Encouraged by the "show us your rear end" thread, I'd thought I'd share some photos on my steed.
I've owned the car for some 5 years now, and I've spenmt a great deal on it and a great deal of time driving it! It started off as a Lotus press car in 1998 and was then left in a shed around Hethel for some time. Although manufactured in 1998, it was registered by its first owner in 2004!
He spent time taking on trackdays and upgraded the engine from a standard Rover K-series, to one with 170 bhp & throttle bodies. After a short period the engine either let go or he simply fancied something more reliable, so in went a very early Essex Autosport (nee'Sinclaires) Honda K20 engine, with very low miles.
Developing 197bhp at the wheels and weighing in at around 750kg, the power to weight ratio is rather good. Anyway, the owner decided to set up a chalet business in France and needed the capital, so along I came and bought it, with just 15k on the clock.
During this time I've spent a large sum of money, replacing parts of the early engine conversion and bringing them up to 2011 spec. Not to mention numerous trips to europe with like minded enthusisats all across Europe, Classic Le Mans, Spa, Nurburgring etc, etc.
It's a faithful friend and I've become very attached to it, although I did recently have a brief flirtation with Craig Winters beautiful 81 Porche SC, but decided that I'd miss the Elise too much. In fact my very understanding Co-pilot and wife, said that it was part of the family, so I couldn't sell it. I rather like the wolf in sheeps clothing aspect of the car, as the performance and noise are fantastic and it keeps up with very exiotic machinery.
For all its performance, I would have to admit that it's not quite like driving a standard car, which I would describe as being much "sweeter" to drive and more enjoyable at 5/10's. With the Nitron suspension, agressive geo and upgraded performance, it's not the kind of car I want to drive everyday, but get it on a country road, Alpine pass or race track, it comes alive!
The was completely rebuilt at the back end of 2010, via Back on Track in Guildford, who are a well known Lotus/VX specialist. I decided on a full colour change, from the rather boring titanium and settled for Le Mans Blue, which you see on the limited edition Exige S2. I basically wanted to go with a diferent factory colour.
The results are superb and the colour really does suit the car, well I like it anyway! Hope the uploads work and I'll provide a link to some vids. so you can listen to the old girl at full chathttp://youtu.be/ZWsz3OurTrUhttp://youtu.be/Y-FPeKuf5Pshttp://youtu.be/yUR-t7UoqC4
I'll load some better pictures of the new paint scheme later