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Just curious guys, but knowing that the VXR is turbocharged, I was wondering where the intercooler is in the car? Does anyone know if it is air to water, or air to air? Also, It seems like that engine would make the most sense for an engine swap. IT offeres the most torque, and a lot of hp. I can't remember if it was a Duratec or Ecotec block, either way it was 2.0 liters and still had room for the turbocharger. Does anyone know of people swapping these engines in their cars? Everyone knows the potential of a turbocharged engine is much higher than a NA engine, and the tuning options would allow for an easy 300+hp.

I was just wondering since it has been pretty well set that three will be nothing or almost nothing available for the 2zz-ge, and in 5 years time, I was wondering what engine would be practical in the Elise.

BTW, I guess it is official that ther are no tuners working on FI besides BLITZ (i.e. a $7,000 supercharger system - YEAH RIGHT!) and a few others? I honestly don't understand why a company can't develop a supercharging system that incorporates a viarable boost map so that you aren't pushing a lot of air into the engine at 8,500 RPM, and do it for $3,000 dollars. I know that the returnles fuel system in the 2zz-ge is a problem, as well as the tight pachaging in the Elise. But after months of things being in development, to my knowledge, nothing has been developed despite the fact that the 111R has been out for almost a year in many parts of the world. Maybe one day.....:rolleyes:
 

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I emailed a Turbotecnics in the UK, a tuner that has FI kits for the other versios of the Elise and here is their response:
Dear Fred,



Thank you for contacting Turbo Technics. As you know Turbo Technics have an excellent following throughout Europe earn by the success of the highly acclaimed Elise supercharger systems.



Our current range of Lotus Elise supercharger systems are not compatible with the newly introduced Toyota engine, but no decision will be made on whether to proceed with a supercharged Toyota engine until later this year. We will be monitoring demand and would be happy to receive customer feedback, good or bad.

Very best regards,
Rob Yeomans.

Turbo Technics Ltd. 2 Sketty Close, Brackmills, Northampton. NN4 7PL. England.
Tel: +44 (0) 1604 705050 Fax: +44 (0) 1604 769668
E-mail: [email protected]
Internet: www.turbotechnics.com

The information is intended for the individual(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the contents is prohibited. Opinions expressed in the e-mail and any attachments are those of the sender and not necessarily the opinions of Turbo Technics Ltd.

WARNING: Computer viruses can be transmitted by e-mail, particularly through attached files. Turbo Technics Ltd. accepts no liability for any damage caused by a virus being transmitted by this e-mail.
Any UK listers know this company? is it a reputable outfit? Anyway, I'm pretty happy with the Elise as it sits right now so not much hurry to mess with it.
 

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Just had another thought:

Does anyone know a company called Turbonetics ?

I know the owner and could see if they are interested in making a turbo or SC kit for the Elise. They also own the manufacturer of the Turbos used in most small aircraft engines but I wouldn't want to say anything if their products is not good.
 

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The turbo engine from a VX220/Speedster doe not fit in the Elise chassis as the VX/Speedster has a completely different engine subframe and rear frame.

The turbo engine they use is an 'amost 2000cc' Family-II (cast iron block) engine from GM. It's badged 'Ecotec', but is actually a much older engine design that comes from one of the other Opel/Vauxhall models here.

This is not the turbocharged version of the normally aspirated full aluminium L850 2.2L Ecotec in the normal VX220/Speedster as used by SAAB for their 2.0 turbo engines. (SAAB has some exclusive deal inside GM which prohibits all other GM parts from using these engines for several years)

On the turbo GM fits a small normal intercooler near one of the side-vents, but serious VX turbo owners that track their car usually fit a chargecooler with a front-mounted extra radiator for the water circuit as the standard intercooler can't really cope with the heat back there as it does not get enough airflow (power drops with prolonged use)

Personally I don't like the 'rubber band' feeling the tubo gives to the throttle control and response. I'd rather stay with normally aspirated engines anyway.. VVTi and VTEC may also have a 'kick' once the cams switch, but at least it's always predictable and at the same rpm's.

Bye, Arno.
 

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NtflBlueLiz said:

Any UK listers know this company? is it a reputable outfit? Anyway, I'm pretty happy with the Elise as it sits right now so not much hurry to mess with it.
Turbo technics are very well known here. They have a very good reputation for the support they provide to customers and the product seems well developed. I believe the offer options to take the standard 120bhp elise up to 190,215,230 or 260bhp.
I suggest you join the yahoo TT elises group and you should get all the info you need. I would have thought that it would be likely that they would offer a supercharger conversion at some point. If enough of you guys get in contact with them and convince them it is worth doing then I'm sure they will.
 

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Bill Swizz said:
Turbo technics are very well known here. They have a very good reputation for the support they provide to customers and the product seems well developed. I believe the offer options to take the standard 120bhp elise up to 190,215,230 or 260bhp.
I suggest you join the yahoo TT elises group and you should get all the info you need. I would have thought that it would be likely that they would offer a supercharger conversion at some point. If enough of you guys get in contact with them and convince them it is worth doing then I'm sure they will.
Bill thanks for the response, I'll check the group but as I said, I was looking at superchargers before I got the car. Now that I have the car I'm pretty happy with the performance. It is always nice to have a massive amount of torque just for the fun of being pushed against the seat when you floor the accelarator but in standard form the Elise is already a sweet package so I'm not rushing to do anything to it.
 

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FWIW, I emailed them as well saying please design a supercharger. :D

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I emailed a Turbotecnics in the UK, a tuner that has FI kits for the other versios of the Elise and here is their response:


Any UK listers know this company? is it a reputable outfit? Anyway, I'm pretty happy with the Elise as it sits right now so not much hurry to mess with it.
 
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