Power is not the be all and end all of going quickly. A cruise ship produces thousands of horsepower but barely eclipses running pace. Being light is crucial, not only for acceleration, but also for pleasant manors through the corners. Lotus are a company who know the value of going on a diet, and this new Lotus Elise Race 250 is slimmer of the week!
We all know and love the Lotus Elise for its fly-like agility and pure driving experience. Taking founder Collin Chapman up on his motto to “add lightness” this Lotus Elise Race 250 is the lightest variant you can buy. This is a racing car and so it can do without such luxuries as headlights. The aluminium chassis weighs just 68KG. If you option the carbon fibre aerodynamic package the total weight is a mere 900KG. Speaking of aero… Check out that diffuser!
Powered by a mid-mounted 1.8 litre engine that produces 243 BHP, this Elise has a serious power to weight ratio advantage over many competitors. It is this edge makes it the fastest racing Elise in the models history. Completely adjustable suspension enables the driver to tailor this Lotus to the current track whilst AP Racing and Brembo bring their talents to the braking department. Forged alloy wheels wear a set of Yokohama A048 semi-slick tyres.
The new Lotus Elise Race 250 is on sale now and costs from £53,500.