The Speedster was a rebadged Lotus Elise produced between 2001 and 2005 by Lotus for Opel. It was also available in right-hand drive for the UK market as the Vauxhall VX220. Sharing the Lotus light-weight philosophy and using the astonishing glued extruded aluminum chassis of the Elise, the Speedster is a car that offers Ferrari accelerations, maneuverability and driving pleasure at only a quarter the price.
The Speedster is first of all a super-light, minimalist race car for the street, with as few concessions to weight as possible. Its nominal weight, according to Opel, is a mere 945 kg, and that includes 75 kg for an average driver. So what we’re talking about here is a two-place car that weighs only about 2,100 lb ready to go out and kick some butt. The chassis is constructed of bonded, extruded aluminum, and the body is made of bonded composite panels with fiberglass reinforcements.