Has anyone thought about drag reduction techniques instead of crazy weight reductions?
I do agree that this is a discussion all onto it's own, I just presented it as an alternative to buying expensive and light weight components, or potentially changing the structural integrity of the car.I feel that this is another big (additive) one...but I also feel that this topic belongs in its own thread.
Curious, where do you weigh your car? I think if I knew a way to measure my car I would be putting my car on a diet too.My car came with a lot of the mods on DarkSol's web page. Since purchasing the car I have added a 4lb Lithium Iron battery, header/decat/SilentTouch exhaust, two piece rotors, and a few carbon pieces. Ultralight Volks wheels going on soon (9.5lb front and 12lb rear)
My car doesn't have a radio or speakers, so one of my favorite weight mods was replacing the rear bulkhead panel with a piece of foam and covered it with thin black carpet, weighs two pounds, and it has a factory look if you don't know these cars. Actually deadens the sound pretty well, way better than having nothing back there.
It's a 2007 Exige, and it weighs 1905 lbs with 14 gallons of gas (big pro alloy tank). That includes 19 lbs for harnesses+bar and stock belts. Hoping to add a CF roof, hatch, and mirrors, which will save another ~25lbs.
It's addicting, but I usually focus on things that save at least a few pounds.
I agree on the cost to benefit ratio of CF parts, but I decided to purchase some for the aesthetics, and after selling the OEM parts I generally recoup a good portion of the cost.Some will argue otherwise, but don't waste $$ on CF trim pieces - the cost to benefit ratio is absurd. Instead, put that money towards practical weight savings like the battery, wheels, exhaust & heat shields, rear bumper assembly, heating & A/C cores, stereo & speakers, and even the windshield if you can live with Lexan.