I am pretty familiar with the renault transaxle becasuse I built a GT40 in the past. The GT40 guys have been using the Renault for years with mostly small block Fords such as the 302 and 351 Windsor. My GT40 ran a 347 stroker with with individual runner fuel injection with a Motex ECU through an Audi 5spd transaxle from an old Audi 5000. Because of the success of these the Renault boxes in the GT40's, I probably have more confidence in the Renault box than most people here do. Another thing about the coyote is that it is pretty docile when not pushed hard. you don't actually get the 412hp unless you get into the throttle hard which activates the variable cam timing. This could also give the cushion you mentioned. I am still trying to get measurments to see if the Coyote will fit. I sent a message to the guy who installed the 4.2 Audi. If I could ocmpare the difference between that engine and the Coyote, I will have a basic idea if it will fit. Anyone want to tell me how long the 2.2 Lotus is?
One more question: does the LS engine share the same bellhousing as a small block chevy? Tornado Sports cars who builds the Coyote powered GT40 (who I stole the pictures from) also sells a bellhousing for SBC to Renault. I also found out that they sell modified UN1 transaxles for 1,895. GBP which includes modified 2nd and 3rd gear and oil passages drilled out.
Last edited by LantanaTX; 11-26-2012 at 10:11 AM.