the Evora, and joins the benchmark Evora 400 in the company’s line-up as a fully type approved model. It is also the fastest road-going Lotus ever sold in the US, clocking 0-60 mph in 3.9 secs and a top speed of 190 mph. A literal translation of Lotus’ simplify then add lightness manifesto, this new 2017 MY Federal version has undergone considerable development to meet the specific demands of the North American market, and minimising mass has remained a priority.

Lotus’ famous Lightweight Laboratory has revisited every aspect of the car, to find new weight savings and, as a result, the Lotus Evora Sport 410 is a substantial 132 lbs (60 kg) lighter than the already impressive Evora 400 for North America.
The new, hand-made, top-of-the-range model builds on the company’s considerable reputation, and follows the launch of the Evora 400 in the world’s largest sports car market last year. Upsetting the established order, the Evora 400 was lauded as one of the great sports cars of a generation and, it went on to seize silver in Road & Track's celebrated 2017 Performance Car of the Year assessment.

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “Last year we embarrassed rivals with a car that cost less but out-classed their best. This year the same rivals are in for a surprise. Less mass, reduced drag and greater downforce means the Evora Sport 410 is not only faster on the straight, but also when cornering. It is without equal, being both refined and intuitive, and again shows that we are making our best ever cars. The reaction to the Evora Sport 410 since its debut in Europe and Asia has been exceptional, and we know that our American and Canadian customers will really appreciate what this Lotus is capable of.”

The new car arrives in Federal markets as the company continues to see sales climb in the US, with the next six months of the market’s allocation already spoken for. Production of the Evora Sport 410 is limited to just 150 examples a year worldwide, and the 2017 MY car is available to order now, from any of the 48 Lotus dealers in the US and Canada.
About the 2017 MY Evora Sport 410

Tracing its lineage back to Colin Chapman’s founding beliefs, the formidable Lotus Evora Sport 410 is a study in pure, lightweight engineering and true to the company’s DNA.

The Federal Evora Sport 410 is the latest Lotus to undergo the company’s extensive development programme. Designed to be compliant with all regional emissions and safety considerations, it retains the same chassis configuration as European models and is engineered to ensure that none of the car’s inherent finesse is lost in translation. 

Tipping the scales at just 3,020 lbs (1,370 kg), or 2,910 lbs (1,320 kg) with no fuel and lightweight options selected, the Evora Sport 410 for North America has set the benchmark through thorough attention to detail. Employing the latest generation of Lotus’ famous aluminium architecture, which provides high torsional rigidity at a reduced weight, the new Lotus receives a comprehensive array of carbon-fibre components as standard. Covering the car front to back, they include the front splitter, revised front access panel, roof section, tailgate, rear quarter panels, and rear diffuser – all hand-made specifically for the car.
In addition to boosting performance, reducing the car’s kerb weight has also lowered its centre of gravity – delivering gains in ride and handling. Less mass has allowed the recalibration of the suspension and a revised chassis setup, including improved wheel geometry and re-valved dampers. This has provided an increase in compression and rebound, while the effective rise in spring rate and a reduction in ride height by 5 mm provide better body and roll control. The result is sharper and more direct handling, providing the driver with a more intuitive feel, while primary and secondary ride remain impressive at any speed.

The mass adoption of carbon has not only focused on the technical, saving 31.5 lbs (14.3 kg), but also the aesthetic. Endowing the car with considerable visual drama, the new composite components provide a high level of engineered detail. The most striking is the louvered, one-piece carbon tailgate which, together with carbon rear quarter panels, help provide the car with a sleeker, fastback profile.

Significant time was allocated to developing the car’s aerodynamic performance. The design of the new carbon components, and the careful working and channeling of air over and under the sculptured bodywork, has resulted in a slightly lower drag coefficient and the generation up to 141 lbs (64 kg) in aerodynamic downforce – double that of the Evora 400. This in turn improves high-speed stability, delivering confidence to the driver as the Evora Sport 410 remains tractable at all speeds.

In addition to the extensive application of carbon fibre, which has saved 31.5 lbs (14.3 kg), further headline weight reductions include the introduction of a lithium-ion battery -23.8 lbs (-10.8 kg), ultra-lightweight forged wheels -15.9 lbs (-7.2 kg), and a host of incremental improvements such as a new lightweight windscreen surround -7.5 lbs (-3.4 kg); all of which contribute towards the massive 132 lbs (60 kg) overall weight reduction.

Utilising an integrated water-to-air charge cooler, the Evora Sport 410 is powered by a supercharged, 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine, producing 400 hp at 7000 rpm and 301 lbft (410 Nm) of torque at 3500 rpm. The Evora Sport 410 comes as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, which features a low-inertia flywheel for rapid shifts, while a Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) provides greater traction, and faster exit speeds when cornering. The optional six-speed automatic transmission with dedicated ECU for ultra-fast changes allows sequential gear selection via lightweight aluminium paddles mounted to the steering wheel.

The Lotus Evora Sport 410 features user selectable ESP driving modes – Drive / Sport / Race / Off. Proportionally increasing throttle response, lowering traction thresholds and removing understeer recognition, it allows progressive degrees of driver control before the system intervenes. The selectable ESP driving modes also utilise an engine exhaust bypass valve at mid-to-high engine speeds, increasing throttle response in both ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’ settings. This is enhanced by the optional, high-flow titanium exhaust silencer, saving a further 22 lbs (10 kg) in weight.
With such a large performance envelope, the Evora Sport 410 is equipped with bespoke, ultra-lightweight wheels, saving 15.9 lbs (7.2 kg), and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres. The 10-spoke forged aluminium wheels cut un-sprung weight and have been produced specifically to work with the Sport 410, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres are available as a dealer fit option.

The Evora Sport 410’s cabin has received the same attention to detail referencing the marque’s heritage, and subtle design cues include optional colour coded interior components. The Sport’s seats are trimmed with Alcantara® as standard, along with the steering wheel, lower dashboard, transmission tunnel and centre console. An integrated touch-screen entertainment system can also be specified, including iPod® connectivity and Bluetooth® functionality.
About the Evora Sport 410 GP Edition

Developed by Lotus Exclusive, the bespoke Evora Sport 410 GP Edition has been created in honour of Team Lotus’ iconic F1 colour scheme raced between 1972 and 1986. From the famous Lotus 72 though to the beautiful Lotus 79 and the blisteringly fast Lotus 98T – some of the greatest drivers have competed in the famous black and gold.

Lotus F1 cars wearing the iconic livery won five Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships and 35 Grand Prix, driven by some of the greatest drivers in F1 history, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Ronnie Peterson, Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna.

The Evora Sport 410 GP Edition will be limited to an exclusive run of five vehicles and has been designed to illustrate what can be achieved through the Lotus Exclusive programme.

Over 400 dedicated team members hand build every Lotus at the company’s headquarters in Hethel, its home for the last 50 years. The Lotus Exclusive programme, combining traditional British craftsmanship with modern design, inspires customers to spend time tailoring the character of their Lotus with a comprehensive array of options. Since its introduction this has proved increasingly popular, with 25% of all new cars undergoing some form of personalisation.

Availability and Price 

The Lotus Evora Sport 410 is limited to a global production run of 150 vehicles per year, and the Evora Sport 410 for the North American market is available to order now at a MSRP excluding taxes of $104,200. The MSRP of the Lotus Evora Sport 410 GP Edition is $110,000.
Lotus Pet Lids: Protection For Four Legged Friends
01.04.2017
- New Lotus lifestyle range of stylish helmets for cats
- Personalisation service available through Lotus Exclusive
- Available to order until noon today
Lightweight, optimised and ergonomically designed for four-legged friends, the new Lotus Pet Lids are the ultimate accessory for animal friendly sports car owners.

After extensive and hair-raising time trials, Lotus has developed its new lifestyle range of stylish helmets for cats to be both practical and desirable. Tipping the scales at a trim 25 grams, the wonderfully detailed lids can be personalised with your furry companion’s name and blood group.

Available in a choice of contemporary and historic colour schemes, the new Lotus Pet Lids are a perfect way to enhance the safety of cats for trips to the vet, visiting a cat show, or just a spirited Sunday drive.
Commenting on how Lotus has taken the lead in this new field, Head of Safety Felix Shepard said: “We were inspired by Clark, the Hethel factory cat who kept wanting to jump in the cars when we were track testing. As we take safety seriously, it was only proper that our furry friends should be afforded the same pedigree of protection that our drivers have.”

Launched in time for spring, the Lotus Pet Lids are now available for loyal Lotus fans and can be ordered until noon today. The helmets can also be customised through the company’s increasingly popular Lotus Exclusive programme. Developed by the Lotus Design team, it combines traditional British craftsmanship with the best of modern design. Conceived to inspire a new breed of customer, allowing them to tailor the helmets to their, and their pet’s, personal taste, it offers a comprehensive array of options and provides an alluring alternative to an off-the-peg pet helmet.
Weniger Gewicht heißt mehr Lotus – die neue Lotus Elise Sprint
18.03.2016
- Neue Generation der handgefertigten Sportwagen-Ikone von Lotus feiert Premiere mit Sprint-Edition
- Mehr Carbonfaser in Elise Sprint: Einsparung von 41 kg reduziert Trockengewicht auf 798 kg
- Neues Front- und Heckdesign sowie umfassendes Upgrade der Innenausstattung
- Ab sofort bei Lotus-Händlern verfügbar
Weiterentwickelt, energiegeladen und noch leichter: Vorhang auf für eine runderneuerte Generation der legendären Lotus Elise, die in diesem Frühjahr erstmals in den Händler-Showrooms zu sehen ist.

Prunkstück der überarbeiteten Elise-Modellreihe ist die neue Elise Sprint, die in perfekter Lotus-Tradition so effizient konstruiert ist, dass die Unterschreitung der 800 kg-Grenze zum Maß aller Dinge wird. Mit zahlreichen serienmäßigen Komponenten zur Gewichtseinsparung und einem unverwechselbaren neuen Styling bleibt der neue Lotus den Grundprinzipien des Unternehmens treu. Doch nicht nur die neue Elise Sprint profitiert von der Runderneuerung: Der neue Look und die neuen Wahlmöglichkeiten für die Innenausstattung werden auf alle neuen Elise-Modelle übertragen. Zudem kann jede einzelne Leichtbaukomponente der Sprint auch für das serienmäßige Elise Sport-Modell und die Elise Sport 220-Variante geordert werden.
Die radikalste Gewichtsreduktion seit Einführung der ersten Elise-Generation konnte Lotus nur durch eine Rückkehr zu jener hohen Ingenieurskunst umsetzen, die auch für die neuesten Vertreter der anderen Modellreihen eingesetzt wird. Im Vergleich zum Vorgängermodell bringt die Sprint-Edition der Lotus Elise 41 kg weniger auf die Waage und bleibt mit einem Trockengewicht von 798 kg unter der magischen 800-kg-Grenze.
Im Mittelpunkt steht der Fahrer – er, oder natürlich sie, soll ganz in das Fahrerlebnis eintauchen. Damit untermauert die neue Elise die führende Position des Unternehmens in der Automobilbranche. Die Elise. Unverfälscht und perfekt ausbalanciert. Ein Favorit bei Fahrern und Enthusiasten. Bis dato wurden fast 33.000 Exemplare im berühmten Lotus-Werk im britischen Hethel von Hand gefertigt. Die Unternehmenstradition lebt in der neuen Elise fort, trägt dieses Fahrzeug doch die Effizienz-Vision von Lotus-Gründer Colin Chapman in die Zukunft und kommt zu einem perfekten Zeitpunkt, um als Ergänzung zum stärksten Modellportfolio aller Zeiten für noch mehr frischen Wind zu sorgen.

Die vertraute Lotus-Designsprache findet sich im neuen Look von Front und Heck der neuen Elise wieder. Der Innenraum wurde komplett überarbeitet, wobei die leichtgewichtige offene Schaltmechanik, die erstmals im Lotus Exige Sport 350 vorgestellt wurde, einen besonderen Blickfang darstellt. Die Elise Sprint ist mit 1,6-Liter-Saugmotor oder 1,8-Liter-Kompressormotor verfügbar. Damit wird dieses Fahrzeug zum faszinierenden Mittelpunkt der Modellpalette und gewinnt durch serienmäßige Leichtbau- und Carbonkomponenten an zusätzlichem Reiz.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO der Group Lotus plc. meint zum neuen Modell: „Wieder einmal verschiebt die neue Elise die Grenzen des Möglichen, wie leicht ein Sportwagen sein kann. Während andere Autobauer versuchen, mit den Errungenschaften von Lotus bei der Gewichtsreduktion Schritt zu halten, haben wir die Messlatte kurzerhand außerhalb ihrer Reichweite verschoben. Ein agiler, leichter Sportwagen wiegt nicht knapp über eine Tonne. Er sollte deutlich weniger auf die Waage bringen und es ist eine phänomenale Leistung von Lotus, dass die straßenzugelassene neue Elise die 800-kg-Marke unterbietet.“

„Das geringere Gewicht verhilft der Elise zu einem noch unverfälschteren Fahrgefühl, mehr Dynamik und einer allgemein verbesserten Leistung“, so Jean-Marc Gales weiter. „Wie wir in Hethel sagen: Weniger Gewicht ist gleich mehr Lotus.“
Das Sprint-Modell und die Seele von Lotus
Damit diese Neuauflage der Elise den typischen Lotus-Charakter fortführt, ist das Comeback des Sprint-Emblems – das schon frühere Modelle wie der Elan tragen durften – als äußerst reizvolle und extrem leichtgewichtige Option konzipiert, die sich zwischen den entsprechenden Elise Sport-Modellen und dem Spitzenmodell, der Elise Cup 250, einreiht.

Die serienmäßigen Leichtbaukomponenten der Elise Sprint sind unter anderem eine Lithium-Ionen-Batterie, mit der 9 kg eingespart werden, 6 kg leichtere, detailverliebt ausgearbeitete Lotus-Carbon-Sportsitze sowie neue 5 kg leichtere Räder aus geschmiedetem Aluminium. Die vordere Abdeckung, die Überrollbügelabdeckung und die Motorhaube sind aus Carbon und die Heckscheibe aus Polycarbonat gefertigt, was das Gewicht um weitere 6 kg senkt. Insgesamt lassen sich mit diesen Bauteilen im Vergleich zu den vorigen Sport- und Sport 220-Modellen beeindruckende 26 kg einsparen. In Kombination mit den anderen Optimierungen, die in der gesamten Elise-Modellreihe eingeführt werden, lässt sich damit für die neue Elise Sprint ein Gewicht von nur 798 kg (trocken) herauskitzeln. Ab Mai dieses Jahres sind 4 kg leichtere, zweiteilige Bremsscheiben sowie Einstiegsleisten aus Carbon (0,8 kg) optional verfügbar. Diese Gewichtsreduktion macht sich in einer noch rasanteren Beschleunigung (0-100 km/h in 6,3 Sekunden für die Elise Sprint bzw. 4,5 Sekunden für die Elise Sprint 220), einem kernigeren Kurvenverhalten und einem Leistungsgewicht von 5.9 kg / PS (Elise Sprint) und 3.6 kg / PS (Elise Sprint 220) bemerkbar.
Was bei einigen anderen Herstellern vernachlässigt wird, hat bei Lotus einen hohen Stellenwert: der Motorsound. Daher haben sich die Akustik-Ingenieure in Hethel die Zeit genommen, den Klang der leistungsstarken Elise Sport 220- und Elise Sprint 220-Modelle noch ansprechender zu gestalten. Das neue Endrohr sorgt bei jeder Geschwindigkeit für den perfekten Sound und lässt die Elise mit 1,8-Liter-Kompressormotor zum Vierzylinder mit dem besten Sound auf dem Markt werden.

Das Exterieur der Sprint-Modelle besticht mit einer mattschwarzen Querträgerblende, schwarzen, maßgefertigten Rädern mit kontrastierend geschliffenen Felgen, markanten und doch dezenten Seitenstreifen an der Karosserie sowie exklusiven Emblemen an der Seite und am Heck.

Weitere Highlights sind farbige Einsätze an den Sportsitzen, der Schaltkonsole und der Einfassung der Klimaanlage, die sich am Farbton der Außenlackierung orientieren, sowie aufgestickte Sprint-Embleme. Zudem kann das Sprint-Modell an den Türen, Leisten, Sitzen und Lüftungseinfassungen mit Alcantara®-Paneelen mit sportlichen Kontraststeppungen ausgestattet werden.

Weniger Gewicht heißt mehr Lotus
Ebenso wie die neue Elise Sprint-Variante darf sich die gesamte Elise-Modellreihe über eine Reihe von Optimierungen freuen, darunter eine Gewichtsreduktion um 10 Kilogramm, die durch verschiedene neue Komponenten erreicht wird. Die Veränderungen an der Karosserie – wie eine leichtgewichtige Frontschürze im neuen Look mit breiteren Lufteinlässen und Netzgrill – sorgen für einen aggressiveren Auftritt und 8,7 kg weniger Gewicht. Die neu gestaltete Querträgerblende am Heck verfügt über zwei statt vier Heckleuchten und nimmt die Rückfahr- und Nebelschlussleuchten mit auf. Dadurch werden weitere 0,3 kg gespart und das Heckdesign wirkt eindrücklicher und breiter.

Doch die Veränderungen an Front und Heck sind nicht nur rein optischer Natur – sie sorgen für eine ausgewogene Verteilung des aerodynamischen Anpressdrucks über das gesamte Fahrzeug hinweg. Vergrößerte Gummielemente am flachen Unterboden und vor dem Vorderrad verändern zusammen mit einem zusätzlichen Diffusorflügel am Heck die Luftströmung unter dem Fahrzeug, was den Luftwiderstand verringert und die Stabilität erhöht.

Die offene Schaltkulisse von Lotus sorgt mit ihren faszinierenden Details nicht nur für einen spektakulären Blickfang im Innenraum der neuen Elise, sondern ist gleichzeitig deutlich direkter bedienbar – für präzisere und schnellere Schaltvorgänge. Doch die offene Schaltkulisse überzeugt nicht nur technisch und ästhetisch, sondern reduziert zusätzlich das Gewicht um ein weiteres Kilogramm. Das erstmals im Exige Sport 350 eingesetzte Design wurde behutsam weiterentwickelt und eigens für die Elise optimiert – und passt damit perfekt zum Lotus-Charakter.
Der Innenraum wurde zudem mit einer neuen Mittelkonsole ausgestattet, die bereits vom Exige bekannt ist. Optionale Carbonabdeckleisten an den Türschwellern reduzieren das Gewicht um 0,8 kg und vergrößern für einen leichteren Ein- und Ausstieg die Türöffnung um bis zu 10 mm. Auch die Instrumententafel der Elise zeigt sich in neuem Gewand: Neue Grafiken sorgen für eine bessere Lesbarkeit und außerdem ist ein neues Bord-Entertainmentsystem mit iPod®-Anschluss und Bluetooth®-Funktion vorgesehen, das bei Vertragsabschluss in Auftrag gegeben werden kann.
Im neuen Fahrzeug sind optional Alcantara®-Bezüge für das Lenkrad, die Lüftungseinfassungen und die Leisten verfügbar. Zudem können weitere Optimierungen gewählt werden, darunter eine neue Lackfarbe: „Electric Light Blue“, die ab sofort in der Hauptfarbpalette von Lotus zu finden ist.
Die neue Elise Sport und Sprint sind in zwei Motorvarianten verfügbar: mit einem 1,6-Liter-Motor oder einem 1,8-Liter-Kompressormotor. Mit 136 PS/160 Nm Drehmoment beziehungsweise 220 PS/250 Nm Drehmoment sind die Motoren speziell an die Elise angepasst und sorgen für eine in diesem Segment führende Effizienz und ein Leistungsgewicht, das neue Maßstäbe setzt. Aufgrund der Leichtbauweise sind die Emissionen extrem niedrig: 149 g CO2 / km für den 1,6‑Liter-Motor und 173 g CO2 / km für den 1,8-Liter-Motor.
Für die Bremskraft sorgen Doppelkolben-Bremssättel von AP Racing vorn und Brembo-Einkolben-Bremssättel hinten – wobei leichte zweiteilige Bremsscheiben optional ebenfalls verfügbar sind. Alle Fahrzeuge sind mit dem Dynamic Performance Management (Lotus DPM) mit vom Fahrer wählbaren Fahrmodi ausgestattet.

Was der Elise stets einen Vorsprung vor der Konkurrenz verschaffte, hielt auch in der neuen Version Einzug: Basis des Fahrzeugs ist ein Chassis in extrudierter Aluminiumverbundstruktur, das über eine enorme Festigkeit und Torsionssteifigkeit verfügt – bei einem Gewicht von nur 68 kg.

Zudem wurde auch die bewährte Fahrwerkseinstellung des Vorgängermodells in die neue Elise übernommen: unabhängige Doppelquerlenker-Radaufhängung mit Stabilisatorenstange vorn, dazu Hochleistungsgasdruckdämpfer von Bilstein und koaxiale Eibach-Schraubenfedern vorn und hinten. Aufgrund des im Vergleich zum Vorgängermodell reduzierten Gewichts wurde die effektive Federkonstante geringfügig erhöht. So wurde das direkte Handling noch einmal weiter verbeßert, das so typisch für alle Lotus-Fahrzeuge ist.

Das neue Elise-Modell tritt in große Fußstapfen: Es ist als würdiger Nachfolger des bis dato erfolgreichsten Lotus-Modells konzipiert und kann ab sofort bestellt werden. Die Auslieferung beginnt im April 2017.

Eine neue Lotus Elise Cup 250
Eine neue Version des populärsten Elise-Modells, die Cup 250, feiert im Mai 2017 Premiere und wird zu einem Listenpreis von 62.600 €. angeboten. Auch die neue Elise Cup 250 profitiert von den Neuerungen der Elise-Modellreihe, wodurch sie bemerkenswerte 23 kg leichter als ihr Vorgängermodell ist. Als Leichtbauoptionen sind ein Aerodynamik-Paket sowie die vordere Abdeckung, die Überrollbügelabdeckung und die Motorhaube aus Carbon verfügbar, mit denen die Gewichtsreduktion von 40 kg erreicht wurde. Ergebnis: eine noch rasantere Leistung. Kurz vor der Marktpremiere des Fahrzeugs werden weitere Presseinformationen veröffentlicht. Kunden können die neue Cup 250 ab sofort bestellen.

Lotus Exclusive-Programm
Jede neue Lotus Elise kann mit dem Lotus Exclusive-Programm personalisiert werden. Dieses vom Lotus Designteam entwickelte Konzept verbindet traditionelle britische Handwerkskunst mit sportlich-modernem Design. Es ist ein Programm, das die Kunden dazu inspiriert, ihr Fahrzeug aus einer Vielfalt von Optionen an ihren persönlichen Geschmack anzupassen. Eine reizvolle Alternative zu einem Sportwagen, der jedem gehören könnte.

Weitere Informationen über die Lotus Elise-Modellreihe finden Sie auf: http://www.lotuscars.com/about-elise.
Vom Hersteller empfohlener Preis:

Elise Sport 40.800 €
Elise Sprint 47.300 €
Elise Sport 220 49.800 €
Elise Sprint 220 56.300 €
Elise Cup 250 62.600 €
Lotus in Deutschland: Schnelles Wachstum und höchste Verkaufszahlen seit 2010
04.02.2017
- Höchste Verkaufszahlen seit 2010
- Weltweite Einführung der neuen Modelle mit exzellenter Presseresonanz
Lotus Evora Sport 410
Mit 151 verkauften Lotus in Deutschland wurde im Jahr 2016 die höchste Verkaufszahl der Marke seit 2010 erreicht.

In den vergangenen 12 Monaten hat Lotus vier neue Modelle im Markt eingeführt:

Die Elise Cup 250 und den 3-11 im Frühjahr, den Evora Sport 410 im Herbst und den Exige Sport 380 zum Jahresende.

Jedes dieser Modelle ist schneller und leichter als der jeweilige Vorgänger und wurde weltweit von den Medien mit 5 Sternen ausgezeichnet.

Der exzellent beurteilte Evora 400 wurde im Sommer in dem Nord-Amerikanischen Markt eingeführt und hat bereits eine Lieferzeit von 6 Monaten.
Lotus Exige Sport 380
Jean-Marc Gales der CEO von Group Lotus plc sagt zu dem großen Erfolg von Lotus in 2016: „ Mit unseren neuen Modellen demonstrieren wir , dass die Werte „ schneller und leichter“ von Lotus und Colin Chapman heute mehr denn je gewollt und als relevant anerkannt werden.

Während andere Automobil Hersteller den Kampf um das Gewicht zunehmend verlieren und die Fahrer immer mehr von dem direkten Fahrerlebnis isolieren, machen wir genau das Gegenteil.

Jedes unserer neuen Modelle die wir  in 2016 eingeführt haben , ist schneller, puristischer und gibt dem Fahrer ein noch direkteres Fahrerfeedback als das jeweilige Vorgängermodell.

Diese Eigenschaften sind die Schlüsselerfolgsfaktoren für jedes neue Modell ,die wir  natürlich bei jedem neuen Modell konsequent weiterentwickeln und ausbauen  werden“.
Jean-Marc Gales – CEO, Group Lotus plc
Wolfgang Momberger, der Verkaufsdirektor für Deutschland ergänzt: „Immer mehr Sportwagenfahrer in Europa und der Welt sind von Lotus fasziniert. Ich möchte deshalb unseren Händler sehr dafür danken, dass sie mit  großem Engagement und Leidenschaft Lotus ganz nach oben auf die Prioritäten-Liste der Sportwagenkäufer gebracht haben.

Lotus ist aber nicht nur in Deutschland erfolgreich – auch in Frankreich, Italien, Spanien und Portugal konnte die Marke gegenüber dem Vorjahr signifikant wachsen.
Lotus Cup 250
Lotus wird in Deutschland von 13 Händlern und 4 Service-Centren vertreten.
Lotus 3-Eleven