Lotus Elise Somehow Sheds 90 Pounds for New Sprint Special Edition

Lotus Elise Sprint on sale now from £37,300

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. "It should weigh substantially less and, it is a fantastic achievement from Lotus in ensuring that the fully type approved new Elise now dips below the 800 kg barrier". The big feature of this auto is the use of carbon fiber to reduce the weight of the already light Elise even further. The engineers at Hethel have cut 41 kg (90 lb) from the standard auto, for a dry weight of just 798 kg (1,798 lb).

The iconic sports auto has received a minor facelift for 2017, with the British manufacturer adding an even-more-lightweight model to the range, dubbed "Sprint". Opt for the supercharged 1.8-liter engine, and output rises to 217 horsepower and 184 torques, while the 0-60 time drops to 4.1 seconds.

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The Lotus Elise Sprint is obviously based on the latest Elise, but it has undergone the biggest weight reduction since the first-generation auto. That's £5000 more than the standard "Sport" models in each case. "Enhanced by less weight, the Elise now provides even more driving purity, greater agility and higher all-round performance". The entire Elise range got some styling upgrades for 2017 both inside and out, which sheds 22 lbs. thanks to a redesigned front clamshell with wider radiator apertures, and mesh pattern grille that's 19.2 lbs. lighter. It will be 23kg lighter than its predecessor and has access to a Carbon Aero pack for saving up to 40kg.

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Orders for the new Elise range are now open.

"The addition of the Elise Sprint to Lotus" model range comes amid the arrival of an updated version of the Elise. 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.

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