This car is a whole new level of fast. It literally goes from zero to warp speed faster than you can comprehend.... and that was only first gear.Have the car in Indianapolis now.
Had some intimate time with the quaife sequential on the street, since I've been asked about that a few times.
The sequential on the street.. Really it is fine functionality wise. It is not much different than a motorcycle. Even the part where I currently don't have an indicator for what gear I'm in, which also makes things interesting but is not a big deal. I am hoping I can get the racepak to talk with the AEM on that as the racepak has a nice gear indicator right in the middle that is currently not functioning. That said, the lack of gear indicator is not a big deal, same deal as on a motorcycle, if you get lost you can shift up to top gear and work your way down, or work your way down to neutral when your at a stop if needed.
The only substantiative complaint I would have is it is VERY LOUD. Louder than the engine in normal driving. In my opinion it is too loud for your typical comfy street car. It is comically loud, even with the custom firewall with a ton more sound deadening than usual.
That said I am OK with it. The noise makes the car that much more menacing. It's very fun to shift through. If there is a set of quiet helical gears with decent ratio I may switch down the road. Or maybe not.
Really for a car that sees mostly street I think the E153 may be the better choice just because its forgiving on shifts because it has syncros and is quiet. The lack of syncros is not really much of a problem, but if your sloppy on your downshifts the car can step out, and the syncro trans is quite a bit more forgiving as far as that goes. Breaking loose because of not rev matching well can also be fun however. The loudness is just not your normal situation for a street car. I mean an elise is typically loud and rattly but the sequential takes it to a whole nother level.
That said, I think for serious performance where you care about more than just 2nd gear I think this sequential is the fastest choice. For a strictly race car I think this would be the best choice. If the trans was as quiet as your typical syncromesh trans it would be hands down to the sequential for everything. I think it is the right trans for this particular car, as the noise just adds character as far as I am concerned, and for the racing I am planning to do with it, it will make a substantial difference.
For my autocross car, since I only really care about 2nd, and the E153 is quite a bit cheaper than the sequential I think it is the right choice there.
It likes to step out when you get into the power, of course. Looking forward to getting the 335 R888s on there instead of these 245 nt555rs.
I am not too keen on the custom leather wrapped interior. Its a bit shoddy in my opinion. Fernando was more or less of the same opinion there, and had already converted some of the interior back to stock. However, I think pretty much the vast majority of the effort by him was focused in the engine bay as it is clean, well organized, and generally well done and overkill (especially in the important parts) as far as I can tell. Cosmetically the car needs some work.
Going to go with tecnocraft t3 like in my other car as I like those the best of any lotus seat I have tried, delete the center console and related plastics for a bit more racy look that goes with the sequential and a mixture of CF and oem for the rest instead of leather. Add an extinguisher. Change to shroth 6pt in the drivers seat. Rubbertite floor mats, aluminum carpet buttons. Move the afr gauge in the far left vent to be next to the fuel gauge in the gauge pod and restore functionality to the AC. Probably swap this tiny flat bottom sparco wheel into the autocross car and move the momo team to this car etc etc.
The alignment is way off ideal as far as handling goes, the car handles about the same as an with a factory alignment which it probably has, or maybe a decent alignment wasn't done after the BC shocks were added, as far as I can tell in my brief testing of the handling on the street. It is a far cry from my autocross car for sure. Going to do some work there. v2arms, proper alignment, proper springs, lower (or maybe raise, I haven't measured yet) to 120mm, already has spherical bushings. Maybe add a big sway bar depending on how things feel with the big tires. Been too busy with my autocross car to do much about this. Probably after nationals.
Think I will leave the engine bay alone mostly at this point as I had King's take care of most of my concerns there, save for maybe some modifications to the ice water tank, getting a better seal and increasing the capacity substantially.
I am sure it has the record for fastest acceleration achieved in gator's back lot LOLThis may have been one of the fastest cars I have ever rode in, or at least felt like it!
Now that winter has started and I'm not preoccupied with running my supercharged car every weekend I have some time to really go to town on this car.
Lot of parts in the pile at this point, will be tackling over the next several weeks,
full blown race setup
16x12 with ~315 Hoosier fronts
18x12.5 with 335 Hoosier rears
16x8 with 245 r888
18x12.5 with 335 r888
possibly going to do a drag setup with 26x10r15 mickey thompson pro bracket radials and skinnies in front
really I will be mildly surprised if it doesn't hook decent with 335s though. They are stupid big.
25mm extended ball joints in the front
EP 40mm drop uprights in the rear
v2arms (may end up modifying them for more camber)
raybestos st43 fronts, st45 rears
one off (well two off at this point since I did this to my other car) rear brake setup with 4 pot wilwood powerlite calipers, functional handbrake, and lightweight mini cooper rotors
some other stuff in the pile
schroth profi 6pts
replace current harness bar with lighter harness bar
s260 door panels
lightweight frp hard top
set of aem gauges for boost, lambda, oil pressure
new cf side scoops
upgrading the sound system
rubber floor mats and aluminum carpet buttons
replace side mirrors with cf or motorcycle mirrors
steering rack shims
mounts for ciro wing
big ass diy splitter
boe nas toe links
stock diffuser so it is legal for solo
building one off penskes with my own valving
probably forgetting some stuff
The cooling system I think will need some work. I haven't really pushed it at this point to see if or how big of a heat issue there is for serious performance driving. In the current state it has a big heat exchanger where the exhaust would normally be, ducts in the undertray feed it air, and it vents out the rear panel and a hole in the diffuser. The intake and a big intercooler take up the drivers side scoop. The passenger side scoop is free and clear. I may put a heat exchanger there as well as in the front. Maybe use rev400 parts or source my own. And possibly add capacity to the water tank.
Flares and body work will be a function over form situation until I have the car dialed in which probably won't be until summer.
Still up in the air on the GCU