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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 07-14-2019, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone track their evora

Looking buy an evora for daily and track usage
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A few of us do.. me, @texevora @brgelise @Julian73 off the top of my head

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A few of us do.. me, @texevora @brgelise @Julian73 off the top of my head
plus @XHILR8N! , @Plackslayer , @boxerman , @iDuc , @invictusmaneo . Very capable cars as a road and track car. IDuc used his as a daily driver and regularly ran on Laguna Seca and other Cali tracks. Only car that I've used on track driving across country without a trailer or tire changes. My other cars seemed to be something that I trailers to the track, changed tires, adjusted the shocks, arb's, brake pads .. then reversed. Both Evora's drive and drive, maybe not chasing the best lap times anymore, but neither am I fighting an oversteer, or understeer issue.

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Someone on here has a McLaren 570 I believe as well, said the Evora a more enjoyable drive on track. The power and balance.

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I'm about to drive over 3 hours each way for a full track day... is there anything I should bring fluid or other wise?
I've only ever tracked supplied cars... first time doing my own. I still only have about 1500 miles so everything should be fine?
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I've only tracked my car once but I didn't lower tire pressures enough. I won't make that mistake again but it was fun it its way. The car drove back home exactly the way it drove to NCM. Nothing had changed but I didn't wring its neck although I'm clumsy so machines fear me. For my kind of casual events, it's empty car, pack small cooler, bring hat. Car makes me want to go to school some more.

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I tracked my S1 about 4-5 times with zero issues fwiw.

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Someone on here has a McLaren 570 I believe as well, said the Evora a more enjoyable drive on track. The power and balance.
I still have BOTH my 2011 NA Evora, and 2017 Mclaren 570S.
My 5-'18 comparison is in Post #45 here:
https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f17...14/index3.html
As an update, I have gone to aftermarket wheels and tires on the 570S: 9"X19" 245-30-19, and 11"X20" 305-30-20 PS4S's.
After a lot of seat time in the 570S, I find it just as nimble, responsive, and balanced as the Evora, but just with incredible acceleration, even with the stock wheels and tires.
Clearly, the 570S is a MUCH faster track car, and back country carver due to the HP, but not necessarily any more fun than the Evora.
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I daily and track mine, '14 NA manual. It's a great drive there - track - drive home car. It is incredibly balanced and folks with much more $$ and powerful cars fawn over it. While you won't miss it around town, you'll want the extra HP from the S apexing onto the straights. That's the only thing I'd change about mine.
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I track mine and do long trips from France to Spain, France to the UK, France to Poland, Hungary, ec, then drive it around a few tracks and then back to France. Always check fluids, particularly oil. Always lower tyre pressures, and then lower them again after a few laps. You will use more fuel than you thought if you stay 'on it' for any length of time. Heat soak will occur so max 20 mins at a time on track.

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@Stephen Harper , i have the track wheels/tires from my '12 Evora S up for sale on the parts market here:
https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f95...2014-a-470356/

Don't think you want to risk the $$$$$ factory wheels on track, or at least I certainly didn't.
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I tracked my 2010 NA, I wasn't the fastest one there, but I sure wasn't the slowest! My only complaint was the shifting, but I remedied that with an Evora 400, I can't wait to get it to the track! Here's a video of my S1:


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Don't think you want to risk the $$$$$ factory wheels on track, or at least I certainly didn't.

What am I missing? What risk is there to the wheels unless you blow a tire???
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I tracked my NA10 couple times at willow springs. I was very conservative, and mostly getting to know the car balance and limits. Also knowing that driving home it must, I made sure not to push too hard. Altogether fun car everyday and track day.


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What am I missing? What risk is there to the wheels unless you blow a tire???
I was wondering the same thing. I understand the urge to tape off front facing areas as 100+ MPH collisions with anything- however small- on track could cause trouble for the paint. No idea what the concerns are for wheels though, and I've tracked on plenty of "expensive" sets (OE or otherwise).

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Noone ever plans to spin off track. I see people with broken/bent wheels at the track from impossible-to-predict incidents often enough to not want to risk my factory wheels. I have always viewed dedicated (and significantly cheaper) track wheels as a cheap insurance policy and peace of mind. Every local Evora owner I see at the track regularly doesn't run their factory wheels.

Added bonus: 18" tires are cheaper than 19/20s. I'm obsessed with minimizing running costs (I'm a numbers geek so I model my expected running costs for everything), so every dollar counts when it comes to consumables.
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What am I missing? What risk is there to the wheels unless you blow a tire???
. Because at up to $1,900 per wheel why risk it getting bent in an off track.

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Problem is, with the loss of the R888 275/40R18 tire, nothing really exists any more to properly fit a set of TD1.3 18 inch setups. 235/40R18 at 25.5 OD and 275/40R18 at 26.7 gave our cars a perfect rake. We are now stuck with the 275/35R18 with an OD of 25.6. I ran these before the 40 series became available. I instantly like the 275/40R18 better. The offset makes finding a set of wheels for this vehicle very challenging. I know my OD's , widths etc quite well, but wheel offsets are a different story.

ET 52 (18's) ET55 (19's) and ET 69 roughly for the 19/20 combo are real tough ones. Expensive enough using stock wheels although used cast sets with a few dings are not so bad, but going custom quickly gets you over $2000 at a minimum. Maybe folks that have found solutions can add to our list of choices. Hopefully I will get lucky and Tire Rack has 275/40R18's in stock one more time.

Forget street tires. I'd love to know what folks run at the track. Michelin Cup @?? Toyo R888, 888r?? Hoosiers.... Nitto supposedly makes a size for us but haven'yt tried them. I want to stay at least with the R888,R888r level of grip I am used to. Currently I run Toyo R888r front in size 235/40R18, Rear Toyo R888 in size 275/40R18. The R888's have been discontinued but I have been able to source them thus far.
If forced to lose an inch of OD going to a 275/35R18 at 25.5 instead of 26.5-26.7, what would be the best fronts to run to maintain the stagger and rake???

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Problem is, with the loss of the R888 275/40R18 tire, nothing really exists any more to properly fit a set of TD1.3 18 inch setups. 235/40R18 at 25.5 OD and 275/40R18 at 26.7 gave our cars a perfect rake. We are now stuck with the 275/35R18 with an OD of 25.6. I ran these before the 40 series became available. I instantly like the 275/40R18 better. The offset makes finding a set of wheels for this vehicle very challenging. I know my OD's , widths etc quite well, but wheel offsets are a different story.

ET 52 (18's) ET55 (19's) and ET 69 roughly for the 19/20 combo are real tough ones. Expensive enough using stock wheels although used cast sets with a few dings are not so bad, but going custom quickly gets you over $2000 at a minimum. Maybe folks that have found solutions can add to our list of choices. Hopefully I will get lucky and Tire Rack has 275/40R18's in stock one more time.

Forget street tires. I'd love to know what folks run at the track. Michelin Cup @?? Toyo R888, 888r?? Hoosiers.... Nitto supposedly makes a size for us but haven'yt tried them. I want to stay at least with the R888,R888r level of grip I am used to. Currently I run Toyo R888r front in size 235/40R18, Rear Toyo R888 in size 275/40R18. The R888's have been discontinued but I have been able to source them thus far.
If forced to lose an inch of OD going to a 275/35R18 at 25.5 instead of 26.5-26.7, what would be the best fronts to run to maintain the stagger and rake???
Yes they dilemma and why I haven pulled trigger on my 410 setup.

'17 Evora Sport 410 GP (No. 1 of 9) Lotus MS alloy pan, SSC harness bar
'12 Evora S GP (No. 1 of 14) BOE Prototype Stage 2 - 420+bHp **SOLD**
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I ran 235/40/18 fronts and 275/35/18 rears without any issues for years on my S1 Evora, most recently with RE71Rs, which were/are incredible.

On my 400, I have 19" wheels (fronts from the 400, and rears from the S1 Evora), and planning on using Re71Rs 235/35/19 fronts and 285/35/19 rears as soon as reasonably priced aftermarket brake rotors become available for the 400/410/430.
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