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    Mike Hughes
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    K20 S2 Sport 190
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  1. I've just picked up an S2 Exige and when I lock the car / arm the alarm, the alarm beeps for a solid 30 seconds. I've tested all the hatch switches and they are all fine, if I release them after the 30 seconds they all trigger the alarm. The doors, however, do not. They also don't seem to be turning the interior light on/off (I've tried interior light in all three positions). The physical switches seem ok - circuit is closed while the button is open and open when the button is pressed. Any ideas where I look from there?
  2. I had originally planned on a Cartek, as it simplifies installation massively. However, after reading some horror stories about people using cartek with Lotus cars, I'm a little less enthused by it. A manual switch sounds like a good idea - it's cheaper, and there's far less to go wrong, but I'm unsure of how to mount it. The best I could come up with was to mount the isolator switch in the boot with cable pulls mounted in the cabin and in the usual place recessed on the rear clam. This feels a little messy, though. Are there any better options available to me?
  3. I just want to sanity check my plans before I spend my day tomorrow removing my old four pots and more importantly, getting rid of them. Right now I have Lotus spec AP 4 pot on 308mm fronts and standard Brembo rear on 295mm rotors. It's clear to me that the braking is not right - I guess too front biased, which means they lock fairly easily and the car dives a lot under braking. I far prefer the braking of a friends car with standard brakes and upgraded discs, although that's still not perfect, especially in the wet. I found the BOE article suggesting the Elise works well wit
  4. I have a VBox for learning and a GP7 for Youtube. With the GoPro I use Racerender 3 to add the overlays based on the GoPro's GPS data, which is pretty damned accurate being 18Hz.
  5. I saw a few Elise, a VX220 and an Evora, anyone here? For £75, I was treating it as a garage for the day and some track time to test/shakedown the car after being rebuilt. But it turned out to be a really good day! The car performed flawlessly and having ditched my supercharger, I found the car a lot more fun!
  6. I have some gauges wired to the old stereo loom that seem to have intermittent power failures. Sometimes it's just small drops in voltage causing attached devices to restart, others it simply sits at around 1v with ignition on. On one occasion, turning on the heater fan brought power back to the stereo loom. Certainly some weird gremlins. I wonder if it's a dodgy earth, how is the front of the car earthed? Is it just via chassis or is there a feed somewhere? Car is a Honda converted S2 K.
  7. I found the traffic a little frustrating, but overall it was OK while trying to learn the track. At the end of the video the car basically stopped working at part-throttle/low boost, perhaps brought on by either slowing suddenly, or my trip across the kerb. It's been mapped properly this week, it needed quite a lot of work and a new throttle position sensor amongst a few other bits but it should finally be making decent power when Martyn gets it back. It is a little oversteery, but not as bad as it was on Martyn's suspension and tyres. I thought the handling was near perfect, though.
  8. I assume you're the chap I met with the Orange 220? Nice to meet you. It was a great day, wasn't it? Did you get any video? I had a lot of fun!
  9. mikehhhhhhh


    I have gloves and shoes because practically, they improve my driving situation. The gloves offer warmth and grip on the wheel, the shoes offer feel and dexterity. I have HANS because it offers a lot of safety in the event of a shunt and I already know from getting rear ended many years ago the pain and suffering even minor neck injuries can cause. I own a one piece race suit but I generally find it impractical to wear it at track days. I do use it for sprints and have used it when hiring a Caterham on a track day before, however. The rest of the time, I just wear a pair of jeans and lon
  10. Yes that’s me It does indeed have a K20 as well as a supercharger. I have a video that might have a few of you on there, too:
  11. If I had known there was a TLF get together I'd have come and said hi. I was there in my little Elise. 38608744906_b70c170d63_o by mikehhhhhhh, on Flickr
  12. So the aforementioned work it was in for turned out to be a little more than I was expecting. Owing to some unseen chassis damage that had been repaired to a standard I wasn't happy with, the car is getting a brand new chassis from Lotus! Here's the progress; So the strip down has started. IMG_5793 by mikehhhhhhh, on Flickr IMG_7962 by mikehhhhhhh, on Flickr On the plus side, I did manage to pick up some pretty cool seats IMG_6044 by mikehhhhhhh, on Flickr and an LSD while the engine will be out IMG_2414 by mikehhhhhhh, on Flickr So t
  13. I had a similar issue with my M3 where wheels an tyres were replaced, car was aligned and the final fix came when I replaced some bushes and replaced the hub. I'd be looking at bushes and checking hub runout (check mating surfaces between hub and disc are clean, too!)
  14. Hi! I figured it was worth introducing myself - I'm Mike and I live in NE London I caught the bug after borrowing an Audi engined S2 for a while and ended up with my very own Supercharged K20 S2. Within two days of purchasing it, it was flying around Spa - sadly not for long, though as a leaking supercharger/slipping belt cut my track time short It's away at the moment having some work done, hopefully it'll be returning to a track again soon!
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