Obviously Honda K20s are the transplant of choice for Elises, followed some way behind by Duratecs, but I'm firmly of the mind that I should leave the K-Series in my car and subject it to some mild tweaking and tuning instead. As one of the first 50 Sport 135s I really want to keep the original beating heart, so intrinsic is it to the character of the car. And, touch wood, mine seems to be a good 'un too, so I don't see the point in abandoning it when it's never let me down.
I'm prepared to be swayed though, and I'd love to hear from anyone who's had this done - or even meet up for a ride to experience it - before deciding on the final direction to take.
My one reservation is that there are a couple of ticking time bombs lurking beneath the clamshells. Both are fairly major components that are well into their twilight years, and this makes me a little wary of committing to expensive engine work knowing that, sod's law, they'll both pack up as soon as it's all done. The parts in question are the radiator - still the original model with the plastic end caps - and the fuel pump, which has been whining incessantly for at least the last three and a half years. So, go for the upgrades and deal with any failures as they happen, or bite the bullet and get everything done at once?
Car: 1998 Lotus Elise Sport 135
Run by: Danny Milner
Bought: October 2010
Purchase price: £9,500
This month at a glance: Sort the problems or add more power? Decisions, decisions...
For speed add lightness, to wallet in this case
Suspension fettling brings results, just in time for the alternator to go pop
Scottish road trip answers 'should I sell?' dilemma
Is it time for the Elise to go?
A cry of alarm from the Lotus - just drive me!
To Goodwood in the Elise
Why is the Elise slower on its new suspension then?
Nitron suspension upgrade for Danny's Elise
Elise shows its displeasure at winter weather
Pilgrimage to Hethel and a lap with handling guru Matt Becker
New wheels on and roof off; to Spa!