While cars like Elise and Exige from Lotus are not among the mainstream models that most customers are familiar with, they have their own fan base and are known as the most lightweight cars around.
The design Lotus opts for its car is what makes them stand out and the company continues to find ways to innovate to make it lightweight than it already is. After working for many days with a team of talented designers, the brand has somehow managed to shave a solid 112 lbs out of the Exige model. We are not really sure how they managed to pull this off, considering the fact that it is a small car which has the bare necessities integrated in it and reducing its weight without compromising on performance is a tough call.
A hard working team has made it possible and the Exige Sport 350 looks astonishingly stylish. The new car weighs at 2,480 pounds which has been made possible with the help of aluminum chassis, carbon fiber elements and composite bodywork. The car weighs lesser than the Exige S. They have not only reduced its weight but have also explained how they managed to pull it off.
The insulation materials used in the Lotus Exige Sport 350, the HVAC piping and the tailgate have been modified so as to make it weigh less. The designers have even changed the materials used to make the center console, the battery and the engine mounts. While it might be a couple of lbs individually, the overall weight reduction is obvious which makes the car look fantastic and high on aerodynamics.
On the inside, the vehicle is powered by a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine which delivers an impressive 345 horsepower and has 295 pound feet of torque. The reduced weight not only makes the car look sleek, but also allows it to touch 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds. The top speed of the Lotus car is at 170 miles per hour.
The suspension and the six speed transmission have been tuned, while the buyers can also opt for a six speed automatic transmission system if they like to. The Lotus Exige Sport 350 will hit dealership stores in Europe in February and will reach other countries in the following months. However, the company doesn’t have a presence in the United States and will not be launching this car in the region.