• Oct 31, 2007
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The Lotus Elise and Exige are great little cars that personify Colin Chapman's original edict to maintain a light weight in order to allow maximum performance. Weighing in at under 2,000 pounds, they feature Toyota (or Honda) motors putting out around 200 HP, but still offer supercar acceleration and handling. Well, as we were whiling away the hours at SEMA, we came across a special CSF1 Exige built by Prototype Composites that takes that formula and cranks it up a notch. Out went the original Series 1 Exige fiberglass body and in its place Composite Master Craig Brewer laid out an exquisite carbon fiber replacement that sheds 82 pounds from the car's overall weight. While less is more on the weight side, the builder decided that more is more on the power side. Phong Thao replaced the original 4-banger with an Acura TSX mill that puts a generous 311 HP at the drivers beck and call. And that is wheel horsepower, so you can imagine how this little 1,700-lb. sportster will scoot. Made just a one-off for a client, we have to say we like the idea and execution a lot.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      This craft might be light enough to ascend through the time vortex and take Marshall, Will and Holly back to their homeland. I shall contact them immediately.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "ADDS Lightness" ?? How the hell does one go about "adding" less weight?

      I see a lot of thought went into that Title.

        • 7 Years Ago
        A lot of thought did go into that title.

        "Simplicate, then add lightness. " --Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman (Lotus Founder if you didn't know)

        And yeah, 82lbs is a LOT of weight loss in a car that's already at only 2000.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i'd ride that like an 18 yr old.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @Swifty

      I imagine that the 82 lbs figure is reasonable accurate. The original thin fiberglass bodywork that was replaced only weighs between 200 and 300 pounds total.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The title comes from a Colin Chapman quote "To add speed, add lightness" the foundation of Lotus sports cars phlosophy. After all weight is Everything when it comes to sports cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The lotus elise is a grat car for the money. It looks great and isnt going to break the bank. But with the carbon fiber hoods and the rest of the body in carbon fiber it might raise the price a little :d.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My favorite automobile.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just got back from changing my pants... sexy car!
      • 7 Years Ago
      As a great aviator once said: "simplicate and add more lightness."
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, a lot of money went into this car. The 100% carbon fiber body probably cost a lot. But this also has a RealTime TSX engine...this isn't just any standard TSX engine, but a straight up racing engine. Plus all the motor mounts, shift linkages, etc had to be fabricated to stick that engine in.
        • 7 Years Ago
        There is no linkage - it's a cable actuated shifting mechanism, so at least they didn't have to spend money messing with that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Stunning looking car, although shame it was an S1. I personally prefer the looks of the S2. Now one of them in carbon, mmm
      • 7 Years Ago
      sheds only 82 LBS...are you sure AUTOBLOG?
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