The new Lotus Elise Sprint edition — a sport car that weighs a little over 1700 pounds
Colin Chapman, the guy who founded Lotus, once said: “Adding power makes you faster on the straights. Subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere”. That’s what the new Lotus Elise Sprint edition is all about. Lotus added 90 pounds in lightness to make it weights less than 1798 pounds, setting a new standard. Also, the Elise Sprint edition looks more stylish. Lotus redesigned the rear, the front end, and upgraded the interior. For the most part, with these upgrades, Lotus aims to be ahead of its rival in performance, efficiency and style. By the way, the Sprint badge is back.
Starting with a new design language makes sure the new Lotus Elise receives a good range of cabin enhancements, although it doesn’t mean more weight. For that reason, Lotus included the light open-gate gearbox, which provides more precise and quicker shifting. The engineers at Lotus carefully tuned these engines to deliver a great power-to-weight ratio and classy leading efficiency. In other words, the benefits of a lightweight car are the low emissions.
As can be seen, the instrument panel was redesigned with new graphics, easier to read. And the new entertainment system includes iPod connectivity and Bluetooth. The engine noise was fine tuned by Hethel’s acoustic engineers to make sure the new lotus Elise Sprint 220 had the best 4-cylinder sound ever. Not to mention that the Alcantara trim makes the steering wheel more stylish. And, as an option there is Alcantara on the doors, seats, sills and more.
“Simplify, then add lightness.” — Colin Chapman
It’s important to say, that the essence of the company, defined by the founder Colin Chapman‘s vision truly supports the quote: ”Less mass more Lotus”. In order to stay true with company’s DNA, the Lotus Sprint has a Lithium-ion battery which saves 19.8 pounds. The new carbon race seats saves more 13.2 pounds. Coupled with that, the forged alloy wheels, the carbon access panel, the polycarbonate rear screen, along with the engine cover and roll hoop added more 24 pounds in lightness, all together.
How fast does it go?
The Elise Sprint has two available engines for the driver’s ultimate involvement with the car. Those are the 1.6-liter naturally aspirated, and the 1.8 turbocharged. So we can tell how fast Elise Sprint edition goes. That is to say, the 1.6 produces 134 hp and 160 Nm of torque, and the 1.8 delivers 217 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The Elise Sprint has 168 hp, while the Sprint 220 comes with 257 hp. Translating it to performance numbers, the Elise Sprint races to 60 in 5.9 seconds, and the Elise Sprint 220 in 4.1 seconds.
There are three ESP driving modes: Drive, Sport and Off. The Brembo brakes single-piston rear-calipers along with the AP Racing twin-piston calipers makes sure the Elise breaks efficiently. You can add optional light-weight brake discs. After all, the suspension is the same as before: fully independent double wishbone, and anti-roll bar in the front. Coupled with that, the Eibach coaxial coil springs front and rear, and Bilstein gas dampers puts on a high performance.
Elise Sport 220 £39,300
Elise Sprint 220 £44,300
Elise Cup 250 £47,400