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Cars > Challenges > “Mean Green Machine” Vs “Dragon Express”

 

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M–34
Louisville, Kentucky
United States

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M–42
Robbinsville, North Carolina
United States

 

2005 Lotus Elise 111R

“Mean Green Machine”

2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

“Dragon Express”

 
Photo of: 2005 Lotus Elise

No longer owned

Photo of: 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
 

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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.

About “Dragon Express”

My daily driver and work vehicle, I've put over 80,000 HARD miles on it since 2005. Setup for "Time Attack", I upgraded the suspension and brakes first, then worked on the drivetrain. She puts down about 350 all-wheel-hp and turns/stops like a demon on crack! =P

Click on "Mods" tab for complete list.

 

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

Specs for “Dragon Express”

Approx. 350awhp

 

Factory Options for “Mean Green Machine”

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



Lotus Elise Blog

Factory Options for “Dragon Express”

No factory options listed.

 

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

Mods for “Dragon Express”

Engine Mods

- Intake: HKS Racing Suction
- Headers: MR SS Tubular
- Turbo Outlet: Helix O2 Pipe
- Downpipe: DC Sports 3" with Cat-Delete
- Cat-Back Exhaust: Logic Performance 3"
- Camshafts: GSC (272intake/264exhaust)
- Cam Gears: Fidenza Adjustable
- Fuel Pump: Walbro 255LPH
- Fuel Injectors: FIC 650cc
- Fuel Rail: AEM
- ECU: Turbo XS UTEC piggyback
- A/F Meter: Turbo XS Tuner Lite
- Boost Controller: Forge UNOS Mechanical
- BOV: Forge Type RS adjustable
- Upper Intercooler Pipe: Buschur Racing SS
- Lower Intercooler Pipe: Buschur Racing SS
- Headstuds: ARP
- Engine Dampener: Ingalls "Stiffy"
- Front Motor Mount: Forge Polyurethane Bushing
- Spark Plug Cover: Custom Aluminum
- Catch Can: Logic Polished Aluminum

Suspension / Brakes / Wheels

- Coilovers: JIC FLTA2 Adjustable
- Big brake upgrade: Racing Brake front (6-piston calipers/2-piece 14" rotors)
- Pads: Hawk HP+
- Brake Lines: Goodridge SS
- Rear Sway Bar: Perrin Adjustable
- End Links: Perrin Adjustable
- Rear Strut Brace: Buschur Racing adjustable
- Front Strut Brace: DC Sports Titanium
- Wheels: Rota P45R 18x9.5 +30 Royal Racing Bronze from Subydude.com
- Tires: Kuhmo EcstaMX 275/35/18 all around

Interior / Car Audio

- Pedals: 4-piece aluminum
- Racing harness: Schroth 4-point
- Shift Knob: A Spec Titanium
- Head Unit: Kenwood KVT-815DVD (flip out 7" DVD screen)
- Rear Deck: Alpine SPS170a 6-1/2" speakers
- Door/pillar: Polk Audio db6500 Components
- Amps: Jensen JPA260 and JPA460 Amps
- Sub: 10" Bazooka Tube with MTX Blue Thunder driver
- Alarm: Crime Guard 745i4 w/ pager

Miscellaneous

- Metal shift cage bushings
- Metal underhood shift linkage bushings
- Turbo Timer: Greddy Full Auto
- Data Acquisition System: G2X - GPS
- Trunk-Mount battery relocation

 

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