Thanks guys... hey, I gotta stir the pot occasionally around here, right? It's been almost two years since I put on the '10 Exige clam for god sakes.
Were any wild Alcantaras harmed in the making of this article, or were they all domestic Alcantaras?
Don't call PETA on me.
looks great.. you eliminate the key as well?
Stop planting ideas in my head.
No, j/k, but I would have in a heartbeat if it was a dedicated track car. For my purposes, I don't mind the key.
Your airbag will not deploy correctly
Due to SRS faults that have plagued this car since a shop which shall remain nameless worked on it awhile back (and of course, the shop will take no responsibility for this (EDIT: I better just say that the shop in question is *NOT* VSA, in case anyone remembers my post about the car being fixed there)), I decided to manually disable the airbags. Many will judge my decision to do this, but please try to keep in mind that I did so only after having a local Lotus dealer which shall remain nameless diagnose and attempt to fix said issue and it proved impossible for them (unless I wanted to write a blank check and leave it there for an indeterminate amount of time). After paying invoices that would cause some forum members to lose their dinner, and ending up with a complete lack of positive results, I've accepted that the car will simply never have a working SRS system during the remainder of my ownership.
Nice work and very creative, but can I ask the obvious question...
I was waiting for this question.
You win the prize, which is my next big idea: moving the e-brake handle to the location where it should have been all along -- the passenger side a-pillar. No, I swear, it's going to be the new "in" thing.
Yeah, I did it only for aesthetics. I suppose I could have wrapped the factory plastic panel in Alcantara, but it looks like a nightmare because of the recesses and decals for the light switches. They wouldn't do it when I had the whole interior done, and I lived with it for years, and then I had this idea. Not saying a killer upholsterer could not do it, though -- I would love to see the stock panel wrapped with the switches and decals back in place on top of the suede.
you will damage any potential resale on the car with that modification.
You are probably right, Brian. Between the different front clam, supercharger, airbags disabled, etc., it would not be fun to sell it. I am extremely realistic and would basically sell this car as "track-only" and price it $10k under book or something to have any real chance of attracting a serious buyer. I've taken more massive beatings on exotics than I would if I sold this one for $5k, so no worries, and that's probably where my lack of concern emanates from.