Tag Archives: Elise

Lotus Elise Suspension comparo: Base Vs Nitron 46mm SA Vs Penske SA

One of the great things about being a car guy in CA is that there is a large number of fellow addicts around. This means that if you ever want to put some high dollar upgrades on a car you can usually find someone with a similar setup and get some first hand info about it. The latest to take advantage of this was Vincent from the GGLC who has been thinking of getting a set of single adjustable coilovers for his Elise and was having a tough time deciding between the Nitron 46mm Race Pro 1-Way and the BWR Penske Single Adjustable.… Read the rest

The road from LOG 31 (Video)

Timelapse video of 3 Elises driving back from Lotus Owners Gathering 31 (LOG 31) in Vegas back to the Bay Area through Death Valley and Sonora Pass. Route chosen by Steve M and video by John Z, I just tagged along to make up the numbers 🙂

It was a spectacular drive with Sonora Pass (skip to the 3:10 mark in the video to see footage) with almost no traffic and excellent asphalt quality. The pass is closed for significant portions of the year due to snow so you should call ahead before you make the journey. Full route info below:


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Health benefits of Autocrossing

At the last GGLC autocross Alex and I decided to try out a little experiment to see how your heart rate changes during the race. We used a Polar S720i to record his heart rate, an iPhone for video and a DL1 data logger to record G-force and speed readings. I used some simple PHP magic to sync the two data files together and used the Chasecam Dashware system to create this finished video.

You can see the speed, heart rate (BPM), longitudinal G (acceleration + braking) and lateral G in the dashboard on the top of the video. His average heart rate was in the low nineties while on the grid and rises to to 101 just before the start of the run.… Read the rest

Lotus Elise on a Go-Kart track

I’ve just helped the Golden Gate Lotus Club launch the new GGLC blog and as the guest editor I’ve had the honor of making the following first post.

One of the highlights of the 2008 West Coast Lotus meet were the time trials that were held at the go-kart track of Jackson County Parks facilities. You often hear that the Lotus handles like a go-kart but this was the first time that I got to drive my Elise on an actual go-kart course. Our run format consisted of running 3 back to back laps on the outside of the track to count as one single timed run.… Read the rest

Lotus Elise Supercharged

Chris Harris review the new Supercharged Lotus Elise – me wants to upgrade 🙂

Harris is one of the best automotive reporters out there – he strikes an excellent balance between the humour of Jeremy Clarkson and the driving ability of Tiff Needell. If you liked that review I highly recommend the Chris on Camera series where he reviews a different car every week. … Read the rest

Another year in pictures

Since my car just turned two years old I figured it was time to write a follow-up to the original year in pictures post.

30 Dec 06: Another trip to LA down Highway 1. Tons of pics here.

17 Feb 07: Visited the Tesla factory and saw the latest roadster to be built at Hethel.

24 Feb 07: Start the track season at Thunderhill with TEAM
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1 Apr 07: East Bay Etalk Brunch

24 Apr 07: Met Crudson and JnC on their cross country trip

12 May 07: Had a 95 mph spin at Reno-Fernley Raceway
Never lift!!!

15 June 07: A photo of my car (post spin) is used by the SCCA for an ad in Sportscar magazine
My first magazine photo

16-27 June 07: 2500 mile roadtrip to Vancouver
Friday 1:16 am 6/22/07 Vancouver,

12 Aug 07: Broke down on Highway 1 with no cell service.… Read the rest

GGLC Autocross

Some in-car video from yesterdays GGLC autocross in Marina.

The first video is my fast lap for the day. I don’t slow enough after the slalom and understeer into a cone. I still end up doing a 40.1 (+1).

Fast lap from rnair on Vimeo.

The second video is from my last run of the day where I am sideways on at least 3 occasions. It was a slow run (41.6), but great fun nonetheless 😀

A very sideways lap from rnair on Vimeo.

The last video is Nithyas best run (46.5) of the day in the GTI. For someone who almost backed out of her first event, she is becoming very good at this.… Read the rest