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on Tue, 04/05/2010 - 17:00

The performance output of the Elise Sports Tourer in standard guise is 120 brake horse power. The immediate reaction to this tends to be that 120bhp doesn’t sound like very much and indeed a direct comparison with other sports cars from the same era does show it wanting. A 2003 Porsche Boxster has nearly twice the power at 225bhp and a Porsche 996 further still at 325bhp. However, I don't think this paints the full picture and while the Elise may not have the stats to brag about down the pub I think it can more than hold its own with those in the know.

The key to the Elise is of course

Damper Replacement

on Wed, 24/03/2010 - 17:00

During my recent exhaust upgrade the mechanic working on the Elise pointed out that the right rear damper felt damp to the touch and might have a slow leak. I had a service coming up in just over a month so decided to leave it and have it checked again then.

Unfortunately when the service came round it turned out that the damper did indeed need replacing. The general advice seems to be to replace dampers in pairs with some people even suggesting all 4 corners are done together to maintain the balance of the car.

Brake Disc and Pad Upgrade

on Wed, 24/03/2010 - 17:00

Lotus Elise
My Elise doesn't really stop when I press the break peddle... I don't need to be an expert mechanic to know this isn't ideal. On visual inspection, without actually pulling anything apart, all appears to be fairly well. The pads and discs are clearly used but not worn down to any extreme, although digging through the old documentation I can find no evidence of them having ever been replaced. I decided to do some research...

There are a million billion forum posts on brake set ups for the Lotus Elise.