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Andrew, looking good. The best thing about this car hobby is that we each get to do what we want to our cars. I suspect your car will be better finished than an actual Cup car. So maybe you simply need to state that you have been 'inspired' by the Cup car....
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looks nice, how are you attaching the 4 pots to the rear? custom braket? front uprights moved to the rear?
Thanks.

I have 3 options for attaching the 7624 caliper to the rear. The first one is to use the standard bracket that comes with it in conjunction with the BOE 2-pot relocation bracket, and an additional small spacer. The second is to use modified AP 330 brackets. And lastly, to have fully custom brackets made. For price, and safety I'll probably have custom brackets made.

One way or the other, they are going on there, safely.

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I bet drilling the rear clam was an emotional moment.. Omg what am I doing?, if I screw this up..., this is the greatest thing I've ever done!..

Got any pictures how the kill and fire switches are mounted in the clam? Do they just bolt to the clam or are there brackets inside the engine bay?

Cool transformation..... You're gonna get out on the track with us eventually after all this
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Andrew, looking good. The best thing about this car hobby is that we each get to do what we want to our cars. I suspect your car will be better finished than an actual Cup car. So maybe you simply need to state that you have been 'inspired' by the Cup car....
Probably .

And thanks for the advice/help/parts you've helped me with, much appreciation sir.

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I bet drilling the rear clam was an emotional moment.. Omg what am I doing?, if I screw this up..., this is the greatest thing I've ever done!..

Got any pictures how the kill and fire switches are mounted in the clam? Do they just bolt to the clam or are there brackets inside the engine bay?

Cool transformation..... You're gonna get out on the track with us eventually after all this
I too would like to know about those mounts.
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I bet drilling the rear clam was an emotional moment.. Omg what am I doing?, if I screw this up..., this is the greatest thing I've ever done!..

Got any pictures how the kill and fire switches are mounted in the clam? Do they just bolt to the clam or are there brackets inside the engine bay?

Cool transformation..... You're gonna get out on the track with us eventually after all this
You know, I had seen that moment in my head for years, so when it was finally there, it didn't bother me a bit.

Of course, I was super prepared as well, had all the measurements down to the mm, and the right tools, which helps.

The rings mount straight to the face of the car with a cup in the back. I used hex bolts and nuts on the back, although the originals mounted via rivnuts.

The clam is curved there, yet the rings are straight, so I stacked pieces of cut gasket at the top and the bottom to make them fit proper.

I always said I'd never track my car, that's a rich man's game, but now I'm not so sure. It might just happen when I'm all done.

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I too would like to know about those mounts.
Here's a pic of the cups, the big one in the foreground and small one in the background. In between the ring and cup would be the clam.


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For those wondering, the entire process of getting the external rings was a HUGE saga that took more than a year to get resolved completely. I won't bore you guys with the details, but suffice it to say that my set is the only one of its kind, and fully custom in several ways.

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Subscribed - as much for the conversion as for the photography... Both are outstanding!!

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Subscribed - as much for the conversion as for the photography... Both are outstanding!!

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Some clarification on the calipers/brackets for you guys wondering, I've had several guys ask.

The caliper on the LEFT is the new 7635 caliper used on the 2007+ Exige S supercharged cars. You can always tell this caliper because it's gloss black, and the logo isn't debossed. This caliper does not require an adapter to fit the 308mm rotor.

The caliper on the RIGHT is the old 7624 caliper used on the Cup 240/255 cars. This is a true motorsport caliper, and requires an adapter to fit. It's semi-gloss black, and has a debossed logo. It's made to fit the 308mm rotor.

Fit/finish/build quality between the two are night and day. I literally wouldn't even own the new 7635, they were sent to me by mistake.

**NOTE the 7635 is propped up on the 7624's adapter, but does not take this adapter, it was just for the photo.



The 7624


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The 7624 and its adapter/spacer/bracket, whatever you want to call it.


Bracket installed on the 7624.


The 7624 bracket by itself.


New 7635 on the left, old 7624 on the right.




In this shot you can clearly see how the adapter has literally been made into the new 7635 caliper on the left.



Bracket installed.



Just a shot of the banjo fitting on the back of the 7624.
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lovely evocotive photography.. very nice..

what sparco steering wheel is that ? 300mm? looks like it may fit my standard non a/b 2001 elise
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For those wondering, the entire process of getting the external rings was a HUGE saga that took more than a year to get resolved completely. I won't bore you guys with the details, but suffice it to say that my set is the only one of its kind, and fully custom in several ways.
So Lotus does not offer this as a kit?
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lovely evocotive photography.. very nice..

what sparco steering wheel is that ? 300mm? looks like it may fit my standard non a/b 2001 elise
It's the P300. The only difference is that the Sparco logo is yellow, and the new ones are white.



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So Lotus does not offer this as a kit?
No, not at all, they are all individual parts. There are 2 different versions. The old version was purely for motorsport use, and had a larger ring for the kill switch. That's the one I wanted, as it's got that iconic Cup 240/255 look.

The new version is actually a road version, and has covers than can be installed for street use. The rings are both the same size on these, and just have buttons inside them.

With the covers installed...


Without the covers...

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An original Snap-Off QR assembly is about 2-3/4" tall. That with the Sparco, seems like it would be the same distance to the driver as the standard wheel.

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An original Snap-Off QR assembly is about 2-3/4" tall. That with the Sparco, seems like it would be the same distance to the driver as the standard wheel.

Great looking car !
I measured these distances at one time, I just don't remember the exact distances. But this is the order of closest to the driver.

USA MoMo with quick release
Sparco with quick release
UK Nardi with quick release
USA MoMo
Sparco with standard hub
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I think 2.5" total between them, IIRC, but when there is no rake adjustment, every little bit helps. I hate driving a car with my elbow's low, I'm not endurance racing!

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Brand new 315mm original Cup car wheel with custom black alcantara from the Lotus Trim Shop


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Love the wheel, and this whole project is the best I have ever seen. I just wonder about not having an airbag. That wheel is designed to work with cage, 6 point harness, and HANS
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