I do some of the work myself but mainly done my a motorsports mechanic. The RS14s are fantastic and fine for the road. The only problem is they need to be quite hot to work really well. Oh, and they have a tendancy to squeel like a pig.James A said:Damn Tony your right there is not much left to modify! Do you do your work yourself?
ARe the RS14 pads Ok on the street I thought they were more of a track pad?
They produced light weight wishbones for the S1 because of the race series but as there is no S2 race series, no wishbones. I am thinking of getting some made in Japan but it will cost BIG bucks...Stan said:Tony you sure have done a lot to your Elise! I doubt that a forged aluminum a-arm part will ever show up for the car...since there would not be enough demand to cover the large set up cost and to tie up a huge forging machine. But fabricated light alloy or special steel or titanium piece could be produced by a local race shop using the steel stockers as a model. Maybe convert to an all rod end setup. Using aluminum rod ends, those are readily available. You could save some more brake weight if you converted Porsche's composite rotor to the Elise. It's way lighter than cast iron. Maybe it could be cut down in diameter a bit.
Maybe not forged but much lighter... http://secure.eliseparts.com/en-gb/p_54.htmlStan said:>>>They produced light weight wishbones for the S1 because of the race series but as there is no S2 race series, no wishbones. I am thinking of getting some made in Japan but it will cost BIG bucks... <<<
That's what I'm suggesting...I'm sure those weren't forged though...the set up costs would make this prohibitive.
>>As far as brakes go, the composite discs will be too powerful for the Elise. I can almost lockup now as it is. Maybe a light weight drive shaft would help. The main thing though is to reduce the centre of gravity, make it as low as possible. This is a mission of mine. At some point I'm gonna replace all the glass to plexi. Also want to house the battery lower down and remove the window mechanisms. <<<
Yeah ditch the glass!! It's very heavy. That will lower the CG more than lightening a heavy part down low since the glass sits up so high. There may also be a way to get the motor to sit lower. That would certainly help the CG.
How much does your car weigh now and what do you think you can get it down to? Thanks.
Hi Tony,tonyyoshi said:I guess not. Is no one else interested in this? Every 1lb you save in unsprung weight is worth 5lbs of sprung weight. If you can reduce the overall weight of your Elise you'll notice a massive difference in handling and acceleration.