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First things first, why the gold paint? This particular shade of paint is called Championship Gold. It’s a tribute to a photograph of Colin Chapman sitting on the front of a similarly hued S2 Esprit with a JPS-liveried Cessna 414 in the background. Never has a light aircraft looked cooler. I was dubious about the idea of a gold Elise, but it’s not an overly bling colour, so it actually works rather well. As you can see, the gold is also contrasted rather nicely with the carbonfibre elements. The carbon roof is an option (as is the titanium exhaust on this car) but the splitter, front access panel, engine cover, roll hoop cover, seats and wing are all carbon as standard. And my what a big wing it is… The Elise Cup 260’s wing essentially a slightly truncated version of the item found on the 3-Eleven track car. Bolted on to beautiful billet aluminium supports, it is part of a package that increases downforce by 44 per cent over the Elise Cup 250.