The Coolest Examples Of Automotive Weight Saving

Colin Chapman's famous adage "simplify, then add lightness" is basically the Gospel around these parts. Engineers go to incredible extremes to take out unnecessary weight in a car, all in the name of performance and efficiency. What's the coolest example you've seen?

Pictured above is a replica of the key used to start a Porsche 917, which was drilled out to save a couple of grams of weight. Doesn't seem like it would make much of a difference, but in an incredibly competitive race like Le Mans, every detail is important.

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I just love that the Porsche engineers were so obsessed with weight savings, and I think this is the most clever bit of "adding lightness" I've ever seen. Also, I want this key for all my key-related needs, even my apartment.

There's surely many other amazing examples of of the obsession over weight savings that I don't know about, so share them in the comments! What's the coolest example of weight savings that you've seen?

Photo Credit: D-Zug

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