Carbon fibre seat shells, a lithium ion battery, lighter wheels, less sound deadening, a soft most sensiblein its place of a difficult roof. Even some minutiae like deletion of sun visors and passenger footrest. That each and every one saves 20kg over the Elise S cup.
But investors too straight offgive you the option to have the aerodynamic kit made in carbon fibre as a replacement of glass composite. Which saves yet one more 10kg, taking the automobile down to 921kg. It’s £4000. Or £400 per kilo saved. And it turns out that it doesn’t make Lotus much profit, such is the genuinefee of the stuff.
Well perhaps, but take into accout this a street car too. So let’s get started there, on a spring morning with the roof folded in the boot. Sunshine caresses the landscape. All over the blossom and buds are at the trees. Aromas of the nation-state percolate into the cockpit. The Elise isn’t punishing or crazy-intimidating, yet it’s as alive as nature is, and it’s to your side. It supercharges your senses and fearful system. Even two decades into its life, on its day an Elise – especially this Elise – can still be peerless.