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Lotus Cars has unveiled its new street-legal track car in the form of the Lotus Elise S Cup. Inspired by its more intense twin, the track-only Elise S Cup R, the road-going iteration has been designed as an uncompromising alternative for “enthusiasts seeking a viable track-day/road car.”

“This engaging new model accentuates the pure driving competence elicited by Lotus. Light, agile and significantly faster on-track than the standard Elise S, it will appeal to competition-minded enthusiasts,” said Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales.

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And much faster it is, as the new Elise S Cup is said to be up to three seconds faster than normal Elise S model around the Hethel test track. It looks the part, too, with the addition of a new front splitter, lateral bargeboards, a fixed roof, a large spoiler and a rear diffuser.

Inside, it’s pretty much the same story with the normal Elise models, that is to say – barren. A ‘T45-spec’ roll-hoop allows owners to retrofit a full roll-cage and competition harnesses should the need arise. A reworking of the car’s electrical systems allow for an easier installation of a fire extinguisher and ‘kill-switch’.

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The addition of said aerodynamic add-ons contribute to an increase of downforce by 66 kg at 160 km/h and a maximum of 125 kg at its top speed of 225 km/h. Power comes courtesy of a mid-mounted supercharged, 1.8 litre VVT-i four-cylinder mill producing 217 hp at 6,800 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm.

All that power gets shoved to the rear wheels via a traditional six-speed manual transmission. With a power-to-weight ratio of 233 hp/ton, the 932 kg Elise S Cup rockets from rest to a 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds. The Lotus Elise S Cup is available to order with a starting price of £43,500 (RM234,216).