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New Lotus Elise Sprint puts sports car on a diet

Friday 17 March 2017, By Autovolo

New Lotus Elise Sprint puts sports car on a diet

New Lotus Elise Sprint puts sports car on a diet

Lotus has put the Elise on a strict diet and the result is this new Sprint model – it’s 41kg lighter than the previous version.

The iconic sports car has received a minor update for 2017, with the British manufacturer adding a new, even lighter model to its range dubbed “Sprint”.

Carbon fibre has been used for the bucket seats, access panel, roll hoop cover and engine cover to save more than 10kg combined, while lightweight alloy wheels and a new battery help reduce weight further.

Overall, it saves 41kg compared to the old Elise, and means that Sprint models weigh in at just 798kg. Standard Sport models are still an impressive 26kg lighter than before.

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

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

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” is inspired by Lotus’s legendary founder Colin Chapman. He coined the phrase “simplify, then add lightness” for his Formula 1 team of the same name and lead them to multiple championships.

He died of a heart attack in December 1982, but the company continues his ethos of keeping cars light even today.