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I had good intentions of text and photo documentation of my car's most recent build but it didn't happen. So...here's some fodder:
 

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Back shell is fastened by 4 quick releases. It comes completely off in about 30 seconds. Makes working on it much easier.

The front shell is fastened by two quick releases.
 

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That is a really inconvenient location for a cup holder...

 

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Nice !!!
Look at your tire in the back !!! They are not on the good side??
The " V" shape are on the wrong side
Driver side (left) is the more heavily weighted side and the three tracks I drive on are all clockwise so the left side takes more abuse. When the left wears I just swap with the right. In dry conditions the tread direction doesn't really matter. I'm going for more laps per dollar.
 

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whats the purpose of this car?
HPDE only. It's boring to drive on the road and I don't have the budget, time, or skill to be competitive in a race series.
 

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That is a really inconvenient location for a cup holder...

I questioned the intelligence of putting 7 cup holders all the way back there but did it anyway. I am very well hydrated when: stopped, out of the car, and happen to have the clam off.
 

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Most of the aftermarket products are from: Sector 111, BOE Fabrication, Monkeywrench Racing, Lane Automotive, Racecraft Engineering, Radium, and Pegasus Auto Racing.
 

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This vehicle started life as a 2006 Elise. I purchased it used in 2008 and drove it on the street and track with moderate performance modifications.

In 2012 I took it out on track when it was way way too wet for my tires. Going less than half my normal speed on a long straight I hydroplaned, spun, and hit an armco barrier. I damaged the front and rear clams. This started the track dedication of the vehicle. I installed some of the early Sector 111 spec clams to replace the broken parts. While I was at it, I decided to upgrade the safety so I installed a custom cage fabricated by Racecraft Engineering and some Kirkey seats. I am only 6.1 but to have safe clearance between my head and the cage (and the broomstick planes) yet still have reasonable egress through the sides or top, the cage design interfered with the windshield so the windshield was eliminated.
At this point the car was so hacked up that I decided to ditch all unessential components. Dash, heat, AC, audio, interior panels, trim panels, unneeded coolant circuits, ABS, air-oil coolers and lines, running lights, windows, headlights, etc.

In 2013 I was having a particularly fun track session and let the fuel run low, leaned out at WOT, lost a piston ring land, ring, and bore. Upon disassembly I also found a wiped cam. My core went to Monkeywrench Racing and I bought a sleeved 10.5:1 block with some upgraded bits in the head. I installed that over the winter and bought a tune from BOE Fabrication.

The spec clams are fairly similar to the stock clams in shape, minus some molding/cutouts for lights. I did some custom fiberglass work to: eliminate the oil cooler openings in the front clam, eliminate the door window slots, eliminate the raised portion of the rear clam that covers the struts for the stock roll hoop, make some front wheel well vents at the edge of the doors, eliminate the "eyelashes" in the rear, and reinforce some of the weak areas with some encapsulated aluminum bars.

The "dash", side skirts, and wind splitter are all made from a single 4'x8' piece of Alumalite. They're light, strong, and come at a disposable price.

The whole thing (nearly) was rattle canned flat black so it didn't look so Frankenlotusish with the Canyon Red, black, white, and bare aluminum livery I was sporting. Knowing my risk tolerance on track, I'm sure I'd scratch/break/wreck nice looking bodywork in short order so rough finish fiberglass and rattle cans is the best I can justify.

The open cockpit is great for visibility and it keeps me cool even on hot days.
 

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I love the door opening instructions! It's all about the details!
 

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Awesome on so many levels!

What the heck does she weigh?
1680 lbs with a half tank of fuel.

I haven't purchased any "light weight" parts specifically. Actually what I have is probably heavier than stock. I've just eliminated the unessentials.
 

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I love the door opening instructions! It's all about the details!
The elegance of a fine coach builder...err...sometimes I let other people drive my car and not everyone is accustomed to the pull wire release.
 

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The cage is 0.095" x 1.75" DOM mild steel. All chassis contact points are bolted with M10 hardware into nut plates or SS plusnuts.
 

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Motor is MWR built, 10.5:1 forged pistons, Darton sleeved, MWR valves, springs, stage 2 cams, Katana 1 with BOE's IAT sensor, stock air box, DMC header.
 
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