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.
Just sold to another car guy. Its going to a great home where it will be appreciated. I am gonna miss this car.
I bought someones finished project car. The car has new everything including a 3.6 swapped in. HP for this engine bone stock is 250HP but this engine has been tweeked a little.
After spending a rediculas amount of money on my RX7 project car, I knew I wanted another "daily driver" 80's sportscar but did not want another project.
I was looking for a 930 Porsche and finding lots of bad ones. I did some research and decided on an older 911 with a newer 3.6 liter swap. I found this one in Kansas City and after a succesful PPI, I flew up with my son and drove the car back, with a detour through the North Carolina Mountains.
I drive it as much as possible and try to keep it out of bad weather. It spends its summers in my Vacation home garage in North Carolina where I try to take it to the Dragons Tail as much as possible.
Car feel like a big engine pushing it down the road when you drive it. The best part? 30+MPG on the highway.
Mostly stock 2005 Lotus Elise.
1.8L Toyota 4 Cylinder & 6 speed transmission
189 hp & 138 lb/ft
Mid Engined, RWD
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
0-60 --- 4.7 seconds
1/4 Mile --- 13.3 @ 102.9mph
70' Slalom --- 71.1mph
Skidpad --- 1.02g
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Porsche 911 SC Targa
3.6 liter engine stock with 250 HP
Estimated HP is in the 275 range.
Estimated curb weight is in the 2500 lb. range.
-Touring Pack (power windows, extra insulation, different stereo)
-Lifestyle paint (Krypton Green)
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No factory options listed.
-ForcedFed Carbon Fiber front Splitter
-Green Filter and modified airbox
-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
-Aftermarket header & exhaust
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
-Dougherty cams and valve springs
-993 MAF injection and 993 exhaust
-28 tube brass fender cooler inline with Mocal front mount cooler plumbed with -16 hose
-Fibreglass front and rear Ruf bumpers from BW Motorsports
-Genuine Ruf front lip spoiler
-In 2000 the car had bare metal repaint in the original guards red
-All body seals replaced, all trim powder coated
-New german silverknit champagne carpet
-Full leather champagne/black interior
-Sport seats recovered
-Targa top reskinned
-Factory Carrera tail
-Factory short shift
-New Porsche dash new factory windshield
-Momo wheel with Porsche crest horn button
-Chassis is pretty much stock
-Turbo tie rods and rack spacers.
- SS Brake Lines
- Hawk HP Plus Brake pads
-Wheels: Fikse FM-10s 7.5 and 9x17, polished lips with race black anodized centers
-Tires: Kumho Exsta MX 255 rear 225 front
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