I'll rephrase my ambition; To build the fastest (as in 1/4 mile elapsed time) Elan in the world that is legal to drive on UK roads. Top speed isn't part of the quest.
Elan prior to work starting:
Modifications (completed, in progress or planned) :
Sierra Cosworth 2000cc 4 cylinder modified engine:
Approx 520bhp on pump fuel
Ford Motorsport 200 block
Long studded (6)
Balanced knife-edged lightweight WRC crank
8.2:1 compression ratio
T4 RS500 turbo with 60 trim compressor housing and 360 degree bearing
8x Seimens injectors
High pressure oil pump
Big winged WRC sump
Steel windage tray
Group A rods
Mahle pistons with R4 pockets
Group A ported and gas flowed 2WD head
WRC phase sensor
Escort WRC inlet manifold
Piper BD14 inlet and exhaust cams
Piper vernier cam pulleys
Piper valve springs
WRC steel head gasket
Distributorless ignition system (camshaft pickup)
Wasted spark coil pack (Motorcraft) and high performance plug leads.
4WD exhaust manifold
4WD steel flywheel
Twin plate cerametallic Alcon clutch assembly
3 bar MAP
Custom made 3” exhaust system (Primary Designs) Plasma coated by Zircotec
Life full race F88 ECU and custom made lightweight wiring looms
ABS wheel sensors for above on all wheels
Full throttle flappy paddle pneumatic gear change system (home made)
Custom made alloy radiator and intercooler.
Hi-Spec 4 pot alloy front calipers and larger diameter lightened grooved and drilled discs
Hi-Spec2 pot alloy rear calipers and drilled and lightened discs
Elite 6 speed sequential gearbox
Sierra Cosworth 7.5” 3.85:1 rear diff
Custom made gun barrel drilled halfshafts.
Custom made rear hub assembly.
Lightened CV joints
Uprated chassis to beyond 26R specification (by Graham Hatherway Racing) to cope with up to 650bhp
Uprated Lotus Elan rear bottom wishbones with rear bush converted to a rod end.
Custom made (GH Racing) rear top wishbones (“Rose Jointed”) and hub carriers
Custom made (by me) adjustable (camber & caster in-situ) aluminium front top wishbones.
Spyder bottom front wishbones.
Alloy (Pace Products) front wheel hubs
Standard bushes in all suspension parts that haven’t been “Rose Jointed”.
Droop limiters all round in lieu of anti-roll bars
Fully bespoke B.A.D dampers and Eibach springs with tender springs on rear.
Rear dampers now inboard.
Standard steering rack but reconditioned and secured with solid mounts
Floor mounted brake-bias pedal box assembly.
Hydraulic clutch assembly.
Custom quick release steering wheel with inbuilt switches and containing dash
Lap and diagonal seat belts for everyday use and full harness for track day and drag racing use.
2 gallon foam filled alloy fuel tank.
Holley blue top lifter pump.
1.5l collector tank
Pair of Bosch 044 MotorSports high pressure fuel pumps (205l/min @5bar)
High flow filter.
600 series Aeroquip dash 8 fuel lines.
Fuel pressure regulator with dash 8 return feed
Custom rear light clusters
Bodywork modified to accommodate 3-piece 15x8” alloys with 225/40/15 tyres (front) and 3-piece 15x10.5” alloys with 285/35/15 tyres (rear)
Front and back bumpers moulded into bodywork
Red top lightweight 70ah dry cell racing battery.
Lightweight 80amp alternator.
DHC but with optional Lenham hardtop
Component positions optimised to help in balancing car weight
Weight reducing modifications
Carbon fibre seats (pair)
Carbon fibre dash
Carbon fibre boot
Carbon fibre bonnet
Standard doors but lightened and with Lexan windows
Window motors and frames removed
Titanium bolts wherever practicable (some centre drilled!)
This gives a flavour of where I am. Next stage is to offer body up to chassis so I can work out what modifications are required in order to make it fit.