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Cars > Challenges > “SmokeGray” Vs “Mean Green Machine”

 

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SmokeGray89

M–61
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States

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Shaggy

M–34
Louisville, Kentucky
United States

 

1989 Chevrolet Corvette

“SmokeGray”

2005 Lotus Elise 111R

“Mean Green Machine”

 
Photo of: 1989 Chevrolet Corvette
Photo of: 2005 Lotus Elise

No longer owned

 

Head to Head

 

About “SmokeGray”

I'm the second owner. I've owned it since 8/94. I always wanted a corvette and it took a few years to finally get this one. On the day I went to the dealer to take it for a drive on their test track it was only the second Corvette I had ever driven, I drove one a few weeks before that. Since I was selling my 69 Camaro and it was going to be my everyday car and my wife Jennie would have to drive it she needed to see how it felt. I had pulled over and she asked what was wrong and I told her she would have to do her own test drive because she had to make sure she felt OK driving it since it would be our second car. She was very reluctant to drive it, but finally agreed to take it around the test track. We didn't even get 25 yards with her driving when she said in a loud voice I like this, I really like this, and I knew I was finally going to get my Corvette.
I was lucky enough to have my Corvette in the April 2006 issue of Vette Magazine in a story about the Corvette Challenge Drag Racing series.

WATCH OUT FOR THE DOGGIE

About “Mean Green Machine”

UPDATE:
The Elise is no more. It was totalled in May of this year on some Indiana backroads. The short of it is that I came around an odd corner that goes hard left just as you crest over a hill. The car unweighted and went into a spin. No injuries but the car was considered a total loss. I now have an 01 BMW M3 but will probably pick up another Elise or Exige in the next few years.
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Bought this Elise in February of 2006 and have loved it ever since. In the past 10 months I've logged over 12,000 miles with the car and have had few problems with it.

You can see more photos (better quality) at my Lotus Elise Blog



I just updated the Gallery with some interior photos. The only difference in the interior now is the stereo is different. I replaced the stock Blaupunkt Acapulco with an Alpine CDA-9856. The exposed metal areas are (for the most part) the actual chassis/tub that the car is built around.

 

Specs for “SmokeGray”

The factory rating on the engine are:
L98 350 5.7 245 HP and 335 LB/T.
Auto 700R4 Dana 36 3.07
Best time slip:
R/T: 005
60': 1.877
1/8 8.456
1/8 81.72 MPH
1/4 13.258
1/4 104.15

Top Speed 160 MPH est.
30 MPG Highway

Specs for “Mean Green Machine”

Mostly stock 2005 Lotus Elise.
1.8L Toyota 4 Cylinder & 6 speed transmission
189 hp & 138 lb/ft
Mid Engined, RWD
~1980lbs
Unequal length wishbones
Bilstein dampers & Eibach springs
Lotus/AP-Racing twin-piston fixed aluminium alloy front brake calipers
Brembo single-piston sliding rear calipers
11.3" Cross drilled rotors



Stock Numbers:
0-60 --- 4.7 seconds
1/4 Mile --- 13.3 @ 102.9mph
70' Slalom --- 71.1mph
Skidpad --- 1.02g

Lotus Elise Blog

 

Factory Options for “SmokeGray”

Oil Cooler
Bronze Glass Roof Panel ( Current Top is Blue)
Electronic Climate Control
Performance Axle 3.08
Electronic Climate Control
Bose Stereo
L98 245 HP

Factory Options for “Mean Green Machine”

-Touring Pack (power windows, extra insulation, different stereo)
-Hardtop
-Lifestyle paint (Krypton Green)



Lotus Elise Blog

 

Mods for “SmokeGray”

Accel Super Ram Manifold
SLP High Flow Runners
Ported Plenum
BBK 52 mm Throttle Body
24 lb Injectors
Edelbrock 255 Fuel Pump
Vortex Ram Air Intake
DUI Distributor
Magnecor 10 mm Wires
LT4 Hot Cam
Crane Vale Springs
1.6 Roller Rocker Arms
Proform Grey Valve Covers
March Power & Amp Pulleys
Air Pump Replacement Pulley
Hooker Headers & Y-Pipe
3" Straight Pipe ( No Cats)
Flowmaster Mufflers
Wood Dash
Chrome C6 Z06 Wheels
NITTO Drag Radials 315/35-17
Driller & Slotted Rotors
Greenstuff Pads
Hughes Pro 3000 Converter
Transmission Cooler
C6 Z06 Wheels
NITTO NT 555 Extreme 275-40 Front Tires
NITTO NT 555 Extreme 315-35 Rear Tires

Mods for “Mean Green Machine”

-ForcedFed Carbon Fiber front Splitter
-Green Filter and modified airbox
-Sector111 Lidbone
-Alpine CDA-9856 with 3rd generation iPod attached
-Sector111 larger front tow hook
-Sector111 rear triangular tow hook
-Zoom Carbon Fiber wide angle rear view mirror



Upcoming modifications:
-Aftermarket header & exhaust
-Tri-Point Supercharger
-Aftermarket wheels
-HID's

If Elise/Exige parts weren't so damn expensive I'd have half the list installed already. Everything on the list will be on the car before too long though.

You can see photos and walkthroughs for the car's mods @ My Lotus Elise Blog

 

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