This is the quickest racer the British company has ever produced, with the Elise Race 250 being based on the new Elise Cup 250 that was just presented this year during the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The bad news it’s only going to be available on the track, but the upside is the model can be had in a number of race series taking place in various places around the world. It goes about the circuits using the same 1.8-liter supercharged petrol engine as its street version and comes with 243 horsepower (181 kilowatts) and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton meters) of torque, the engine linked to a six-speed manual transmission. But the similarities between the race 250 and Cup 250 end here – with the former packing Nitron adjustable dampers, uprated brake pads, FIA approved carbon fiber race seat with six-point racing harness, a removable steering wheel, and a polycarbonate rear windscreen.

Track-racer to the bones, here’s the Lotus Elise Race 250 1

There’s also a full aerodynamic body kit inclusive of a front splitter, a rear diffuser, floor extensions, and a rear wing to bring even more downforce – 145.5 pounds (66 kilograms) at 100 miles per hour (161 kilometers per hour) and 342 lbs (155 kg) at maximum speed of 154 mph (248 km/h). The company’s Motorsport division has used the “Lightweight Laboratory” and now the racer has a new lithium-ion battery saving 22 lbs (10 kg) and carbon fiber race seats for another 13 lbs (6 kg). There’s also an optional Carbon Aero Pack which has the regular front splitter, rear wing, rear diffuser, and side floor-extensions replaced with lightweight carbon parts for another 22 lbs (10 kg) drop. With all goodies on, the Race 250 will tip the scales below 1985 lbs (900 kg) – some 68 lbs (31 kg) being lost from the Elise Cup 250.


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