I know the orginal GT1 has two holes cut out here, but I like the look of the bigger one hole
I really like how you did your front fender opening. I was thinking to do the same on mine.
I know what you mean when you say you wanted it done this summer... I really thought I was going to be finish with mine this year, but many other obstacles have made it impossible. Only very little progress in the front suspension redesign and fabrication. I'm really trying to make it street friendly. So reducing the Scrub Radius was a first for me. The Esprits have 2 plus inches of scrub radius in stock form already. When you add spacers or bigger offset wheels to the front to increase your front track you also increase the scrub radius too (4"plus) and this makes the car a real handful when driving it.
Especially when braking, the car will pull sideways on your steering wheel, because the wheels will follow the road if its bumpy (and most roads are bumpy). Neg Scrub radius will actually do the opposite. It will pull your wheels together (center line) on hard braking or even if the road is bumpy..
Also from the aesthetic point of view I wanted to keep the front wheel as close to the fender arch, and with a big scrub radius this is not possible because the wheel will swing too wide when you steer the car, thus you have to keep the wheel far from the fender arch to clear the steering (swing-motion) when using to much offset (2-4inches). So it's not surprise I'm going with Negative Scrub Radius. This makes the car rather to compose at lower speeds, but at higher speeds also helps with more control. Porsche GT3, Ferrari458, Audi R8 and even the Lambos have all gone to neg scrub radius for all of their new Models.
By the way I like how you are using the bigger openings for 2 oil coolers. That's always a good idea. Yes Lotus did experience a challenge with their brake system. Until they finally went ahead and added bigger brakes to stay competitive in the '96 BPR season. Thus bigger brake cooler ducks as well.
How are you liking your GT25? What's your AR on the cold and hot sides? What wheel size are you running in your compressor?
I'm running a GT3071rs. With a .63ar on the hot side. I was contemplating GT3076rs with a 82ar hotside, but I want this car to be streetable and responsive as well. So staying with the smaller of the two was the wise call for me. But a GT25 has to be beyond responsive!!!