Lotus puts new Elise Sprint on diet

New Lotus elise is even lighter with the Sprint model shedding 41kg. Picture: Lotus

New Lotus elise is even lighter with the Sprint model shedding 41kg. Picture: Lotus - Credit: Lotus

Lotus continues its meticulous mission to create lightweight sports cars with heavyweight performance by launching the new Elise Sprint which sheds 41kg.

New Lotus elise is even lighter with the Sprint model shedding 41kg. Picture: Lotus

New Lotus elise is even lighter with the Sprint model shedding 41kg. Picture: Lotus - Credit: Lotus

Lotus has put its new Elise Sprint model on a strict diet – and it's shed 41kg compared to the old model.

The iconic sports car has received a minor facelift for 2017, with the British manufacturer adding an even-more-lightweight model to the range, dubbed Elise Sprint.

In this trim, carbon fibre is used for the bucket seats, access panel, roll hoop cover and engine cover to save more than 10kg combined. Lightweight alloy wheels and a new lithium-ion battery help drop the weight further.

Overall, it's 41kg lighter than the car it replaces and means the Elise Sprint models weigh in at just 798kg. Standard Sport models are 26kg lighter than the previous Elise.

New Lotus elise is even lighter with the Sprint model shedding 41kg. Picture: Lotus

New Lotus elise is even lighter with the Sprint model shedding 41kg. Picture: Lotus - Credit: Lotus


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There are two engine options available for both the Sprint and standard Sport models. The 1.6-litre makes 132bhp, while the supercharged 1.8-litre unit produces 214bhp and is fitted to cars with the 220 tag.

The base Lotus Elise Sprint starts at £37,300, while the Sprint 220 costs £44,300.

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Jean-Marc Gales, Lotus CEO, said: 'Once again, the Elise continues to redefine what is possible in terms of adding lightness to a sports car. Whilst other manufacturers try to keep pace with Lotus's weight reduction achievements, we've raised the bar beyond their reach.'

The term 'adding lightness' comes from Lotus's legendary founder Colin Chapman. He coined the phrase 'simplify, then add lightness' while running his F1 team of the same name and won multiple Formula 1 constructors' and drivers' championships with that ethos.

His dedication to keeping cars light has continued to be at the heart of everything Lotus builds.

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