It hadn’t, but you can imagine, before a carbonfibre tub had been confirmed, why we might have thought that the Norfolk-based company had donated some DNA: composite construction aside, the 4C is a mid-engined lightweight car in the Lotus tradition.
With two seats and a modestly sized 1742cc four-cylinder engine mounted transversely and driving the rear wheels, the 4C has a dry weight of just 940kg in this Spider form.
In fact, full of fluids but otherwise empty, the 4C Spider tipped our scales at a respectable 1080kg – a full 120kg less than the Lotus Exige we weighed in 2013.
Look to the 4C’s carbonfibre construction if you’re after reasons why it’s so much lighter than a similarly sized Lotus. Yes, the engine is also smaller than the Lotus’s V6 but its four-pot is turbocharged and also bears the weight burden of being mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission rather than a manual gearbox. Under 1100kg is an impressive figure.