Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Calgary Alberta
SSP Builds and Prep
Recently I got my dream Lotus Elise to perform dual duty between daily driving (within limits), and Autocross. I'm used to a harder car on the street as every one of my competition cars was also my daily driver. I realize that some compromises have to be made one way or another.
Upon searching the forum, I found that there was no one single source for an SSP prepped Lotus Elise, and thought I'd start one here. I hope that this can be a source to share ideas on setups, mods and even DIY's that will serve the solo community.
So far I'm really just feeling the car out. I have autocrossed for about 12 years in AWD and FR cars, and with the exception of a 3 month time I owned a Cayman, I've not competed with a MR car. I love how raw the car is, although I must admit my confidence driving it is just not up to par yet. I have had the rear step out on me in the first event running, and resulted in a full 360 on the course. Nothing injured except my pride. I am gradually getting the feel of her with my second event under my belt and am getting better at balancing her at the edge.
I'll start with my very poorly prepped SSP Lotus Elise.
2007 Lotus Elise (Sport and touring options)
OEM 2008 Supercharger
Larini "sports" Exhaust
15"x8" Volk TE37sl et25
Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires 205/50 AND 225/50 (60 Tread wear, DOT legal)
Stock Sport optioned suspension
My setup so far consists of just removing the shims from the front of the car to achieve a whopping -1 degree of Camber. Rears sit at about -.75 and I haven't removed any of the shims.
My short term plans are to try the Inokinetic alignment settings through the use of the V2 arms, although the ride height on mine is not adjustable and I'm stuck at 135mm and 145mm ride height.
Ride height 125 +/- 3mm 130 +/- 3mm
Camber -2.2° -2.4° to -2.7°
Toe (total) 0 3mm total toe in
I was also thinking of some aero in the way of a front splitter and a rear spoiler, but with the restrictions on the splitter being that it can't extend past the front bumper, I'm not sure how much use that will be. I wouldn't want to add the rear spoiler without the front splitter either.
So here's the start. show me your SSP prep settings (mods, parts lists, diy's... you get the point), and feel free to critique or suggest items on my own build. With the limits on SSP, It's my hopes that we can share creative solutions to get faster.
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