Lotus Cup Europe is the world's premier and longest-running Lotus race championship. First staged in 2004, it was originally set up by Group Lotus as a fun and professionally-run single-make motorsport series.
Lotus Cup Europe is an FIA International Series, with safety and technical regulations governed by world motorsport’s governing body. In addition to enjoying similar status to prestigious series such as DTM & Blancpain, it is run as a championship.
It enjoys exceptionally high levels of support from the Lotus community, with many enthusiasts attending events across Europe. Lotus Cup Europe is active on social media with well over 60,000 Facebook followers, and all rounds are broadcast on TV and on Facebook.
Race weekends involve a minimum of free practice session, followed by 30 minutes of qualifying. There are two or three half-hour races at every meeting, with both standing and rolling starts employed.
Lotus Cup Europe receives technical support from Group Lotus, and competitors have full use of a dedicated hospitality unit with catering facilities as a social hub.
Entries are split into three classes:
|V6 Cup||for the Exige V6 Cup and Evora GT4|
|Production||for the Elise, including the Elise Cup R|
|2-Eleven/Open||for the four-cylinder supercharged open-top 2-Eleven, four- cylinder Exige Cup cars, and for most other Lotus cars that are not eligible for the other categories|
Championship points are scored according to class position. This means that drivers from all four classes have an equal chance of competing for the overall title. Current champion Bence Balogh won from the V6 Cup ranks last year, however titles have previously been claimed from the 2-Eleven and Production classes.
The Lotus Cup Europe calendar features the continent’s finest circuits, with three of 2020’s rounds scheduled to support the prestigious DTM German Touring Car championship at Monza, Italy; Brands Hatch, UK; and the Nürburgring in Germany. The season commences at the Hockenheim Historic and concludes at the 24 Heures Camions event at Le Mans in front of 60,000 spectators.
The championship is open to drivers with all levels of experience, provided they hold an International D race licence or higher. Whilt the series has grown hugely since its inception over a decade ago, the emphasis has firmly remained as a fun and social environment in which to compete.
|15-17 May||Paul Ricard|
|26-28 June||Monza DTM|
|22-23 August||Brands Hatch DTM|
|11-13 September||Nurburgring DTM|
|25-26 September||Le Mans|
Other global Lotus race series
During its early years the Elise Trophy supported numerous top-class events including DTM, World Touring Cars and A1GP. Today the championship runs over six rounds at UK circuits including Silverstone and Brands hatch.
There are two classes:
- NA for Elise S1 and S2
- FI for Elise S3
Entrants require a MSA race licence and can be brand new to racing.
For more information visit: https://www.msvrelisetrophy.com
|5 April||Donington Park National|
|8 May||Cadwell Park|
|20 June||Silverstone National|
|11 July||Snetterton 300|
|1 August||Oulton Park International|
|12September||Brands Hatch Indy|
|3 October||Snetterton 300|
- The championship runs on small purpose-built tracks and airfield venues
- Simple format of untimed single lap practice and 1-3 official timed runs
- The championship is to allow Lotus owners who want to get involved in low-cost motorsport to compete against each other in an official championship
- There is little car preparation required so standard road cars can be run unmodified
- The championship runs two classes – Production and Supersport – with up to 20 competitors at each round
For more information visit: http://www.lcukspeed.com
Lotus Cup Japan runs over six rounds including at Suzuka circuit and Fuji speedway as part of Japan Lotus Day, the world’s largest annual gathering of Lotus cars.
For more information visit: http://www.lotus-cars.jp/motorsport/lotus-cup
Due for relaunch in 2021, Lotus Cup USA will be open to all Lotus owners with numerous examples of the Elise, Exige, Evora and 2-Eleven eligible to take part.
The series will run over six events at iconic tracks including Laguna Seca and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Entries will be split into four classes:
For more information visit www.lotuscup.us
The series consists of a total of six events on the major Italian circuits including Monza and Imola.
The series runs a single racing-specification Lotus Elise and trophies are presented to:
- The top three overall
- Pirelli Rookie
- Pirelli Cup class for senior drivers
For more information visit www.lotuscup.it
Lotus Cars Australia (LCA) provides a national events programme that gives owners numerous opportunities to get involved in driving and motorsport activities across the country.The programme includes:
- Three national LCA-organised track days. These offer owners the opportunity to drive on the best circuits in Australia while soaking up the family atmosphere of the Lotus community
- Three Targa Australia tarmac rallies – Targa Tasmania, Targa Great Barrier Reef and Targa High Country
- Dealer-hosted track days and third-party events
Common to all events is full support from a team of qualified Lotus technicians.
For more information visit: www.lotuscars.com.au