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Exterior Modifications Thread

**UPDATE MAY 3RD 2008** Due to the overwhelming increase in the lotus elise/exige aftermarket and because the original post of this thread was over a year old I decided to update things a bit. Changes include a new universal format for every type of body modifcation that I have compiled. New format includes at least 3 photographs, contact e-mail for companies/programs/individuals and sponsorship links which connect to what the company is involved in. Its a big change, one that I hope satisfies the majority of those looking to learn more about what body modifications come from where and how to further educate yourself. As mentioned before, property rights and copywrites belong to their respective owners, this is not meant to be advertising used for personal gain.

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I have seen plenty of threads on body-kits and exterior changes (many good, some bad) but never has there been a thread with all the designs in one place to discuss. Now while new to this forum as a registered member I am not new to elise-talk, nor am I new to lotus, so I am well aware of the flaming that can occur when even mentioning changing the beautiful lines of the elise and exige. But does making external modifications simply ruin the aesthetics of the car? Or is there some practicality in doing so and can it really improve performance?

Here is proof of many of the examples that have been done physically, while also including some of my own designs: more fantasy than reality. And while I am aware of many other external modifications threads (as well as artwork ones) this is a topic I think that deserved its own space to look at the good attempts with the bad. {as always credit goes to the photographers and owners of these vehicles and not to me}

Changing/Altering Body Panels:
Plans Motorsports (UK)

Outer Plus (Japan)

Augment Racing Equipment Exige (Japan)

LTS Denag (Japan)

RED Motorsport (Germany)

Kawahara Motorsport (Japan)


Custom External Mods
Serebo1's Elise {Specialty Car Craft} (USA)

Cantrell Motorsports Elise (USA)

Sector 111 (USA)

Perryeyges Elise (USA)

Piero's Exige {LEA Components} (Italy)

Curve Auto Design (Japan)

Trial Tuning Spirit (Japan)


Elige/Exise Hybrids (Clam Change-over):
Bogies' Sinclair London (UK)
Elise Rear, Exige Front (started life as elise) *with honda motor no less

Ronin (USA)
Elise Front, Exige Rear (started life as elise)

Swiss Trophy Car {Lotus Zeutrum West} (Switzerland)
Elise Rear, Exige Front (started life as exige S)


Carbon Fiber:
Benetec Carbon Elise (Japan)

Prototype Composites Series 1 Exige (USA)


Wide Body Kits:
Bodyshop Kobayashi (Japan)

Junk's Reverie LTD. Wide Kit (UK)

Lotus Exige GT3 Road Car (UK)

Esthi (Germany)

TW Autosport (Hong Kong)


Lotus Race Cars (Wide +):
Lotus Sport Cadena

Series 1 Elise GT1

Lotus Sport Race Exige (300RR)


My Designs:
Wide Body Elise Sketches Front/Back (paper/pen)



Custom Schematic of Ideal Race Exige (photoshop)



Wide Body Kit Design for Elise (photoshop)

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Good work on compiling the pics. Welcome to the forum

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Thank you for this! I have been looking for good pics of wings on the Elise as opposed to the Exige and it's tipped me over the edge to get something soon on my car

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Nice! Thank you!
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What did you study and where? Trans Design/ID?

I like your sketches.
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Great compilation of pics! I'm moving this to the interior/exterior forum and making it a sticky.

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Awesome compilation! Thanks for taking the time to put that together.

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Ahh some nice looking splitters amongst those pics !!

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Damn, I love the Series 1 GT1..

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I appreciate the positive feedback, and am honored that my second post here has been made a sticky.

No formal instruction yet (industrial nor transportation), just a long-time self-taught pupil of amazing lotus design.

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European rear emblem instead of North American L O T U S lettering. Tastefull IMHO.




Also I guess mine doesn't have the normal North American rear grill either because I don't have the reflectors.



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I'm not generally a huge fan of spoilers on the Elise, but I love the looks of the Benetec wing (http://www.elisetalk.com/forums/show...27&postcount=9) and an aggressive front splitter (like the Reverie). I'd really like to put both on mine, but am just too concerned about scraping on driveways/curbs, and the inconvenient trunk access. Plus, I don't think they'll have much performance effect on a stock Elise.
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the benetec wing looks really nice.
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Just to give you some info, the Reverie modded one is mine. Basic figures are drag increased by 25% overall but downforce increased by 200%, it's also running the Komotec S/C kit which should give it about 260bhp but has not yet been on the rollers. fitted with 17/18 Team Dynamics Pro's ;-)
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and the black S2 registration "S2 BOG" is my car...not BOB 1984

nice collection of pics

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i must be going mad coz i cannot see any pics or links in the first post.....
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You sketch like that *without training* ?! You are a natural, I hope you are an industrial designer!

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