We picked her up from Abe@Newport European. Abe has been active in the Lotus community for many years and is a guy I know and trust - plus he loves these Lotus. The previous owner of this car took excellent care of the car as it was in like-new condition. The only modification he had made was adding one of our darthHOLDER to the car - even though it came with the nifty stock cup holder. The car has had all the recent service/recall updates. The front lip has the typical scrapes underneath.
I drove her home on the CA freeways and have been driving her for a few days to calibrate myself - before we start our mods. The car is fun and definitely not as insulated or comfortable as the Evora. The acceleration is good. The rear visibility is non-existent as the intercooler blocks your view - though the previous owner had removed the rear view mirror. Some wind noise comes through the side glass and the roof. The sport suspension/forged wheels/A048 tires deliver plenty of fun handling on smooth roads but can feel a bit stiff in the bumps. The freeways are notorious in LA for expansion joints that cause a very uncomfortable ride in stiff cars - especially those equipped with the Lotus Sport Suspension. The car has an iPod connection so I enjoyed some of my favorite tunes.
Some of the lightening areas will include wheels, brakes, street-oriented uprights, roof, exhaust and seats. We decided to weigh her to see what we are starting with. 2072 lbs full of fluids was the result. We will weigh her periodically to see our progression. The car will get a BLADE package for added power. We think that 275hp should not annihilate the trans on track - especially if we forgo super sticky slicks and focus on smooth/slow shifts. Restraint is key...
I really love the color of the car and am scheming some way to make it look a bit more distinctive but not too racy or aggressive. I have always tried to innovate technically and aesthetically - this car will have something cool about it visually. Here are some inspirations: