Last updated December 30, 2016 at 10:04 AM


by David Thomas Stewart

Posted on January 18th, 2016 at 10:48 AM

Carbon Fiber Lights

Carbon Fiber headlight enclosures and new polycarbonate lenses...

Magazine Shoot

This is a picture from the May 2015 issue of Kansas City Homes & Style magazine.

Carbon trunk

A nice shady shot in the parking lot at work.


Current engine bay.


Current interior picture showing custom leather seats and full carbon fiber trim.


Latest scales. 1699 lbs. empty, 1787 lbs. full of gasoline (14.26 gallons)

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by David Thomas Stewart

Posted on December 30, 2016 at 10:04 AM

09/07/2016My 52nd birthday!
09/26/2015Cars & Coffee Car Meet at Rosana Square
09/07/2015My 51st birthday!
08/26/2016Eleven years of Elise ownership!
08/26/2015Elise GetToGether (GTG) at Phil's - 10th anniversary of ownership!
07/19/2015Weigh car at BOE: 1787 lbs. full + no top (1699 lbs. empty)
06/27/2015Cars & Coffee Car Meet at Kansas City Automotive Museum
04/26/2015Weigh car at BOE: 1810 lbs. full + no top
04/17/2015Garage Photoshoot for Kansas City Home & Style magazine
12/04/2014Garage remodel is complete
11/18/2014Slatwall arrives
10/30/2014High-lift garage door openers installed
10/22/2014Epoxy coat garage floor
10/21/2014Paint garage ceiling gray
10/16/2014IKEA cabinets are installed
09/28/2014Order IKEA cabinets for garage
09/07/2014My 50th birthday!
08/26/2014Nine years of Elise ownership!
08/03/2014Oil change at home with Mobil 1
09/07/2013My 49th birthday!
09/03/2013Dyno Tuned at BOE (TVS Rev400 supercharger) 410 hp / 281 lb/ft (SAE 360.90 whp / 247.10 wlb/ft)
08/26/2013Eight years of Elise ownership!
02/08/2013Oil change at home with Motul 8100
01/22/2013Weigh car at BOE: 1906 lbs. full + hardtop + sub, 2090 lbs. with 184 lb. driver.
09/07/2012My 48th birthday! I also received my NuKey! :)
08/26/2012Seven years of Elise ownership!
07/07/2012Dynoed at BOE (TVS Rev400 supercharger) 390 hp / 257 lb/ft (SAE 343.48 whp / 225.89 wlb/ft)
05/16/2012Oil change at home with Motul 8100
04/21/2012Elise GetToGether (GTG) at Phil's
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by David Thomas Stewart

Posted on December 30, 2016 at 10:04 AM

08/26/2005BaseBase Model Elise (base suspension, touring package)0.0001984.00899.77
08/26/2005BaseDelete Touring Pack option-15.0001969.00892.97
08/26/2005BaseAdd Lotus Sport Suspension option (my baseline)-20.0001949.00883.90
08/26/2005BaseRemove padded touring softtop-11.7601937.24878.57
08/26/2005BaseCompletely empty (10.60 gallon, 40 litres) gas tank-65.6511871.59848.79
08/28/2005InteriorRemove visors-1.1001870.49848.29
08/28/2005DrivetrainRemove battery cover / toolkit-2.1201868.37847.33
08/28/2005DrivetrainBraille Battery-14.5001853.87840.76
08/28/2005LightingLED brake light flasher module0.2251854.09840.86
09/17/2005InteriorCG Lock seatbelt fastener0.2501854.34840.97
10/13/2005InteriorLeather emergency brake cover0.0631854.41841.00
12/05/2005ExteriorMultiVex side mirrors0.0631854.47841.03
01/15/2006LightingSilverStar H7 high beams0.0001854.47841.03
01/15/2006Lighting55watt 8000k HID headlights1.8631856.33841.87
02/21/2006InteriorInfinity Reference speakers-0.2061856.13841.78
02/22/2006Interior35% window tint on rear window & sides / 15% eyebrow in front0.0511856.18841.80
02/22/2006InteriorLotus Sport & Elise front license decals0.0631856.24841.83
03/10/2006InteriorRemove visor posts-0.1501856.09841.76
04/11/2006WheelsRemove camber shims (3mm)-0.1501855.94841.70
07/10/2006DrivetrainRemove trunk side carpet-1.4381854.50841.04
07/10/2006DrivetrainRemove Fix-a-flat aerosol can-0.8251853.68840.67
07/10/2006DrivetrainRemove rear trunk carpet-0.7881852.89840.31
08/05/2006DrivetrainRemove foam trunk pad-0.4151852.47840.12
08/05/2006DrivetrainRemove trunk release handle-0.0151852.46840.12
09/16/2006ExteriorCarbon Fiber front splitter with hardware3.0301855.49841.49
10/01/2006InteriorAutoZone rearview mirror-0.1701855.32841.41
10/01/2006InteriorClutch stop mod0.0131855.33841.42
10/26/2006DrivetrainFelt trunk "carpet" liner0.3501855.68841.58
10/26/2006LightingAluminum headlight embellishers0.0381855.72841.60
10/27/2006DrivetrainBOE Fabrication "Silent Touch" exhaust (current)-15.7061840.01834.47
10/27/2006DrivetrainForcedFed street header + decat-10.6001829.41829.67
11/15/2006InteriorConsole shifter stability mod0.0131829.43829.67
04/03/2007InteriorPassenger airbag / ABS cutoff switches0.0631829.49829.70
06/11/2007ExteriorRemove exhaust heat shielding-2.4701827.02828.58
07/20/2007DrivetrainNGK AFX Wideband Air Fuel System 1.7401828.76829.37
07/20/2007DrivetrainGreddy Supercharger System (440cc injectors, 3.4" pulley)18.6201847.38837.81
08/21/2007DrivetrainFidanza aluminum flywheel-5.5151841.87835.31
08/21/2007DrivetrainACT LE1-XTSS Extreme Clutch-0.4151841.45835.13
09/11/2007DrivetrainRemove charcoal canister & related plumbing-4.2691837.18833.19
11/16/2007DrivetrainVoltPhreaks VPH-750 battery + custom BOE bracket-19.2601817.92824.45
06/17/2008BrakingCustom 2-piece brake rotors-11.3881806.53819.29
08/16/2008InteriorRemove under dash panels to improve A/C performance-0.2751806.26819.17
08/16/2008ExteriorAerocatch engine cover lock-2.1031804.16818.21
08/26/2008WheelsPolyurethane front and rear motor mount inserts0.4131804.57818.40
10/24/2008ExteriorEngine cover mesh-1.2941803.27817.81
10/28/2008InteriorCarbon Fiber Cloth Seats-10.1801793.09813.19
11/15/2008LightingWhite LED rear license plate lights-0.0801793.01813.16
11/16/2008DrivetrainBOE Clamhinge system (with revised engine lid bracket)2.0131795.03814.07
11/17/2008WheelsTRM F1 17x7.5 rear wheels-8.2001786.83810.35
11/17/2008WheelsTRM F1 16x6.5 front wheels-5.7001781.13807.77
11/17/2008WheelsGeneral UHP tires (195/50/16 front, 225/45/17 rear)-4.0001777.13805.95
12/07/2008ExteriorCarbon Fiber side mirror covers0.1001777.23806.00
01/10/2009InteriorCarbon Fiber RevoSport door panels-1.2751775.95805.42
03/01/2009DrivetrainLETSLA short shifter mechanism-0.7251775.23805.09
03/01/2009DrivetrainBOE TVS1320 Supercharger (550cc injectors, 82mm pulley)6.3401781.57807.97
03/01/2009DrivetrainEFI Engine Management + wiring harness (mounted internally)3.5201785.09809.56
03/05/2009InteriorHardwired subwoofer and datalogging cables8.9751794.06813.63
05/25/2009DrivetrainReplace stock rear clam shims with aluminum-1.0631793.00813.15
06/05/2009DrivetrainRemove secondary O2 sensor & cap bung-0.2061792.79813.06
06/07/2009DrivetrainRemove 20" of extra battery cable-0.8691791.92812.66
06/30/2009DrivetrainProAlloy 54 litre gas tank / Walbro 255 fuel pump-9.6401782.28808.29
12/08/2009LightingRed LED rear tail / turn / brake lights-0.1901782.09808.21
02/02/2010ExteriorDoor edge molding for front splitter edge protection0.2251782.32808.31
02/28/2010InteriorBillet aluminum carpet buttons0.0631782.38808.34
03/04/2010SuspensionBOElinks aluminum rear toelinks-1.8131780.57807.51
03/28/2010InteriorCarbon Fiber Creations binnacle, steering surround, HVAC0.9831781.55807.96
03/30/2010DrivetrainSector 111 gPan Oil Pan2.2501783.80808.98
03/30/2010Drivetrain0.6 liters of additional engine oil (4.4 - 5.0 liters)1.1121784.91809.49
05/06/2010DrivetrainThermo-Tec "Suppressor" heat/sound control mat0.8751785.79809.88
05/06/2010DrivetrainRelocate EFI to interior, cables, washer fluid reservoir-1.1631784.63809.35
05/14/2010DrivetrainSupertech stainless valves + Eibach springs, ARP head studs0.0001784.63809.35
05/14/2010DrivetrainBOE NewTech Nikasil lined 2ZZGE short block0.0001784.63809.35
05/14/2010DrivetrainCalico coated 9.0:1 Wiseco forged pistons-0.6761783.95809.05
05/14/2010DrivetrainCalico coated ACL crank & rod bearings, CW oil pump gears0.0001783.95809.05
05/14/2010DrivetrainTrim "U-tube" cooling pipe-0.5251783.43808.81
05/14/2010DrivetrainMWR alternator / water pump underdrive pulleys-0.3041783.12808.67
05/23/2010InteriorRemove rear speaker trim panel-4.2601778.86806.74
05/23/2010InteriorInterior sound deadening (DynaLiner, batting, fabric)2.7931781.65808.01
06/03/2010InteriorEliseParts polished window winders, signal stalks & handbrake-0.0441781.61807.99
09/30/2010ExteriorCustom BOEfuser 4-element diffuser with integrated undertray0.6261782.24808.27
11/03/2010ExteriorCustom rear clam (shave indicators, tail fins, lid holes, fill lines)-1.6801780.56807.51
11/03/2010DrivetrainCarbonOne Carbon Fiber spark plug cover-0.0521780.50807.49
01/15/2011ExteriorApply new rear 'LOTUS', 'Elise R' and side 'R' decals 0.0051780.51807.49
02/28/2011DrivetrainBOE Catch Can System1.0501781.56807.96
05/17/2011DrivetrainBOE Phenolic Intake manifold spacer0.1061781.67808.01
05/17/2011DrivetrainBOE REV400 Supercharger (750cc injectors, 70mm pulley)23.1291804.79818.50
05/17/2011Drivetrain3/4 gallon of coolant for Intercooler7.9101812.70822.09
07/14/2011InteriorFastToys Carpet / footrest delete-0.9101811.79821.68
07/14/2011InteriorFastToys Carbon Fiber footwell divider-0.5711811.22821.42
07/25/2011InteriorCarbonOne Carbon Fiber center console-0.4341810.79821.22
09/10/2011ExteriorSpeedglass windshield with stock surround trim-12.0581798.73815.75
09/30/2011LightingLED Halo daylight running light rings0.0651798.80815.78
10/02/2011DrivetrainBOE Swirl Pot Rev400 upgrade + 6 oz additional coolant0.4411799.24815.98
10/02/2011DrivetrainBOE ITG Intake System (revised clamps)-3.0401796.20814.60
10/10/2011LightingAmber LED front turn signal lights-0.0801796.12814.57
04/08/2012InteriorFastToys Carbon Fiber Side Sills-1.6251794.49813.83
05/09/2012ExteriorCustom rear eliminator panel with mesh grill-3.1861791.31812.38
07/06/2012InteriorRLS Carbon Fiber door pulls-0.1131791.19812.33
09/28/2012InteriorRLS Carbon Fiber steering wheel ring0.0631791.26812.36
10/14/2012ExteriorMatte black front windshield brow/trim0.0051791.26812.36
01/22/2013BOE scales: 1906: hardtop + full gas, 2090: +184lb. Driver 1791.26812.36
02/08/2013DrivetrainRemove front oil coolers (hosing, sandwich, oil in system)-23.7901767.47801.57
03/10/2013Lighting10 second delay circuit for daylight halo running lights0.0241767.50801.59
03/12/2013Drivetrain45 second delay circuit for Rev400 IC pump/fan0.0241767.52801.60
05/23/2013InteriorComposite Worx CF Single Skin Seats-8.9451758.57797.54
05/23/2013ExteriorGB Composites CF Gascap-0.4981758.08797.31
06/07/2013InteriorUnderseat ABS retractable dual cupholder0.2441758.32797.42
06/12/2013ExteriorCF Front Access Panels-1.5751756.75796.71
08/01/2013InteriorCF Vent Rings0.1321756.88796.77
08/26/2013DrivetrainDRS 4-2-1 header and 3" exhaust piping + BOE 3" ST muffler2.6801759.56797.99
01/24/2014DrivetrainLighter Voltphreaks battery-0.5001759.06797.76
04/21/2014DrivetrainUse original oil cap-0.1121758.95797.71
05/05/2014InteriorUpgrade stereo (remove subwoofer, use 5.25 + 6.50's)-7.3621751.58794.37
05/05/2014ExteriorGB Composites CF Mudflaps-1.1141750.47793.86
07/15/2014ExteriorGB Composites CF Rear Engine Lid (with mesh & AeroCatch)-5.8001744.67791.23
08/02/2014DrivetrainRemove EFI standalone ECU & NGK AFX wideband-3.5701741.10789.61
08/05/2014InteriorChange HVAC faceplace to black - add EL backlight0.0301741.13789.63
08/26/2014ExteriorBOE CF Side Mirrors (1711gm stock vs. 582gm)-2.4891738.64788.50
08/27/2014ExteriorLightweight Titanium Lug Bolts (1177gm stock vs. 791gm)-0.8511737.79788.11
01/01/2015SuspensionPenske Single Adjustable Shocks-2.3901735.40787.03
01/17/2015DrivetrainChange back from EFI to stock engine harness-0.3551735.04786.87
01/17/2015DrivetrainBOE Engine Block Off Plates (delete stock ventilation)-0.7361734.31786.53
02/21/2015DrivetrainBOE 65mm Supercharger Pulley (18psi boost)-0.0311734.28786.52
02/21/2015InteriorNew gauge faceplate, LED needles, white EL panel & LCD-0.0151734.26786.51
04/07/2015InteriorPassenger airbag, bracket and other hardware delete-5.3251728.94784.10
04/12/2015InteriorORE interior CF dash (replace stock pieces + CF vent rings)-4.7371724.20781.95
04/25/2015ExteriorOptic Armor Rear Lexan Window (replace stock window)-1.8761722.32781.10
04/26/2015BOE scales: 1810: no top + full gas. (1722 empty) 1722.32781.10
04/29/2015DrivetrainChange to new BOE IC setup-1.6321720.69780.36
05/06/2015InteriorChange from Clarion XC1410 to Alpine KTP445U amplifier-0.2181720.47780.26
05/07/2015DrivetrainRelocate battery and change to lighter support system-0.8071719.67779.89
05/10/2015DrivetrainReplace ClamHinge support cord with retractable cable reel0.0221719.69779.90
06/05/2015InteriorChange interior vents to chrome ring vents-0.0421719.65779.89
06/25/2015InteriorLeather seat inserts, teardrops, shifter, ebrake & cupholder1.6801721.33780.65
07/07/2015BrakingFreno Rear Carbon-Ceramic Rotors & Pads-10.3571710.97775.95
07/11/2015BrakingFreno Front Carbon-Ceramic Rotors, Pads & Calipers-10.1981700.77771.33
07/11/2015BrakingBWR Stainless Steel Brake Lines-0.4761700.30771.11
07/11/2015SuspensionSector 111 V2 Steering Arms (V2 536g, stock 990g)-0.9791699.32770.67
07/19/2015BOE scales: 1787: no top + full gas. (1699 empty) 1699.32770.67
08/06/2015LightingLED H1+H7 headlights (replaces HID/Silverstars) + flush trim seal-1.8961697.42769.81
01/16/2016LightingGRP CF Headlight bases + lens-0.7871696.63769.45
07/19/2016ExteriorOptic Armor polycarbonate drop-in windshield-0.5561696.08769.20
08/17/2016ExteriorRemove front wheel liners-5.3701690.71766.76
08/25/2016DrivetrainUpgrade to BWR F1 Radiator (+coolant)-2.7171687.99765.53
08/25/2016DrivetrainUpgrade to Silicone Radiator Hoses & BOE hose clamps-0.2981687.69765.39
08/25/2016DrivetrainUpgrade to 2bular 4-1 header + SDCP silencer + adapter2.1681689.86766.38
09/04/2016ExteriorReverie 5-element Carbon Fiber diffuser-4.0571685.80764.54
09/06/2016ExteriorReplace rear grill to new support system-0.7001685.10764.22
09/15/2016DrivetrainNew 90 degree exhaust pipe + 4" tip0.4961685.60764.44
09/15/2016ExteriorAluminum clamhinge brackets-0.4011685.20764.26
09/17/2016ExteriorGRP CF Rollbar Cover (trimmed)-2.9021682.30762.95
10/10/2016ExteriorBOE CF Front Clam-12.1001670.20757.46
10/10/2016ExteriorBOE CF Fender Covers-4.0181666.18755.64
10/10/2016ExteriorBOE CF Rear Clam-16.4801649.70748.16
10/10/2016ExteriorChange rear clam heat shield-6.0641643.63745.41
10/10/2016ExteriorReengineer engine lid brace (147)-0.9791642.66744.97
10/10/2016ExteriorBOE CF Front Splitter-0.9481641.71744.54
10/10/2016ExteriorGRP CF Front Grills0.1831641.89744.62
10/10/2016ExteriorGRP CF Radiator Grills-0.7341641.16744.29
10/31/2016ExteriorGRP CF Side Intake Grills-0.2071640.95744.19
11/04/2016ExteriorPolycarbonate Hardtop0.0001640.95744.19
12/30/2016Current Setup: 1729: no top + full gas. (1640 empty) 1640.95744.19
01/31/2017ExteriorBSK CF Side Skirts3.5411644.49745.80
01/31/2017ExteriorGRP CF Windshield surround trim0.0001644.49745.80
01/31/2017Carbon goal: Under 750kg empty, under 800kg full of gas + hardtop 1644.49745.80
03/31/2017BrakingRetrograde back to stock AP brake calipers-1.1361643.35745.29
03/31/2017InteriorLightweight black carpet and binding to cover interior aluminum floor1.9001645.25746.15
03/31/2017DrivetrainBWR UberTranny - better ratios & Quaife LSD5.5001650.75748.64
03/31/2017DrivetrainBOE TwinScrew 24psi 450hp Supercharger Upgrade7.5001658.25752.04
 Final goal: Under 800kg full of gas + hardtop with all upgrades0.0001658.25752.04
TBDFutureSector 111 Uprights-8.8001649.45748.05
TBDFuturePilbeam T45 Wishbones (replaces BOElinks too)-23.3371626.12737.47

BOE Dyno Run - July 7th, 2012

Drag Racing (Kansas City International Raceway (KCIR) Elevation 798')

by David Thomas Stewart

Posted on August 1, 2015 at 10:45 PM

October 28th, 2005 (6pm-10pm) 57 degrees 30.22 pressure 55% humidity (1.017 correction)

Completely stock (2090 lbs)

Run #Reaction60 foot330 foot1/8 mile@ mph1000 foot1/4 mileTrap mph

November 19th, 2006 (12pm-4pm) 47 degrees 30.38 pressure 47% humidity (1.040 correction)

TurboXS intake, ForcedFed street header + decat, 6" 2bular exhaust (2050 lbs)

Run #Reaction60 foot330 foot1/8 mile@ mph1000 foot1/4 mileTrap mph

November 18th, 2007 (12pm-4pm) 60 degrees, 30.00 pressure, 54% humidity (1.004 correction)

As above + stock intake/green filter + Katana supercharger 3.2" pulley (2070 lbs)

Run #Reaction60 foot330 foot1/8 mile@ mph1000 foot1/4 mileTrap mph

First Supercharged Runs - In the 12's!

November 23rd, 2008 (2pm-4pm) 54 degrees, 29.98 pressure, 63% humidity (1.011 correction)

As above + 3.4" pulley, AreaP exhaust, street tires (2030 lbs)

Run #Reaction60 foot330 foot1/8 mile@ mph1000 foot1/4 mileTrap mph

November 21st, 2009 (1pm-3pm) 56 degrees, 29.98 pressure, 74% humidity (1.005 correction)

As above + TVS Stage 1 Supercharger (1980 lbs)

Run #Reaction60 foot330 foot1/8 mile@ mph1000 foot1/4 mileTrap mph

First Time in the 11's!

October 28th, 2011 (6pm-7pm) 55 degrees, 30.17 pressure, 31% humidity (1.023 correction)

As above + BOE TVS1320 Rev400 Supercharger + Nitto NT555R's (2015 lbs)

Run #Reaction60 foot330 foot1/8 mile@ mph1000 foot1/4 mileTrap mph

Record time with launch control!

November 27th, 2011 (12pm-1pm) 38 degrees, 30.23 pressure, 57% humidity (1.046 correction)

Save as above but horrible traction (1997 lbs). First run missed 3rd so just went into 4th...

Run #Reaction60 foot330 foot1/8 mile@ mph1000 foot1/4 mileTrap mph

Last day that KCIR was open...


by David Thomas Stewart

Posted on August 1, 2015 at 10:45 PM

Heartland Park Topeka

2.50 mile Grand Prix Course

YearEventsBest Lap TimeBest Speed

Fastest Lap (1:52.62) October 16th, 2009

Heartland Park Topeka

2.10 mile Club Course

YearEventsBest Lap TimeBest Speed

Fastest Lap (1:34.63) July 7th, 2010

Mid America Motorplex (now RPM)

2.23 mile Full Course

YearEventsBest Lap TimeBest Speed


by David Thomas Stewart

Posted on August 1, 2015 at 10:45 PM

Club/EventDateTimeRankPAX Rank
KCRSCCA #609/25/200548.44181 / 11388th
KCRSCCA #810/23/200558.42271 / 10784th
Crown #103/26/200650.25751 / 11280th
Crown #204/23/200643.49414 / 7626th
Crown #305/14/200647.05447 / 8160th
Crown #406/04/200644.90725 / 7042nd
Crown #507/15/200648.76425 / 6246th
KCRSCCA #608/09/200956.58857 / 6963rd
KCRSCCA (Discovery Channel)08/25/200921.1306 / 149th

Discovery Channel's Heartland Thunder - August 25th, 2009