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Both feet first

Post by zzz » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:27 pm

Hello all,

I've liked all things Lotus for a long time, finally decided to push the button on an S1 Honda. I was going to convert it myself ( when I say myself, I mean handing it to professionals) but after costing it up I decided buying one already converted was the best option and dealing with any issues later.

It claims 326bhp and it feels like it too :) I'm used to high powered cars, but modern ones and felt I was losing my analogue skill. Getting back to basics with this one!

Honda conversion
Rotrex supercharged
Charge cooler.
Blow-off valve.
Fuel swirl pot system running a Bosch secondary fuel pump.
Custom exhaust manifold (stainless)
Honda data ECU.
Secondary radiator
Kaaz LSD.
Powder coated rear arms.
Powder coated rear subframe.
Gaz gold coilovers.
Uprated toe links.
AP racing oversized brake discs and alloy bells with Pgid Rs14
Goodridge braided brake lines.
Corbeau motorsport seats.
Harness bar.
Schroth Harness’s.
Elise parts quick shift gearstick.
Treated foot wells. (more on tbis laster)
Carbon rear spoiler
Elise parts carbon side pods
Elise parts front splitter
160/111s egg front grill.
160/111s smoked front indicators.
160/111s headlight covers.
Motorsport four fin diffuser
Team Dynamic Pro Race wheels in anthracite.
Yokohama AD08

Drove it 250 miles home. Broke down, who knew 12Litres meant empty...

Did some donuts in my car park to release sticky diff

Took it to Kenny Brown to have it checked over. List identified prior to dropoff:

1. Remove stick from fuel tank filler (don't ask)
2. Flush and replace oil with 5/40 for now
3. Flush and replace cooked brake fluid with 5.1 (someone had put leak repair into it...)
4. Investigate suspect supercharger pipes
5. Investigate sticky diff
6. Investigate rich running
7. Change battery
8. Investigate coolant pong.

During the remiedials the following was identified and it'll be going back in until we're 100% happy its ready for use.

NSR small play in bottom ball joint
NSF small rack play & slightly nothcy
Front ARB D bushes cracked
Gearbox leak from filler plug (no access, covered with chassis)
Rear brake pipes very badly corroded
NSR outer toe links corroded
Charge cooler pipes front to rear substandard and hairline cracked
Gear change notchy.

I'll have a look over the forum and will no doubt have some questions later in my remedial build.

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Re: Both feet first

Post by Dominic » Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:31 am


Sounds like some spec! It's in good hands at Ken Brown's. I have had two cars into his garage this week.

What colour is it? Will keep an eye out. Are you local to Glasgow?

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Re: Both feet first

Post by hendeg » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:17 am

Exige GT

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Re: Both feet first

Post by j2 lot » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:24 am

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Re: Both feet first

Post by graeme » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:55 am


Sounds like an interesting car!

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Re: Both feet first

Post by zzz » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:20 am

Thanks all, It's blue, and some pictures:


I'm going to chuck some cash and time into it to get it back to immaculate condition. It's good, but it's not right and those corroded brake pipes are giving me the fear :shock:

If there's anything I should especially be looking out for then please let me know and I'll get it sorted :)

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Re: Both feet first

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Re: Both feet first

Post by Shug » Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:54 pm


Welcome along.

Give the toe links a waggle and check for play. The uprated ones are rose joints so will develop play, just a matter of when. They tend not to let go completely like the standard ones, hence "upgraded" :) Same goes with all the suspension stuff - get it in the air and give the wheels a waggle. Nothing is as good as a sorted S1 and nothing is as scary as one with a bit of slop in there.

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Freestyling on the buckled wheel of life.

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Re: Both feet first

Post by smee » Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:03 pm

Jings, that's quite a pretty thing. Enjoy
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Re: Both feet first

Post by AJT » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:29 pm

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Re: Both feet first

Post by BiggestNizzy » Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:20 pm

ooh shiny
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Re: Both feet first

Post by C7Steve » Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:15 pm


Very nice :thumbsup


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