Oh fuck! Lotus is in HUGE trouble... the entire Elise/Exige Chassis is aluminum/aluminium!Someone better inform Porsche and BMW.
Despite all the fancy materials used elsewhere, a balsa-wood composite is still used for the Corvette's floor. Don't be too critical, though - the material simply needs to act as a spacer between the two "skins", and balsa's mechanical characteristics and light weight make it perfect for this task.
So without it the chassis wouldn't work... sounds to me like it's there to help strengthen it.The balsa wood is not to strengthen it. It is to lighten it.
Who said it wouldn't work without it? I didn't read that anywhere. Just because it is "perfect" for the job doesn't mean it wouldn't work without it. It just wouldn't be as good.So without it the chassis wouldn't work... sounds to me like it's there to help strengthen it.