Exige S2 with added supercharger

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Exige S2 with added supercharger

Post by andybond » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:45 am

I wanted an elise for an age. I took one out on track at Blyton around 14 months back.
I fell in love with it.

I had a c63 that I modified to 543bhp and 500ibft of torque previously and as a family we tended to go around in the more economical car that we had.I talked to the wife and we both agreed that with the prices of the exige firming up and some going up its now or never. Out of the window went the elise idea at that point.

I have been quietly searching the market for the past 3 months. Working out what appears to be value for money and sells and what doesn't. There is a quite marked range in prices.

I settled on a 04 plate ( making it a early s2 ) exige. With aftermarket katana supercharger.

It also has

Baffled sump
Poly bushes
New linkages for throttle and clutch
240R lotus ( lighter ) alloys
GT4 ( the race lotus ) rear wing
LSD in the 6spd box

I did a deal with a dealer who took my c63 in PX and yesterday I drove the NASCAR FOR THE ROAD down to Bristol and we did the swap.

I headed back up North and a few initial observations.

Its no where near as fast as the c63 in a straight line.
It will destroy a c63 in bends.
I stand more of a chance of keeping my license. The long I have the c63 the more I felt I could push on.
Its "compact"
Its impractical
Its got a few characters - the fuel gauge was actually going UP at one point. Now I must let everyone know, I dont work for Lotus but I am sure they dont actually fill up on the move. The oil temp gauge is a bit sensative. It went from 69 deg C to 130. I nearly died. I noted the pressure was the same though so slowed right down and carried on. 2mi or so later it dropped back to the initial 69deg C. Ill have to investigate that
The seats are two bits of cardboard with a foam pad on it. I have no idea how they are so comfy but my big bones found them comfier than the c63s armchairs
Getting in and out is a bastard. I had to fill up. There was a full forecourt when I arrived. I waited a bit and no one left. I waited a bit more and I noticed that people were waiting for me to get out. Its the most undignified thing you can do in a car. You have to fold yourself into 8 pieces and get yourself through a letterbox. People pointed, people laughed. I just filled up with fuel , bought some tangfastics and left. Well , left after posting myself back in the car.

It is the most fun I have had on the road in a car. It just beats the 172 turbo for fun.

Cant wait to develop this relationship.

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Re: Exige S2 with added supercharger

Post by andybond » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:47 am

It looks a lot like this :

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Re: Exige S2 with added supercharger

Post by andybond » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:48 am

I have owned the car 2 weeks and had it on track last weekend ..

What can I say? Took the Loltus to Blyton and enjoyed it immensely!

I have driven 280mi in the Loltus now , 79 of those on track.

I started slow, building up confidence in my ability to steer a shorter wheelbase car.

It took me a good few laps to work out what I need to rev the bollocks off the car to make it go. No point in 4k rev when you have nigh on 9k to play with.

I also learnt that you can spin it a lot, lot easier than the c63 :) I have a video of it in car. I nearly , nearly caught it and then WHAP spin.

I didnt have the legs to pull away from anything major ( barring clios ) but I could keep with awful lot of stuff.

One thing I did note is the tyres are good street tyres ( Yoko Advan V105 ) but on track I didnt have the level of grip that I wanted. I could feel the car sliding around under me.

I have some videos to edit , and Ill upload and link. Just of me driving.

Really, really happy with it and the performance on track considering I dont really know the car.

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Re: Exige S2 with added supercharger

Post by andybond » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:50 am

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Re: Exige S2 with added supercharger

Post by tlracer » Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:02 pm

Yep, sounds like you have Lotus ownership figured already!

Loads of fun, enough peculiarities to keep you thinking and gives you the impression it's actually alive :)

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Re: Exige S2 with added supercharger

Post by Benja » Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:22 pm

Great first post(s)!!

Yup the AMG and Lotus are chalk and cheese,..I have both and others on here also enjoy a bit of German Heavy Weaponry....others less so :lol:

Car looks great and it sounds like you’re getting to grips with it.

The link to the poetry?

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Re: Exige S2 with added supercharger

Post by andybond » Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:37 pm

tlracer wrote:Yep, sounds like you have Lotus ownership figured already!

Loads of fun, enough peculiarities to keep you thinking and gives you the impression it's actually alive :)
thats exactly it. I come from a background where I have owned several hot hatches, from a couple of 5 GT Turbos, 21 turbos , Clio, Clio Turbo and a R26. I jumped to a big boys toy - the c63 and it was a hammer but not refined.

Love the aliveness of the Exige. Its epic.

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Re: Exige S2 with added supercharger

Post by andybond » Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:38 pm

Benja wrote:Great first post(s)!!

Yup the AMG and Lotus are chalk and cheese,..I have both and others on here also enjoy a bit of German Heavy Weaponry....others less so :lol:

Car looks great and it sounds like you’re getting to grips with it.

The link to the poetry?
The poetry?

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Re: Exige S2 with added supercharger

Post by Benja » Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:47 pm

andybond wrote: The poetry?
At the bottom of the post with pics is a link to some poetry???

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Re: Exige S2 with added supercharger

Post by thommo » Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:04 pm

Love the first post . . and the pics.
Sounds like the Lotus has hit home. Keep up the reports.

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