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Dunno if it'd even work on a car of that size. The Elise is a bonded aluminium tub chassis, the weight saving comes in the car's size, the use of GRP and Aluminium materials and the fact there are no luxuries in the car at all.

The car's designed for one thing, driving pleasure/track use - near enough everything that does not contribute to that (ie electric windows, roof, CD multi changer, carpets, sound insulation, ABS, power steering, air conditioning) has been omited which cut's down on the weight by quite a bit. Once you start adding these things back on the pounds soon rack up.

The Esprit is a bigger car and capable of much higher speeds, it therefore needs to be designed differently to cope with its specification. Use of aliuminum might not work on a specification like this and also would increase its production cost (ali is more expensive than steel).

TBH the Esprit is no lard ass, its a few hundred kilos heavier but a fair bit bigger too !

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