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How would an Elise do on this driveway

Hi all, I'm seriously considering buying an Elise. I have ground clearance concerns about drive on my gravel street and up my driveway. My driveway is pretty steep and the pavement is eroding away. So, there are some bumps to get up to my car port. Any feedback is appreciated!
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I'm in Asheville... I have an '06 Exige... maybe I can ride out soon and we can make an attempt at your driveway...
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I find that it's more about how big of an angle you can approach something at. I enter my driveway nearly sideways, and have never had a problem. However, this driveway looks as if it has several issues that you'd have to tackle by going somewhat into the grass. Better yet, fix your driveway.
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I'm in Asheville... I have an '06 Exige... maybe I can ride out soon and we can make an attempt at your driveway...
That would be amazing! Let me know the next time you're coming out this way.
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I find that it's more about how big of an angle you can approach something at. I enter my driveway nearly sideways, and have never had a problem. However, this driveway looks as if it has several issues that you'd have to tackle by going somewhat into the grass. Better yet, fix your driveway.
Ha. Yup that's on the to do list. If I buy an Elise, that will probably force me to get it done
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The biggest problem I see is that the rutting has left such a large ridge in the middle. Last time I dealt with that (funny enough, it was in Asheville, haha) I could manage by driving with one side on top of the ridge and the other side on the edge of the driveway. I also have a splitter that would catch first, so without that I would've had more clearance. While the splitter does reduce clearance, it is a nice, cheap feeler and lets me know when I am close to things. I don't scraping the splitter nearly as much as a clamshell.
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@McSladentine , once you have enough posts for me to PM you, i'll pass along my number so we can meet up soon.

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@McSladentine , once you have enough posts for me to PM you, i'll pass along my number so we can meet up soon.
I didn't realize that I couldn't PM right away.

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As stated above, steep approach angles are the biggest issue. I don't see any one issue that isn't doable, but in aggregate you will find it is a real pain in the ass to deal with regularly and will probably drive the car less as a result.

I recently bought a house with a partial gravel drive and it is bothersome to hear the scrapes every time I enter or leave. My car is moderately lowered and I have a splitter/deflector combo, so YMMV.

On another note, I love that part of NC. I wanted to move to the Murphy/Franklin area but employment options for me were slim so I stayed put.
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Just guessing by the pics that you might be ok.. but hard to tell.

One option to consider might be bumper guards ..
here's a thread about them (i got some for mine just after scraping a few times entering a few parking lots). otherwise, there's nothing more unpleasant than the sound of scraping filberglass/resin.

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f92/...otector-10739/
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McSladentine -
Am on the Eastern coast area in New Bern, large portions of your driveway look like mine ( the graveled portions ). Agree the deep ruts, would need to be the first order of business. Would tell you that the benefit to dealing with those ruts, or the driveway in general ( which will need to be dealt with at some point anyway - regardless of the car ) would be that - the Elise experience - is worth dealing with something early, that you thought you could forego dealing with for longer.

Anything that I can help you with let me know - or any pre-sales questions ( ask me I had many ) would be happy to give you my thoughts or assistance where I can. Thanks.
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Thanks for all the responses. Glad that no one said 'absolutely not'. Going to check at an Elise for sale near me tomorrow.
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I don't see anything that cannot be solved by a few tons of stone and a shovel. 3/4 crushed stone is available in my area for 20 something a ton in small quantities
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For what it's worth, it looks like another potential treacherous part would be the rise in the driveway on the pictures with the shed in the background. Backing in might work, driving correctly could prove to be a pain. Reminds me of the headache I had trying to trailer my Elise. Just remember-- where there's a will, there's a way! Best of luck with the purchase-
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...But from the photos, I'd say the front straight over that bridge is brilliantly designed. The car should unweight substantially at the end of the bridge leading to some crazy passing opportunities going into T1. The camber on T1 looks perfect, but I can't tell from the second photo whether the exit to T1 is on, or off, camber. At any rate, the surface looks a bit rough mid-apex of turn 2 and the car will need to be setup pretty loose and high to transition up the hill. The 3rd photo, right about where the pace car is, should provide monster grip as the weight settles into that trough and you power out going into that sweeping right-hander. The last turn reminds me of T11 at Laguna Seca, but I wouldn't have put a house there; it's way to close to the course.
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If it helps there is 10cm clearance at the front of my Elise with the splitter on. You could tape some cardboard onto your existing car with the same clearance and see if it gets ripped off or not?

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Also note, it's not the clearance as much as the combination of clearance and the relatively long front overhang. Short wheelbase increases angle too. PetrolDiaries suggestion is a good one but use a car with similar wheelbase and make sure the test extension is far enough from the front wheels. Wheel center to the edge of the front clam is about 29". That looks like a nice hillclimb course!

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You can try it and see, but the best option would be fixing that driveway. The Elise actually has pretty good ground clearance, compared to other exotics. I had to raise my Rossion Q1 an inch...it was scraping at the end of my driveway, and at a certain intersection that I turn at. The Elise never had a problem.

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I'm pretty sure my car would not clear the grass patch in picture #4. Track ride height with a slitter. Everything else looks doable with a little bit of care.

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