We love the fact that Lotus are lightweight cars. One reason is the minimal number and size of fasteners used on the cars. These fasteners have a tendency to come loose and need frequent inspection. In fact, we always like to do a visual inspection BEFORE any driving event - especially a trackday. Engine mounts are items that we recommend should be inspected before each event or ...
In the last month, we've had two cars in for service, a '06 Elise and a '11 Exige S260 with engine mounts that were compromised thanks to fasteners that had either become loose or fallen out! This resulted in major powertrain movement that caused collateral damage including:
- damage to oil pan
- damage to subframe stiffner
- poor shifting
- shift cable damage