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Created by Stevieput on 21 Aug 2014 20:40

Stevieput on 21 Aug 2014 20:40

As requested, a little ditty about my Lotus (blame Ian btw) 

 

The car is an Elise R which is basically the same as the 111R but when they updated the models in 2006 (revised pedal box, LED rear lights and a few other bits and bobs) they dropped the "111"  This one is fitted with a Toyota 2zze 1.8 litre 16valve engine with variable valve timing and lift. Basically the same as the Honda Vtec-i but not as powerfull or as  easy to tune. As standard Lotus quote 189bhp and ~140lbs/ft and it weighes 860kgs with a full tank of fuel. This equates to a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds (apparently) and 150mph top speed. Oh it revs to 8.5k rpm :)

 

When I first got it. 





 

New Exhaust. 

 


Old V's new. New one is 9kgs. Old was ~18kgs

 


 

New wheels. Off an Exige which are and inch wider at the front meaning I can run 195 width tyres on the front.


Fitted




 

Next up was shiny new suspension. These are Nitron NTR's 40mm's Can't remember the spring rates but they're something like 425ibs at the front and 550lbs rear. 


 

The advantage of these is that they're adjustable in height which allows more camber and bump/rebound can be adjusted also.

 

 

This is how it is today albeit a little dirtier.

 




 

 

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Stevieput on 21 Aug 2014 20:41

Hmmmm, photo's  haven't worked? 


Help?!? :lol

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Owain on 21 Aug 2014 20:49

You just need to click the "Insert Picture" button then paste in the "Direct" link from Photobucket.

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ian7675 on 21 Aug 2014 21:15

Nice, I want one. Looks great with the new wheels on it.

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Stevieput on 21 Aug 2014 21:32

To add, next on the list of mods is (in no particular order) uprated rear tow links, uprated and adjustable front ARB, a baffled sump, rear shear panel, additional brace accross the rear subframe, ally bell'd discs front and rear, an oil cooler and an alloy uprated radiator


Ultimatly I'd like to supercharge it but it's a mine field. The charger from the standard Elise SC is available which give you 220bhp bu that is all it's going to give. There are other options from the states and a few from this country - including a Rotrex. Depending on how far you want to go or how much you want to risk breaking the gearbox!! it's been said upto ~300bhp and 200lbs/ft is ok ish for the gearbox. Other option include an engine swap but that's mega money. £15k for a supercharged Honda K20  giving 330bhp, £3k on top of that buys you a chargecooler and upto about 360-380bhp.


At the moment I'm just enjoying it. I'm off to France next weekend for a trackday at a circuit called Folembray. It's my first one this year and I can't fecing wait! 

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ian7675 on 21 Aug 2014 21:36

Do you not think that much power would ruin it? I personally would rather have an engine I could thrash to add to the enjoyment of it. I'm only guessing because I've never driven a Lotus.

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Stevieput on 21 Aug 2014 21:48

To a degree most likely yes Ian. I think 300bhp/tonne is the magic number for the road. Anymore and it's just too quick to enjoy it propery IMO.  Mine's ~220bhp/tonne at the mo. A factory SC'd Elise is ~240bhp/tonne. The Rotrex kit you can get will give you about 270-280bhp which equates to roughly 300bhp/tonne - that's £6.5k fitted!! 


A friend has a series 1 Exige with a 380bhp Honda lump. It's f-ing quick as you'd imagine but doesn't really struggle to put its power down. But the thing is with really, really fast cars, is that unless you're on a track you can't really use them without risking your licence. 


Having said all that I drove my mates SC'd Elise in Wales (Evo Triangle)  last month and thought it was just about perfect TBH. If it wasn't for the supercharger whine you wouldn't know it was supercharged. I found myself going a good 20 mph faster than I thought I was!  I also went out in an Audi powered S1 running 310bhp which was a little too much point and squirt due to the nature of the power delivery. 

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Redrallye on 21 Aug 2014 22:37

Should've bought an Exige sealed

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Stevieput on 21 Aug 2014 22:39

Here we go again! -Why? 

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Redrallye on 21 Aug 2014 22:40

If you have to ask....you probably have bought the correct model ;)

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Stevieput on 23 Aug 2014 06:23

For your info Edwardo, I wouldn't fit in an Exige with my lid on. I don't fit in mine now with the roof on wearing my lid so in an Exige I'd be fucked. The roof, on an Exige, comes off in the same way that the hadtop comes off mine but to have to do so would defeat the object of an Exige anyway.  This is why I pray for dry trackdays - not because of driving it on a wet track, cause it's atually quite good fun, but because the car and I are going to get wet! frown

 

As for the rest, mine will be better handling now anyway and it's over 60kgs lighter!

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Pebbles on 23 Aug 2014 08:08

Nice,

 

I've heard a k&n typhoon induction kit adds extra 10bhp to these, or at least did in the corolla. 

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Stevieput on 23 Aug 2014 09:26

I've got a TRD (Toyota racing developments) air box and filter on it which in my application is about as good as it gets. That with the exhaust should be seeing a smidge over 200bhp. I doubt any air filter alone will net you 10bhp in my application maybe in a Corrola - I don't know. 

TBH I bought the air filter and exhaust only for the noise and not for any gains in power. As standard it's quite quiet.


I have heard on good authority that I could get about 220bhp with a sports cat (200cell) and a decent manifold and remap. But all in that's going cost £1500!!!

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Pebbles on 23 Aug 2014 10:18

I think midlife had a t sport, and was quoting a few figures.

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jamiek_uk2000 on 27 Aug 2014 18:56

They are great fun to drive, with the nice mods you got I bet it's great. 


Everyone always wants more power

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