• Jan 14, 2009
Click above for full gallery of pics of this carbon-fiber Lotus Elise

A couple SEMAs ago, we stumbled across a carbon-fiber Lotus Exige that had our salivary glands working overtime. With Colin Chapman's ethos of "adding lightness" to his designs, it seemed like the perfect application of the super-strong lightweight material on an already featherweight Lotus sportscar. We've been hoping to see something similar on the road and it looks like we'll have to travel across the Pacific to check it out in person. Thanks to a tipster, we know now that there is at least one other CF-cloaked Lotus and it resides in Hong Kong with custodian Jimmy Wong.

TW Auto Limited, a Hong Kong Lotus and turbocharging specialist, built the car in about six months. As you'll see in the pics, carbon fiber coats the entire exterior of this 2002 Elise, along with almost every panel inside. Even if it only shaves about 80 pounds from the curb weight, it looks thoroughly sinister. We're digging the way it highlights the car's curves, particularly around the gas filler. Although the engine remains fairly stock, it does feature an upgraded air filter and intake, plus a Stage 2 Lotus Racing Exhaust. The car was also fitted with a KW Suspension and JP Racing Wheels. For more pictures, check out the gallery cribbed from Flickr.


[Source: Carbon Fiber Gear]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      How much weight would a coat of paint add?
      • 6 Years Ago
      By the way, the first link is broken (double http).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hardcore.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I can only assume with 6 months of work and all that money that they know everything there is to know about carbon fiber.
        • 6 Years Ago
        UVs quickly degrade CF ! I hope this is coated with the ultra-premium clearcoat used on the ZR1
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hardcore & totally my gotta have!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am diggin this car, black wheels black everything with suede and carbon everything. I want it, who do I have to kill for it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks awesome!

      But if you look at the tail lights looks like applied vinyl... don`t wanna sound paranoid... just saying...
      Because it suddenly ends like a sticker... don`t know is that right??

      Hope it`s real... just think of the performance... hehehe
      • 6 Years Ago
      friggin' awesome!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't you guys even link to your own site properly? The Exige one is broken.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it's the best looking modern Lotus i've seen. i'm loving the matte look, whether it's CF like here or the new Lambo paint finishes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hawt...kinda.
      Regardless this is where we're going right? Merc AMG said this "iz teh futur3"

      • 6 Years Ago
      80 lbs? what a complete waste.
      • 6 Years Ago
      what engine is that? rover? definitely not the toyota 2zz-ge.
      zapperdude60
      • 6 Years Ago
      why not an exige for that much?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @zapperdude60
        cuz the weathers nice.
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