Mods and Con­se­quences

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - chris hawkins

Lo­tus Elise

Chris bought his 2000 Elise Se­ries 1 in 2009, with a few mod­i­fi­ca­tions al­ready made to it. He says: ‘It came with a Hur­ri­cane in­duc­tion kit plus an af­ter­mar­ket ex­haust, which are the first things most own­ers change. I found the ex­haust too noisy, so I swapped it for a Race­line sys­tem which is less anti-so­cial and much bet­ter made. By fit­ting Se­ries 2 Bil­stein dampers the ride/han­dling bal­ance is trans­formed; there are lots of ex­cel­lent used parts avail­able from S2 own­ers up­grad­ing their own cars. As the car is a week­end toy but with the very oc­ca­sional track day thrown in, it’s pretty much per­fect as it is. How­ever, I might tweak the en­gine with fresh camshafts and some cylin­der head work, but it’s so good as it is that I’m not sure it needs any­thing fur­ther.’

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