Lotus Elise Cup Elite Living AfricaThe new Elise Race 250 from Lotus. (Photo: Lotus)The latest race car from Lotus, the new Elise Race 250, is the fastest Lotus ever built, designed to meet the high demands of the track.

The Elise Race 250 offers outstanding performance with its 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine and 6 speed manual gearbox. The new car from Lotus boasts 243 hp at 7200 rpm and a 250 Nm of torque between 3500 rpm and 5500 rpm.

Lotus has optimised the car to reduce lap times and it has been designed with track-oriented features including Nitron adjustable dampers, uprated brake pads, FIA approved carbon fibre race seat with six-point racing harness, a steering wheel which can be removed and a polycarbonate rear windscreen.

The Elise features a complete aero package, such as front splitter, rear diffuser, floor extensions and a rear wing. The car's design creates considerable downforce, equal to 66kg at 100mph and 155kg at maximum speed of 154mph.

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc, said, “Lotus was established to build race cars and with 68 years’ experience, no one knows more about extracting the best performance possible. The Elise Race 250 is the fastest, most focused Elise we’ve ever produced and, judging by what it’s capable of on track, it looks set to become a favourite with our racers around the world.”