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The Real Stig

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  • Birthday 23/06/1963

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    Stig Rahbek
  • Car
    Lotus Turbo Esprit, Lotus Elise S1, Lotus Elite
  • Modifications
    Watercooled turbo
  • Location
    Hornbaek, Denmark

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  1. Heat will be your main focus point. The turbos get very hot, and you need to protect the GRP, as the polyester will deteriorate under excessive heat exposure. You may need to cut out the GRP at strategic places and put in an Inconel panel instead. Direct cold airflow to the turbos should be considered. At low pressure areas (eg. the bonnet), you have to cut holes to get the heat out. Finally, you probably need a new and stronger gearbox, diff and drive axles.
  2. There are a lot of articles about it on Seloc. Most popular seems to be using the ventilation scopes at the A-pillar. But I wanted to keep them intact, and I didn't want to drill any holes, so I made some boxes myself. I had some 3 mm alu-finish- plastic panels, which I cut out and bent into shape. They were installed using double adhesion tape. The main reason for installation was to have handsfree phone vial my pioneer radio - it requires front speakers.
  3. HC engine is more reliable - if well maintained. It has better pistons and the Zeus-head. This configuration was used up to the introduction of chargecooling - so it's well proven. Some have problems with the injection - I guess a result of being driven too little. Cam belt is the newer one, so you can go longer between the services. Despite the engine can handle a lot more power do not tune the engine - the weak link will be the gearbox.
  4. I had this too. This would normaly be related to poor connections. Clean all of them.
  5. My hex nut was lost during a respray - does anyone know the specs? source?
  6. Keep it as LHD. They are rare and worth more on the continent. You could probably swap with RHD on the continent and walk away with a little money.
  7. The key for the fuel caps lock has gone missing (lock open;-)). Which type of lock is used - where to source?
  8. Solved - I hope. I bought this one: The car is wet inside - but in a drying monitoring state. Power disconnected.
  9. My Lukas pull/turn switch perished in flames. Where can I source a "new" one?
  10. Take a look on the Maserati Barchetta chassis:
  11. Carnival red is RED Calypso is orange/red like Gold Leaf cars
  12. I have one from a UK 1985 Esprit. I upgraded to the later water cooled version with integrated wastegate. It was running when taking off.
  13. The Elise is quite easy and cheap to maintain. If the engine didn't have a HGF, it probably won't have one later. Gearboxes are rock solid. Suspension bushes squeek, when worn. You can change them over a weekend. Look out for rust in the very few steel items and signs of repairs. Wheel bearing is a wear part. Brakes last very long due the low weight. The suspension GEO is very important on a car like the Elise. Make sure it's correct. Look at tire wear. Well maintained, the Elise will last forever.
  14. I bought a pair of these:
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