Lotus doesn't sell many cars, but its whole range adheres to the simplify, then add lightness philosophy of founder Colin Chapman, and the Elise Sprint is no exception. The engineers at Hethel have cut 41 kg (90 lb) from the standard vehicle, for a dry weight of just 798 kg (1,798 lb).
The last Sprint edition was the Esprit, which is a legendary Lotus and perhaps why the modifications are extensive. The standard Sprint equipment takes out 26kg and includes a lithium-ion battery (minus 9kg), carbon seats removing 6kg, forged wheels saving 5kg and a 6kg reduction through a polycarbonate rear screen as well as carbon for the access panel, roll hoop cover and engine cover. Two-piece brake discs are available to reduce the weight further still.
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Lotus made some modifications to the Elise's aesthetics as well, which applies across the entire lineup. It can be had on both the standard Elise and the Elise 220, giving them a power-to-weight ratio of 168hp and 257hp per tonne, respectively ─ more than what the forthcoming Alpine A110 can do.
Buyers can choose from two powertrains, either a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated mill or a 1.8-liter supercharged engine.
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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". Not a lot, admittedly, but it could make life that little bit less awkward. These comprise new front and rear bumpers, fresh rear lights and "significant" interior upgrades - chief among which are an open-gated manual gearbox, a new centre console, fresh graphics for the instruments and a new stereo, with improved connectivity credentials. It sits above Elise Sport models and below the Elise 250 Cup in the range.
The base Lotus Elise Sprint starts at £37,300, while the Sprint 220 costs £44,300. Somehow, the new Elise Sprint barely tips the scales at a skinny 1,759 pounds, down 90 pounds from the regular Elise.
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