Lotus Elise Sprint sheds 90 pounds 03/17/17

Lynne Hanson
March 19, 2017

Lotus has revealed a new Sprint edition of its famously-light Elise sports auto, which makes extensive use of carbon fibre to reduce the car's weight even further. Thanks to extensive use of lightweight materials, this new Elise Sprint weighs just 1,759 pounds, a weight loss of about 90 pounds.

The weight savings come from a long shopping list of specialized parts, starting with a lithium-ion battery, carbon race seats and lightweight forged-alloy wheels. Other weight-saving components are shared across other Elise vehicles, including two-piece brake discs (9 pounds). The achievement is said to represent the biggest weight cut since the introduction of the first-generation Elise. The most basic Elise, the Sport, goes on sale in the United Kingdom with a starting price of £32,300 ($39,945).

Opt for the new Sprint edition, available with either a 1.6-litre (134hp) naturally aspirated or 1.8-litre supercharged (217hp) engine sitting in its centre, and keen drivers will get a auto that tips the scales at less than 800kg.

ICONIC British sports vehicle maker Lotus is launching a newcomer to its Elise line-up in April which will be one of the lightest in the range. Not a lot, admittedly, but it could make life that little bit less awkward.

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The Sprint also gets a new front and rear design and significant interior upgrades.

Less weight = more performance, naturally. It will be 23kg lighter than its predecessor and has access to a Carbon Aero pack for saving up to 40kg. An Elise Sprint 220, meanwhile, costs from £44,300, which is also £500 more expensive than the Sport 220 (bit of a pattern here) and £3,100 less than the Elise Cup 250.

The entire Elise line-up seems to have benefited from a range of improvements, foremost of which is a 10 kg reduction in mass.

As for the price of the Lotus Elise Sprint (available this very second), expect to pay from £37,300, which is £5,000 more than the Elise Sport.

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