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No, you (probably) cannot fit fit 4 tires inside an Evora.

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Tried every combination on my 2+2. Larger in back, smaller in back, one of each. It may be possible if you remove the rear seats, as I will say it was close.

My objective was to maintain the driver's seat position (the tires are new, so wasn't too worried about dirt, and I wrapped and covered everything first), and I tried the passenger seat all the way forward and tilted forward, and then tilted back, but no matter what I tried, I could not get 4 tires in. The closest arrangements were: a) one larger tire parallel to back seat, one larger and one smaller perpendicular to, and slightly canted, in the back seat with the passenger seat most of the way forward, and one larger tire already placed in the front. This failed mainly because the door pull hit the tire in the front; and b), larger tire parallel in back, with passenger seat all the way forward and the backrest tilted as far back as possible, with the tires somewhat stacked on the front seat and seatback.

I think with the back seats removed, possibly only the seat bottom, this may be possible. Lowering the position of the tires in the back (I originally tried both in the back, but they have to go "next" to each other where they meet, as the rear compartment is just not wide enough) would allow the front seat to move further back. Alternatively, without the bottom cushion, this might allow the front seat to tilt further back, providing enough headroom for the stacking approach. The problem with the stacking approach is similar, in that the door pull hits the tire. If the seatback could tilt further, the tires could be moved rearward, which might alleviate this issue. In the event, I ran out of time for now. I see that removing the bottom cushion seems quite easy. Not sure how much room is to be gained by removing the seat back. If that allowed the two in the back approach to move rearward as well, even a couple of inches, that would permit the two smaller tires in the front, which is a better approach overall.

Maybe I'll try again next week with the bottom cushion out.

For those who have removed all or part of the back seats, about how much room is gained?


I need to get my winter tires on, and trying to avoid driving them there in a different car, driving the Evora there, and then picking up the summer tires separately. I will try myself this weekend, but thought I'd save the effort if anyone already knows if they would/wouldn't fit.
 

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Just put a piece of plywood on the roof and cargo strap them thru the windows!
 

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REMINDS ME OF AN OLD JOKE

I need to get my winter tires on, and trying to avoid driving them there in a different car, driving the Evora there, and then picking up the summer tires separately. I will try myself this weekend, but thought I'd save the effort if anyone already knows if they would/wouldn't fit.
This is from the 60s:

QUESTION: How do your get 4 elephants into a Volkswagen?

ANSWER: 2 in the front and 2 in the back.
 

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This question was asked earlier this year. Hasn't been done yet at least for wheel/ tires sized for the evora.
 

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Oh the hours I have spent pondering this very question..:facepalm.....The yearning I have for a way to get 4 extra wheels and tires to the track sans trailer....To have the security of a spare....The pixels I have expended taking pictures of other's contraptions and "rigging" of wheels to their own small chariots in hopes of duplicating their solutions...:rolleyes:...Only to discard such notions when I have a vision of being deposed by a greedy and happy lawyer..-eek-...Why is he so happy???....He has a slam dunk easy payday representing the relatives of the sweet granny that was sadly killed when a race wheel some how flew from my miracle, after market tire moving gizmo (trailer hitch for non towing rated Lotuses, roof rack for non roof rack rated Lotuses, molecular transporter)....that gizmo had been a sure thing per its salesman but also happened to have a 12 page disclaimer...TADTS......Please Colin come back and tell me how to transport tires in lightness....is the molecular transporter the answer??? :tadts:

On a serious note, after having to flat bed my baby home one night following a Sunday night tire death, I did locate a good mobile tire service. They now have a full set of tires stored for me. They provide 24 hrs full mobile service with equipment that doesn't damage expensive wheels. They'll deliver out to area track events as well and are very reasonably priced. So another option to the near impossible prospect of getting 4 mounted tires into an Evora without damaging the car or driving yourself nuts is to find and develop a relationship with a good local tradesmen.

If some Red Bull fueled engineering student does figure out how to safely accomplish the feat of inserting four big, bulky objects inside a small, non bulky object, please get in touch with me.
 

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Thanks. In my case the tires are not mounted, so I will give it a try this weekend. If I had a second set of wheels, I wouldn't have this problem, but unlike Elige wheels, Evora wheels are not plentiful, and very few used sets exist at any reasonable price (number of Evoras = .1xnumber of Eliges).
 

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There really are many aftermarket wheels that will fit the Evora as the bolt pattern is a common one. It will take some test fitting to clear the components and you will need to have a set of custom spigot centering rings made but they are failry inexpensive. That said you won't get the perfect offset that lotus recommends but you are driving winter tires and in winter conditions. I am on my 3rd season now using a Konig wheel 18" F/R and though I can't wait for spring to mount my summers back on I am happy wih the overall performance of the skinnier winter rubber(PA-3's)
 

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if we're talking about the same thread the question was asked/answered in relation to race tires, with similar diameters but much wider section widths. 4 inches less total width is nearly half a tire for the fronts. If it was a different thread, I did not find it?http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f170/tires-evora-track-duty-124729/http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f170/tires-evora-track-duty-124729/
I was referring to this thread. Agree you are dealing with narrower width.
 

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I'd love for this to be done. Remove passenger seat???
 

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Am I missing something? For my Elise I just put the car up on stands throw the wheels in my truck, take to Discount Tire, have new tires mounted, and then come back home and put wheels back on.

No worries about them messing my car up, no figuring out how to take two cars there with only one person driving, no trying to fit big wheels in a tiny space. Sure I'd love to be able to just take them in the Elise, but putting the car up on stands isn't all that bad.
 

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Not even simple task of putting Evora up on jack stands is simple.
 

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I'd love for this to be done. Remove passenger seat???
I think that's the way. But don't know if it's easier than shuttling cars and tires back and forth.
 

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You might want to clarify that statement/bet -- I suspect you can fit 4 tires inside an Evora w/o seats, but you would certainly have a hard time driving it anywhere :rolleyes:.
 
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