This car is For Sale now – Please Inquire!

We’ve purchased the original Sector111 Art Car and intend to return it to its former glorious state. The car has been a track/race car for the last 9 years so is in need of some TLC. This blog will provide some history and an on-going record of the reconditioning that we are making to the car – mechanically and cosmetically. This car has the historical chops and achievements that make it well worth restoring.

Engine
– KATANA265 – 265hp SC Kit
– S111 Dailey Dry Sump
– FIAtank
– ULTRAliteLINES
– gPAN2 – Baffled Oil Pan
– ProRAD Radiator
– S111 Silicone Engine Hose Kit
– RACEmounts
– Top-Mounted Fans
– S111 RACEmuffler

Brakes
– 308BBK
– FCRbracket
– Carbotech XP12 & XP10 pads

Exterior
– Front Elise Spec Clam
– ReVerie CF Side Scoop
– Elise CF Hard Top
– BBhook2

Interior
– R3cage
– ReVerie CF XC Seat
– ReVerie CF Eclipse Wheel
– AiM MXL Pista Dash
– AiM SmartyCam
– Schroth Enduro Harness
– Bollock Shift Knob
– Safecraft Fire System
– HNTpads
Suspension
– Nitron 46mm Race Pro 3-Way
– ETHOS Wheels
– RTVbrace2
– Nitron S99 Outer Toe Puns
– MONOballs
– V2arms2
– titanQR
– Suspension Refresh Kit

Aero
– Jubu Racing Front Splitter
– ReVerie 1700mmX200mm CF Wing
– RACEunderAERO
– RACEsills
– ReVerie CF Canards

Transmission
– OS Giken LSD
– Fidanza Aluminum Flywheel
– Fidanza V2 Track Clutch
– SSC Shifter Cable
– Shifter re-ENFORCER

It has an interesting history as it was one of the original cars brought by Lotus to the Elise debut at the LA Autoshow. Read more: HERE. It was painted by an artist, Neil Ratnavira, to become the first Sector111 Art Car – done in the vein of the BMW Art Cars. Ultimately it was turned into a race car that was campaigned in the Lotus Cup series.

Autoshow Debutante

The car was used as a test mule for the development of many Sector111 products, including the DRYsump, MRbearings, raceUPRIGHTS, Oil Cooler Lines and much more. The car won races, set track records, while also easily beating factory Exige Cup cars and taking the fight to 211s. It set a track record at Buttonwillow that stood for two years – this was before the track was repaved. Watch the lap: HERE

Subsequent to its retirement from Lotus Cup, the car was sold to a gent who ran the San Diego PCA driving events. Jack would show up with the Art Car and set the fastest times. Repeatedly. I think there were more than a few 911 owners who were in disbelief that a 270hp four banger could beat their GT3s. A true David vs Goliath.

Jack had not been driving the car much in the last year or so and asked if we might be interested. I was in charge of this cars original transformation at Sector111 so jumped at the chance to get it again. When it arrived, I realized that it was truly tired and would need a full renewal. It had sat on an open trailer outdoors and it showed. We will replace or rebuild everything that is not up to snuff. We will make some additional changes to the car that should be improvements – like a shiftR111. These are fairly simple cars and rebuilding them is our specialty.

There were some cracks in the fenders and the paint was tired. Jack had repainted the car at some point and the Art Car livery was lost. We’ve decided to sand it down, do some fiberglass repairs and repaint it. It will an opportunity for us to try some high quality single stage paint. Most of the paint work that we do here are multi-stage paints that can be expensive. This racecar paint job needed to be more affordable. I had learned about this paint from my friend Brian at MultiMatic on a recent trip to Detroit. Apparently they use this paint on the Mustang GT4s and FordGT MKII that they build. Sounds like the perfect product for our ArtCar Refresh!

We started with the bodywork. Modifications to the front clam are getting made to openings that are were originally blocked with metal plates. The oil cooler openings are not used on this car as the stock coolers were deleted because of the dry sump system. Now we plan to glass in these openings to make it look clean and slippery. We also can square off the radiator opening.

We’re going to add a couple of naca ducts to the rear clam to direct some air to the exhaust area. Jesus’s composite skills gives us a chance to add these…

We checked the compression on the engine and it was still strong. Cylinder 1 = 230, 2=210, 3=220 & 4=220. These are well within spec so we will run her – though a good cleaning is in order for sure. We will pull the engine and scrub her further.

The SC will get rebuilt along with the gearbox. This was one of the first cars to sport the OS Giken LSDs – which are simply the best. They claim to last a lifetime and so far we have yet to see one fail or need rebuild. This car has lived fast and hard so I’m keen to see the condition of the LSD.

Holes and seams are getting filled for a smoother surface than before.

The single stage paint is getting applied. It looks quite good. In addition to race car use, this paint is commonly used on commercial vehicles thanks to its durability. I suspect it will be the perfect product for our Art Car.

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