A sacrifice I'd NEVER make. I don't see why Lotus couldn't do both? Have the nice daily drive supercars (as heavy as any other supercar) while focusing on keeping the Elise/Exige as light as possible ... Less is more. Lotus have the Evora and Evora S, absolutely no need to pork out the Elise/Exige.
Is Lotus really planning to fatten up Elise/Exige? Now that would be a waste of time and money and bad business decision especially when we can get 319 HP out of this car already with very little invested. If Lotus want to invest money in the Elise/Exige for future models, they should start in on the custom engine program they've worked out with Toyota and get a real "race worthy" motor in the Elise/Exige along with a Transmission to match -- but that should NOT require adding 259-368 lbs.
In a car this small, 259-368 lbs is HUGE (probably 3-5 seconds a lap), sure 100 HP will recover about 2-3 seconds but you're still worse off and tire wear, brake wear, etc. etc. increases. I hope you're wrong on the Elise/Exige direction -- should be the other way, make the car more harsh, lighter, more track worthy.
2400lbs ---------- 319 HP
2 000lbs --------- X
The current elise need 265HP to have the same power to weight ratio as the 2015 Elise.
If the 2015 elise have those specs it will never be slower on a track than the current 190-218HP Elise.
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