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  1. @Hangar 111 Has your system been tested with higher hp cars? My car has 486hp, would it hold up without too much drop in power?
  2. @TexDo have the baffled sump and the Komotec pipes, but don’t believe it’s been squashed.
  3. @TonyKL I got the Komotec manifolds and y-pipe and kept the stock backbox. @Exx Haha not too bad at all to be fair. Luckily the front isn’t set too low so it can get over most speed bumps.
  4. Quite a few people have messaged me over the years asking about the different mods I have done to the car so thought it was time for a build thread. A little background first. I had 2008 Cayman S Sport which I loved however the horror stories of the IMS issues and other oil related issues scared me from tracking it much. The plan was to find something that both my dad and I could track regularly but still drive to and from tracks without having to worry about trailers etc. This led us to B&C and to Jamie who helped us into our first Lotus, a 350 Sport in Essex Blue. We collected her in June 2016 and haven’t looked back. IMG_4728.HEIC Brakes After our first few track days we realised the car had so much more potential. Our first step was the brakes, the stock pads just weren’t up to scratch, they overheat so quickly, so they were changed to Performance Friction 08. Next came bigger discs, we opted for the Seriously Lotus big front disk upgrade which combined with the new pads really transformed the car. We recently added the Elise-shop Aluminium rear brake discs, will report back on how they go. Suspension The next step was to address the handling, most of the forum guys rave about the Nitron 3 way setup, so that’s what we went for. Hoffman’s did the sourcing, spring rates and install along with a track geo setup. I have to say pound for pound this is the best upgrade you can do to these cars, the grip available from a properly setup suspension is incredible. It’s more comfortable on the road than stock but a few clicks at the track and it stiffens right up and the grip is mega. Big Wing To compliment our new brakes and suspension some carbon trinketry was required. We decided on the Eltech Italia race front splitter and rear wing. They arrived within a few weeks and the quality was very high. We felt the front splitter needed some extra support so ordered some carbon support rods from a company in the US. We then sourced an aluminum bar and steel bracket to attach it to the front towing post, then cut the hole in the front grill. I drove our car back to back at Spa with a friend of ours 350 (their car was identical in parts and Hoffmans setup just without any additional aero, our aero definitely made a difference both in lap time and feeling. Through the faster sections it just felt more planted, giving more confidence to push on. Battery The next step was to add a little lightness in the rear by removing the existing battery, there are a number of well tested lithium battery options, but who wants something guaranteed to work, no fun in that. After many hours researching I decided on the Aliant YLP 30 battery sold by Deamon Tweeks. It cost £265, weighs 1.7kg a solid saving over the stock battery and bracket at 19kg. The next problem was how to attach it, the existing bracket is heavy and will not accommodate the new battery so some fabrication was in order. I managed to source an aluminum plate cut to the exact dimensions of the battery, then glued a thin layer of foam for padding then strapped it with two heavy duty Velcro straps. I check it now and again and it hasn’t budged an inch. It is on trickle all of the time in the garage but it has had about 12 days off the charger whilst the car was being transported back from Portimao and sat in a warehouse for a few days, pleased to say it fired up first time.IMG_4728.HEIC Clutch We then enjoyed the car for a few years, taking her to Portimao, Ascari, Spa etc. However, it always felt underpowered and the heat soak at tracks like Portimao and Spa was very noticeable. We had a great day at a LOT Goodwood day, however the clutch let go just after lunch so that was the end of that. The Surrey Exige’s guys recommended speaking to Back On Track in Guildford about a new clutch and having them increase the power. In the car went to Sam and Jez for a new 410 spec clutch, flywheel and Komotec gearbox cooler. The old clutch had shattered, not very impressive given the car had only done circa 5k miles, but the added weight of my 105kg (bulk) ballast probably did not help. Power Next step was power, after much deliberation and chat on forums and groups it was down to either the 430/410 supercharger package or the Charge-cooled TVS1900, in the end we went with the SSC CCTVS1900, Komotec y-pipe and manifolds, Moroso baffled sump and SCS Delta ECU. The car was delivered to BOT on March 11th with the hope it would only take 4 weeks or so for everything to arrive, but this was not to be (thanks COVID). The supercharger and original SSC manifolds and link pipe were sent in two boxes, the supercharger sat in the depot in at Sydney airport for over 4 weeks, then enjoyed a short stay in Europe for another week or so and the manifolds disappeared never to be seen again. BOT waited another week or so as SSC said they were en-route, this turned out not to be true so more lost time. BOT then ordered the Komotec manifolds and link pipe, no problem they said, will be with you by next week, sadly this was also not to be, they had run out of stock so had to have them made and shipped – another few weeks lost. Eventually they arrived and the car is off to SCS Delta for fitment of the ECU and tuning on Monday (12th July). Sam and Jez at Back on Track have been fantastic throughout, calmly explaining the situation at each step, despite me calling/texting every other day asking for an update. It was a series of unfortunate events completely out of their control. I will report back once the car is back from the mappers with hp figures and more importantly what it feels like going from 350 hp (ish) to approximately 500hp! Some pictures wouldn't post, gave the error that they were larger than 9.77mb, which they aren't. I'll keep trying but any advice appreciated.
  5. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCliPFjndWC/?igshid=llz95uhtk6m3
  6. 24-7 Motorsport have done an Evora with CC, running 600bhp!
  7. Steve, did you go for the variable traction control (a la 430) with your SCS ECU?
  8. I am due to have the CCTVS1900 with the same ECU installed end of this month/beginning of December (SSC struggling to get hold of the units from Harrop). So will be interesting to compare results.
  9. Great numbers there. Love the idea of switchable maps to the track and on the track. I was booked in with Komotec pre virus, for their 490 package (using the 410,430 supercharger unit). Would be interested to hear your reasoning on opting for the 1900 unit and price differences. When I contacted Hoffman’s, just supplying the unit was pretty hefty.
  10. Can't help thinking the newly announced Aston Martin engine would fit the Evora/Exige platform perfectly. They will have spent a tonne developing and testing, so Lotus could do something similar to Aston did with the Merc V8's. Would be nice to have a UK developed and built engine instead of a modified Volvo unit.
  11. This year I have decided to go racing. I will be competing in most if not all of the C1 events (work permitting). The highlights will be the Silverstone 24hr and the Spa 24hr! I will narrate it all here including costs along the way. Doing my initial research when looking into 'going racing' there was very little info on costs and how to do it, so thought it might be useful for others considering the same. Initially we were going to buy a road going C1 and do some spannering ourselves to make it race ready. However owing to work commitments from all drivers we have decided to just pay-as-you-go each event, which is probably more expensive but much easier. First step is getting the ARDS test done which I have booked to do at Goodwood on the 20th March. At £389 it's a bit more than some but you do get three 15 minute track sessions. More to follow.....
  12. It appears a good system, however there seem to be lots of different parts bolted together - would only need a small failure in one for it to cause real problems. Most people seem to run modified back plates (some metal some carbon) with success. Seems like a job for @alias23
  13. Looks like funnel and pipe (not included) from underside of the car. Any idea how much each unit weighs?
  14. The 1320 is a bit small to make much more power efficiently, without generating too much heat, the 1900 is more suited to 4.0l plus engines. The 1740 is basically the sweet spot, both in terms of operating efficiency window and packaging with a charge cooler. The EX490 kit uses the factory 430 Charger and cooler combined with proprietary intake and headers. Hoping to get mine installed in the coming months.....
  15. Nice bit of kit. Likewise have been impressed by my Solo2DL, would be nice to pair it with the SmartyCam but the price of the thing! And will likely be worthless when they bring the next gen out. Presumably this would be compatible with a 3rd party ECU?
  16. When I enquired end of last year with SSC and Harrop regarding their charge cooled setup, SSC just pushed me towards Hoffman's but Harrop would sell directly to me. Shipping wasn't too bad if I remember correctly, never got as far shipping so can't comment on import taxes.
  17. I spoke to someone from Lotus HQ who told me there will be one or two special editions to celebrate upcoming anniversaries for the Elise and Exige.
  18. I thought it might be gear linkage but I think 3rd and 5th are on the same link and 3rd is fine. With 5th it's as if I haven't depressed the clutch all the way. Do Back on Track have much experience with the gearboxes/gear linkage? They are not far from me in Guildford.
  19. Anyone else had issues with 5th gear crunching when going in?Especially when on track? Every other gear is smooth (thanks to Redline MT90).
  20. As said above. Turning in too early, which is pushing you wide of the apex, you are then coming off gas which is causing the front to bite and the rear go light, then turning again to hit the apex. By the time you exit and are back on the gas the car is not balanced, the weight is in the wrong place and you light up the rears.
  21. Anyone else going to Castle Combe on 10/10/2019?
  22. Has anyone gone for larger rear discs - and noticed any increase in braking performance. I’m still on the stock single piece rear discs but they are almost done. Will go fully float from Seriously Lotus. Just not sure if the bigger discs are worth it on the rear.
  23. I would be replacing those discs before doing any more track days..... the rears might get one more day but those fronts are toast IMO.
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