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They're not 'active' Ali, no. What they do is allow you to adjust your suspension settings on the fly from inside the car. They have 30 clicks of rebound and 30 compression and it holds 3 presets (road/sport/race) which you save your prefered setting to each.

No more grovelling around under the car or having to jack up and remove wheels to adjust the dampers, it can all be done while you're driving and you immediately feel the changes you've made, you can play around with them to your hearts content. :)

Trev, speak to Russ Walton at MGR regards pricing, they're aren't that expensive.

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The TTX in-line dampers have a massive range of adjustment in them. I've gone 50% stiffer on spring rates over stock Evora and in their softer road settings you'd swear blind they were softer sprung than the stock Bilsteins... The overall ride quality has massively improved also, no more crashy harshness that would have the front end of the car skipping in the corners if you run over rough surfaces, potholes or raised manhole covers. They just keep the car going exactly were you pointed it and give you loads more confidence to push on, seriously impressed so far. I could instantly see where my money had gone and I hadnt even got 100yds up the road from collecting it. It's that much of a difference. Can't wait to get it on track now!!

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Same as factory use on the GT430, though I think they've found some very lightweight Eibach springs to go with them. Lovely stuff!

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Yes, they're the same style and size damper body as going to be used on the new 430, also the evora GT4 race car used them and the exige V6 CupR.

Ohlins also do a 40mm ttx damper kit that you'll find on top end race cars. You're into 3k+ a corner though just for the basic damper before you start specing blowout valves and the like...

To be fair though, as expensive as they are, I'd rather spend my money on this type of mod rather than endlessly chasing power output. For me, the handling and braking departments come in way higher up the order of priorities. The feel of the car underneath you is the most important aspect of any sports car imo, as long as it's not under powered then all is good if it handles and stops well...

 

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Agreed. Yes the TTX40's are very serious money. The suspension spec on an Evora with Ohlins is exceptionally high, nothing else comes close at that price level.

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1 hour ago, alicrozier said:

Rats!  I don't have a glovebox in the 2-11...   ;)

Definitely the easier to adjust the more you'll 'play' and optimise.

Exactly this... Can't tell you how many times i've 'thought' about getting under the car and changing settings on a trackday but never bothered due to the ballache of going round each corner and having to set them...it'll do... not anymore!!

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I already have the Ohlins TTX on my car and I've been making inquiries about adding the Mechatronics kit to allow remote electronic adjustment from inside the car.  Was told £4k plus VAT plus fitting by (the very helpful) Russ at MGR- so I guess not much change from five grand.  Not sure I would agree with @TheKevlarKid that "they're aren't that expensive"!  Seems crazy money to me, but then the remote adjustment would be seriously useful, particularly given that I have a lack of decent garage facilities to be able to jack the car up etc.  Is that really the going rate?

@TheKevlarKid did you feel that the Mechatronics kit was worth the money? Would be very interested in your feedback, and views of anyone else on the kit.  It seems that there is very little information out there on the Mechatronics system.  Is anyone else using it on their Lotus?

Thanks

Matt

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2 hours ago, Mattmahope said:

Not sure I would agree with @TheKevlarKid that "they're aren't that expensive"!  Seems crazy money to me,

You’ve dug up a thread from over 3 years ago. Back then, I’m pretty sure that the cost of the Mechatronics system (fitted) was much, much closer to £2k. I hope that puts TKK’s comments into context. 

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That is some serious price inflation in that case...

Nonetheless would be very interested in some feedback on how the system works in practice from anyone who has it fitted or has tested it. Thanks 🙏 

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£3K is nothing for a top-end suspension set-up. Exe-TC stuff is at least £8K for their 3-ways.

Having run a (second-hand!!) set of their dampers, I personally thought they were definitely worth it - total voodoo going on down there -  but the standard Evora (NA) set-up is really bloody good for road use.

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Not sure where £3k came from, but I agree that £3k is nothing for top end suspension - which is why Nitrons are such good value and so popular.

But the Ohlins (new) are roughly £5k for the dampers plus £4K for the Mechatronics kit plus VAT plus fitting, so not much change from ten big ones.

Regardless, I’m really interested in what the Mechatronics kit is like to use rather than costing. Seems like hardly anyone has actually tried it other than @TheKevlarKid. Would very much love to hear some feedback. Thanks!

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@Mattmahope I think maybe Dave Carr the owner of ES Motorsport has it on his Evora?  I don't think he's on this forum so might have to give him a call.  He does respond to emails but I find phone calls are are more responsive.

The price for the suspension seems ok to me but the mechatronics kits feels like way too much money for what is quite a basic bit of electronics, maybe I'm missing something?  It might be difficult installing the kit but as far as I understand it the £4K is just for the kit, fitting is extra.

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Horses for courses. Why does one man buy a rolex and another buy a Casio?

Ask yourself this. How much do you value the ability to adjust your suspension without leaving the comfort of your seat? Having stored  settings that can be called upon at the touch of a button? Or are you quite happy to keep taking wheels off and grovel around on the floor because it needs a few more clicks of rebound.... I'm getting old and like the comfort of my seat. I like the instant nature you can change settings and feel the difference while on the fly, not after you've stopped for 10-20minutes to change all 4 corners and your tyres and brakes have cooled, track conditions have changed. You can tell straight away if it improves or doesn't. 

If you value those attributes then they are worth it.

 

 

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