So much I hear each Elise does one lap around the track before it's shipped. Why I you worried about this? You have never bought a new car before?Eyelise said:Is there any way we can find out if the Lotus boys in Hethel seat the rings before the car is shipped? They are all supposed to go out on the track before shipping. I want to know how and if I should try to seat the rings. Help I'm in the first shipment.
Modern,Modern Wedgie said:I believe that there is initial "break-in" on the motor. There is an initial break-in where the engine goes through a complete hot cycle...i.e. the notor is brought to working temperature under mid-rpm and revved for a bit. This would be a more critical step than the break-in we do.
Then there is the second break-in procedure that we will all do according to Lotus, unless you want your warranty voided by big brother.
Modern,Modern Wedgie said:The elise does NOT go around the track once, they are tested in a simulator.
I've got the 'Best of British' Lotus video that so many of us on this board have and they show the finished cars (at that point, the UK ones) not going out on the track, but rather being tested on rollers before being packed up for shipping.hermanslotus said:Modern,
I guess they use the track for the Euro cars only. Because my good friend who works for Lotus Car Australia since 1987 told me that every car they got had a few K's on it and they were all run on that track at least once. I guess they aren't doing this with the Federal Elise.
The track is in big demand a lot (like most) car makers use Lotus to "tune" the handling of their cars.andykeck said:I've got the 'Best of British' Lotus video that so many of us on this board have and they show the finished cars (at that point, the UK ones) not going out on the track, but rather being tested on rollers before being packed up for shipping.