free hit
counters
Coupe hardtop removal and insurance - Interior/Exterior/Lights/Glass/Alarms/ICE/HVAC/Other - The Lotus Forums - Official Lotus Community Partner Jump to content


IGNORED

Coupe hardtop removal and insurance


Recommended Posts

Having just gone and removed the hardtop on my 420 and seeing the very large sticker saying 'do not remove the roof', I'm wondering what the insurance implications would be, driving the car without the roof when the manufacturer states it mustn't be removed. Thoughts?

Link to comment
Share on other sites


Upgrade today to remove Google ads and support TLF.
  • Replies 4
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

That's a question for your insurance company really Nick but they insure Elise's just fine so I'm sure it won't even be an issue. 

88 Esprit NA, 89 Esprit Turbo SE, Evora, Evora S, Evora IPS, Evora S IPS, Evora S IPS SR, Evora 400, Elise S1, Elise S1 111s, Evora GT410 Sport

Evora NA

For forum issues, please contact the Moderators. I will aim to respond to emails/PM's Mon-Fri 9-6 GMT. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi Nick. I think I recall reading somewhere that the "Do not remove the roof" message is really to do with the possibility of less aerodynamic stability with the roof off at speeds in excess of circa 140/150 mph. I'm sure you are not likely to be driving at such speeds 😉, at least not on roads in the UK anyway!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If insurance companies can find a reason not to pay, they'll use it. 

So it's a fair question. As Lotus dealers offer this modification and Lotus Cars sold a roadster Exige, the car is clearly safe without the roof. I had heard the same as above, it was stability at very high speed that is the issue. 

I would be asking my main dealer for clarification of why there is a warning information sticker. Depending on the answer, as Bibs suggests, you may then wish to discuss the modification with your insurance company.

Most owners will just ignore the issue but it's not a problem until it's a problem. Unlikely though that is.

Justin

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just remove the sticker before crashing it 😂

I've read somewhere (I think some exige manual) that when the hardtop is removed, downforce is decreased. But hardtop doesn't increase chassis rigidity, so it's aero only. When on track, I always use hardtop, but prefer targa for the road.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




×
×
  • Create New...