I am Randy. I have designed and worked on custom hitches and sold them for the 1990-1995 MR2 and the MR2 Spyder.
I think a custom hitch is doable for this car. It will not be easy or cheap and it will be very limited in what it can tow. You have to use the mounting points on the crossmember under the engine. George is right, nothing behind that can support towing.
I LOVE that trailer! Cheap and functional. Now, how do we add a hitch? I suppose we'll need to carry the rear diffuser on the trailer, as it will need to be removed to mount a contraption for the hitch.
Instead, how about a removable rack on the back of the Elise? It'll look ridiculous, but I don't really care about that. ???? I've seen them in pictures on, like, a Miata. So it CAN be done.
One must keep in mind that the body on this car is made of very thin plastic and it is only for aesthetical purposes, i.e. it is non structural and can't support any weight. I think people have claimed the front clam weighs 22 lbs and the rear clam not much more than that.
I could throw on the hardtop and put them in a luggage carrier bag which would go on the roof. Not ideal, but it might get the job done. I would have to get pretty good and putting on/taking off the hard top. hmmmm
I don't think a chase vehicle is possible for me next year. A trailer to haul the Elise is out of the question.
I am no autox expert as you all know but why don't you mount the track wheels at home before driving to the event? The major wear on track tires should be from hard cornering/braking so highway commuting up to 50 or 70 miles to get to an event should be negligeable and as long as its not raining cats and dogs it should be ok for the most part. On second thought, I don't think it would be legal to drive on the street with track tires so just disregard my post
The tires that most of us would be using actually are street legal. But they wear very quickly. Also, the wear might not even be the main issue at least for events that are close by. They also start loosing their grip after a certain number of heat cycles.
Like I said I'm no expert, I just want to go to the track or autox tp be able to toss the car around and not get a ticket while doing it so the stock tires are just perfect for me, for the real racers among you I can see the dilemma.
Changing subjects, did you guys watch fith gear last night? they had an unscientific test of men vs women drivers abilities. As always lots of fun to watch.
Yeah, be careful in the rain with race tires. Last sunday, I arraive at an autox to see a corvette with banged up front and rear. Apparently he gave it too much gas coming off the cloverleaf with race tires in the wet. I have to say I wasn't getting a lot of bite with the A032Rs either; couldn't get them up to temp.
I currently use this exact trailer (with 8" rims) for my miata. I put a plywood floor on it, and carry 4-225 section width tires without a problem. The tires are carried horizontally at the front of the trailer, in front of the fenders. I use 2' long 1" pipe to contain the tires - I could carry more tires if I want. I have a plastic box in the rear - for jack, tools, other stuff.
I looked at Surfer's car last week regarding mounting a trailer hitch - it will require at the least removing the rear grill above the diffuser to locate the structure (assuming sufficient pickup points could be found). I am reserving myself to either driving to events on tires or trailering.