For Lotus, a lighter car is a better car. This is exactly why the company has put its entire car line-up on a weight loss program. The result? They collectively lost more than 200 kg, making for leaner, faster driving machines.
With 68 years of experience, the company continues to develop cars that are efficient in design while boasting a good track record. In fact, Lotus was the first company to construct a Formula 1 car from carbon fiber. This year, Lotus decided for all its cars to lose a collective weight of 207 kg. This is because they want to continue to be the leader in engineering super cars that are high-performance but ultra lightweight.
Today, the heaviest model in the Lotus fleet now weighs 1,395 kg. One of the lightest Lotus cars is the Elise Cup R, built to run at just 900 kg. The driver will feel its power, with a maximum power of 217 hp at 6,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 250 Nm at 4,600 rpm.
Meanwhile, the Lotus 3-Eleven hypercar doesn’t believe in compromise. It’s light at 890 kg, and it commands attention wherever it goes. Blink, and you might miss the car as it passes by. After all, it can go from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 2.9 seconds. Powering this is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that has a maximum power of 460 HP.
As far as Jean-Marc Gales is concerned, Lotus did the right thing by making the cars lighters. As the company CEO, he believes that losing weight “will make significant gains: harder and faster cornering, better braking, greater agility and responsiveness, along with faster acceleration.”
As far as the approach goes, it seems that the company took a page from founder Colin Chapman’s playbook. At one point, Chapman had remarked, “Adding power makes you faster on the straights, subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere.”