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Some pics of my Elise. I've put the radio in there for size reference.

Taken from the passengers side. To the right you see the battery (covered with cloth attached with some velcron). You'll notice the tail and brake lights to the left. Not that clear, but with a little imagination you'll see that above the opening is much smaller than the size of the boot


Taken from the drivers side. To the left is the pocket thingy to store stuff. This has been removed in MY2004. Beautiful tape to the right


Picture of the softtop in its bag in the boot. It's slighty tilted on the right (up). The battery to the left gets in the way. I don't recall whether the battery was moved in MY2004.


This is how I normally store the softtop. All other stuff goes around it. I tug some towels and the like away near the lights (not in the picture). There's room for two coats and a small bag in this configuration. Rearrange for more room (extra sports bag or so)
 

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Thank you. Those images answer a lot of questions! :)
 

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Has anyone ever monitored the temperature in the trunk/boot while driving? I'm guessing it could get pretty warm in there.
 

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L8BRAKR said:
Has anyone ever monitored the temperature in the trunk/boot while driving? I'm guessing it could get pretty warm in there.
Well... this is of no help of course, but still a nice excuse to link to (friend took it with his camera) http://www.xs4all.nl/~armitage/20030806/Dsc00880.jpg

Anyway, it gets hot. Pretty hot. I've had the mastic that's between the boot lock and the boot lick getting all soft and 'dripping' out. Actually it was pushed out by a fully stuffed trunk in pretty hot weather (and a pretty long drive). This was with ambient temperatures of 36-38 degrees celcius (97-100 degrees fahrenheit).

Under those circumstances my friend and I blasted around (short holiday) and bought the thermometer featured in the above hyperlinked picture. I believe it came close to the ambient temperature, but not really above that.

We tried to bring along drinks, but after a drive they were too heated up and tasted shite, so we bought one of those cool bags from a local market, but that didn't really work. This was btw an excessive hot and long summer for our parts (pretty much broke all local records).
 

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I thought the battery was still in the boot and the washer bottle has been moved back to the boot from its current position under one of the front access panels (real pain in the arse it is too)??

As for temp in boot - yeah it does get a bit warm in there, don't travel long journeys with frozen food :)

My supermarket is about 5 mins drive from my house and ice cream still manages to melt on the way home :(
 

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From what I understand the boot is smaller on the Fed car because the Toyota lump is larger than the K-series.

The battery on the S1 is under the bonnet.
 

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HI Meat,
I don't recall the storage compartment being that much narrower than the UK car, I wouldn't say more than 1 or 2" the engine compartment definately has a more loaded appearance. The freeing up of the space the battery took probably means cubic space is about the same.
Chris
 

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My supermarket is about 5 mins drive from my house and ice cream still manages to melt on the way home :(
Drive faster. :D

I'm not too concerned with the heat in the trunk. I doubt that it will get too hot since there is a lot of air flow through the engine compartment and the exhaust headers are towards the front of the engine bay (look at the R&T Article pix).
 

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I wonder how much component-shuffling Lotus did to keep the weight distribution reasonable with the heavier toyota engine over the rear wheels. Perhaps that's one reason for a relocated battery.
 

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L8BRAKR said:
does still have the exhaust manifold in the front (I think) just not visible in the pics R&T provided.
Scratch that, the exhaust exits out of the back of the engine which maybe why they adopted the centered up exhaust pipes.
 

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The manifold is in the same place as on the k series Elise, pushed up against the firewall. Bit awkward as it compromises the lengths of the manifold (at least on the k).
 
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