A very important post is developing. But in the meantime, check out the specs of the fantastic Lotus Elise:
Weight: 1950lbs! My M3 weighs in at 3200lbs, as does the new MK V GTi. A top of the line Excursion weighs in at over 7700lbs, or roughly 4 Elises!
Horsepower: 190hp. My M3 has 240hp. The new GTi has 200hp. The Excursion has 325hp.
Power to Weight Ratio: Here’s where it gets good. The M3 has 13.3 pounds to carry around per horsepower, the GTi has 16, the Excursion has 23. The Lotus has 10.
Performance: How about a 0-60 of under 5 seconds, and a quarter in 13.4 on the way to a top speed of 150mph.
Construction: Aluminum tub chassis, that basically translates to the frame of the car weighing 150lbs total! Actually, nearly everything on this car is made from Aluminum, including the pedals, dashboard, shiftknob.
I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, this is a very special car. Check out this Elise article in Road and Track for a good review, paying special attention to the chart on page 4 showing the Elise’s best party piece: It’s supercar strength to price ratio!