So I guess they didn't give you any further info on an approx. time period other then just "this summer"? Did you get pricing or any close estimates... I figure you didn't or you would have posted but I HAVE to askshinoo said:I scrutinized the various gull-wing options at the Lotus Show and found the Autostyle product to be the best overall solution - both functionally and cosmetically.
I met with Tigga and his partner this past Sunday. They have sorted out their manufacturing issues and will have product available early this summer. Sector 111 will offer their gull-wing roof. The best news is that it will be more affordable.
We are shooting for July.jeff8875 said:So I guess they didn't give you any further info on an approx. time period other then just "this summer"?
The joining of the window to the softtop/hardtop/gullwing per se is not a major load-bearing structure in the car. That area is not what would protect you in a crash (I infer you mean a rollover).James A said:Having seen the Federal car a few times now, I don't see how anyone is going to fit a gullwing door without some serious fiberglass work and paining. I have to believe the old hinge has to come out and new one has to be put in, the sealing surfaces around the door will change as will the weather strip/door seal. Of course the window mechanism will change as will the latching mechanism. It seems like an awful lot will have to change and for what? What will insurance companies say, the car was crash tested and approved with the factory doors, will these doors be crash tested to the same standard? Remember most insurance policies somewhere in the pages of Terms and Conditions require that you declair any major modifications to the car and any changes to "safety" systems, might doors be "safety" system related?
If I were going to spend a thousand(s?) dollars, (by the time you buy the doors, fit the doors, and get a quality paint job on the doors) I would spend it on something that enhanced the performance of the car.
That info. I believe pertains specifically to the European spec S2, not the Federal Elise which may have different boot geometry/opening clearances for the panels & other fitment issues.Ridgemanron said:"Our T-Bar roof is fitted by unbolting the roll bar cover that is on the Elise and then bolting our T-Bar centre "T" section into the original Lotus mounts. This whole process should take about 30 minutes. Once the "T" section is fitted, the panels take less than a minute each to fit. Both panels can be stored in the boot. Any Lotus paint color can be matched exactly by supplying us with the paint code of your Elise. We cannot guarantee against leaking but our T-Bar roof went through over 18 months of developing and testing including extensive testing of different types of seals around the "T" section and along the top of the windows. Our roof is as leak proof as a removable top can be. Our T-Bar roof also incorportates rain gutters along the sides as an additional preventative measure." Note: This e-mail I received from Tigga was posted some time back, either on elisetalk or puresportscar site.
Phew. Now that we've cleared that up,LarryB said:James- it's a "gullwing top" and not a door, that as you've mention would be a major undertaking.