SEMA 2009: Seibon All Carbon Fiber Lotus Elise

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One of our most popular articles ever was on Jimmy Wong’s all raw carbon fiber Lotus Elise. While attending SEMA this year, Seibon, an aftermarket parts manufacturer that specializes in carbon fiber, also had an all carbon fiber Elise in their booth:

Seibon carbon fiber Lotus Elise from SEMA 2009

While it looks extremely pretty, the parts added about $10,000 in cost to the car, and somehow they managed to make it heavier than stock (according to Jalopnik)….it still looks good though 🙂

Seibon carbon fiber Lotus Elise from SEMA 2009

Here’s a list of parts that were converted to carbon fiber:

  • Front clip
  • Rear clip
  • Front lip
  • Side skirts
  • Doors
  • Door panels
  • Engine lid
  • Front access panels
  • Hardtop
  • Seats
  • Center console
  • APR Formula GT3 mirrors

Seibon carbon fiber Lotus Elise from SEMA 2009

Other modifications include:

  • Volk TE37 wheels (17″ rears and 16″ fronts) on Hankook Ventus tires
  • KW coilovers
  • GT exhahust

Seibon carbon fiber Lotus Elise from SEMA 2009

We’re really disappointed that with everything done, weight was actually added to the car. It’s something I’ll follow up with Seibon about to find out exactly why that is. They also had a carbon fiber Smart Car in their booth that we’ll post about soon, so stay tuned. For now, enjoy a few more pictures:

Seibon carbon fiber Lotus Elise from SEMA 2009

Seibon carbon fiber Lotus Elise from SEMA 2009

Seibon carbon fiber Lotus Elise from SEMA 2009

You can see all of the high-res pictures in our Flickr gallery.

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  • Shaking my head

    What’s to follow-up on? Siebon makes crappy knock-off products from poor-quality wet CF…. of course it’s going to be heavy. Siebon is for poseurs so why would they worry about what it weighs?

  • derekL

    thats soooo retarded…. why would the addition of CF INCREASE the weight….. not legit CF

  • DukeTrout

    Simple. The Elise is already a very lightweight car. They are replacing lightweight fiberglass skin with (relatively) heavy wet carbon for the looks. The skin isn’t structural, so it isn’t necessary for it to be strong. Thus, a thin veneer of fiberglass does the trick, and (from the pictures) thicker CF parts are both unnecessarily strong and heavy. Really, a silly use of the material.

  • Jackson

    Its part fiberglass man! thats why its heavier. Seibon doesn’t manufacturer their own stuff but just private labels. I know =) . A lot of the stuff out there is a fiberglass/carbon mix and not 100% which will be a bit lighter.

  • I actually saw all of Seibon’s cars a few weeks before SEMA and asked about the weight savings on the Smart and the Elise. The weight on both increased. These cars were built to generate attention and demonstrate the quality of their products. Seibon DOES manufacture dry carbon parts. Most people aren’t willing to pay for the dry carbon and a company has to cater to their customers. Jackson, your information may be a little old. Seibon actually owns several factories. Some of their newer parts they test out are farmed out to other factories but for the most part they manufacture it all themselves.

  • didn’t know the elise’s skin was fiberglass, now this makes sense and makes me want an elise even more!

  • william_s

    Chris, you sound like you work with or at Seibon. If in fact the purpose of the build was to generate attention and demonstrate the quality of their products, they’ve done a horrible job at it by increasing weight on a subject car that is created with a primary goal on decreasing weight for agility and performance. This setup cost over $10k and you’re saying that someone would have to pay more money for a correct application of carbon fiber? The only thing demonstrated is that you’re putting more money into Seibon’s pockets and more weight onto your car to look fast while not actually being fast.

  • Red

    Everything is explained here. They used a wet carbon prototype for show that is heavier than dry carbon. The wet carbon will not be used in production because “obviously there’s no win to it”!

  • Couch

    Read the May 2010 edition of european car, and they have driven the car, and the cf body panels, seats, center console, mirrors, and volk wheels, and kw stage 2 suspension subtracted 101 pounds from the car for a total of 1883 lbs. And the total cost for all of this was about $32,000 on top of the $25,000 average sale price for a 2005 elise, so $57,000 for a lotus with a weight loss of 100 lbs, which is only about $13,000 more than a brand new elise. not a bad deal if you think about it.