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  1. Just a 2bular backbox sounds great without being to loud. The cheapest is just getting a larini decat replacement pipe. I have one because my cat desintegrated on track and flew thru the exhaust (not kidding). It sounds more grunty and it backfires pretty hard on upshift when driving it hard so pretty sweet actually!
  2. Sport mode IS a TC enabled mode. It just allows a bit more slip than normal mode but it's still pretty bad. Just get a readout. Probably some random error code.
  3. What mods did you perform already? Might have something to do with that. Just get an ECU readout at a dealership or buy an odb reader yourself. Could be anything! Can you turn it off completely? Because in all honesty, traction control is very meh on the Elise I never drive with it on anymore.
  4. OEM 250 Cup (MY19) no issue at Zolder here and they are super strict. My friend his 250 with just a 2bular backbox got black flagged there. Limit is 98dB if I recall. I really don't get people saying it is loud. I burnt through my cat though and fitted a larini decat replacement pipe in the meanwhile, now it has a bit more grunt. It also backfires really hard at the rev limit. Very enjoyable on the limit hehe.
  5. Doing what a Lotus is supposed to do: beat more powerful cars at the track! Really can't wait to upgrade the suspension though. The stock bilstein on the Cup really is pretty bad in my opinion. The difference compared to nitron 1-way alone is day and night.
  6. Once again, all depends on what you want from the car. Like me, you're talking about a lot of upgrades but what's the purpose? I'm using it as a track car and sometimes as a road car. A lot of these upgrades are not worth it if you don't drive it hard on track on a regular basis. For occasional track usage, I would avoid upgrades like that as they compromise road usage a lot due to the higher RPM's on highways which will decrease comfort significantly
  7. Why would you do so? I drive my car on track a lot and I beat it hard. Still no need for brake upgrade. Just get decent race pads and you're good on stock power! I can recommend Pagid RS14 brake pads. Zero fade and stops like crazy. Just replace the discs if they are worn out by a bigger set. That's what I'm doing.
  8. I've had my Cup 250 since june 2019 and with winter storage and covid storage (so about 4-7 months november till may) I already did 9300 miles? haha Guess I drive mine too much then
  9. Having a daily with 847nM (625ish fout pound of torque) I can honestly say I've never felt disappointed with the Cup 250. It feels lively over the whole rev-band so I can assure you, lack of torque won't be an issue! I actually love driving mine, even in city traffic. My modified C63 is only fun at high speeds, hard acceleration or when making ridiculous noise while I enjoy the Elise even at slow speeds due to the steering response. I've driven a lot of high-end sportscars and supercars and for me personally Lotus really was an eye-opener. Less really is more! Have you considered test driving one?
  10. Welcome to the club (soon!) It kinda depends. I actually feel the S3 Cup's are the ultimate evolution/successor of the S2 Exige and the current Exige V6 is a totally different car in my opinion. Exige 220 is a lot more playful on exit while the S3 cup is a lot more planted and 'on rails' so it kinda depends on what you're looking for. Keep in mind: the 2ZR in the S3 Cup has more torque in the low-band so it is more comfortable to drive in the city because it needs less revs and build quality on S3's has been up'ed a lot in my opinion. Exige 220 sounds better, has higher rev-limit and a weaker gearbox. I love the Exige 220 but I personally would always go for the S3 Cup, preferably a MY17.5 with the improved open gear linkage.
  11. New minor update! Car is at the dealer. There is a small hardware issue with the Aim MXE2 dash which causes it not to illuminate all the aircon controls, just part of it. Dash is going back to Aim so hope to get it back soon. I also want a full system flush aswel to use racing oil, coolant and brake fluid (open for suggestions!). FLuids haven't changed since I got the car and I've done a few trackdays so it's time to do so. Also installed the SRP Exige racing pedals for better heel-toe action. Looks pretty good I must say! Also met @GFWilliams yesterday for the first time. We have been talking for a while about our cars and I guess we're both crazy enough to do crazy stuff to the cars so I guess that's why we get along so well haha. He was passing by Antwerp in Belgium and we decided to meet up real quick (at a social distance outside offcourse) outside my local Lotus dealership. Too bad both of us weren't in our Lotusses but I guess that's an excuse for a second meetup, hopefully without a lockdown regulation
  12. Small update! I had the opportunity to drive the Lotus on Circuit Zolder 2 days ago on the brand new tarmac. I really need to fix the new pedals. With my regular shoes I'm able to heel-toe very clean but using my racing shoes, I just can't do it comfortably. Atleast we know what to do in the next couple of days. First time I used my GoPro to give a helmet cam view. Looks pretty decent although camera is a bit low.
  13. I honestly was looking at them and thinking... hmm... might just buy one as a daily driver sorta thing! My Cup 250 is getting more and more racecar and hardcore so less and less useable on the road. I really enjoy the short drives to my office in my Lotus so one on regular tires that I can drive every day would be very nice.
  14. I hope everyone is doing well during these exceptional times? What a sucky period for car guys. Already several trackdays have passed and needed to get refunded. I expected to do a lot of trackdays this year but it seems life has a different idea so far Not a lot that has happened since the Lotus is pretty much not moving at all. I did get a few minor upgrade parts in that I will be fitting soon: SRP Racing Pedals I find the pedal positioning to not be perfect on the Lotus for my taste. I just have to put my foot in an awkward position for me to be able to heel-toe so.... did some research and came up with this: Installation should be fairly simple and this way I can adjust the pedals to my liking. Not cheap but the quality is perfect. Imran also uses these on his Exige V6 and is very pleased with them. Headlights This is one I expect to get a lot of questions from. I bought a HID conversion kit as the headlights in the Elise... well... they suck. The LEDs are nice but the main headlight bulbs are a horrible yellow with poor effect. This is a HB3 conversion kit that should work on the Elise. It's going to be a lot of fiddling to make it work and fit but I expect to get it working just fine. Oh, and did I mention I paid 44 pounds? If it works, I'll provide all the info necessairy! Reinstalled the original carbon wing (yes yes, car very dirty) Why? Well, basically, the Reverie wing quality is just poor. The wing isn't on straight, lot's of minor defects, rusting bolts, ... I'm going to be installing the PB-R racing wing they use on the Lotus Europe Cup cars with struts directly mounted to the subframe instead but for now the OEM will do. The problem with a big wing without sorting the aero balance in the front is that you're creating some extra understeer. Therefor I will be installing the 'real' racing wing the moment I'm able to install front fender vents and perhaps even a modified front lip. The only thing we're actually able to do here is... clean the car. Had to drive to my company and figured, might aswel enjoy the ride in my Lotus and hose it down while I'm there. ` Still love the new mirrors, what an upgrade that is. I hope everyone stays healthy and maybe we'll see you soon on a future Lotus on Track event!
  15. Interesting. You know anyone with experience with these on AIM systems? Wonder if you can have an overlay on the video for these systems aswel? I guess it would be possible as it is just assigning sensors. Any idea of pricing? Don't get why they use 'request quote' , such a terrible business move. I might even be too lazy to check now
  16. It is supposed to be. There is an option that should work. I do have some questions for that system: - battery based, not sure if that will work flawlessly. Reception? - how well will the aim data be able to read this. I would really love to see temps decent in real time. Data reading after the trackday is fun but I think it would benefit me to be able to do decent realtime readings and adjust in the paddock where necessairy
  17. A question to the track guys here: does anyone have any experience with the Racelogic Tire Temperature sensor kit? It looks really nice and seems to be working great. I think it would be a great tool on the track. Wouldn't be using it as an advanced setup tool but I would like prefer to avoid overheating, getting fade and thus hitting a wall when sending it It's expensive as it is also a full data logging system and would be quite redundant to my MXE dash but realtime tire temps really seem very useful to me imho. Thoughts?
  18. Hi everyone, I have a question: from all the trackdays you went to, what were the 'special services' they offered that impressed you most or you found most enjoyable? For example: - Lunch included - Laptiming included - etc... Trying to figure out what a perfect trackday concept would look like and not just a regular, arrive and drive.
  19. Honestly, if you can afford it, get a Cup 250. I walked into the dealership planning on ordering a cup 430 and walked out with a signed order form for a 250. Reasoning was very simple: running cost on track. Running cost on an exige if you take it on trackdays is easily triple (cost of tires alone). I really give mine a rough beating on trackdays and the few pennies it costs to keep it going, is honestly mindblowing to me. Even if you can afford it, doesn't make it fun in my opinion to spend more money than necessairy. I feel a Cup 250 would be faster on track than a 350 sport very often. I would recommend you read my 'build thread' so you can see the upgrade options out there, as I'm modifying mine quite extensively: It's a great machine. The amount of grip on the Cup 250 really is very impressive. What you lack compared to a 380/410/430 is the crazy engine sound and a lot of oemph in a straight line, however things to consider: - on lot's of trackdays, dB limits are very low (down to 95dB), so you might get in trouble with an exige even on stock exhaust - you can always upgrade the exhaust on an elise to make it sound amazeballs - power can be upgraded, elise with 300 hp is one hell of a machine - cup 250 is chargecooled, 350 isn't - an exige 350, actually isn't a lot faster - regular exiges are more nervous on exit and feel less on rails than a cup 250 - fuel consumption on the Cup 250 on the road and specially on track is very low. (so you spend more time at the track than the gas station on trackdays) V6 is extremely thirsty - steering feedback is better on the elise than the exige - useable power on the road in a 250 without losing your license in 1,2 seconds I think second hand you can get some very good deals on cup 250's so if you can spare the extra pennies, do so, you won't regret it. I've driven a lot of cars, including a lot of exotics and none were able to give me the raw feeling my Cup 250 gives me, not even GT3 RS cars. Great car, mindblowing engine, but you just feel disconnected from the road as the steering feels artificial. I experienced a 430 cup couple of days ago with a single cell 200 cat instead of dual 600's (stock) and it blew my mind, however, engine sound and straight line speed aren't the only things that make a car great. My daily driver is a 611hp C63 and in a straight line with the cup, I sometimes thought, maybe I've should have gotten an Exige instead. However, the first time I took the Cup 250 on track, all the pieces came together and it all made sense. I can honestly say that even driving slow, I enjoy the Cup 250 a lot over the straight piped C63. The only thing that makes that fun is the grunt and power. Steering is just.... boring
  20. Been a long time since I've updated. Car has been in the garage for a while but season is right around the corner and last sunday did my first trackday again at Clastres in France. Some minor updates: Exterior update: Mirrors! I finally fitted the mirrors from George. It is an amazing upgrade. I do need to fix the gaping hole on the side where the 3th mounting screw used to be. I'm looking into options to have a full backplate in black because I don't like the paint color showing at the mirrors. It just looks off. Interior Trim Original Lotus fabric and thread are in! Haven't been able to have it installed yet and it was planned for this month, however my friend got some extra work in for customers and that obviously has priority over my project. We should be able to do the trim in March! Interior Update I couldn't hold back longer: the Aim dash. I wasn't a big fan initially of the AIM MXE2 but I decided to give it a go anyway due to it's easy install. I had some concerns on using extra sensors but it is possible and somewhere next week they should be pushing a software update that allows you to add custom pages so I decided to pull the trigger and get an MXE2! If I plan on changing the ECU, I'll probably have to change the dash (I think?) but I'll fix it when that problem occurs. First, we remove the original dash! You have to be careful when pulling of the binacle because it uses these types of clamps that can fall off or break easily and when they drop 'inside' the dashboard, you will be cursing, A LOT. Surprised when I found out they used some kind of velcro tape that prevents the clips from falling off so that was a pleasant surprise. That is something they didn't do on older S3 cars. I'm guessing starting MY17.5? Also good news for S2 owners: the new software update they're pushing will also allow 2004+ cars to install the dash!! Removing everything is fairly easy and next up was installing the MXE2 dash and putting the data expension hub in there aswel to use to Smartycam HD2.1 which I already had for my Solo2 DL. I'm trying to figure out what sensors I'm going to be using exactly so when I need to remove the whole dash for the trimming, I will be installing the carbon door sills and adding the channel expansion with the extra sensors like brake pressure. Once everything is in place, it's just a matter of sliding the binacle over and pushing it into place. It's not a perfect flush fit but nothing that is really noticeable unless you pay real good attention. What an upgrade! I don't like the default binacle so during the trim process, I will replace it with a custom mounting solution as seen from the guys from Trackspec on their race lotus. I'm still contemplating how to manage the 4 buttons on the binnacle now. Add custom buttons to the radio DIN or install a summit talon button box. I think it would look really sleek if I use another carbon passenger airbag cover behind the dash, which will contrast nice with the alcantara dash. First figuring out how I will do the buttons though! 'Sticky substance under floormats' Next I confused my girlfriend by asking her to use her hairdryer and then taking it to my garage. I was able to remove about 98% of the substance below the floor mats so now there is just bear aluminium underneath my feet. Weight reduction and adds to the whole racecar experience imho. I still need some glue remover to get rid of a few remaining stains but shouldn't be too hard! First trackday of 2020 Did my first trackday last sunday at Clastres! In the morning, everyone on Toyo's was complaining. Very little grip. I managed to put a few good laps in but traffic cost me some real nice hot laps. Best of the day was 1:22:78 and I had several laps I would have shaved off over a second but always got stuck in traffic Later in the afternoon, the wind was getting so harsh that doing better laptimes became almost impossible. I did manage to do a 1:23:XX with a passenger in the afternoon but didn't have another window to throw in another hotlap. I also experienced another technical issue like the one I had before on my previous trackday: the hose came loose again from the TRD airbox, choking the car and flooding the engine. My buddy helped me out and we re-attached the hose and tightened the clamp a little different and it seems to be more rigid than ever now. Just keep in mind that the TRD airbox sits really tight in the newer Cups and the hose is actually a bit too short. I think the safest way is just replacing the hose aswel, which I'll probably be doing sometime soon to avoid similar issues in the future.
  21. A Paetek is the final one on my list. I really want to get a Nautilus. They're going crazy in value nowadays. A business partner had a gold nautilus with chocolate dial. They go up to 140k nowadays, absolutely bonkers. He was able to buy it for 45. Would love to get a chrono version some day. Would complete my collection Current daily driver is my 2019 Day-Date. Had to wait 4 months for delivery and very happy with it. For some reason they stopped making the black dial (for now) so might be nice for it holding some value. Lot's of people aren't big fans of the accessories but I kinda like it. The anchor strap was a gift from my girlfriend and keeps the lovebracelet from hitting the watch. I like it and that's what matters
  22. I feel a Cup 430 will be quite a bit quicker than a GT4 in my opinion but it's very difficult to compare cars one to one. Much comes to the driver I'd say. Maybe the GT4 drivers weren't super quick on Folembray when I drove there. I already knew the track quite well and felt really confident when running in the rain there as I knew every corner in and out. Haven't had much updates lately. Car is in the garage doing its beauty/winter sleep. I also had an unexpected health issue pop up. My heartbeat was acting out a lot and doctor said it was probably due to stress and fatigue so I took it a bit slower lately. I did do something fun in the meanwhile: I have been talking and planning to drive my first AM race soon in the 24h of Zolder and I figured I needed as much training as I possibly could so I decided to build a dedicated racing simulator. A simulator is a helpful tool to get used to changing track conditions, ideal driving lines, overtakes and lap consistency during longer stints so it will be quite helpful. I'm using iRacing as my go-to platform. It is used by many professional drivers including Max Verstappen and Lando Norris. For those interested, I started uploading a few of my races. Feel free to subscribe to my youtube channel. (I need a 100 subscribers to get a decent youtube url instead of :)) Keep in mind, I'm not a professional Youtube video editor so it is just the footage with poor beginning/ending trimming haha.
  23. The TRD Airbox is a very tight fit on the Cup 250 and the airhose got loose a bit so it was taking in too much air which makes sense as I felt the engine was drowning when I gave it too much throttle. Refitted it and hope it stays put now Fabrics are ordered. Waiting for a delivery update!
  24. Dealers usually have samples aswel. I did also check the picture thread first though. I think it's a big mistake they don't have a clear picture of every color on the Lotus website.
  25. Even the fiberglass one? The carbon one is expensive but fiberglass? Also, keep an eye out on Lotus Cup Owners group on facebook etc. I've seen body kits pass by there for the cup 250. Even was a guy there selling a full new cup aero set as he bought them as spares lol
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