I have been thinking about this for a little while and thought i would try to get opinions from others here on ET.
I have an 05 Elise that is in excellent shape, has 1,200 miles on it. I bought it without ever even sitting in one. i saw it, and knew it was for me, which after driving and owning it, it IS just what I wanted. My issue is that I have an MR2 spyder which i am going to keep, i love the little car, and am comfortable taking it , and leaving it anywhere in town. The elise was purchased to drive, but really to use for HPDE days every chance I get also. I have not done an HPDE day yet, but roadraced motorcycles for 5 years, and track stuff is in my blood. i like the idea of running the track non-competitivley at this stage in my life as well. The spyder needed a rollbar, so that was not an option to use for track days(i didnt want to cut the car up). After driving the Elise around, i am finding that (IMO) this car was made to be run on a track. when I drive it in traffic, I feel like I am taking a racehorse out and "forcing it to be walked on a long leash", so to speak. i get allot of unwanted attention( yelled at/tailgated, etc) I also dont need tickets, as my drivers license is my livelyhood. This brings me to my want for input in reguards to this thread................http://www.elisetalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13650
How safe is the Elise(sport package) running on the track as delivered to us by lotus? 3 point belts, etc......... I have been looking at cash outlay, and been thinking seriously about selling this car before i modify it, or run the track with it, and getting one of the lotus factory race built Elises that I see at HRM. http://www.lotusofgreenwich.com/sold...tus&carid=1201
they sell from about $46K-52K and have ALL the stuff for the track done and are ready to go. One concern is what is the resale market like on non streetlegal Lotus cars(Exige and Elise). the $2,500 i pay for plate and insurance /yr would go a long way for HPDE fun, and USAA offers a garage storage full coverage policy for me for only $6/month for the race car.
I see allot of concerns about safely mounting seats, harnesses etc..........., and think if I committed to using the car for track only, that the extra cost would offset the mods i would do to my streetcar, like ohlins shocks, seats, and all the good stuff i would want. I wont skimp on safety
what would the thoughts be from others. I have $42,000 into my car right now, and think i could get very near that for the condition it is in, so I would essentially be trading up to a more specific usage car, but do have concerns about resalability of the track only versions. I already have a trailer that would get the track car where it needs to go to run.