Test drove the local dealerís 410 Sport, a 2017 model in signature silver with IPS, CF buckets, Ti exhaust, red Alcantara interior and the black lightweight wheels. Just wanted to see what the fuss was all about. Big mistake! 2 minutes on and I couldnít keep from smiling. Couldnít stop thinking about it. Lovely steering, awesome suspension. Coming from an Audi R8 V10 Plus (recently sold), an Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and a tuned BMW 1M, the car seemed a bit underpowered just a tad. Maybe 50 more HP and a bit more torque? Nonetheless, couldnít stop thinking of the car. The next few days were spent researching the car. So thereís a BOE manifold and a BOE CAI. That should do the trick.
Spoke with the dealerís owner, who happens to be a good friend. Agreed a nice discount because itís a 1 year old car (less than 150 km on it though) and inside of a week from testing it, itís mine!
Having driven the car a few times since delivery (2 days ago), it is as lovely as I remember during the test drive. The seats though. While I fit and the sides donít dig in to my thighs enough for it to be a problem, all that wasted space on either side of the seat! My only complaint about the seats are they are too short that it really lacks thigh support. I can imagine it being an issue for long drives. A quick call to the dealer and they were offering to order the carbon sparcos but I figure Iíll be adding back weight I paid dearly to keep out.
The IPS had a slight delay but nothing that would be a problem I think. Should be fun for the track....reason I got the car actually. Wish the dealer optioned the darker trim ring for the ac vents but I think I can take care of that myself. Yellow instead of red accents would have been ideal too. The aftermarket radio is, well, crap and is only good for the rear camera. I hope I can wire it so that I can turn it on at will, the view through the rear slats is dismal. They should have just blocked the view completely. I end up taking my eyes off the road longer than necessary to struggle to make out whatís behind me. All the niggles are addressable so Iíll take the bad with the good. And thereís so much good!
Iím spending the next few days needing the brakes and running in the engine so sheíll be ready for testing at the track on Sunday. I have 800km more of driving before Sunday then. Itís a dirty job but someoneís gotta do it! This is going to be so much fun!
Here she is:
Now for the questions.
Iím looking to get a BOE CAI and headers as well. I understand this doesnít need a tune. BOE have stated that they will have tunes available which we can load ourselves...is that out yet?
Any opinions on BOE baffled pan vs Moroso?
Iíve contacted BWR for a set of Penskes. They said that they are developing shocks for the Evora but may take a while. A lot cheaper than the ÷hlins TTX. Though the mechatronic is tempting.
Water injection. Itís fairly hot in these parts and I was thinking of water injection not for more power but to make sure the car gets cool air so it doesnít pull timing. So I figure it will be installed without th PSE tune accounting for it. Worst case the car gets warmer air it was tuned for anyway and knock control will work within parameters. Does that make sense?
As the car was purchased primarily for the track (but also driven to and from the track) I was thinking of upgrading the radiator to a higher capacity one either from BOE or Elise-shop. Do you guys think itís necessary for war,Mee climates?
What about an oil catch can? Should I?
GRP sells a Quaife LSD for Evoras with IPS. This is something IPS cars donít get vs manuals. Has anyone tried fitting an LSD to IPS cars? other than cost, is there a downside to this?
Lastly, I really like the GT410/430 Sport front and rear bumpers but I seem to recall them priced around 16k. Ouch. HethelSport sells them but I donít think they are as light mas the ones in the car now. Any ideas?
Looking forward to replies to my questions above. I want to start getting HP the parts soon, although some of them will depend on how the car does on track this weekend.
Bonus pics: the V12 Vantage S which I was able to fully spec: