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    Alasdair Gillies
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    300bhp Elise - Tour and Sport
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    middlesex

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  1. Kev, loved reading your journey. You’ve preempted the journey I was going to go. I’ve sent a message….
  2. My Elise Drivers seat which is on runners is OK. But having sat in a car with Tillets fitted, I realise I'd like to move my seat further back and lower.... and I'm trying very hard to not just buy a lovely set of Tillets. So I ask for help! There is space to use, but I have failed to find a solution for moving the Lotus seat, except for one home made welded affair on an American forum called British Cars.. But that's it! ...and I can't believe that it hasn't been done before now. My initial thought was to use a left hand drive passenger mount, but from what I've read, that doesn't work. Can anyone shed any light on how to move my drivers seat... is there a mount, hack, product.... that achieves it? Thanks
  3. I ask for your knowledge... I've looked around the web and the Lotus sites and I can only find one option for adding a spacer to my air bag steering wheel. The only option I've found is a Komo-Tec option. Which Im sure is great, but at 70 Eros for a little bit of metal I wondered if there was another option. https://www.komo-tec.com/en/lotus-exige/mk3-toyota-v6350380/interieur/121/steering-wheel-spacer-for-cars-with-airbag?c=569 Does anyone know of any other options for the airbag steering wheel? Cheers
  4. I bought my car in Dec2019 and when I was looking, I'm sure Will Blackman had two of these for sale around then. I was very tempted - I love the colour way. So it my have been with him since then?
  5. I used Lotus stickers (I think from an Evora).
  6. The Elise S3 has two diffusers (not inc. the big aero Cup version). The Pre 2017 & Post 2017 I can see the schematic for both on De Roure and have looked at loads of pics of cars and cannot work out what the difference is? I've not managed to find any actual measurements for them either. I was going to 'update' my pre 2017 diffuser, but I can't see a difference with the new one, without actually getting them side by side? The new one does have two extra middle fins, but is the actual size (outline) of the diffuser any different to the older one? Does anyone know the difference between the two? Thanks
  7. Thanks for the input guys.... I went with a quote that was very different to every other one. Most simply wouldn't insure over 5k miles! If I was cynical I'd say insurers want only to insure people who park their car in a garage. Not people who want to drive! So, 10k miles 5 track days and the usual legal, windscreen, etc... £722 with A Plan
  8. So far, after a days worth of phone calls... my car is too new, or its too expensive, or it's to tuned, or its too big a requested annual mileage..... - "It's not 10 years old yet and we only insure that on a classic policy" - "We don't insure that type of car over 5k miles" - normally its only 3k" (because why would you want to do more than 5k in a gorgeous Lotus) - "Driveway is a NO. Garage only for us to look at you" -etc...etc....etc.... I'm pulling my hair out... It a used Lotus Elise... Not a £3million Bugatti! I've tried - Reis, Henderson Taylor, Classic Line, Manning, Footman James, AIB... I was hoping to have track day cover in the policy, hence the co's above. Does anyone have any suggestions? cheers!
  9. Re the AD008'rs' - I haven't found praise for the tyre. I've found a mixed bag of reports on this new compound. None of them shouting about it, many saying its OK but not as good as it was... and many saying its crap. So, I've not convinced on the current iteration of it. Which then leaves the v105 or AO52... with the gap the AD08r filled. I could buy two sets of tyres, but I don't want to. I'll end up doing eeny meeny miny moe!☺️
  10. Aye, bought from Jimmy... Its a small world! lol I was going to buy a set anyway.. so it was good timing. I'm just going into my 2nd Lotus year... I had the RRR tune last year and meant to get the suspension sorted too... but just kept going out in it! lol. So, I'm sure it'd feel good with anything new on... But I'm looking forward to seeing the 46's on and how the car changes... for the better I hope! 😁 I'm onto tyre buying now... and its a dark hole I've jumped into. I thought it was going be simple. Very few options for the 16" front, and then each with a compromise. Ao52's - standard on a Cup, but not for -10'c or a wet motorway. V105's - apparently the best Yoko road tyre, but one that's old and wont play as hard on the few summer blasts when conditions are 'just right'! Will 52's last a couple of months playing and a Europe trip? Other options seem to be even more polar - either a comfortable saloon car tyre that will last years and dull the beauty which is Lotus, or a track tyre, which is simply just not suitable if I'm caught out in the rain. AD48r's was going to be my choice - soft but not 52 price... however the new 'rs' version seems to be crap. Hmmm! 😆
  11. Good info Colin67... Reassuring to hear that you have the extended tops too... I makes sense to me, and I was taking the advice of the lengthened tops benefits at face value, which I was sure was good advice. But its always nice to have something confirmed. Speaking to the guys at RRR, they saw about 300-320 to be the tops for the current set up and had the data of the modified (effectively the 300bbhp tune test mule) Fatjoe cars season of racing to use as well. Also, on the road, the %age of the time its being abused is negligible. I have additional cooling in the front valance which piggy backs onto the cooler unit in front of the front wheel. Its an RRR kit, you can see on their website. I don't have the final drive reduction set up, but Im sure it makes a nice difference. And with the torque of the tune, the pull the car has across the rev range is wholly better than stock, making it nice on the road... a polar opposite to the pre-2zr high revving Elise defining engines before the 2zr. Actually hiding the tall gearing issue somewhat, unless track seconds are being chased. I've wondered if the LSD option would be a nice addition to a 300bhp Elise on uk damp roads, as I spin an inside wheel often. I know the uprated suspension and tyres will help this, but the LSD for its small weight penalty on changing grip levels UK back roads, I would have thought to only be a benefit. Maybe others will say otherwise. My car was always going to be a road car, that might make it to a track once or twice. So the the more road friendly 2zr engine suited, even it it doesn't rev as high, blah, blah, blah... and the tune takes the torque and makes the car a very ready anywhere toy. The supercharger and tune give it a very linear tune, benefiting it across the rev range. Tyres choice has me scratching my head. Reviews conflict, sizes don't fit an Elise, I want a 200 wear rate tyre (AO52), but probably actually need a 300 UHP tyre (V105). The AD08RS would probably be the choice balance between cost and design, but other than a couple of people saying they like theirs, it's had very poor reviews in comparisons to the fantastic AD08R it replaces. So I soldier on until I decide or become exhausted!
  12. What tyre do you put on when do a road trip? ..another set of new 52's? I can't see me getting involved with tyres like you've described. So I maybe need to sacrifice a little ultimate grip to have a better 'all round' summer sports tyre. Thanks for your feedback
  13. What is the tyre choice for an Elise owner in 2021? I'm asking for your tyre feedback - as much of the information I can find on the net is a few years old and irrelevant. I'd love your 'actually user experience'. I have an Elise tuned to 300bhp. It has mismatched tyres and I've just completed my first year of ownership... so I'm sure any new tyres will feel hugely better, as I have no Lotus experience of other tyres. It a fast road car... Not a track car. Choices I've short listed are: Yokohama V105 - an older tyre but one which still is loved by users, but not so much in comparison tests. It OE on the Elise right now along with Porsche, BMW, etc... and is their 'best' fast road tyre. Yokohama 08r - a loved tyre but now discontinued and poor in the wet, but maybe a little too track bias for my fast road car. Yokohama 08rs - the new 08r, but initial feedback is not great Yokohama Ao52 - great, but costly and a short life. OE on the 250 CUP Elise, but do owners put a 2nd set on? Nanking N-2R - a Track/road tyre which has some great reviews and medium life. So, in a car bought to be used and played with all year, what would be a great tyre to play on Sunday mornings, drive to the alps to do a few mountain passes and so on... Thanks for your feedback...
  14. I was on the understanding that the 260's tyre width was only relevant and working, when the car is at full chat creating its extra downforce making the tyres work hard and without the downforce the extra tyre width didn't make a difference else where.
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