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Good evening everyone,

I thought I would start by introducing myself, as my user name suggests I’m Chris and an owner of an 1999 S1 Elise.  It is my first lotus and I’ve only owned the car for a few weeks.  I have moved from owning classic Mini’s for the last 7 years or so.  I love the Lotus but it seems to lag behind the performance and handling of my old works Mini Cooper S.  So there may be a few questions coming about setting the car up and extracting a little more enthusiasm from the engine.  I’m currently reading through the parts and service manuals to learn more about the car.  I have also started the fatal list of jobs to do...Let the tinkering begin.

 Regards, Chris.

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Hi Chris and welcome. If your Elise isn't handling as well as a Mini I'd suggest popping it to a specialist to have the suspension and geo checked asap! If you're on the original red Koni dampers a cheap and easy upgrade to the S2 Bilsteins should make a huge difference.

The ethos of the Elise from the team that developed it was 'Fun at 50' so it's never meant to have been the quickest (although with £ it can be very nippy as they weight next to nothing) but certainly the handling should be pretty epic from the off, assuming there aren't any issues.

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Hi and welcome......

Hope you enjoy your tinkering......


The Faster You Drive...The Slower You Age

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Good afternoon,

Thank you very much for your replies.  Thankfully I have kept my geo setup equipment from when I raced my mini's.  So I have corner weighing scales and toe, camber and castor gauges.  Next on my list is to check to geometry and condition of the suspension bushes and ball joints.  I think this is where many of my handling problems are.

Regards, Chris.

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Welcome to TLF Chris. :welcome:

Looking forward to seeing what you find when you look at the geo setup. Hope it answers some questions.

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