I still remember my first ride in an Elise at an auto-x event...unforgettable...
I really enjoy the mid-engine dynamics. Its totally different than anything I've autocrossed, except a 1st gen MR2.
Too much entry speed or needed to be on the throttle a bit to manage Balance? I don't know but something to consider.
If better rear tires don't settle the car for you, try an adjustable front sway bar. My elise was almost undrivable without one. Usually I say leave everything alone and do the best with the available equipment, but the bigger front bar really tamed the rear and also let me get on the gas alot earlier without spinning the inside rear.
nevermind I missed in your post about the lift.
Haha, yes, it was something that was totally acceptable in my Subaru; this car, not so much.
Yes. Big front bar. Preferably the Blackwatch Racing SCCA Solo SS special. Got mine set full hard, can still drift with a lift in second gear.
I have the Toyo R1R and Hoosiers on stock rims. These Toyos are rain magic and not bad in the dry, but where the OP lives in DC-land they might overheat with multiple runs.
I'll be looking into suspension this winter; I'm at least doing Ohlins or Nitrons and replacing all bushings and bearings since the car has 105k miles on it and this is all likely original.
I bought a set of Kodiak wheels from another forum member a few weeks ago, and I'll be getting a set of R1Rs (probably 225 / 245 F/R, hoping it won't rub too much) as soon as the car comes back from the shop.
And I can always spray the tires with water if they heat up too much
OP, a bit of constructive criticism for your next auto-x event - work on getting closer to the cones. From your video, it looks like you're off the cones by a couple of feet in some areas. Minimizing the distance to the cones will allow you to reduce the course distance, reduce steering angles and carry higher average speed through a given sector. From the two events I've done with my Elise, I can definitely tell this chassis has a leg up on other cars if you can aggressively thread the needle and get it to dance around cones. Good luck! Nice color, too
Do you find that your Elise has steady state push with the large BWR FSB on full stiff? Could you post your alignment settings?
I just auto-xed my bone-stock 2006 Elise (no LSD, non LSS) and found it to understeer slightly during mid corner. A little lift of the throttle and it would rotate on command. I'm running 1/8" total rear toe in, stock rear camber, max front negative camber and 1/16" total front toe out. The car isn't fully prepped yet, so I know it's a bit of an apples-to-oranges comparison with an SS prepped car. I have Penske shocks, the smaller BWR bar, 225 front and 245 rear RS3s and LSS springs planned for my initial build - as time & $$ allow. I normally campaign a fully prepped STR S2000. Building/maintaining two cars is a challenge!
I always appreciate constructive criticism. I know I was a million miles from the cones; being new (again) to mid-engine weight balance in conjunction with ****ty rear tires and no grip made me nervous on quick transitions when coming off of throttle, so I was trying to be smoother than necessary because of my lack of confidence based on losing the rear end before. I was definitely leaving 2 seconds on the course, but it was my shakedown run
I'll definitely need to get used to the car more, and with a better tire setup and actual rear grip, I think I'll be able to pull it in a bit and be faster.
Bone stock, stock alignment this car definitely has steady state understeer, though I think that's generally a product of rearward weight bias, and I imagine it would be tricky to dial it out too much without making the car twitchy. But I'm reading up through here.
I'm planning something similar for my build, but stock class be damned, I'm going to do forced induction anyhow so I'll be doing non-stock class legal shock/spring setup and get my ass kicked for a while.
And tell me about it with the multiple cars. I have an ASP Subaru STi that I kind of lost interest in before fully building it up, so its basically built to be close to a good STX car but with an illegal tune on a stock motor. I'm thinking of selling it and putting the money towards forced induction on the lotus and an old Lexus to beat on.