Yeah, I know!
I just find it funny when people go batsh*t about 10-15 pounds on a car is only driven on the street. At the end of the day, is 1,996 pounds REALLY all that different from 1,995?
If people TRULY cared, there are many things you can do without modifying the car to shave the dreaded weight of a can of paint:
- No ipod - that thing weighs like 4 ounces and that cord is a heavy beast.
- No bottles of water - water is like 8# a gallon. That bottle is a portly 12 ounces!
- No house keys on the key chain. Fatty.
- Don't wear a jacket, socks, a belt of a baseball hat. The doctor makes you get nekkid when he weighs you - clothes are fat. Lose them! You should drive in a speedo and a tank top. Nothing else. All other clothes are extraneous and heavy.
- No phone - it's heavy and you don't need to be texting anyway.
- If you MUST wear shoes, velcro is the way to go (ala Puma Ripstops). Those laces weight 3 ounces and don't even get me started on how heavy that little plastic thing is at the end of the lace.
- Some people wash their cars after every drive. As part of the Lotus prep ritual, you must get a high colonic to remove all the impurities from your sphincter. That's like 10 pounds of funk.
- Lastly, you must go to church, to your guru or to Dr. Phil. Impure and sick thoughts are heavy. That drops like 1 ounce!
And never, I repeat never drive the car on Thanksgiving. The extra 2 pounds of turkey weight may break the glue on the chassis!
Yeah, people do that on bikes too when we are racing... and spend thousands on carbon fiber and other lightening parts to save a total of a pound or two... when they can very well just go on a diet and take a big dump before the race. The only big savings used to come from switching out the factory exhaust for a titanium system but nowadays a lot of bikes already come with factory titanium systems so there is negligible weight savings and sometimes you actually gain weight with an aftermarket system, which offsets your gain in power.
Besides... if you are in that much of a need to drop a few pounds because you think you will be racing neck and neck and the weight will help you with that 0.00005 second advantage as you drag race to the finish line... then maybe you need to improve your cornering a bit more so you can have a solid lead instead.
You missed some tips too...
- shave down the key and don't even carry the alarm fob, batteries are heavy
- take out all the extra plastic parts like the console cover, shifter console, steering column cover, rear bin cover, etc.
- take out all extra bolts and screws, you only need 1 or 2 instead of all of them
- use pure nitrogen in the tires, save weight over that dense heavy regular air
- take out the center caps and stem caps on wheels
- shave all the tread on tires to remove extra rubber, that stuff is heavy, heck, shave it down to the bare threads so you can get rid of all the rubber
- heck, go down to the 11" safety donut spare tires all around, light weight and saves gas too
- replace all glass with thin lexan
- take out the boot liner
- heck, take off the bonnet cover too
- remove windshield wiper/motor
- remove sun visors
- replace mirrors with the little dentist mirror, affix with scotch tape
- remove all the pedals, just step on the pointy end of the rod
- take off gas cap, throw away
- only drive with 2 gallons of gas, that stuff is heavy
- empty windshield wiper fluid reservoir
- drain battery to 60%, those damn extra 40% more electrons get heavy
- shave steering wheel to a thin wire, cut off segments on top/bottom to make it a fighter plane control wheel
- throw away heavy metal shift knob, push/pull on linkage rod
- replace belly pan with saran wrap, still windproof but way lighter