LOTUS ELISE 220 CUP
What do we have here?
The ageing but still ace Elise in one of its most distilled forms: the 220 Cup removes further kilos from an already scant kerbweight, then pushes the Elise back into the tarmac with a race-derived aero kit. Now available in more powerful Cup 250 and 260 variants, just in case 233bhp per tonne isn’t enough for you.
An a ordable sports car?
Used to be. These days the Elise is a £40k-plus machine. Namby-pamby options like air-con and a stereo cost extra.
Top-fuel dragster or top fun in corners?
Accelerates like it’s hitched to a rocket sled, but the Elise really lives for corners. Wing, splitter and side skirts (with aircraft-style No Step markings – nice touch) contribute genuine downforce (66kg at 100mph) at speeds where most cars would be generating lift (or the driver would be jumping on the brakes to slow it down).
Quick, but comfortable too