Friday, April 15, 2011

"The Blue Car" Build is Underway: Safety, Reliability & Performance.

Our Blue Elise came to us a few weeks ago in perfect running order. This car is special because it is actually one of the first US-spec Toyota-powered examples ever made. The build date was in 2003 and was classified as an engineering prototype car. This was one of the cars Lotus brought to the LA Auto Show for North American debut of the Elise.

Technically this car can not be driven on the street so we decided to make it into a race car. She came into our shop as a complete car but we changed that real quick. There was no time to waste as this car will serve as our track-only developmental test bed for some seriously tasty bits we're working on. Safety, reliability and performance are our key goals with product development. We plan to extend our knowledge and product offering through testing with this car.

To have the car ready for our May, 6th track day, we have a laundry list of various safety and performance bits that need to be installed. Here's some of what "Phase 1" includes:

  • Roll cage

  • Katana265

  • Jubu Dog-box transmission*

  • Sector111 Upgraded oil-cooler lines*

  • Silicone engine pipes*

  • FuelSafe Fuel cell

  • Safecraft Fire surpression

  • Schroth Harnesses & safety netting

  • AiM MXL Pro Dash + array of data sensors

  • Nitron 46mm Race Pro Triples

  • 308BBK + front OE caliper relocation

  • MONOballs

  • titanQR

  • SSC Shift Cable

  • ProAlloy proRAD + fan relocation kit

  • hubGTC - tilt-up steering kit

  • CF Big-Bottom Seat & ReVerie XC seat

  • Mulsanne C passenger seat

  • subSTIFFY

  • transCOOLER

  • RTVbrace

  • Nitron S99 Toe Pin Kit

  • gPAN

  • RACEmounts

  • raceVIEW Mirrors

  • ReVerie Canards

  • ReVerie Arch Louvers

  • RACEunderAERO

  • RACEsills

  • and, believe it or not, MORE!
*new parts to be tested

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