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Old 01-15-2013, 06:56 AM   #141 (permalink)
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It looks like you're making tons of HP!
She's always +/- 2 mph or so of the GT-Rs, Vipers and C6Zs in my unlimited class. Those are all gutted with a fair amount of motor work as well... As you know, being competitive in any class is tough. U is the most populated class (short of spec miata) in our regions. It's not enough to just be fast in the corners against the U cars, so converting the lotus into a reliable horsepower car was a must.... and that has turned into an obsession. I do my best to stay as close as possible to the 5.5:1 power to weight ratio...

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I wrote an e-mail to you about Christmas time (when I was in California) about getting a Kold-Fire tune and cable from you...I still didn't get a reply. What's up?
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:31 AM   #143 (permalink)
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ROTFL!!!
"A bit chilly" Ha.
I would rather be on the track than snowboarding, but how did you get the tires to stick???
Actually, it wasn't too bad. Ambient temps were upper 30's to low 40's and it was nice and sunny. But I was just running on my cheapo street tires and not pushing too hard. I ran through the water on the apexes once or twice and decided to avoid that as it was like hitting ice.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:04 PM   #144 (permalink)
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Circuit of the Americas in my 2007 Lotus Exige S.

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Old 01-15-2013, 07:30 PM   #145 (permalink)
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Philip, that's a lot o power you've got there. Wow. and.....you set the record all while shuffle steering. Lol.

Roger, great video. Thanks for sharing.

David, living in the NorthEast, 30 degrees is not cold, but I'm not sure how my Toyo R1R's would like that
Supposedly they get hard as a rock and crack if the temps fall below 14 degrees or something like that.






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Old 01-16-2013, 01:13 PM   #146 (permalink)
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A compilation of several days at Laguna Seca.

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A compilation of several days at Laguna Seca.

3 Days at Laguna.
Really nice mix of cars. What a great looking track. I'd love to make a cross country trip for that track alone.
For a minute, I thought it was bring your GTR to the track day! Was Doc Jay in one of the GTR's? Lol.
The rear facing view, mounted to the clam seemed bumpy. Is the track smooth or was it the mounting hardware?
I'll assume it's an iPhone that you have, what brand mounting hardware do you have and are you using Harry's Lap Timer from the App Store?

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Old 01-16-2013, 05:05 PM   #148 (permalink)
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I think Ill call these videos "Corvette Schmorvette"
lots of kewl cars encountered at MSR Cresson

Corvettes, GT500, Porsches, BMW, 3 Lotus, Miatas

Silly Vette
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JPS Porsche, giving me a run for my $
and Crotch cam(camera fell off mount)
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Anthony, you were slaying cars left and right, especially in the first video. Nice seeing you pass the red Z06.
I don't think the crotch cam is going to catch on. I've never seen that view and hope I never do again! Lol.
It seems like the Vettes step out hard with acceleration. I'm sure you've seen the video of a Vette cruise where one Vette steps out and cannibalizes another Vette.
What made you go with the 15/16 setup on the Ethos?


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Anthony, you were slaying cars left and right, especially in the first video. Nice seeing you pass the red Z06.

It seems like the Vettes step out hard with acceleration. I'm sure you've seen the video of a Vette cruise where one Vette steps out and cannibalizes another Vette.
What made you go with the 15/16 setup on the Ethos?


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Thanks. A vette is no faster than any other car unless properly driven, as is Exige or Elises. These videos adequately show how brakes and fast cornering very quickly eliminates a HP difference, at least on this track.

I researched a lot until going 15/16 205/225. In the end it came down to really wanting to run RA1 tires and at that point i got to choose whether i wanted 225 or 245 in the rear. In the forum it was a tossup between the two as to which is faster. I do countersteer a lot, but I think my car is easy to drive fast. It is very predictable. I think id rather have this Oversteer than have it Understeer.
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Hello everyone. I'm new here and you you may have seen this video up on these forums recently.... Just got rid of my exige (for lack of better words) and thinking about getting a two-eleven. Thoughts?
Here I am gloriously selling my Lotus to the insurance company.


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Ouch........
Was it you or your friend that was driving his car at the time of the accident?
When you say you're going to "get more nice cars", what cars are you thinking of? GT-R, with all wheel drive and zillions of traction control nannies might be a good choice It looks like the bump in the road is what did you in.
Any pics of the damaged car? I believe there is a thread where you can post the VIN #'s of totaled cars. It would be good if you can do that.
Thanks for sharing, drive safe.


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Old 01-16-2013, 09:37 PM   #153 (permalink)
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Here you go Anthony. Just in case you haven't seen this short clip. You are right about the inexperienced driver, but it seems that they have a bias towards stepping out under sudden/hard acceleration.
http://youtu.be/yNjrVrpphgQ

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What made you go with the 15/16 setup on the Ethos?
Probably weight and then tire selection.

15/16 are several pounds lighter than 16/17. Less unsprung mass = go faster.
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Probably weight and then tire selection.

15/16 are several pounds lighter than 16/17. Less unsprung mass = go faster.
I have a question about the unsprung weight. It looks like the overall diameter of the tire/wheel setup is the same if you go with the 15/16 or 16/17.

So, I realize a smaller wheel is less weight, but a larger tire is more weight. Does anyone have the total weight for each setup?
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Really nice mix of cars. What a great looking track. I'd love to make a cross country trip for that track alone.
For a minute, I thought it was bring your GTR to the track day! Was Doc Jay in one of the GTR's? Lol.
The rear facing view, mounted to the clam seemed bumpy. Is the track smooth or was it the mounting hardware?
I'll assume it's an iPhone that you have, what brand mounting hardware do you have and are you using Harry's Lap Timer from the App Store?

Thanks for sharing.

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The rear view mount was to a "blank" license plate, not the most stable spot. Track is fine for a street car but a bit bumpy for the open wheel folks. For the iPhone/Harry Laptimer, it was the first time using a RAM mount, pretty impressed.

Am lucky to have Laguna Seca and Sears Point, 1.5 hours away.
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My ethos are lighter than stock LSS, but with ra1's, the setup is a bit heavier versus the lss on dz 101 tires. My average lap time improved by 6-7 seconds by getting ra1's. and I can still drive to the track.

I regularly am in the 1.3+ g range, but it gets more squirrelly at 1.36+ G.

Badly managed weight distribution... The car gives out at 1.2 ish G, properly managed the car very predictable above 1.3 g. With better suspension, lower ride height for more neg camber, I imagine what potential is left in my car.

Keith Verges ran 15/17 205/235 ra1, but the tire height was a bit shorter than optimal. With that setup, and the fact that he is a racer, he is 1-2 seconds faster per lap.
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The rear view mount was to a "blank" license plate, not the most stable spot. Track is fine for a street car but a bit bumpy for the open wheel folks. For the iPhone/Harry Laptimer, it was the first time using a RAM mount, pretty impressed.

Am lucky to have Laguna Seca and Sears Point, 1.5 hours away.
I've mounted my go pro to the rear clam, just above the plate and it was solid.
I'll look into the RAM mount.

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Video from last weekend. Needed new rear tires before the track day and now I definitely need them

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