See, you paid 10K ( Reverie Wing and a Katana SC ) + 3K ( VF2) + all the labor time you needed to install those parts = 13K + +
So you are at the price of an exige and you still have an elise resale value. You dont have the probax seat and two oil cooler. Also I've been told by my salesman Bernard that the suspension on the exige is harder for the track.
Remember there is less exige on the road than the elise and it make the car even more unique.
I dont beleive you that a stock elise is faster than a stock exige on a track.
See the Top Gear fastest Lap time board and the exige is faster. And the same driver drove both car.
it is possible you did better lap time on a track then other exige owner but not because your car was faster, because you were a better driver and thats it.
I do my own labor and don't charge myself a fee.
What will resale value do for your lap times? Also, I can resell all my mods. The Lotustalk clasified is one of the most active section. I sold my old katana manifolds and brackets in a day.
I hope you don't think Top Gear has any scientific value. EU Elise were not available with A048Rs. Something to keep in mind as tires are very important for good lap times.
I do have probax seat, just different on the Elise (missing the shoulder belt holes). The Exige ones are another example of how useless all the Exige mods are. You need a 5th point in every serious lapping club or HPDE. So if you want a harness, you need to change your seats. Exige or Elise, same thing.
The reason why I don't have two oil coolers is because I didn't buy the sport package (that is a overpriced option from Lotus). Otherwise I'd also have two oil coolers, just like you. It might be different on newer models though. But, those cars don't need two oil coolers. At least not where we live. We're a long way from Texas... On 30min sessions my coolant doens't even get to 200F.
I love the Exige, it looks great! It' just that every modification done by Lotus to make it "more track ready" doesn't really work. It's mostly to impress wannabe racers. Those who bring those cars to the track and are serious, will have to modify their cars just like an Elise driver would: aero, brakes, suspension, engine mods, fuel and oil starve cure.
The Exige should have real track ready stuff or at least have a factory option. Seriously, an out of the box ExigeS only has a 30hp advantage (that fades away quickly as laps go by because of heat soak) over a n/a Elise.
Again, the folks that feel like it is worth it, good for them. It's their money, not mine. I know that the 10-13k$ I put in my car makes me probably 8sec a lap faster than a stock ExigeS at LCMT. To me that's what's important.