Lotus Cup Europe is the World's premier and longest-running Lotus race championship. It was originally set up by Group Lotus as fun but professionally run motor sport series.
Lotus Cup Europe is an FIA International Series, with safety and technical regulations governed by the FIA. In addition to enjoying similar status to prestigious series such as DTM & Blancpain, it is run as a championship.
Lotus Cup Europe enjoys unrivalled support from the Lotus community, with many enthusiasts attending events. The championship is active on social media with well over 60,000 Facebook followers and all rounds are broadcast on TV and on Facebook.
Competitors are assured of maximum time on track during events, with race weekends starting with a minimum of two free practice sessions, which are followed by 30 minutes of qualifying. There are two or three half-hour races, 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 as a social hub, and this includes catering facilities.
Entries are split into three classes: V6 Cup - for the Exige V6 Cup and Evora GT4. 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. Production - for Elises, including the Elise Cup R.
Championship points are scored according to class position, with bonus points added for the number of cars starting races in each class – therefore, drivers from all classes have an equal chance of competing for the overall title. Hungarian Bence Balogh won the 2018 title from the V6 Cup class, Belgian John Rasse raced a Production car to the championship in 2015, and Frenchman Jérémy Lourenco claimed the 2014 championship with a 2-Eleven.
The Lotus Cup Europe calendar features the continent’s finest circuits, with three of 2020’s rounds supporting the prestigious DTM championship at Monza, Brands Hatch and Nürburgring. 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 at all levels of experience, provided that they hold an International D licence or higher. Whilst 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.