Andreas, Good point! Without getting into proprietary details, I've personally spent 1000+ hours on the shock dyno developing valving for these cars. All of it started with development on our XP Car in terms of finding what generates grip and confidence inspiring driveability. This was transferred into our Street Tired wide-body Optima car and our street tired test mule. We're able to give compliance to bumpy street or track conditions but still control the platform. Anyone can make a car stiff. Anyone can make a car not lean in a turn. The real question is how do you get the car to be responsive and light on its feet, without being edgy? How to put down power but still transition quickly? Answer: Take great hardware with low friction, move alot of fluid and control it properly.
People have told me repeated that they are amazed they can run 2X the stock spring rate but the car rides better. Less lean but also less harshness over bumps. Another customer took 8 seconds off his Limerock laptime! Part of that was more grip, but a bigger part was the confidence the car inspired because he could step over the limit of traction and bring the car back with little drama.
Bottomline is that Lotus spent their money on the foundation(chassis) and to save money they put inexpensive dampers on it. The great news is that it is an easy problem to fix!
As an existing user I don't benefit from this group buy, but can confirm that behaviors like car control at the limit and compliance over bumps are very noticeably improved compared to stock. You're not just buying Penskes here. The level of development is much greater than what usually goes into a commercial kit.
Boom! That's it, magic #10!!!!! EVERYONE GETS THE BEST DEAL!!!! Very cool. OK. Here's what's going to happen. I will start building a crapload of shocks! I have quite a number of parts on hand so the early sets should go out fairly quickly. I'll get the inventory sorted and the balance will go out within the 2-3 week timeframe I mentioned in the first post. I will bill the cards and adjust the pricing accordingly.
Thanks everyone! Get ready for a better riding and handling Lotus Season!
Blackwatch and Penske are offering an end-of-year special for shock service. Service 4 shocks and get charged for only 3! Normally $600 for a set of 4, until end of year only $450!
Service includes: replace seals and wear parts, fresh shims, fresh oil, and dyno to confirm...
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Every now and then, we get interest in SCCA legal version of our Penskes. To be legal in SCCA street classes you have to run the stock springs AND run the perches at the stock height.
We've been doing class-winning Penskes since 2006 or so. The problem is the standard Body is too big to fit...
As many of you know we build and rebuild transmissions for the Elise and Exige. We build for the world challenge cars as well as NASA and SCCA Champions. One problem we've seen on these cars at the track is breakage of the 5/6 shift fork. The 5/6 fork is unique in that it has little plastic...
Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 949 Racing 6UL Wheels in Elise and Exige fitment. Exclusively from Blackwatch Racing! Blackwatch is the exclusive dealer for Lotus.
We've been speaking off and on for several years with the 949 Racing guys. We've admired their attractive and light wheels...