One of Lotus' most nimble cars, the Elise, is certainly no heavyweight. The guys over at the Norfolk however, thinks that the Elise could shed more weight to make it even lighter on its feet. To do so, the engineers implemented the use of carbon fiber in the construction of the Elise.
The result is being able to save 41 kg bringing the vehicle down to have a dry weight of 798 kg. Lotus has also brought back the “Sprint” badge to christen this lighter Elise.
Officially called the Elise Sprint, Lotus says the new version represents the most significant weight loss since the launch of the original Elise back in 1996. The new carbon fiber parts are found on the seats, roll hoop cover, engine cover as well as the access panel.
Aside from the carbon fiber parts, it also uses new bespoke forged alloy wheels, a new lithium-ion battery, and a polycarbonate screen at the rear, all in the name of shedding weight.
To save more weight, inside, Lotus has redesigned the open-gate manual gearbox to shave off an additional 1 kg. Meanwhile, the center console has been derived from the Exige along with optional carbon fiber sill covers removes another 0.8 kg further. On the outside, the Elise Sprint has a slightly modified front and rear fascias, boosting aerodynamics and freshening up the car's looks.
Courtesy of the Elise Sprint, the whole Elise lineup also benefits from the weight saving, which includes a 10kg mass reduction. The Elise Sprint will be available in both the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter and the supercharged 1.8-liter engine. The former puts out 134 PS with 160 Nm of torque while the latter produces 217 PS and 250 Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox drives the rear wheels.
Stopping power is provided by AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and Brembo single-piston rear calipers. In addition, the Elise Sprint has three modes for the electronic stability program (ESP), Drive, Sport and Off.