Thought I'd take it easy this evening and decided to get the scales out (for the 2nd time this year already!) So on with the weigh in!
First off, and first onto the scales! Are the two curved panels - and they weighed in at 556g (for both).
|The two curved panels weighed in at 556g|
|The two carbon curved panels weighed in at 442g|
|The two interior panels weighed in at 1.862kg|
|The two carbon interior panels weighed in at 1.162kg|
And the part where I thought there would be the biggest saving - the carpeted rear bulkhead. I originally went for a carpeted interior for a number of reasons, one of which was that I wasn't too keen on the powder coated and highly riveted finish that the rear bulkhead would normally have. So I've weighed the carpeted rear bulkhead, which weighed in at 2.310kg
|The carpeted rear bulkhead weighed in at 2.310kg|
|The bare bulkhead weighed in at 1.538kg|
|The carbon bulkhead weighed in at 1.030kg|
So the combined weight savings by fitting the carbon interior are:-
- Based on a replacement interior for a car with bare alloy panels (no carpets) the total weight saving is 1.322kg - so a 68p 'cost per gramme' saving!
- Based on a car with a carpeted bulkhead, the total weight saving is 2.094kg - which works out to 43p 'cost per gramme' saving... or an even bigger saving if you didn't buy the carpets in the first place!
And finally... The two 'knee panels' came out, and I can't see me refitting them - so that'll be another 'free' 324g saved.
|The two knee panels weighed in at 324g|
All in all the total savings from this removal / refit are nearly 2.5kg (including the knee panels) - which should give approx 5bhp / tonne performance improvement.
Next on the agenda is to add all this 'lightness' back to the car. I'm really looking forward to fitting everything back together and seeing what it all looks like - I'm sure there'll be a few irritants on the way, but looking on the positive side I'm half way there!