S1 Elise – Fitting Side Air Scoops

After one of the side scoops fitted by a previous owner fell off and I removed the other, see here, I thought I’d fit some new ones. This time they would be clear gel coat carbon fibre though which makes them ten times cooler or something like that. 😉 As they arrived, very nicely finished. […]

S1 Elise – Fitting Poly Lower Rear Engine Mount Bushes

Having found the exhaust to be leaking at the join between the manifold and downpipe, when I first got the Elise, and noticed the flexi section underneath the sump had occasionally been touching the undertray. I figured the engine mounts might have got a bit tired after 20 years causing a bit more engine movement […]

S1 Elise – Diffuser Spacers

Spacing out the diffuser where it mounts to the rear of the clam is not an uncommon modification to an S1 Elise or Exige. It’s usually done as an aid to keeping engine bay temperatures down. Engine bay temperatures aren’t much of a concern with my Elise though as I’m not tracking or racing it […]

S1 Elise – Clutch Slave Cylinder Support Bracket

When I was buying all the suspension refresh bits, for some reason I decided to buy one of these. An Elise Parts clutch slave cylinder support bracket. Apparently the original bracket can be a bit weak and bendy. I figured I’d may as well fit it while I had the air filter out the way. […]

S1 Elise – First Local Breakfast Meet of 2018

Just to prove it does come out of the garage now and then. A few pictures of the Elise at a local Sunday morning breakfast meet at The Hub Cafe in Bodiam. Look, it’s out of the garage! Well that’s enough of that, time to get it back in the garage and find a job […]

S1 Elise – Squeaky Steering Wheel

My Elise came with an OMP steering wheel, fitted by a previous owner. The original Lotus wheel came with the car too but I like this OMP one so have kept it. The only thing I didn’t like was the noise it made when turning the wheel. It wasn’t noticeable in normal driving but when […]

S1 Elise – Window Adjustment

The passenger window didn’t fully close at the front edge with the hardtop on and the door already shut. If you closed the window before shutting the door it was fine but it’s a bit of a pain having to remember to do that before washing the car. So I thought I’d see if there […]

S1 Elise – Interior Detail

Car interiors seem to never get cleaned properly I guess it’s partly down to the fact they’re always a pain to clean and there’s usually loads of places you can’t reach without removing stuff. Well the Elise interior has been superficially well looked after by previous owners but it still needed a deep clean. Some […]

S1 Elise – Clean and Wax

After a few days and a good few miles covered on our trip to the Lotus factory and around Norfolk the Elise looked OK from a distance as the weather had been good for the whole trip. But it was pretty grubby plus I wanted to get some wax on it so time for another […]