On September 2nd, we joined Club Lotus Northwest for a track day event at Portland International Raceway. We always look forward to getting out with this group and having fun on our local track. We also seize these opportunities (and any track event) to test our products in extreme conditions in order to root out any weaknesses that would not appear with normal street driving.
There were well over a dozen modern Lotus vehicles in attendance and several vintage ones as well.
Local fabricator Kevin was on hand showing off some of his products including this new splitter. More information on this splitter can be found here.
The event also attracted a host of non-Lotus vehicles too, including this 900lb Palatov Motorsports Prototype which was by far the fastest vehicle on the track all day.
The RADIUM Elise performed excellent despite being plagued by a damaged ignition coil early in the day. The turbocharger kit and related components all performed flawlessly.
Our main issue with the Elise is the brakes. With the turbo kit, we are reaching higher speeds and this means more work for the brakes. A couple sessions were cut short due to persistent brake fade. We use Motul RBF600 fluid, but that was not enough. We have already begun laying out a plan to address this issue. We hope to have a solution in place by mid October, which is when we will be attending LOG31 in Las Vegas.
Local Evora owner, Kris Myers, was on hand turning out lap after lap. We installed our prototype cold air intake kit on his car and he gave us excellent feedback. We could tell he was genuinely sad when we pulled it off at the end of the day and replaced it with the stock airbox.
Kris was also running our Dual Catch Can kit on his Evora. He was collecting a suprisingly large amount of oil. The photo above is after 1 session!
Additional photos from the event:
We would like to thank Club Lotus NW for organizing the event and making it fun for everyone. We look forward to coming out again!