A Lotus with a Confused Identity

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This is a very rare low mileage Lotus Elise Sport 160 that came from the Lotus factory with substantial upgrades. It has had fitted the S1 Exige Race (aka Elise Motorsport) clams and an Audi 1.8T engine. Even with the fully programmable engine management it is still one of the most analogue driving experiences available. In layman’s terms this means taking the baby “Elise” and adding it’s big brother’s “exige” body onto the Elise chassis and adding a Volkswagen turbo engine.

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All work is carried out to exceptional standards, verging just beyond clinical in my eyes which is unreal and it’s full of innovations to make working on every component easier. With a mild road tune of 250bhp, components in place to greatly increase the bhp and quickly removable body clams and under trays it is built for the track but fully road legal.

What’s more impressive is that Nelson Stewart from Bangor who has been building impeccable fast road / track cars for year built pretty much this full car himself in his own garage and clearly has an extremely understanding wife as this build most certainly wasn’t done in a day, or in a year for that matter.

As you can imagine it is quite extreme and absolutely everything is uprated, carbon fibre, quick release or race spec. It has no excess weight with little soundproofing, the little Lotus weighs well under 800kg so is stupidly fast (as I can testify personally after getting a run in it after the photos were done), looks stunning and if it matters, quite economical if you keep off the boost.

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Using the abundant and reliable Audi 1.8 TT turbo engine with simple, easy to access components means this car is very inexpensive to maintain. The alloy and composite construction means there will never be a worry about rust and the light weight allows maximum use with minimal wear on tyres, brakes and clutch.

You will notice the rear clam cover swings back, that is because this is the only S1 Exige I know of with a quickly removable roof section with an infill panel that allows it to be driven without the roof section in place as a targa.

A Lotus with a Confused Identity

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Graham is a professional photographer and motoring writer with over 15 varied years of coverage from manufacturer press launches to international motorsport and rally events throughout the world. Graham is a full member of the Guild of Motoring Writers. See more at grahamcurry.com

RMS Forum Comments

andy. 09:11 | Mon 18 May, 2015 | Report
This car is a masterpiece stumbled across it a while ago myself. Have a look here for his other builds and more Info on this if anyone's interested. http://lisa.ragesw.com/~nelsonst/Nelson_Stewart/Start.html
Graham 09:22 | Mon 18 May, 2015 | Report
It has since been sold to a new home in the mainland and is getting a 2l tfsi with 400bhp or so from what I can remember
pablo 09:23 | Mon 18 May, 2015 | Report
typo - bog brother :) nice car tho - perfect!
David.S 09:24 | Mon 18 May, 2015 | Report
| This car is a masterpiece stumbled across it a while ago myself. Have a look here for his other builds and more Info on this if anyone's interested. http://lisa.ragesw.com/~nelsonst/Nelson_Stewart/Start.html
Great link, he has carried out some amazing builds.
andy. 09:25 | Mon 18 May, 2015 | Report
Yeah, I never even knew he existed, one of a few hidden gems around this country that can and does do epic builds!
Apis 10:05 | Mon 18 May, 2015 | Report
Seems like an amazing guy. I like to moan that I've got a low ceiling and no car lift, but I can't use that as an excuse anymore, as far as can see anyway. Need to get off my internet ass and go and do something.
amg306 11:20 | Mon 18 May, 2015 | Report
Nelson's builds are usually something else, and this one is/was no different!
pablo 11:22 | Mon 18 May, 2015 | Report
penny drops, his manta was unreal. he is on here isnt he?
Graham 13:41 | Mon 18 May, 2015 | Report
| penny drops, his manta was unreal. he is on here isnt he?
That's Simon turbo mad manta that was a member on here, him and Nelson are good friends though ,Simon has a 944 turbo he uses for motorsport that we will feature soon
andy. 13:48 | Mon 18 May, 2015 | Report
| That's Simon turbo mad manta that was a member on here, him and Nelson are good friends though ,Simon has a 944 turbo he uses for motorsport that we will feature soon
Was the 944 at cultra last year if so that's an awesome car! And looked to have loads of go in it!


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