English carmaker Lotus continues to find ways on how to shed weight in some of its cars. Case in point is the new Lotus Elise Sprint which had somehow, almost miraculously, shed 90 pounds of weight compared to the previous model. While all these improvements, it simply shows how Lotus is committed to the Elise model.
Lotus was able to shed weight by using new technologies. The company made some serious weight loss on its lithium-ion battery and carbon race seats. Several pounds were also lost by using a polycarbonate rear windshield, lightweight wheels, and two-piece brake discs. By using lightweight and new materials, Lotus was able to shed more than 60 pounds of weight from these components alone.
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Lotus is really keen into turning the Elise Sprint into as lightweight as possible. Which is why lightweight materials were used for the radiator apertures and grille which further shed another 25 pounds. Two rear light clusters were ditched and an exposed open-gate shifter design was adopted.
Under the hood, Lotus made few amends. The Lotus Elise Sprint will come in two engine configuration. The base model packs a 1.6-liter engine with 134horsepower and 118lb-ft of torque that can propel the car from zero to 60mph in just 5.9 seconds.
A more powerful option in the form of a 1.8-liter engine can be picked. It produces 217 horsepower and 184lb-ft of torque. Lotus claims that this configuration can accelerate the Elise Sprint from zero to 60mph in just 4.1 seconds, according to Auto Week.
Although the first batch of Lotus Elise Sprints will be delivered by next month, the company is already accepting orders. As for the new Elise, reports claim that a new model is expected to be released in 2020.