New Extra-Light Lotus Elise Not Actually Lighter Than Other Lotus ElisesRaphael Orlove8/26/16 11:56am1045EditPromoteDismissUndismissHideGo to permalinkThe fundamental idea of Lotus cars is to be made as cheaply as possible. No wait, that’s not it. To have as old an engine as possible. No, wrong. Oh right, it’s to be as light as possible. And a new limited-edition Elise does that perfectly, weighing in at 1,982 pounds.