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The new Elise Race 250 benefits from the continuous design philosophy of Lotus and its perpetual quest to evolve all constituent parts, lightening and optimising them. At the core of the new car lies the company’s famous Lotus’ aluminium vehicle chassis technology. Employing strong and stiff lightweight extrusions joined by epoxy adhesive, it’s both immensely strong and torsionally stiff yet, the chassis for the Elise Race 250 tips the scales at just 68 kgs.


Eligible for many race series around the world, this sensational new Elise has been developed to meet the high demands of the track, with a raft of performance-orientated features as standard. Packing a supercharged, 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine with a 6 speed manual gearbox, the Elise Race 250 boasts 243 hp (246 PS) at 7200 rpm and an impressive 250 Nm of torque between 3500 rpm and 5500 rpm.


Delivering a level of ability you’d expect from one of the world’s most famous racing marques, every aspect of the Lotus Elise Race 250 has been optimised to help slash lap times. This covers track-oriented features including Nitron adjustable dampers, uprated brake pads, FIA approved carbon fibre race seat with six-point racing harness, a removable steering wheel and a polycarbonate rear windscreen.


The Lotus Elise Race 250 also features a full aero package, including front splitter, rear diffuser, floor extensions and a rear wing. As a result, the car’s design generates substantial downforce, equal to 66 kg at 100 mph and 155 kg at maximum speed of 154 mph (248 km/h).





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  • Fuel-injected and supercharged
  • 1.8-litre engine develops 243bhp (246PS)
  • Delivers punchy 184lbs ft (250Nm) of torque
  • Mid-engine provides balance
  • Lotus-developed Electronic Throttle Control
  • Locking differential
  • Consummate race car

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  • Focused minimalism
  • Trimmed in ergonomic padding 
  • FIA approved carbon fibre race seat
  • Hip-hugging driving position
  • 6-point safety harness
  • Small diameter, quick-release steering wheel
  • Stripped out interior
  • Pushbutton start
  • Electric windows

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  • Race derived model
  • Intended to win races 
  • Most extreme of all Elise models
  • Race suspension
  • Weighs just 900 kg

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  • Head-turning presence
  • Compact packaging
  • Advanced aerodynamics package
  • Race developed barge boards and spoilers
  • Taut and poised
  • Motorsport developed

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  • Manual 6-speed
  • Close ratios
  • Light shift weight
  • Slick changes
  • Balanced clutch weight
  • Lotus throttle management
  • Fast rev-drop between shifts


Engine, Transmission and Dimensions
Body and Suspension
Steering, Brakes and Wheels
Interior Specification
Options and Option Packs
TRACK ONLY Elise Race 250
Max power243 hp at 7200 rpm (246 PS) *
Max torque250 Nm at 3500-5500 rpm (184 lbft)
Engine PositionTransverse mid-mounted
Unladen Vehicle Mass900 kg**
* Performance results may vary depending upon the specification of the particular vehicle, environmental conditions, driving style and other factors. No type approval documentation or Certificate of Conformity is supplied with the vehicle. This is a race car and carries no Lotus warranty. Any type of timed, competitive vehicle use requires that a suitably qualified specialist apply expert levels of vehicle preparation and servicing. Customers are responsible for ensuring their vehicle is compliant with specific race regulations. For USA and Canada; Elise, Exige and 3-Eleven models are for track use-only (not road-legal). Errors and omissions excepted. 
** Dependent on specification.
 Elise Race 250
All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16-valve with chargecooled superchargerStandard
Mid-mounted, transverse, rear wheel driveStandard
Lotus Electronic Throttle Control systemStandard
Lightweight Lithium Ion batteryStandard
6 speed manual with sports ratiosStandard
Gear shift H patternStandard
Electronic Differential Lock [EDL]Standard
Length3824 mm
Width excluding mirrors1719 mm
Height1117 mm
Wheelbase2300 mm
Unladen vehicle mass900 kg**
** Dependent on specification
 Elise Race 250
Standard Lotus colour rangeStandard
Aerodynamically optimised body incorporating advanced composite front splitter with moulded end plates, larger rear diffuser, adjustable rear wing and barge boards with shaped aerodynamic aids to reduce drag coefficient, all in matt blackStandard
Fixed hard top roofStandard
Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure, front and rear towing eyesStandard
Composite front energy absorbing crash structureStandard
Door side impact beamsStandard
Composite body panelsStandard
Fully independent double wishbone suspension with one-way adjustable dampers, coaxial coil springs, sports anti-roll barStandard
 Elise Race 250
Solidly mounted, mechanical rack and pinion with quick release steering wheel Standard
AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and Brembo single-piston rear-calipersStandard
Hydraulic Brake Assist [HBA]Standard
Electronic Brake Distribution [EBD]Standard
Cornering Brake Control [CBC]Standard
Driver selectable ESP modesStandard
Black forged alloy, 10 spoke wheelsStandard
Front Yokohama AO48 tyres 195/50 R16Standard
Rear Yokohama AO48 tyres 225/45 R17Standard
 Elise Race 250
FIA approved carbon fibre race seat with six-point racing harnessStandard
A-Frame harness bar and FIA compliant front roll-cage sectionStandard
Fire extinguisher and battery isolatorStandard
 Elise Race 250
Carbon Aero PackOption
Carbon Exterior PackOption
FIA carbon fibre passenger seat with four point harnessOption
Metallic PaintOption
Signature PaintOption
70 litre FIA fuel cellOption