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11-19-2016 03:30 PM
11EliseSC Hey Habious,
Sorry to hear about your Roadster, but congrats on your '11 Elise w/REV300. I picked up my '11 SC in Sept from Austin and drove it home as well.

I'm out in the Gainesville area off 66. Some good roads out here off Rt 55, and back roads in The Plains to Middleburg, and over the "mountain."

Nice to hear someone else is driving theirs everyday. Pic from yesterday running errands (dog food and post office). Hope to see you around NoVa!
11-18-2016 03:05 PM
cyow5
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Originally Posted by LiveToDrive View Post
I'm 6'1" 215lbs and it's just as quick and easy for me. Once you're used to it, it's easy.
+1

At 5'10" 150lbs I fit great and can get in and out easily ... unless I am getting in or out of the passenger seat. Definitely sets me back a few seconds, haha
11-18-2016 01:26 PM
LiveToDrive
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I hear a lot of people complaining about getting in and out. I don't have that problem. Literally takes me half a second to get in and one full second to get out. But I'm only 5'8" 146lbs.
I'm 6'1" 215lbs and it's just as quick and easy for me. Once you're used to it, it's easy.
11-18-2016 11:23 AM
Nessal I hear a lot of people complaining about getting in and out. I don't have that problem. Literally takes me half a second to get in and one full second to get out. But I'm only 5'8" 146lbs.
11-18-2016 11:23 AM
cyow5 Awesome! Yeah, the splitter tends to scrape a lot, so I have black door trim around it. Each time it scrapes, I am glad it was a $5 piece rather than the front clam. The flipside is that it scrapes more often because it is there in the first place, so there's that...

Make sure you also check in with Welcome | NoVA Lotus Club from time to time to see what the group is planning. There are several of us in the area. Funny enough, I actually lived near Detroit before Virginia, so I know that drive pretty well! Heck, I'll be up there for Thanksgiving but in the daily.
11-18-2016 11:07 AM
Habious
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Congrats! Nice buy!
Thanks.

I paid a lot for it but, I feel like I got a lot of car for what I paid.
11-18-2016 10:43 AM
Doge Congrats! Nice buy!
11-18-2016 07:27 AM
Habious
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Beautiful car. You took the aero kit off already?
While I loved the look of the rear wing and the front lip, they just didn't make the car practical in the real world.

The combination of the rear wing and the micro-mirror (which doesn't dim) made driving the car a complete nightmare after dark (basically, the headlights behind me looked like bright strobe lights...blinking through the wing). So, the wing came off, and the micro-mirror was replaced by a stock Elise mirror (which I literally just happened to have laying around in a drawer).

And the front lip scraped on EVERYTHING. Into the driveway...scrape. Out of the driveway...scrape. Tried backing into/out of the driveway...scrape. My neighborhood is lined with endless speedbumps. Scraped on every one of them.
11-18-2016 07:15 AM
TachItUp Beautiful car. You took the aero kit off already?
11-18-2016 05:07 AM
Habious I wanted to follow up on this thread (that I started).

So, the summer hit and, along with all sorts of family crap happening, the Tesla decides to die...again.

The reason my eyes started to wander is because of the lack of reliability that I've been getting from the Tesla (the Roadster specifically). Well, my car has now taken "unreliable" to a whole 'nuther level.

On July 6 it crapped out (wouldn't charge - thankfully, it was in my driveway). Tesla towed it away.

I haven't seen it since.

4+ months and it's still "waiting on parts".

I gave up, I've moved on. Picked up a 2011 Elise (with a REV300 supercharger) last week, and I LOVE it!

It's just amazing how it...starts. You can actually drive it. It runs! (yeah, my standards are very low right now)

But, seriously, we flew to Detroit and bought it from @spitfun . Drove it home (572 miles, in one day). Had no problems at all. Car ran great. Been driving it daily since.

Once I get the Tesla back it'll be fun to compare to the two side-by-side (and then put a For Sale sign on the Tesla).
05-09-2016 05:57 AM
cch1 The damn wedding industry shuts down Charlottesville this time of year. I don't know of any great options for you, @Habious , and I work in the hotel search industry!

I will offer this, though: I have a spare basement bedroom. You are welcome to stay here for a night or two before my wife's cousin gets here in June (for a month).

-Chris
05-06-2016 09:14 AM
LotusCC I'd like to see a video of you going 125mph in reverse😉
05-06-2016 08:59 AM
06 Elise
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06 Elise,

Sure, I'm interested, especially with you being just down the street in McLean (I'm in North Springfield/Fairfax).

It's looking more and more to me like I'm not going to find someone with the EXACT sort of car I'd wind up buying (if I end up buying), because there seems to be so many variations, plus the modification options.

Of course, now that there's interest in this thread...we have 10 days of non-stop rain, with 10 more days of non-stop rain in the forecast!
Exactly, well I hope you do find one that is exactly what you are looking for. They are out there!
05-06-2016 06:01 AM
Habious
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I have an 06 exige so no supercharger I live in McLean but would love to test drive the tesla... I know it's like completely opposite of what you would like to drive lol but I thought it would be worth a shot.
06 Elise,

Sure, I'm interested, especially with you being just down the street in McLean (I'm in North Springfield/Fairfax).

It's looking more and more to me like I'm not going to find someone with the EXACT sort of car I'd wind up buying (if I end up buying), because there seems to be so many variations, plus the modification options.

Of course, now that there's interest in this thread...we have 10 days of non-stop rain, with 10 more days of non-stop rain in the forecast!
05-03-2016 10:31 AM
06 Elise I have an 06 exige so no supercharger I live in McLean but would love to test drive the tesla... I know it's like completely opposite of what you would like to drive lol but I thought it would be worth a shot.
05-02-2016 03:42 PM
exlondoner Should be all done with one of the Loti in the next few weeks, Northern VA.
05-02-2016 03:26 PM
JamesAllen Hey Habious,

The REV300 is a larger, more efficient supercharger than the factory setup, so I'm putting out significantly more power than an Elise SC. My car dyno'd just shy of 240 at the wheels, where I believe the Lotus SC is closer to 220 at the crank. The supercharger isn't the only mod - I've got aftermarket brakes, suspension, scoops, splitters, etc.

I'm up for a drive anytime - just send me a PM!
05-02-2016 12:12 PM
Habious
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Late to this thread, but I've got a REV300 Elise up in Frederick.
JamesAllen, Thanks for chiming in.

It's not too late.

I've been trying to figure out the logistics of getting the Tesla down to Charlottesville (where cch1 is), but the only hotels that have charging are booked out MONTHS in advance...and I can't get there and back on a charge. I could do public charging but, that means I've got to find one, and then hang out for 5 hours while it recharges (that's why the hotel charging is so nice - charge while you sleep!)

tilon4 mentioned that he's in VA Beach but, that's even further.

Frederick is easily within range (and I know what my public charging options are in DC/VA/MD).

Is a "REV300" Elise equivalent in performance/horsepower to a factory Elise SC (I'll freely admit that I'm very confused about all of the different Elise configurations and options)?

It's starting to look like no two Elise's are alike!
05-02-2016 10:07 AM
JamesAllen Late to this thread, but I've got a REV300 Elise up in Frederick.
04-20-2016 02:07 PM
tilon4 Not sure if you are still looking to drive a car but I have an 05 Elise with katana s/c located in VA beach.
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