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Does anyone know if the carbon fiber interior parts, shown above, are going to be available for the Fed Elise?
 

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It's for sale for 75K on the huntridge web site.
Also, what track events would you use this for? Auto X obviously, but is there a series it could be raced in?
 

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OneFastLotus said:
that car was in Atlanta wednesday of last week. Mark Starr purchased believe
Yes my dealer Hunting Ridge Motors did purchase that car. Mark said the car is unreal. Big Brakes, adjustable brake bias, 1500 lbs. , and Dynamic suspension to name a few.

It is a Track ONLY car though. Better set up for road racing than autocross.

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Mitch
 

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out of curiosity, why would someone buy this instead of a Radical? The Radical is much quicker, more fun to drive, costs the same, and neither can be driven on the street :confused:
 

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Well, the radical is faster *and* would cost less by a good bit. (The CSR has an MSRP of $53,500 and is 220HP and 1000 pounds...the DSR is 180HP and 780 pounds, both purpose built race cars...I doubt the reserve on the Elise in question is lower than either of those two numbers.)

So it's going to depend on your definition of fun.


--Donnie
 

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Mark was going to show me the car today when I picked up mine, but I forgot in all the excitement...... :(
 

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out of curiosity, why would someone buy this instead of a Radical? The Radical is much quicker, more fun to drive, costs the same, and neither can be driven on the street :confused:
A guy I track with recently sold his Motorsports Elise for a Radical. His sentiment was exactly as you had stated. One test drive in a Radical and he was sold.

One reason for buying a Motorsports Elise over a Radical is the risk factor. If you take a Radical off track, almost for certain, the minimum repair bill will be about $5k... that's without actually ever running into anything.

I would love to own a Radical one day, but for now I do not have the cash to support a dedicated track car and tow vehicle.

- John

p.s. The scary thing is many Radical drivers out here on the west coast are clueless. They are obviously way to fast to be put in the novice or even intermediate groups at DE's and they don't have the experience to be in advanced. Many track day organizers do not have fond feelings for Radicals.
 

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My good friend in Australia who has serviced both the Motorsport Elise and the new S2 Toyota powered Elise said to me over the phone this evening that the new Elise would dust a Motorsport Elise on a race track. I was very surprized to hear that.

I asked why??
He said the new Toyota motor just blows away the old Rover K series which has almost no torque at all.

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hmmm, I'm surprised to hear that. There is not a lot of difference in torque between the two engines. A highly tuned Rover may be a grenade waiting to go off, but it will easily hold it's own against the Toyota...
 

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suv_bait said:
A guy I track with recently sold his Motorsports Elise for a Radical. His sentiment was exactly as you had stated. One test drive in a Radical and he was sold.

One reason for buying a Motorsports Elise over a Radical is the risk factor. If you take a Radical off track, almost for certain, the minimum repair bill will be about $5k... that's without actually ever running into anything.
Well, this is *racing* after all. :) Same could be said for a Formula Mazda or a lot of other race cars for the most part. You're right, going with more of a "car" is a bit cheaper in this respect. It's also much more expensive if you "race" the "real" car if you have minor contact than if you did the same in a Radical.

If all you were ever going to do is track days (which to me would sort of be like vowing to be celebate for the rest of my life but deciding to watch a *lot* of porn anyway), then you may be better off with the Motorsports Elise. If you want to race wheel to wheel, well, the Radical is probably going to give you more fun for your dollar.

p.s. The scary thing is many Radical drivers out here on the west coast are clueless. They are obviously way to fast to be put in the novice or even intermediate groups at DE's and they don't have the experience to be in advanced. Many track day organizers do not have fond feelings for Radicals.
Again, this is racing. There are classes that get this kind of reputation all over. Hell, some think Spec Miata is too much like "bumper cars" for anyone to bother with. I race Spec Miata and think that's crazy, but hey, maybe it isn't for everyone. Clueless people have to get a clue somewhere. Sure, starting out in a Radical may not be the smartest thing, but it happens. Hell, there have been 4 year old F1 cars wrecked and destroyed (recently, in fact) by folks that really just didn't have the kind of experience and wrecked the car with other folks on track that they could have hurt. *shrug* It's part of the deal.


--Donnie
 
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