In the world of motorsport performers, getting rid of fat is actually equal to what happens in the world of athletes – performances improve. And we all know Lotus’ appetite for getting rid of excess weight.
Take the 2017 Lotus Elise Sprint as its latest example – the car has been subjected to a carbon fiber diet that enabled the loss of 41 kilograms (90 pounds). Getting the carbon fiber in the sport’s car construction was the solution for the Norfolk engineers, and according to the diet-obsessed company, this is the biggest loss achieved since the introduction of the original Elise back in 1996. They are also resurrecting the well-known “Sprint” badge, with the latest version to wear it coming in with a great dry weight of just 798 kg (1,759 lbs). Aside from the carbon fiber use, there were other changes – new lithium-ion battery and bespoke forged alloy wheels, as well as a polycarbonate screen in the back.
The components that underwent the carbon fiber switch process are the seats, roll hoop cover and engine cover, as well as the access panel. The model also comes with a slightly different styling due to the engineers also playing with the front and rear to increase aerodynamic gains – and this new design is even responsible for losing 1 kg (2.2 lbs). The Exige-derived center console is also new, alongside optional sill covers made from carbon. The Elise Sprint can be had with the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter and the supercharged 1.8-liter engine. You get either 134 hp and 160 Nm or 217 hp and 250 Nm for a sprint to 60 mph (96 kph) in 5.9 or 4.1 seconds, respectively.