We're still employing the same basic mechanism as the first gen design but have taken out several machined pieces. One area that was simplified was the reverse lockout mechanism. Our Gen 1 used several machined parts that we ultimately deemed unnecessary. In fact, we also chose to reuse the factory reverse collar in the Gen2. We still need to spec in the final cable length to validate the operation but that will be quite simple - compared to most everything else!
Additionally this new design allows the factory center console to fit completely. We know that some clients would prefer to keep their cars looking stock. But we also know that many clients would like to have our shiftR111 exposed. We will be designing a simple bracket that will hold the Emergency Flasher, Lock and TC buttons.
The shifter feels nice and smooth with throws that are similar to stock. The LETSLA kit we installed on the Gen 1 version allowed us to shorten the distance to our preferred throw. We will install it into this Gen 2 after we have completed our track testing. Street testing has been great as the shifting is predictable and smooth. Heel and toe downshifts have been great.
We head to the track later this week to start testing. I'll recruit some Lotus owners to drive her as well to add to our findings.
Watch the video below: