Our next Lotus project: the 111RS will be a Lotus Elise with the very best upgrades – inside and out. Singer have done a wonderful job with the 964 and we aim to sprinkle some of the same magic onto the 111 platform.
Our 111RS Spyder was the first car out of this initiative and it won ‘Best Of Show’. This follow-up will have a roof, HVAC and other car-like amenities. It will appeal to those who require a more ‘practical’ experience vs the rawness of the Spyder…
We’re looking for a client who wants to build the ultimate street Elise.
We found a great donor car from San Diego. This postman owned car came into our possession when he wanted to retire and with plans to move out of state. His car had lived its life outdoors for many years and was tired looking along with 130k miles on the clock. Though she had not been tracked – the severe UV of CA took its toll. We will spruce her up and make her look like new.
We pulled the engine as it had 130k miles on it and our engine builder, Mountune wanted a high mileage engine to inspect. They are building it into a strong and reliable stock compression motor. The transmission will also get rebuilt – in fact we may put the longer geared Celica trans into it as we plan to bump the power on this car. We have one on the shelf – ready to go with our CF Synchros.
We hosed down the accumulated dirt and grease in the front of the car, front chassis, engine bay and rear subframe. We will detach the subframe and repaint it. Every part will be refreshed so that the 111RS is as clean as a whistle.
We’ve been slowly stripping the car and reinstalling upgraded parts. We had a 18k mile powertrain that came out of a totalled Exige. The front radiator and AC condenser were upgraded to ProAlloy units. We also took this opportunity to delete one of the oil coolers. These cars have too much engine oil cooling capacity – especially the cars that came equipped with twin oil coolers. The factory has a hard line that is fitted in place of the passenger side oil cooler. We just happened to have one in our Lotus BoneYard inventory. We will fit the reintroduced ULTRAliteLINEs oil lines to this car. This solution is lighter than stock and saves us a trip to the Dealer for a free recall service on the stock lines.
The uprights were looking nasty with surface rust making for a less than attractive finish. We sand blasted them and had them painted. New hubs are being installed along with ULTRAdiscs. The wishbones were also stripped and nickel plated and fitted with fresh ball joints and MONOballs. Our wishbone refresh service is a nice way to get your bits looking nice again. We decided to fit our Racetech SCCA shocks on this car. I wanted to run soft factory springs and will flatten the car’s handling with our DNA rear swaybar and a factory adjustable front swaybar.
Keen Lotus fans may note that we fit stock steering arms. These arms have been machined down to gain additional camber. This car will not be lowered too far – likely 130mm. This car will spend most of its time on the road with occasional forays to the track.
The front clam began its transformation into an Outlaw. We are deleting the turn signals as they are known to be problematic. Plus we are intent on developing new headlights this coming year that will feature integrated turn signals. For now, we will install some LED halos as we have done on previous